Letter from the Vicar and Notices

From the Vicar…
Dear brothers and sisters,
The following is part of a sermon entitled ‘Death, the King of Terrors,’ by Canon Henry Scott Holland. The sermon was preached at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, in May 1910 after the death of King Edward VII. I have found this ‘poem’ very helpful over the years. For people who are struggling with losing a loved one, these words are very comforting, and have an honest ring of truth about them.
Death is nothing at all.
It does not count.
I have only slipped away into the next room.
Nothing has happened.
Everything remains exactly as it was.
I am I, and you are you, and the old life that we lived so fondly together is untouched, unchanged.
Whatever we were to each other, that we are still.
Call me by the old familiar name.
Speak of me in the easy way which you always used.
Put no difference into your tone.
Wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow.
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes that we enjoyed together.
Play, smile, think of me, pray for me.
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was.
Let it be spoken without an effort, without the ghost of a shadow upon it.
Life means all that it ever meant.
It is the same as it ever was.
There is absolute and unbroken continuity.
What is this death but a negligible accident?
Why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am but waiting for you, for an interval,
somewhere very near,
just round the corner.
All is well.
Nothing is hurt; nothing is lost.
One brief moment and all will be as it was before.
How we shall laugh at the trouble of parting when we meet again!
Peace be with you all.
Father Chris

Parish Notices

  • Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, which this year marks 100 years since the Armistice that ended the First World War. At S. Michael’s the two minutes’ silence will be observed during the Mass, at 11:00 am. After the Mass the congregation will follow the procession out through the West Door and we shall gather for prayers around the Calvary.
  • Pedals and Strums Concert: today 2:00 pm at Knox Church, Daniel Cooper (organ) with the Risingholme Orchestra.
  • Appeal from the City Mission: volunteers required to prepare potato salads before the Christmas dinner. Details Sharmela Grant (365 0635).
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group meets Tuesday 7:15 pm in the lounge. Details Ros (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel, Wednesdays 12 noon.
    Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Saturday Breakfast: 10 November, 9:45 am in the lounge.
    RSVP to Ros by Wednesday please.
  • S. Michael’s 2019 Calendar is now available, $20. Details Rachel Watson.
  • Angelology Group: Thursdays 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • Singalong Messiah Concert: singers and choirs are invited to join the Jubilate Singers at the Cathedral, 18 November at 2:00 pm. Details on poster.
  • A Handful of Change—Journeying through Advent: Craufurd Murray.
    Copies available from Fr Craufurd, the parish office or Ecclesia Books for $10.
  • Double knitting or 4 ply wool. 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 every week.