Letter from the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar…
My dearest brothers and sisters,
Jesus…was led by the Spirit in the wilderness,
where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.
Being removed from all you know, from all the people you would talk to, and all the
activities that you would normally do.
It is a removal from all distraction. In such a place there is nowhere to hide. In such
a place we lose ourselves and find ourselves. I think this is what happens to Jesus in
the wilderness. He needed to be removed from what was normal, all he had known,
and to be placed in a situation where there was nothing else but himself.
He needed a place of no distraction, to find who his Father needed him to be.
This is what Lent is supposed to be for us. It is the removal of unnecessary things to
help in revealing the true nature of our being.
This is what Jesus does. This is what we do. This is what the Church needs to do.
This is a time for us as a Church to let go of unnecessary things, a time for us to clear
space and time to hear where God is leading us.
So we enter Lent. We enter the wilderness. We begin to clear away any debris, we
look at what is holding us back, we listen for God’s guidance.
In this time of Lent let us find our distractions and let us not be tempted by them.
Let us go into our own wilderness and not be afraid of being alone with God.
Peace be with you all.

Father Chris

Parish Notices

  • Bible Discussion Group with Fr Chris: tomorrow at 10:45 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel Wednesdays at 12 noon.
    Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Parish Trust meets Wednesday at 5:15 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Angelology Group meets Thursdays, 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • Centre for Ethics & Spirituality: Thursday 7:30–9:00 pm in the Chapman Room at Christ’s College. Bosco Peters will speak on ‘All you ever wanted to know about
    Anglicanism and were afraid to ask’, covering:
    ! What are the sources of the Anglican tradition?
    ! How did Anglicanism get to where it is today and why?
    ! What is the connection between Anglicanism, Christchurch and Canterbury?
    ! What might be of value within Anglicanism in an increasingly secular andpost-modern future?
    Bookings www.christscollege.com/community/centre–for–ethics–and–spirituality
  • Disciplines for the Desert Journey: Quiet Day 23 March at Te Waiora, organised by the Associates of Kopua Monastery and with addresses by Bosco Peters. Details on poster.
  • Book Swap: in the parish lounge. More books needed, especially recent titles.
  • Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.