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

Dear All,

This parish has just embarked on a very busy time in its life.

On Monday a group of parishioners attended the Respectful Conversations with S. Saviour’s, in Sydenham. There was a given format, all those who attended were divided into groups of four, and each person was given an opportunity to answer a set of three questions, as well as listening to pre-recorded interviews. There was plenty of time for reflection and prayer. No one was there to change minds, but it was a chance to develop an understanding of those who come from a very different theological viewpoint. The evening was very thought-provoking.

I am happy also to announce that Bishop Victoria will, on 2 July, be with us as one gathered community, school and parish, to celebrate Founders’ Day. However, perhaps more exciting than that, she will also bless the Old Stone Building, returning it to its rightful place in the centre of S. Michael’s. The Bosendorf piano will also be dedicated, with members of the family who donated it present at that service.

The following Sunday, 9 July, Lynnette Lightfoot, the Archdeacon for Central Christchurch, will come and begin the consultation process for the appointment of the Vicar of S. Michael and All Angels. This will follow the 10:00 am Mass, with a light lunch provided. Please do put this date in your diary.

These events have been, are and will continue to be important moments in the life of this Church and I ask that you hold the parish and these events in your prayers.

 

Teach us, dear Lord, to number our days;

that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

Oh, satisfy us early with thy mercy,

that we may rejoice and be glad all of our days.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;

and establish thou the work of our hands.

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us;

and establish thou the work of our hands, dear Lord.

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Parking at S. Michael’s: on Sundays parishioners may again park in the drop-off zone (the parks close to the church) as well as in the gravel area and the Durham St playground. Those with mobility issues should be reassured that the disability parks are still available.
  • Founders’ Day: parishioners are asked to bring a plate of finger food for morning
    tea next Sunday.
  • Cecilian Singers Concert Pipes and Voices: at S. Michael’s today 2:00 pm. Guest artist Harry Meehan (Cathedral organist). Details on poster.
  • Communion at Three: today in the hall. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 3 July at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • 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 – 18 June 2017

I so wanted to include this quote in last week’s sermon on the Trinity, but there really wasn’t the space or the right place for it, but it really spoke to me and I wanted to share it with you. To me it is such an image full of love and the fact that the shaping is not of our own making, but through the mutual forming of Trinitarian relationships, is beautiful.

“A person is a block of marble within which lies an image of the image of God (the Son), and each strike of the mallet and chisel by the Holy Spirit frees that image from stone-cold vices in order to create out of women and men a liturgical son who shares the Son’s filial relationship with God the Father.” from David W. Faberberg’s book, On Liturgical Asceticism.

Beside my desk I have the Book the Rule of St. Benedict. It is a book that I dip into from time to time.  Each time I meander through its pages there are aspects that give me pause to reflect and others that make me smile. Through this text we see a glimpse into the monastic world that St. Benedict saw. This rule was read aloud in the monasteries. This rule has discarded much that was seen to have no permanent value and set out to build a monastery that would be solid and fruitful in its spiritual formation. Benedict was constructing a society, but firstly he is a teacher of monastic doctrines. Some elements provide Structure for the House of God, others refer to the observances but in the early chapters spiritual teaching dominates.

“Listen my son to the instructions of your Master, turn the ear of your heart to the advice of a loving father.” The opening words of the Rule. Transformational. The revelation and purpose of this Rule is all about love. Much as the opening quote is transformational, but perhaps in a gentler way.

Just for fun, the last sentence of Chapter XXII How Monks should sleep; “When they get up for the Work of God they may quietly encourage one another since the sleepy are given to making excuses.”

