A NOTE FROM THE CHURCH WARDENS:
The Study Group is planning another series of studies. They will be following the book "Finding Sanctuary - Monastic Steps for Everyday Life". In this inspirational and practical book, Abbot Christopher Jamison, from Worth Abbey, outlines the wisdom of St Benedict and suggests how it can be applied to life outside the monastery.
The studies begin at Margaret's home, at 1.30pm on Thursday 5 September 2019.
Anyone interested is invited to join the group - all welcome - please contact Margaret Allan (Ph.3773975 or 027748 6951. email: email@example.com) If you would prefer to read through the book on your own, you might like to order a copy for yourself. Copies can be ordered through Ecclesia Books - estimated cost $30.00 each. If you want a copy either for use with the group or for your own use, please order promptly.
Donations to The City Mission
We are also reminded that the food basket which sits at the entrance to the Chapel each week is there for donations of food for the City Mission Food Bank. Canned, preserved, dried food - (not fresh or frozen), or toiletries such as soap, toothpaste, or toilet-paper are always in demand. Our gifts are delivered to the City Mission on a regular basis. Of late, the majority of donations have come from the elderly who take advantage of the weekly shopping trips we offer, with the occasional donation from a kindly parishioner. How about we make a concerted effort to fill the basket from among ourselves?
SUNDAYS AFTER PENTECOST
The six months which follow Pentecost Sunday until the last day of the church's year, the Reign of Christ, has been called by various names - 'Trinity Sundays', 'Proper' time, 'ordinary time'. There is certainly nothing ordinary about these days, for every Sunday is a feast of the resurrection, every Sunday a mini-Easter, a celebration of the Paschal Mystery. The Christian's view of the world is always slightly skewed - we are learning to look at life from the other side of the resurrection.
The celebration of the Paschal mystery comes to an end with the Feast of Pentecost, calling the baptised into the world with Christ's message of love and reconciliation. The Church, therefore, is always pentecostal, always sent. The question before us throughout the Sundays after Pentecost is this: How do we live as though we actually believe in the resurrection?
During these months, by an (almost) sequential reading of the gospel account of Jesus' teaching, healing, and wandering ministry we are able to reflect on the way of the Paschal Mystery as a way of life, a way of dealing with and loving other people. Between the time when Jesus calls disciples together to follow him, until his final arrival in Jesusalem, these are the days of teaching, travelling, healing, of conflict with religious authorities, of sharing with friends and strangers alike, of revealing in word and deed the shape of the Kingdom of God. So we read this part of the Gospels throughout these six months of Sundays after Pentecost. And because there are three gospels which follow the same basic narrative shape - Matthew, Mark, and Luke, called the 'Synoptic' gospels - we read one of them each year.
After all the dramatic colour changes of Advent-Christmas-Epiphany and Lent-Easter-Pentecost the church is dressed in the colour green throughout the Sundays after Pentecost. Because green is the colour for growth, and growth in discipleship is the theme for this time. In the Northern Hemisphere (where all the church's liturgical traditions originated) this time coincides with spring and summer, the time for new growth after long frozen winters. But in Aotearoa New Zealand the Sundays after Pentecost coincide with winter and spring. For us the days are at their shortest, trees are starkly bare, the skys can be very grey, frosts are common and snow falls in the hills.
Growth during these months is not so much a visible and obvious reality, but a 'secret' one. Deep in the cold earth, unseen in the bare branch's sap, life is preparing to burst forth once again. Jesus' teaching, healing, and travelling speaks to the deep places of our hearts, where true discipleship is born and flourishes. Jesus' call to follow must be heard and accepted in the depths of our soul. That is the work of loving response during these Sundays after Pentecost.
Green time is 'interrupted' by a handful of feats - the Feast of Mary (Sunday nearest to 15 August), the Feast of Francis (Sunday nearest to 4 October), our patronal festival, St Luke's Day (18 October), and All Saints and All Souls Day (Sunday nearest to 1 November)
Parish Roll 2019
OUR LATEST PARISH ROLL FORM IS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
We are asking everyone to complete this form, whether you have been registered before, or are qualified and wish to be enrolled for the first time. Please note you can only be enrolled in any one parish or other local ministry or mission unit, at any one time. You need to be on the Parish Roll if you wish to speak or vote at any parish meeting. Please return your form by handing to one of the Churchwardens, or by emailing the completed and signed form to firstname.lastname@example.org .
We have been 'relaxed' about annual renewals of the Parish Roll over recent years, but with a building programme and important decisions to be made around that in the next two years, Vestry has agreed there needs to be an annual update of the Roll.
KAILAKURI HEALTH CARE PROJECT
LATEST NEWSLETTER JUNE 2019 now available to download. Details of the wonderful work undertaken by this organisation and the most recent news can be found in their latest newsletter.
EXCITING NEWS FOR THE FUTURE OF ST LUKE'S
The following was printed in the ANGLICAN E-NEWS on 20 March 2019:
“Last Wednesday evening Standing Committee completed a decision making process involving the Operations Management Board (which governs the Anglican Centre), the Church Property Trustees, the Anglican Care Trust Board and the Parish of Christchurch St. Luke’s. As a result we are committed to building a combined Anglican Centre and St Luke’s Spirituality Centre on the St Luke’s site, corner Manchester and Kilmore Streets. Design work is beginning and it is my hope that with a fair wind through the consenting process we can be located again in the inner city by early 2021 and St Luke’s can be back on their home turf.”
Parish Newsletter - March 2019
OUR LATEST NEWSLETTER IS AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
A reminder that copy for the next newsletter is to be with the editor (Roz: email@example.com : as soon as possible. Talk to Roz if you have a book review, article, poem, quote etc which she may be able to incorporate.
Our mid-week Eucharists are celebrated at 6.00pm Tuesday, 10.00am Wednesday, and at 9.30am Thursday. All services in the Chapel at the Knox Centre.
PASTORAL CARE: For pastoral matters contact any of the pastoral group: Francie Conolly (325 2832), Jenny Drury (366 3098), Michaele Watson (981 5675), Helen Roud (027 657 7947).
KEEPING IN TOUCH: If you would like to be on our parish e-list for occasional emails, or if you have changed your address or phone number(s), please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you.
ST LUKE'S WEBSITE: Information updates and sermons are posted on the parish web site: www.stlukesinthecity.org.nz
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