Letter from the Priest-in-charge and Parish Notices

Dear All

I am going to begin with a prayer today written by Thomas Arnold (1795-1842). He was appointed the headmaster of Rugby School in 1828, and aimed to make it an example to other public schools in providing a truly Christian education for the sons of the new middle classes. He saw no difference between the sacred and the secular, and published Principles of Church Reform and several volumes of sermons.

 

Let thy blessing, O Lord,

rest upon all who work in education.

Teach them to seek after truth, and enable them to attain it;

but grant that as they increase in the knowledge of earthly things,

they may grow in the knowledge of thee, whom to know is life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

Being the Chaplain to two church schools, this prayer is one that fulfils my job description. I am extraordinarily fortunate to be involved with the Spiritual growth and faith development of so many youngsters and their families. I love being asked the tough questions that they are keen to challenge me with; like where was God before the world was created? The Adam and Eve questions are fun when they think they are really pushing some boundaries, there always seems to be a glimmer or a glint in the eye when they know the answer for themselves but just like the challenge. Of course, there are always the BUT questions and they are often followed by a pause, that shall I or shan’t I moment. Working with inquisitive children is such a joy.

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 30 October, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Commemorating the Reformation—From conflict to communion: Interdenominational service 31 October, 7:00 pm at Knox Church.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Associate Priest and Parish Notices

My dear Friends,

The Feast of Dedication provides the opportunity for us to commemorate and celebrate the dedication or consecration of our place of worship. It has turned my mind to the dedication of the churches in the parishes where I grew up in the north of England. S. Columba’s (Warcop) where I was baptised, S. Michael and All Angels (Beetham), S. Peter’s (Sawrey), and S. Michael and All Angels (Hawkshead). After
my ordination, the parish church of my first curacy was also S. Michael’s (Workington). So, at a glance, S. Michael and All Angels wins hands down!
At Beetham, S. Michael and All Angels is a fine example of fifteenth century Perpendicular architecture, but within the building there are still parts of the ancient Saxon church that originally stood on the site. It is thought that this earlier church was dedicated to S. Lioba (Leoba or Leofgyth), whose Feast Day fell on 28 September—just one day before Michaelmas. She lived in the eighth century and played a notable part in S. Boniface’s mission in Germany. A great feature of his ministry was the inclusion of women in his work. Lioba once had a dream in which she felt she was being given direction for her life. It brought a clear realisation that if she set a good example, her life would be of benefit to others. Also, that she should always ensure her actions were in line with the words she spoke. Two great goals that sound simple but prove demanding!
On this Feast of Dedication, these seem useful ways in which we too might wish to dedicate our lives. They will make today’s Festival personal for us, and remind us that beautiful buildings are of no value unless we who worship within them do our utmost to live out our faith.
May we be encouragers of each other along the way.

Canon Craufurd Murray

Parish Notices

  • Serving at Low Mass Sundays 8:00 am: please speak to Stephen Woodside (338 9590) or the Wardens if you can help.
  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 16 October.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: today at noon. Details Alice.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Parish Trust meets 5:30 pm Monday in the parish lounge.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets in the parish lounge Tuesday at 1:30 pm.
  • Needlework Group: Tuesday, 7:00 pm in the parish lounge. All welcome. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • CWS Supporters’ Council: Friday 6:00 pm Christchurch North Methodist Church.
  • City Mission Fundraising Lunch: next Sunday 12:30 pm in Christ’s College Hall. Chef Phillip Kraal, hosts Jeremy Elwood and Michelle A’Court. See poster.
  • Youth Group trip to Sheffield: 13 October, leaving S. Michael’s at 4:00 pm.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gift of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 17 September 2017

Dear All

As you read this I will be in Korea – South Korea. If you are reading this at the 8am or 10am Service, I will hopefully be tucked up in bed and asleep. In a short while I will get up and try and find the Anglican Cathedral in Seoul. Yes – they have a service in English at 9.30 on Sunday mornings in the Crypt. I will let you know when I get back what I encountered. I certainly will enjoy the adventure or there again I may just stay in bed and sleep. I’ll let you know either way.

It is always exciting when we are away to go and explore new places and places of worship. The Caribbean has been very much in our thoughts this week. We spent Christmas last year on the Island of Grenada. On New Year’s Day we went to a church that still bore the scars of Hurricane Ivan which devastated that island in 2005. It was an Anglican church with no power, no form of musical accompaniment, Catholic in tradition, but a community steeped in joy. The music was led for the most part by one voice, it was beautiful. We certainly were the odd ones out, but made to feel so welcome. A 15 minute talk was given about giving at the Offertory (hint hint) and that was after a half hour sermon!