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Parking at S. Michael’s: on Sundays parishioners may again park in the drop-off zone (the parks close to the church) as well as in the gravel area and the Durham St playground. Those with mobility issues should be reassured that the disability parks are still available.
  • Prayer Stations: today, interactive prayer stations around the church. The Youth Group has prepared these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
  • Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church at S. Saviour’s Church, 200 Colombo Street, tomorrow 7:00 pm, after a shared fish and chip meal at 6:30 pm. Details on flyer.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom.
    Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship is meeting in the foyer of the Art Gallery on Tuesday at 11:00 am for a guided tour of an exhibition of Canterbury Art. Parking available at the Gallery. For further details, or if transport from the church is required, please contact Pat Evans by 19 June (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Cecilian Singers Concert Pipes and Voices: at S. Michael’s next Sunday 2:00 pm. Guest artist Harry Meehan (Cathedral organist). Details on poster.
  • Fortnightly Eucharist: next Sunday at 3:00 pm in the hall. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all who wish to attend.
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support

 

 

 

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

Two weeks ago, I attended the Anglican Schools Conference, held at Dilworth School in Auckland. The conference was given the theme ‘A Place at the Table’. The image used to illustrate this was the 15th century icon, ‘The Trinity’ by the Russian painter, Anton Rublev. The Trinity, such a well known image, depicts the three angels who visited Abraham at the Oak of Mamre (Genesis 18:1–8), but the painting is full of symbolism and is interpreted as an icon of the Holy Trinity. At the time of Rublev, the Holy Trinity was the embodiment of spiritual unity, peace, harmony, mutual love and humility.

One of the speakers at the conference was Fr. Richard Peers, now the Director of Education in the Diocese of Liverpool in the Northwest of England, where he has responsibility for 119 Church of England schools. Previously, Fr. Richard, as the Head Master, had used the Rublev Icon as one of the tools in transforming a challenging Secondary School in Lewisham in South London. The school in its transformation was renamed Trinity. The vision for Trinity was to be a strong Christian community in which children and adults – made in the image and likeness of God – flourish.  This school was immersed in the Catholic tradition of the Church of England. At Trinity every student had ‘a place at the table’: to be seated, to listen, where all have equal value. A vision not just for one individual educational institution, but for the outworking of each and every one of us.

I finish with a quote from Julian of Norwich from her work Showings. Julian, an anchoress who lived in solitude in Norwich, England in the late 14th century, received the sixteen “showings” or revelations of God’s love in a series of experienced visions. The first version was a short text. The second, longer version was apparently written some years after the first, when she had had time to pray and reflect about the teachings God had given her. Her Revelations of Divine Love, written around 1395, is the first book in the English language known to have been written by a woman.

“I saw no difference between God and our substance, but, as it were, all God; and still my understanding accepted that our substance is in God, that is to say that God is God, and our substance is a creature in God. For the almighty truth of the Trinity is our Father, for he made us and keeps us in him. And the deep wisdom of the Trinity is our Mother, in whom we are enclosed. And the high goodness of the Trinity is our Lord, and in him we are enclosed and he in us. We are enclosed in the Father, and we are enclosed in the Son, and we are enclosed in the Holy Spirit. And the Father is enclosed in us, the Son is enclosed in us, and the Holy Spirit is enclosed in us, almighty, all wisdom and all goodness, one God, one Lord.”

The Reverend Anne Price.

 

Parish Notices

  • From today, a simple Eucharist will be held fortnightly at 3:00 pm at S. Michael’s. This initiative comes from a group of young adults associated with S. Michael’s and the service is open to all who wish to attend.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • S. Luke’s Spirituality Centre—Desert Mothers: A legacy of faith in the wilderness. Presenter Megan Herles-Mooar, Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 17 June 9:45 am in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Prayer Stations: Saturday, interactive prayer stations around the church. The Youth Group is preparing these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
  • Change of Venue: the Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church will now take place at S. Saviour’s Church, 200 Colombo Street, 19 June 7:00 pm, after a shared fish and chip meal at 6:30 pm. Details on flyer.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 19 June at 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group: meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support

 

 

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear All,
I have just spent the last few hours catching up on the emails which accumulated while I was away last week. It’s amazing how quickly they mount up and how much longer they take to respond to than an actual conversation!

