Letter from the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar

 

My dearest sisters and brothers,
The letter of James gives us much to think about. He takes us into the world of what
we say and what we do. On the one hand, he gives power to our words. On the
other, he says our words are useless if we don’t act upon them.
The key is their origin.
Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift,
is from above, coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
If what we say is about caring, generosity, love, it is from above. These thoughts,
these words, are close to the heart of God. By thinking and saying such things, we
are closer to him.
But they can’t just stay words:
But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves.
Here we enter the realm of hypocrisy. If there is anything that gets people cranky
about Christians, it is hypocrisy. We say a bunch of stuff, and we behave in the
opposite way. We say we love one another, yet we stab each other in the back. We
say we look after those in need, yet we turn away those who are.
We can make many excuses, but at the end of it all we are called to a higher way of
being, to be in that place of God.
If any think they are religious,
and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts,
their religion is worthless.
If we say we are followers of Christ and do not behave as we are called to, the whole
thing is worthless. It just becomes a bunch of words, a few songs, a bizarre meal of
bread and wine, all done on a Sunday morning and nothing else.
But if we live these words, know them in our hearts and act in them in our being,
they are more than words, they are the words of life, words that will save. They are
songs that inspire us to be Christ to all we meet.
The meal is the body and blood of Christ eaten and drunk knowing of mutual
indwelling, a meal that gives us the strength to go forward into the world, loving
God and our neighbour as ourselves.
Peace be with you all.

Father Chris

 

Notices

Vicarage Building Fund: Women’s Fellowship Spring Raffle. Tickets on sale
today, prizes available for inspection at morning tea after Mass.
> Lunch at Pegasus Arms today 12 noon. Speak to Michael Graveston.
> Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
> Needlework Group meets on Tuesday. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
> Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
> Parish Trust meets Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the parish lounge.
> Saturday Breakfast: 8 September, 9:45 am in the parish lounge.
RSVP to the parish office by Wednesday please.
> Anglican Care AGM: 10 September 5:30 pm. Details on poster.
> Three mannequins needed to display vestments in the church in Heritage Week.
If you can help please speak to Gloria Moyle.
> Double knitting or 4 ply wool, any colour, needed to make hats etc for
distribution through Walsh House. Please place in box at the back of the church.
> Electronic Devices wanted for recycling: old mobile phones, tablets etc.
> Book Swap: in the parish lounge. Koha to parish.
> Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts
of groceries and other household items, particularly during the winter months.
Suggested items: baked beans, spaghetti, tinned soup, tinned fruit, cereal,
toilet paper, toothpaste and soap.