Grant, O God, that our Church may be as a city set upon a hill,

a witness to your love a powerhouse of prayer,

and a joy and help to all who worship within its walls.

 Here may the tempted find strength and the sorrowful comfort.

Here may the aged find consolation and the young be inspired.

Shew your mercy upon us, and grant us your salvation through Christ our Lord.

Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  Preparations for Michaelmas:
    • Donations for flowers gratefully accepted by Jill Woodside (Sundays) and
      Alice (office hours).
    • Working Bee for brass cleaning etc: 23 September from 10:00 am.
    • Michaelmas Supper: parishioners are asked to bring a plate of finger food to
      share, something that doesn’t require heating. Please leave your contribution
      in the hall before Mass.
  • Help needed: we are in need of banner bearers to take part in processions
    at the start of festive Masses. The next two occasions are Michaelmas, Friday
    29 September at 7:00 pm, and Sunday, 1 October at 10:00 am, for our Dedication
    Festival. If you would like to help please phone Ann Jinman (347 8290).
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets on Tuesday in the parish lounge at 11:45 am (after the 10:00 am Mass). Archangel Michael: Where? Why? When? Speaker Margaret Burrell. All welcome, details from Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Tickets for the school production Jack the Musical are available from the school office or can be bought on the day. Performances are on Wednesday at 1:00 and 6:30 pm at the Harmony Centre, Antigua Street. Adults $15, children/students $10, preschoolers $5.
  • Daylight Saving begins next weekend: clocks go forward one hour.
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Priest in Charge – 7 September 2017

Dear All

My first degree was a BA in history and perhaps more specifically, in Rural Society of 18th Century England, with a focus on a group of six parishes in Mid-Kent between 1720 and 1750. I studied probate inventories to build a picture of agricultural activity in each parish. Those parishes are still in existence, their boundaries have not changed in three hundred years and neither have the buildings that they worshipped in, except now they have power and running water and other such modern technologies. The pews are the same ones upon which the people I studied sat, and in the graveyard surrounding those churches are their final resting places.

Somehow my thinking this week has gone to those inventories. They are a complete list of the entire belongings of the deceased, the contents of their home, their barns and the livestock and also the quantity of money. For some there were just a couple of lines and for others it ran to pages, right down to the number of forks to the type of plough they had in the barn. These people and their lives have become part of my own, their lives have touched mine. Why did I think about them now? They are fascinating documents, but a reminder to us that we walk always in the footsteps of those who have gone before; right down to the prayers we pray, the hymns we sing. We never journey alone.

The following prayer was written by John Wesley (1703 – 1791), the evangelist who became an open-air preacher, travelling on average 8,000 miles a year on horseback, reaching large sections of the population with whom the church had lost touch.

Jesus, poor, unknown and despised, have mercy on us, and let us not be ashamed to follow you. Jesus, accused, and wrongfully condemned, teach us to bear insults patiently, and let us not seek our own glory. Jesus, crowned with thorns and hailed in derision; buffeted, overwhelmed with injuries, griefs and humiliations; Jesus, hanging on the accursed tree, bowing the head, giving up the ghost, have mercy on us, and conform our whole lives to your spirit. Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 3 September 2017

Dear All

I can’t quite believe that we are already in the month of September. It is incomprehensible as to where time as gone, in fact it seems to be speeding up. As you are all well aware, I do battle with my desk on a regular basis, space on it is always at a premium. I generally have all that I need to work close at hand, but not always discoverable without mounting a crusade against paper and books.

In today’s crusade I have found some interesting tomes. One of which is John Pritchard’s ‘Going to church’. It is a much used and heavily marked book. I opened it and read. Chapter 5 is titled ‘Vicars – all shapes and sizes’. As you ponder, as a parish, your next Vicar keep this in mind.

They have the highest ideals. They are called by a vision which is sometimes so breathtaking it is almost embarrassing to articulate. They experience human life in the raw, often stepping into places of pain and darkness that few would dare to enter. They’re sacrificial and altruistic in a way that’s rare these days. They work all hours and turnout on the darkest nights without a thought of renegotiating their contract (which they don’t have anyway). They’re physicians of the heart and poets of the soul, although they often have to be technicians of the church as well. They think about the biggest issues (God, the universe and everything) while also having to keep an eye on the parish magazine accounts and the squeak on the vestry door. They pray and ponder and love and teach and train and organise and lead worship and trouble-shoot and encourage the fallen and visit the sick and fall asleep in front of the television.