This leads neatly on to a resolution that was made at Synod in 2016 that parishes have Respectful Conversations on Same-Gender Relationships and Being Church in the Diocese of Christchurch with our neighbours, in particular on the blessing of same-sex relationships. To get a diversity of views we have been asked by the Diocese to meet with the Parish of South Christchurch on 19 June, at S. Nicholas Spreydon, at a time yet to be decided. The desired outcome of such evenings is that we listen and seek to understand one another, respect that we may differ and recognise that where we
stand can be difficult for other members of the Church. The evening is structured, and facilitators will assist. The Bishop’s intention is that people will listen and speak honestly and in depth in the Spirit of God. Participants will consider their own experience/understanding of people in same-gender relationships, their Christian faith/beliefs and their understanding of being Church. There is no intention to change your or another person’s mind. Next week there will be more information on a separate sheet, with RSVP details. Please consider being part of these conversations.
A prayer by Columbanus (c.550-615) to end:
Grant me, O Lord, the lamp of love which never grows dim, that it may shine
in me and warm my heart, and give light to others through my love for them,
and by its brightness we may have a vision of the Holy City where the true and
inextinguishable light shines, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon today at 12:15 pm.
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 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: Tuesday 7:15 pm in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • S. Luke’s Spirituality Centre—Desert Mothers: Stripping down to truth and bone. Presenter Megan Herles-Mooar, Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 10 June 9:45 pm in the parish lounge. Details Ros Calvert.
  • Prayer Stations: 17 June, interactive prayer stations around the church. The S. Michael’s Youth Group are preparing these around the theme of refugees at the time of the 40-hour famine. Parishioners are welcome to explore and participate.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: on bookshelves in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • 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 – 26 May 2017

Dear All,

With our celebration of the Ascension, we are now striding forward to Pentecost and the end of the season of Easter, and then on into Ordinary Time. I really am not sure where this time has disappeared to, new term, new way of being. It is remarkable how we slide into a new way of being, a new way of feeling. This piece of writing just made me chuckle:

“O God, I am hellishly angry; I think-so-and-so is a swine; I am tortured by worry about this and that; I am pretty certain that I have missed my chances in life; this or that has left me feeling terribly depressed. But nonetheless here I am like this, feeling both bloody and bloody-minded, and I am going to stay here for ten minutes. You are most unlikely to give me anything. I know that. But I am going to stay here for ten minutes.”

I came across this as I was planning my teaching last week, and it made me realise how often when we are in a mood it is practically impossible to stick with the task that is before us. This piece was written by Henry Abbott Williams in his book True to Experience, an anthology of the words and teaching of Harry A. Williams. Henry Williams was Dean of Trinity College, Cambridge, where he gained a reputation for political radicalism, and later became a monk at the Community of the

Resurrection at Mirfield in Yorkshire. His writings have always shown a painful honesty before God.

It does ask the question—how honest are we actually before God? How often when we hit rock bottom do we actually stay with God for ten minutes? There’s a challenge for you this week.

Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

  • Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display a parking permit (see list at the back of the church).
  • Deadline for Trumpet next week only: material required by noon on
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow at 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 Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenical Worship Service. At the Cathedral on Wednesday at 5:30 pm. Details on poster.
  • Luke’s Spirituality CentreDesert Mothers: Stumbling into the wilderness. Series of three talks presented by Megan Herles-Mooar, beginning Thursday 6:00 pm at the Knox Centre, $10.
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets on Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon next Sunday. Names to Alice please.
  • Needlework Group meets next on 6 June. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Angel Pockets/Blankets: thanks to all who supported this nationwide project. The organisers were thrilled and very grateful. The wraps will be distributed locally.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices – 21 May 2017

Dear All

A new week begins. I am going up to Auckland to the Anglican School’s Conference for the second part of the week. I am looking forward to spending time with colleagues that I so rarely am able to meet. But it does mean that I am going to miss this church’s celebrations of the Feast of Ascension on Thursday at the Mass at 10am or with the people of St. Luke at 7pm at Knox.

‘In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me.’ (John 14:19) This is a forewarning of Jesus’ Ascension in our Gospel reading today.

I recently bought a National Geographic magazine, titled ‘Jesus and the Apostles, Christianity’s Early Rise’. I initially thought that it would contain a series of articles, but I was wrong. Well there are some, but it is full of the most incredible images, including paintings, mosaics, photographs. It documents the life of Jesus, the geography of the land of Jesus and the Apostles and the early Christian world.

