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

Letter from the Wardens and Parish Notices – 14 July 2017

Dear Friends,
As you know, after the 10:00 am Mass last Sunday Archdeacon Lynnette Lightfoot facilitated the Parish Consultation, our first step towards the appointment of the new Vicar of S. Michael’s. She opened the well-attended meeting by paying tribute to Fr Andrew’s legacy—such a fitting way not just of acknowledging the parish’s debt to his ministry but of centring our attention on the gifts and qualities we are
seeking in his successor.
Since then the five ‘ticks’ we were permitted to put beside the five attributes which we regarded as most desirable have been tallied—and despite the contention over this restriction, the total number of ticks means that most people kept to the rules!
The results are as follows:
Almost everyone included “Acceptance of all people as bearers of God’s image and likeness, regardless of gender, race, religious affiliation, social or cultural background or sexuality”. This was followed quite closely by “Maintain the Anglo-Catholic tradition (while not necessarily returning to the beginnings of this tradition)”. The next three, with an almost equal number of ticks, were: “Can demonstrate a development of their spiritual journey and will develop an environment of spirituality in engaging with the modern world”, “Good pastoral skills and encourages others in their pastoral ministry” and “Experience in participating in and leading church committees, both within and outside the parish, especially the Parish Trust and School Board”

Revd Lightfoot also distributed a ‘Questionnaire for Future Ministry’ and additional copies of this are available at the back of the church. These need to be handed to a Warden or left at the Parish Office by Monday 24 July.

The Parish Nominators—the Wardens, Rachel Watson, the Vestry appointee, and Jon Russell, appointed by the School—will now submit the full list of results, together with a Parish Profile, to Bishop Victoria, who indicated, when the Wardens met with her a few weeks ago, that a desirable timeline would be to advertise in August, with the aim of having a new Vicar by the end of the year.

Before then, of course, the Parish and the Diocesan Nominators, together with the Bishop, will be involved in the appointment process.

We recognise that this is a stressful time but it is also a vitally important one in the journey of our parish, and your prayerful and thoughtful participation in the process on which we have embarked is not only greatly appreciated but is fundamental to its
outcome.

Gloria Moyle – People’s Warden

Michael Graveston – Vicar’s Warden

 

Parish Notices

  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday until 24 July.
  • Refugees Welcome: talk by Murdoch Stephens on refugees and community involvement, and the implications on how we vote in the next general election. tomorrow 6:00 pm at the WEA, see www.doingourbit.co.nz for details.
  • 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 (359 921).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • For the next three months Taizé Evening Service will be replaced by Compline.
  • Need not Greed—Housing Matters: Shamubeel Eaqub. 20 July 5:30 pm at the Knox Centre. Koha. Details 358 4505.
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Theology House: for details of new courses phone 341 3399.
  • Fundraiser: jars of marmalade and lemon curd 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.
  • Recycling Electronic Equipment: Gorillas and chimpanzees are endangered through loss of habitat to excessive coltan mining. Coltan is used in making hand-held electronic devices, from cell phones through to laptop computers. Recycling these devices will help to reduce the mining.
    There will be a box at the back of the church on Sunday mornings for such devices. They will then be taken to Orana Wildlife Park to be sent away for recycling. During the week the box will be in the parish office. Details Jenny Daniels (347 7629).

Letter from the Priest in Charge and Parish Notices – 9 July 2017

“What do you need in order to have church?”

This is the opening sentence of a book that I am reading by Gordon W. Lathrop, titled Holy People: A Liturgical Ecclesiology. How would you answer that question? Keep pondering and praying that question as you journey through mass this morning. It maybe that your answer is in the concrete; the windows, pews, …   It may be in the theology or the traditions/characteristics; the music or the mystery or ………………?? It is important to know and understand your own mind in light of the conversations that are going to be had over the next few weeks as you, the community of St. Michael and All Angels, discern the future leadership.

As the Venerable Bede wrote:

“Lord God, open my heart and illuminate it with the grace of your Holy Spirit.