The following prayer was written by R. L. Stevenson (1850 – 94), born in Edinburgh, but spent the last five years of his life in Upolu, an island in Samoa. Here, he established himself, after much work, upon his estate in the village of Vailima. He took the native name Tusitala (Samoan for “Teller of Tales”, i.e. a storyteller).  Here he found peace and it was during this time that most of his prayers were written.

Grant to us, O Lord, the royalty of inward happiness, and the serenity which comes from living close to thee. Daily renew in us the sense of joy, and let the eternal Spirit of the Father dwell in our souls and bodies, filling every corner of our hearts with light and grace; so that, bearing about with us the infection of good courage, we may be diffusers of like, and may meet all ills and cross accidents with gallant and high-hearted happiness, giving thee thanks always for all things. Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  Climate Petition to the next NZ Parliament: copies are available for signing at the back of the church and in the parish lounge. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Pre-Synod briefing meeting: today at 11:45 am.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: today at 12:30 pm. Details from Alice
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Anglican Care AGM: tomorrow 5:30 pm. Details Christine (332 7143).
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets Tuesday, 1:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Needlework Group: meets Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home. New members welcome. Details Jill (338 9590).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 9 September, 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Ros (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

 

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 25 August 2017

Dear All

Our Gospel reading this week has Jesus asking this question, not once but twice. ‘But who do you say that I am?”  So I am going to ask that same question of you: Who do you say he is? Not just say when repeating the Creed, but say with your lives; that is, with your relationships, your bank account, your time, your energy, and all the rest. Who do you really say Jesus is?

Whatever it is that Jesus was and is…it’s really hard to put into words that we can understand. And so we come up with titles and formulations and all the rest, trying to get at the mystery of what God has done in and through Jesus, and that’s understandable. But all too often those words only keep the wild and unpredictable God of love and grace at arms distance from us, and Jesus remains inspiring, exemplary and safe.

The following prayer was written by Clement of Alexandria (c. 150-c. 215). Alexandria in Egypt had the greatest university and the greatest library of the ancient world. It was important that Christians should send their best minds to the Catechetical School there, to prove that Christians could out-think the pagan philosophers. Clement went there from Athens as a pupil and eventually became the principal, and was recognised as one of the greatest philosophers in the tradition of Plato.

A hymn to Christ the Saviour

Bridle of colts untamed, over our will presiding;

Wing of unwandering birds, our flight securely guiding,

Rudder of youth unbending,

Firm against adverse shock;

Shepherd, with wisdom tending

Lambs of the royal flock:

Thy simple children bring

In one, that they may sing

In solemn lays

Their hymns of praise

With guileless lips to Christ their King

                                                                From The Tutor, translator unknown

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Climate Petition to the next NZ Parliament: copies are available for signing at the back of the church and in the parish lounge. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Anglican Living AGM: Wednesday 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the City Mission. Speaker Matt Mark. Details Jacqui pa@anglicanliving.org.nz or 943 0892.
  • Pre-Synod briefing meeting: next Sunday at 11:45 am
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: next Sunday at 12:30 pm. Details from Alice.
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 4 September, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Climate Action Group meets 5 September, 1:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Needlework Group: meets 5 September, 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home. New members welcome. Details Jill (338 9590).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 20 August 2017

Dear All

The weeks are passing far too quickly at the moment. I had only just caught up with the fact that it was July and now we are half way through August already, nearly half way through the third term.  I am revising/exploring a different curriculum with some of the different Year Groups. With the year 5’s we have been beginning to work on Journey. Looking at what journey is to us and hopefully ending up with Pilgrimage, who journeys, why and what are the Pilgrims wanting to achieve. The final piece in the puzzle discovering what the key places of worship are that draw people in to gather to find God.

This week I discovered a little about a Chaplain named Henry Martyn (1781-1812) who met and was inspired by Charles Simeon at Cambridge, where he was a Fellow. He was inspired by Simeon to seek ordination and go to Calcutta as a chaplain with the East India Company. Unlike other Chaplains, he did not limit his ministry to Europeans, but learnt local languages and shared the gospel with the Indian people. He translated the New Testament into Hindustani, Persian and Arabic, the Psalms into Persian and The Book of Common Prayer into Hindustani. He died at Tokat in Turkey on his way home and was buried by the Armenian clergy there.  Just take a second look at his dates, and then reflect on what he accomplished in such a short time!