It is open at a page entitled ‘Resurrection and Ascension’. It shows an image of a 12th century relief in stone from the Monastery of St. Dominic of Silos in Spain. There are six Apostles, all with haloes behind their heads, which are all looking upwards. Their identity is shown by the symbols that they hold. Above them are multiple tiers of waves rising to a point, focused on the head of Christ, recessed, again a halo behind his head and flanked by two angels whose bodies appear to be floating through these stone clouds, holding the last ripples of cloud as if to begin covering Jesus and to obscure him.

To quote, ‘The Resurrection of Jesus and his Ascension to heaven are central elements of Christian faith, demonstrating his conquest of death and his eternal presence “at the right hand of God.” The Gospels describe the resurrected Jesus as quasi-physical: able to eat food and be touched but also able to appear and disappear instantaneously. “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth,” Jesus tells his Apostles before his Ascension.

“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display a parking permit (see list at the back of the church).
  • John De la Bere is now in Ward D1 at Burwood Hospital.
  • Vestry meets on Tuesday, beginning with Mass at 7:00 pm.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Ascension Day: Mass on Thursday with S. Luke’s at the Knox Centre at 7:00 pm.
  • Quiet Day: Saturday from 11:00 am at CSN Retreat House, conductor Jay Behan. Please bring your own lunch, tea and coffee provided. All welcome.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 29 May, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Ecumenical Service, Cathedral 30 May 5:30 pm.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: 4 June. Please speak to Alice if you plan to come.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Angel Pockets/Blankets: thanks to all who supported this nationwide project. The organisers were thrilled and very grateful. The wraps will be distributed locally.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts.

 

 

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices

Dear Friends,

I am one of the many who have been frustrated by the road works that have blocked not just the central city, but also many of the roads that surround our homes. They change so frequently that I am often surprised that I can’t enter the same way that I exited first thing in the morning. Circumstances over the last few weeks have meant that my car has had many more outings than it has had over the previous few months. I love the freedom that I feel when I ride my bicycle; yes I get wet, blown about by the wind and also get hot and then melt when I reach my destination. BUT it has the added benefit, at the moment, of being quicker than the car. I am having a battle with myself about the volume of ‘stuff’ that I seem to need to carry in my panniers. There is probably a solution to that, but that’s not for now.

Why write about it?

Well, apart from the freedom, cost factors, joy that I feel when I am outside, it gives me time to take note of my surroundings and the changes that are happening in the environment, not just the built one but the green, plant life of this city. The weeds in the cracks in the pavements, the leaves of the trees changing colours, the hedges in their amazing variety of shapes, forms and colours. We do live in such an amazing world.

Such is the gift of creation. “In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?” These words come from our Gospel reading today from John. We want sometimes to forget (or perhaps more likely hurry past in the hustle and bustle of daily life) that we currently dwell in a place that is also created by the Father.

The priest John Donne (1571–1631) wrote: Almighty God, in this wondrous world thou dost manifest thy power and beauty: Open the eyes of all to see that whatsoever has any being is a mirror wherein we may behold thee, the root and fountain of all being; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Reverend Anne Price

 

Parish Annual General Meeting Today

All parishioners are encouraged to be present at this important meeting, which will take place in the hall immediately after morning tea. Nomination forms and annual reports are still available.

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Church Parking: parishioners who need to park on site outside service times are asked to display their parking permit (obtainable from the parish office).
  • Bible Study Group meets tomorrow, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Women’s Fellowship meets in the parish lounge on Tuesday at 10:45 am(following the 10:00 am Mass) for morning tea and discussion. All welcome. Details Pat Evans (358 0127).
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Ascension Day 25 May: Mass with S. Luke’s at the Knox Centre at 6:00 pm.
  • Lunch at the Regatta on Avon: 4 June. Please speak to Alice if you plan to come.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Christian Vocation Seminars: Alistair Mackenzie and Don Rowlands. Details from rowlands.don@paradise.net.nz or S. Barnabas Church Office (351 7064).
  • Christian Theology: Otago University distance study programme. Details for Semester 2 from www.otago.ac.nz/theology/study/papers/ or 03 479 8901.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade are available in the parish lounge.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • 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 – 7th May 2017

Dear All,

 

I am in a position that I never expected to find myself in, and I am honoured to journey with you as a community of faith at this moment in time. It is a challenge trying to sift through the thoughts of my mind and focus on how to greet you.

