Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices

Dearest brothers and sisters,
Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
All the teaching and healings,
all the interactions and questions about who Jesus is,
what he will do,
who it is all for,
have all led to this moment.
The moment Jesus is seated on the donkey is the moment of no turning back.
At this moment Jesus’ mission enters its last phase, everything is set in motion here.
The first steps of the donkey are the first steps to the upper room,
the first steps to the cross,
and the first steps out of the tomb.
Jesus doesn’t take these first steps, it is the donkey,
somehow showing that it is not his doing.
This is bigger than just him.
The donkey fulfils a prophecy from Zechariah:
Lo, your king comes to you;
triumphant and victorious is he,
humble and riding on a donkey,
on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
This fulfilling also shows the momentousness of what is happening.
Jesus is bringing all of what has been, all the past with him.
What has been will be of no consequence anymore.
Jesus brings with him the past
and places it firmly into the present on the back of the donkey.
The donkey carries all that has been and all that will be.
All that was is fulfilled,
all that will be is now entering Jerusalem.
The past is ending, and the future is becoming present.
On Palm Sunday, we are with the crowd. We shout and wave:
Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace be with you all.

Father Chris

Parish Notices

  • Preparations for Easter:
    ! Donations for flowers: please use envelopes available at the back of the church.
    ! Working bee for brass cleaning etc: Saturday 10:00 am in the lounge.
    ! For Maundy Thursday: If you would like to take part in the foot washing during the Mass, please sign the list at the back of the church.
  • After the Maundy Thursday Mass, the Blessed Sacrament remains on the Altar of Repose until the next day. Members of the congregation keep watch for an hour during the night. If you can do this, please sign the list at the back of the church so that we can ensure that at least two people are present at all times. Details Lawrence Watson (027 2507618).
  • Women’s Fellowship: Tuesday at 10:30 am. Meet in parish lounge for tea or coffee and business/notices, followed by discussion in the Lady Chapel on prayer and meditation, led by Margaret Maclagan. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127)
  • Deadline Wednesday noon for material for Holy Week and Easter Trumpets.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel on Wednesday at 12 noon.
    Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215)
  • Parish AGM 28 April: reports to parish office please. Nomination forms for People’s Warden and Vestry members are now at the back of the church.
  • St Michael’s School is now on holiday until 29 April.
  • 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.
  • Health and Safety Regulations: In an emergency, use the closest exit and assemble in the drop-off zone. In an earthquake, drop down and shelter behind or under a pew, covering your head. Follow
    the instructions of the emergency wardens.