O send thy light and thy truth, that we may live always near to thee, our God. Let us feel thy love, that we may be as it were already in heaven, that we may do all our work as the angels to theirs. Let us be ready for every work, be ready to go out or come in, to stay or to depart, just as though shalt appoint. Lord, let us have no will of our own, or consider our true happiness as depending in the slightest degree on anything that can befall us outwardly, but as consisting altogether in conformity to thy will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  •  Climate Petition to the next NZ Parliament: copies are available for signing at the back of the church and in the parish lounge. Details Mary Hamilton (337 0833).
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Anglican Advocacy: Two pre-election open meetings with representatives of political parties answering questions on their policies.
    -Criminal justice Wednesday 7:00–8:30 pm in Room 108, Law Building, UC.
    – The health funding crisis Thursday 7:30 pm at the Cathedral.
    Check anglicanadvocacy.org.nz for further details.
  • Anglican Living AGM: 30 August 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the City Mission. Speaker Matt Mark. Details Jacqui pa@anglicanliving.org.nz or 943 0892.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 11 August 2017

Dear All,

Over the past few days I have actually managed to catch a glimpse of the news. The contents have really surprised me. It has been full of mixed messages. I know that this is not unusual, but when you put some of the issues side by side, it just strikes me as odd. Much is, not surprisingly, devoted to politics and the up-coming election, but much also to the success of our sportsmen and women.
We have our athletes who train so hard for every win; every throw thrown has had many months of training behind it. Those who battle for every step on the way to success. Then you come to a President who has decided that it is in his best interest and that of a nation that he should set up his own news channel. How far apart could these poles be? People in this era actually have to sift through so much news media and social media etc to work out what is real, what demands attention and what should be discarded.
There are so many lenses which we can use, but as Christians there is only one lense. That of Christ.
The following prayer was written by Vittoria Colonna (1497–1547). She came from a famous Roman family and was distinguished not only for her writings but also for her friendship with the sculptor Michelangelo.

Most tender Father, may your living fire purify us and your most
clear light illuminate us, and by means of your love, without let or
hindrance of mortal things, may we return to you in happiness and
safety; through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord. Amen.

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Advance Care Planning Meeting: Monday 11:00 am in the parish lounge. Speaker from Christchurch Hospital, details on leaflets at back of the church. Morning tea will be provided directly after the 10:00 am Mass. All parishioners welcome. Inquiries Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel.
  • Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 21 August, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Anglican Advocacy: Two pre-election open meetings with representatives of political parties answering questions on their policies.
    -Criminal justice 23 August 7:00–8:30 pm in Room 108, Law Building, UC.
    -The health funding crisis 24 August 7:30 pm at the Cathedral.
    Check anglicanadvocacy.org.nz for further details.
  • Anglican Living AGM: 30 August 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the City Mission. Speaker Matt Mark. Details Jacqui pa@anglicanliving.org.nz or 943 0892.
  • Liturgy, spirituality, and worship: the ecumenical website run by Bosco Peters
    contains valuable resources and reflections.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

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Dear all,

I am going to admit something—I am one of the world’s greatest procrastinators. While I have been sitting at my desk trying to work out what to write this week I have been dealing with the piles of papers and books that have built up around my desk; they have become an impenetrable wall and in the centre is a space for my laptop. It certainly becomes a challenge to even want to sit down and work. But tonight I have breached the defences and have demolished a large section. It is heartening in one sense, but on the other hand it has not helped me write and it has certainly not clarified my thinking as I hoped that it might. I am also not admitting where the barricade has gone, because the pile of paper on the floor beside me does
not reflect the height of the paper wall taken down!
As human beings we are capable of building barricades of many kinds in our lives, both the physical and the emotional. These barricades can prevent us accessing so much in life. I believe that the breaking-down comes down to knowing ourselves intimately, and perhaps most importantly of all, to knowing that we are totally and utterly loved by God, for who we truly are. Go and remind yourselves of Psalm 139 if
you are wavering…
S. Bonaventura (1217–74) became the General of the Franciscans and taught that there are three parts to the spiritual development of every Christian: the Way of Purgation, ridding oneself of sinful desires, which leads to peace; the Way of Illumination, which leads to truth; and the Way of Union, leading to love. He wrote this prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Spirit:
Lord Jesus, as God’s Spirit came down and rested upon you,
may the same Spirit rest upon us, bestowing his sevenfold gifts.