I was born on a farm in mid-Kent, the county between London and Dover in the UK. I am the middle child of three. My older brother continues in the farming tradition of the family and my sister is a Consultant in Care of the Elderly. I began my working life as a teacher and taught for many years in the UK. My husband, Charlie, and I moved to New Zealand thirteen years ago. I was accepted for ordination training soon after our move here. After completing my theology degree through Otago University and ordination training I was ordained a deacon at the end of 2007 and priested a year later by Bishop Victoria. My curacy was undertaken in the Parish of Opawa-St. Martins and followed by a few years out in the Parish of Ellesmere before I returned to the city and took the position of Chaplain at the Cathedral Grammar School.

What of us together in the here and now? This prayer by Rex Chapman, Canon of Carlisle Cathedral, fell out of a book that I was reading: Into your hands, Lord, we commit our spirit, into your hands, the open and defenceless hands of love, into your hands, the accepting and welcoming hands of love, into your hands, the firm and reliable hands of love, we commit our spirit.

Our hands are as much barometers of our feelings as our faces, how we hold them, if we hold our faces in them, how we shake another person’s hand or how we literally hold one another. John Pritchard, the recently retired Bishop of Oxford, wrote of this prayer: “We’re easily seduced into thinking that every problem needs to be resolved as quickly as possible, whereas often problems need to be held in the ‘open and defenceless hands of love’, while the Spirit resolves our pain at a deeper level and over a much longer period. Here is my life offered up to God, and I need to make that offering without strings. Closed hands might conceal much, open hands reveal all to the One I choose to trust. As he takes my life, I’m both relieved and, if I’m honest, a bit anxious about offering so much with so little control. But that’s faith, that’s the deal.”

When all seems hard and incomprehensible, hold out your hands and return yourself to the gentle place of rest, the ever-present, ever-loving God’s hands. Allow yourself to be embraced and held.

The Reverend Anne Price.

 

Parish Notices

  • Parish AGM next Sunday 11:45 am in the hall.
  • Art Exhibition: Diana Smith would like to express thanks to those who bought paintings at her recent exhibition in the parish hall. She also thanks the Music Group, and all others who gave their time and effort to make the exhibition a success. Twenty-two paintings were sold, raising a total sum of $3,690 for the S. Michael’s Vicarage Fund.
  • Easter flowers: sincere thanks for the very generous donations this year.
  • Receipts will be issued under the new arrangements, ie end of March 2018.
  • Fundraiser: fresh stocks of marmalade are now available in the parish lounge.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215).
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 15 May, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Christian Vocation Seminars: Alistair Mackenzie and Don Rowlands. Details from rowlands.don@paradise.net.nz or S. Barnabas Church Office (351 7064).
  • Angel pockets/ blankets: Jill Woodside is collecting completed wraps from now until the middle of May.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

A Message from the Wardens and Parish Notices

Although we all continue to grieve deeply for our beloved Fr Andrew, we have, of necessity, had to begin planning for the ongoing well-being of S. Michael’s. Therefore, aware that, in the immediate future, our parishioners need to be led who someone who knows and loves them,
Bishop Victoria has appointed Revd Anne Price as interim Priest-in-charge. As amply demonstrated at Fr Andrew’s Requiem last week, Revd Anne has the compassion, sensitivity and understanding of
the S. Michael’s way to lead the parish at this time. She will continue in her role at the Cathedral Grammar School but with significantly increased time at S. Michael’s.

The Bishop is currently overseas but in early May she will meet with the Wardens to ensure that, as Revd Anne’s position is part-time, she has the extra clergy support that will be needed. In addition, of course, we will continue to be supported both pastorally and liturgically by Fr Craufurd and Fr Ron. In the midst of such sudden and enormous change we are blessed to have their ministries and that of Revd Anne. S. Michael and All Angels is in safe hands.

Gloria Moyle

Having just celebrated the resurrection of Christ it is exciting that we are soon to witness the resurrection of our beloved Old Stone Building. With extensive earthquake proofing and the exterior stonemasonry completed, and the roof repairs nearing completion, we will see the scaffolding and
the walk-through containers disappearing in the next couple of weeks. Inside, the ceilings are in and walls nearly completed. Plastering has now started with painting and new carpeting to follow. Our contractors are working hard and are confident that the OSB will be handed back to the Parish in early June. It has been a long haul but shortly we will have much to celebrate.
Praise be!

