Letter from the Vicar & Notices

From the Vicar…
My dearest sisters and brothers,
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
Jesus uses the imagery of the shepherd often.
It is a common and beautiful image for God and his people.
Think of Psalm 23, or of Jesus being the Good Shepherd.
I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me.
The flock of believers know Jesus and he knows them.
How does this work?
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. By name.
Jesus knows us by our own name.
We know his name, and he knows ours.
Think of Mary at the tomb on Easter morning.
It is only when Jesus says ‘Mary’ that she recognises him.
He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
Think also of Elijah:
… and after the fire a sound of sheer silence.
Then there came a voice to him that said,
‘What are you doing here, Elijah?
The voice of the Lord is found in stillness and silence, calling Elijah by name.
He comes and speaks to us when we are still,
when we have removed our distractions and are open to hear.
That requires honesty, purity, humility, and love.
When we still ourselves in prayer
our love for Christ is revealed to him in a most special and intimate way.
My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.
The still small voice of the Lord calls to us.
He asks us to follow him.
He calls us by name because he knows us, and he understands us.
He knows us because he hears us when we speak to him,
he is with us in our suffering and joy.
He knows our name because he knows who we are.
He calls us by name
because he wants who we really are to be with him.
He asks us to follow him, and what choice is there,
where in that stillness and love
we can know that he hears us,
no matter what our name is.
Peace be with you all.

Parish Notices

  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the parish lounge.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • St Michael’s School: Open Day Tuesday.
  • Meditation Group meets in the Lady Chapel Wednesdays at 12 noon.
    Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Angelology Group meets Thursdays, 10:30 am in the Lady Chapel.
  • Vestry meets on Thursday, 7:00 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Blue parking permits for parishioners are now available from the office. Please give your name and license plate number to the administrator. The permits are essential for anyone using the carpark and not wanting to be towed!
  • Advance Notice—exploring spirituality, mission and worship in Aotearoa today: the second Anglo-Catholic Hui will be held this year in Wellington 15–17 August. Details http://movementonline.org.nz/anglocatholichui about the hui and speaker Bishop Stephen Cottrell, from Chelmsford Diocese, UK. More information will be available as the date approaches.
  • Book Swap in the parish lounge. Koha to the parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.