First, grant us the gift of understanding,
by which your precepts may enlighten our minds.
Second, grant us counsel,
by which we may follow in your footsteps on the path of righteousness.
Third, grant us courage, by which we may ward off the Enemy’s attacks.
Fourth, grant us knowledge, by which we can distinguish good from evil.
Fifth, grant us piety, by which we may acquire compassionate hearts.
Sixth, grant us fear,
by which we may draw back from evil and submit to what is good.
Seventh, grant us wisdom,
that we may taste fully the life-giving sweetness of your love.

I would like to draw your attention to a meeting to be held in the parish lounge at 11:00 am on Monday, 14 August, when Jane Goodwin, Advance
Care Planning Facilitator of Christchurch Hospital, will speak about Advance Care Planning. ACP is a way to help you think about, talk about
and share your thoughts and wishes with family and/or contacts about the type of medical care and treatment you would want to receive in the future,
in particular towards the end of your life.

Morning tea will be provided by the S. Michael and All Angels Women’s Fellowship immediately after the 10:00 am Mass and prior to the
meeting. ALL parishioners are welcome.

The Reverend Anne Prince

Parish Notices

  • Roadworks on Oxford Tce: power to the church will be shut off for most of theday on Thursday. Trumpet deadline will be Wednesday at noon.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: today 12:15 pm. Details from Alice.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Celebration of the Festival of the Holy Name: Saturday 10:30 am at CSN.
  • Youth Groups trip to Adrenalin Forest Saturday 1:45 pm.
  • Liturgy, spirituality, and worship: the ecumenical website run by Bosco Peters contains valuable resources and reflections. Check liturgy.co.nz/john-de-la-bere-rip for an article of special interest to parishioners.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter of the Week and Parish Notices

Dear All,

I’m not a person who likes to take risks, I like to know where I am and what is going to happen. I like to be in control. In contrast, the people in today’s Gospel reading took risks, huge risks. When I hear today’s parables I always wonder what would have happened if someone else had bought the field or the pearl before the men had managed to sell all their possessions so they had the money they needed. But that’s not the point of the story. The people risked everything because they had found something that was worth risking everything for. And so I wonder what I would risk everything for. And I’m immediately caught up with all the things that tie me, and all of us, down. What I do affects my family. I can’t take a huge risk by myself
because what I do affects other people. And so I breathe a sigh of relief. I’m let off the hook. And it’s the same for all of us. If we’re responsible, we can’t go off by ourselves and risk everything—whether it’s financial risk, or travelling to dangerous places or something more mundane.

But our life as Christians always involves risk. Maybe not the sell everything sort of risk, but when we follow Christ we don’t know what we’re going to be led into. Even on good days I shudder to think what sort of an image of Christ I project to others. It’s hard to talk about our faith to others, but sometimes I do and if I’ve chosen the moment appropriately, the conversation is usually worthwhile. But there are no guarantees and the other person may decide that I am decidedly strange! As a church community we’re also called to take risks. Every time we offer a service we take a risk—will people come? Will they see what we offer as relevant?

For us, calling a new vicar is also a risk—it’s not a risk we can avoid, we need a vicar! But again there are no guarantees. As with most things, as we take small risks, we are able to take bigger ones. We learn that we can trust. We can trust God to continue to hold us and guide us, as individuals and as a faith community. We can step out in faith, like the people in the parables, and take bigger risks because we are not taking these risks alone. God is with us and what we do helps to advance the Kingdom. And that’s something that’s very important and something we will need to remember over the rest of this year.

Margaret Maclagan

Parishioner

Parish Notices

  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group meets on Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home.New members welcome. Details Jill (338 9590).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 921).
  • Parish Trust meets Wednesday at 5:15 pm.
  • Need not Greed—Money Matters: Warren Brewer. Thursday 5:30 pm at the Knox Centre. Koha. Details 358 4505.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society: Thursday 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: next Sunday 12:15 pm. Details from Alice.
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • The following decisions were made at Vestry last Tuesday:
    -Supermarket trolleys and the like are not permitted in the church, lounge, school or hall due to possible damage and health and safety issues. S. Michael’s is a heritage-listed building; The kitchens are not to be used by any unauthorised person without supervision.
  • Liturgy, spirituality, and worship: the ecumenical website run by Bosco Peters contains valuable resources and reflections. Check liturgy.co.nz/john-de-la-bere-rip for an article of special interest to parishioners.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: please put unwanted phones etc in the box at the back of the church or take to the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support