Michael Graveston

Parish Notices

 

  • Reports for the AGM on 14 May: to the office by tomorrow, preferably by email.
  • Deadline for Trumpet next week only: material is required by noon on Tuesday.
  • From 1 April 2017 all sundry donations, e.g. for flowers or other parish appeals, will be recorded and included in parishioners’ annual giving receipts.
  • Easter flowers: sincere thanks for the very generous donations this year. Receipts will be issued under the new arrangements, i.e. end of March 2018.
  • Michael’s School: Term 2 begins tomorrow.
  • 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. Details from 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 lounge.
  • Angel pockets/ blankets: Jill Woodside is collecting completed wraps from now until the middle of May.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.

 

 

Letter from the Vicar and Parish Notices – 9 April 2017

Dear Friends,

Greetings and welcome to S. Michael’s on Palm Sunday as we begin Holy Week. Today our liturgy begins with the Procession of Palms, recalling Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey. The people who lined Jesus’ route, threw cloaks on the ground and waved branches, were those who had seen the kingdom of God come near. They were moved to shout their praises, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Once the procession moved into Jerusalem Jesus found himself in a city in turmoil, with people asking, “Who is this?”

As the hosannas faded into the background it was obvious that Jesus’ ministry had produced two groups of people. One group is the poor in spirit who are blessed because theirs is the kingdom of God. They have seen and embraced the mercy evident in the life and ministry of Jesus, and see this as the action of the living God.

The other group is the powerful religious and political authorities who want to protect their privilege and order and reject the faith that Jesus is Lord. These are like two standards. We find ourselves in Holy Week, like the disciples, having to choose which to come under as our motives are laid bare. On Palm Sunday we read the Passion to help us understand the implications of this choice.

Through our baptism we are united to Christ’s death. This means our spirit yearns to stand where Jesus stands and to share the suffering Jesus suffers, even if our courage falters and lets us down. The purpose of the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter is to build up our capacity to stand with Jesus, regardless of the cost: to trust and not to be afraid. This capacity comes when, through these liturgies, we experience the Holy Spirit filling our heart with the courage and strength of God.

We are given the grace to face the questions, challenges and suffering in our own lives right now, which show us the passion of Christ.

I encourage you to make this journey with us at S. Michael’s through this Holy Week. Tonight we have a special service, the Stations of the Cross with hymns and choral reflections. From this we will go on to celebrate the full richness and depth of the Church’s tradition as we build towards the Triduum of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and the joyful celebration of the resurrection at Easter.

Yours in Christ,

Father Andrew Starky

 

Parish Notices

 

  • Posters and flyers for Stations of the Cross and Holy Week Services are available from the office and at the back of the church.
  • From 1 April 2017 all sundry donations, eg for flowers or other parish appeals, will be recorded and included in parishioners’ annual giving receipts.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 9215) or Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Michael’s School is now on holiday until 1 May.
  • Supper after the Easter Vigil on Saturday: please bring finger food to share.
  • Lunch at Regatta on Avon: Easter Day at 12:15 pm. Details Kathryn Starky.
  • Reports for the AGM on 14 May: to the office by 26 April
  • Sales Table: Sundays in the hall after Mass. Raffle tickets, $2 each or 3 for $5, available Sundays in the hall, weekdays from the office.
  • Book Swap: Sundays in the hall and weekdays in the lounge. Koha to parish.
  • Bible Study Group resumes on 1 May. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Advance Notice: Exhibition of paintings by Diana Watson (Smith) in the hall, 28–30 April, affordable prices with proceeds towards our new vicarage. Elisabeth Alberts and Ginny Comery will sing at the opening 4:30–6:30 pm on 28 April.
  • Inasmuch basket: please continue to support the City Mission with your gifts of groceries and other household items.
  • Preparations for Easter:
    • Donations for flowers to Jill Woodside please.
    • Floral Cross: please bring garden flowers next Sunday morning.
    • 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 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 Stephen Woodside (338 9590).