Message from Peter Beck
Saturday 04 July 2020
Dear Parish Family
Kia Ora Whanau
This Sunday is Refugee Sunday and the Parish Eucharist at 9,30am will focus on this theme. Around the world, 79.5 million people have been forcibly displaced. That’s the most since World War II, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Most people remain displaced within their home country, however about 26 million people worldwide have fled to other countries as refugees. Another 4.2 million people have applied for refugee status, but not received it yet. More than half of refugees are children
As we continue to see the impact and debates about racism around the globe and in our islands, the following event may be of interest to you: Understanding Systemic Racism in Our Own Land Guest Speaker: Sir Mark Solomon, Saturday 11th July, 7pm at Northcity Church, 95a Sawyers Arms Road, Papanui. This event is organized by Te Raranga City Wide Church Network with the support of Heads of Denominations in Christchurch
Alan Robb sent me this poem. It is important to Read it from the top to the bottom – then read it from the bottom to the top. Then reflect on what it means for you and for us.
REFUGEES by Brian Bilston
They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you and me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
OK it is not to say
These people should be just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid as to think that
The world can be looked at another way
Now, read it from the bottom to the top
We will also commission our new vestry this Sunday morning: People’s Warden Alan Robb, Bishop’s Warden Jenny Drury, Vestry members: Gareth Bezett, Brendan Chase, Jim Connolly, Linda Owen, Pamela Hindin-Whitewood. Our current Synod Representatives are Alan Robb and Roz Lefay. Let us hold them in our prayers.
Mark Murphy and Helen Ridley are members of our parish family who were the last couple to be married in St Luke’s Church [on July 10th 2010], before the building was destroyed by the earthquakes. They will be here on Sunday with their children Arlo and Evie, celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary, and will bring their photo albums of the wedding, which includes some lovely pictures of the church. I gather they are also bringing something for morning tea! Happy Anniversary Mark and Helen.
At the AGM last Sunday we agreed unanimously to the following motions:
1. That this parish :
(a) gratefully accepts the offer of Mother Alena and Sister Keleni to make the CSN Retreat House available to the parish for an initial period of 12 months. and
(b) encourages the Priest-in-Charge and Wardens to continue discussions with the Sisters into the possibility of forming a partnership relationship in mission and ministry to the inner city based from the Retreat House.
2. That this parish :
(a) regrets it is no longer able to consent to being party to the proposal to build the new Anglican Centre in conjunction with a St Luke’s Spirituality Centre on St Luke’s land at 248 Manchester Street;
(b) expresses appreciation for the support and understanding of the Bishop, the General Manager of the Church Property Trustees, and the Diocesan Manager, as discussions on the proposal have progressed since February 2019;
(c) understands that -
(i) income on insurance proceeds (currently held on its behalf by the Church Property Trustees) could, on application to the Standing Committee and Church Property Trustees, be made available towards the mission and ministry of the parish; and
(ii) if in the future the parish wanted to sell the land at 248 Manchester Street, proceeds would again be held by the Church Property Trustees on behalf of the parish, income from which could, on application to the Standing Committee and Church Property Trustees, be made available towards the mission and ministry of the parish.
This week we celebrate the Eucharist at the Retreat House on Wednesday at 10am and Thursday at 9,30am. For myself I find these simple quiet services with reflective silence really nourishing. [Morning tea afterwards of course!]’
Gay and I will be away from 10th to 26th July. Please contact the wardens if you need to.
Let us pray for one another and our ministry and mission in the city
St Luke's Parish Prayer
O Living and Life-Giving God,
your blessed witness Luke the Evangelist
has inspired generations of your faithful people
to work for the gospel in this part of our city.
So guide us by your Spirit:
give us a thirst for your truth,
a passion for your justice,
a strength in our witness,
and a firm hope in the future you open before us;
that we may celebrate with joy
the saving death and resurrection of Jesus Christ,
your Son, our Lord.