By this grace may I always seek to do what is pleasing to you;

direct my thought and feelings so that I may at last come to the unending joys of heaven.

Thus on earth may I keep your commandments,

and so be worthy of your everlasting reward. Amen”

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • Deadline for Trumpet next week only: material required by noon on Wednesday
  • S. Michael’s School is now on holiday until 24 July.
  • Communion at Three: today. All welcome.
  • Health & Safety Committee: Tuesday in the lounge at 5:00 pm.
  • Outreach Committee: Tuesday in the lounge at 7:30 pm
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Margaret Maclagan (359 921).
  • Parish Trust: Wednesday 5:15 pm in the lounge.
  • For the next three months Taizé Evening Service will be replaced by Compline.
  • Refugees Welcome: talk by Murdoch Stephens on refugees and community involvement, and the implications on how we vote in the next general election. 17 July 6:00 pm at the WEA, see www.doingourbit.co.nz for details.
  • Bible Study Group meets next on 31 July, 7:15 pm in the school staffroom. Details Peter Oakley (960 0974).
  • Needlework Group meets monthly. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Theology House: for details of new courses phone 341 3399.
  • 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 – 2 July 2017

I have been so looking forward to today. One community gathered; singing, worshipping and praying together. It is the day when we remember the ideals of the Founders’ of this school 166 years ago. We give thanks for the vision of a parish, the skills and passion of teachers throughout the generations. So many children have been nurtured, prepared for the future in the shadows of this church, under the prayers of the faithful. How many young eyes have gazed and fallen captivated by its stained glass windows, banners or plaques? There is such joy in the continuity of hearing the voices of young children threaded through a congregation especially when they come through the doors for a school mass.

Amongst the excitement of the day is the Dedication and Blessing of the Bosendofer piano.

This extraordinary gift from Derek and Keryn Ward. Derek and Keryn were parishioners at St Michael’s from 2007 until 2012 and really enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of the parish and particularly the choir.  They loved singing with Paul Ellis and the choir during this time.  They have remained in in touch with Paul and Jane Ellis and a number of other loyal singers and dear friends. The piano was lovingly donated by Leonie, Derek’s mother. She knew that the parish of St. Michael’s has a strong musical tradition and was pleased that her beloved instrument would continue to be used to the glory of God.

The ivory keys of this beautiful instrument have also felt the touch of many students, let us pray that it’s presence may be the key to many others developing a love and passion for music.

This place is a place of constant love, enveloping faith and joyful hope.

 

O Lord Jesus Christ,

who didst take into thine arms the children brought to thee for blessing:

Bless always and in all places the children of thy Church,

and thy Church in telling them of thee,

that they may grow into thy likeness,

keeping innocent, obedient to thy will and happy in thy house;

for thy tender mercy’s sake.

Amen

The Reverend Anne Price

Parish Notices

  • 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 this Tuesday, 7:00 pm at Jill Woodside’s home. Details Jill (338 9590). New members welcome.
  • Meditation Group: Wednesdays 12:00–12:30 pm in the Pilgrims’ Chapel. Details Kathryn Starky (385 0197).
  • Canterbury Shakespeare Society meets Thursday, 7:30 pm in the parish lounge.
  • S. Michael’s School is on holiday from Friday until 24 July.
  • Saturday Breakfast: 8 July 9:45 am in the lounge. Details Ros Calvert (322 6078).
  • Communion at Three: next Sunday. All welcome.
  • Refugees Welcome: talk by Murdoch Stephens on refugees and community involvement, and the implications on how we vote in the next general election.
  • 17 July 6:00 pm at the WEA, see www.doingourbit.co.nz for details.
  • Theology House: for details of new courses phone 341 3399.
  • 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
  • Consultation Process for the next Vicar of S. Michael’s with Archdeacon Lynnette Lightfoot next Sunday following the 10:00 am Mass. Light lunch will be provided.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.
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