Message from Peter Beck
Saturday 08 August 2020
Dear Parish Family
Kia Ora e te whanau!
This Sunday at our Parish Eucharist at 9.30 we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration, which actually falls on the 6th August. The Gospel passage is in St Luke’s gospel chapter 9,verses 28b-36. The glory of God in the person of Jesus is revealed in blinding light and ‘glorious splendour’. August 6th this year is also the 75th anniversary of the dropping of the atom bomb on Hiroshima. On this day in 1945 the future of humanity was changed for ever in this disfiguration. Our capacity to maim and destroy was demonstrated in the most awesome terrible burst of light.
Last year Gay and I visited Hiroshima. We were of course deeply moved by that experience and also hugely affected by the deep outreach of love which was extended to us visitors from the folk we met, calling us to join with them in a common commitment to peace with justice for all people. ‘Never again’ was the catch cry. Transfiguration and disfiguration – the two poles of which draw us – life and death. We as disciples of Christ are called to face all that is disfiguring our world today and commit ourselves daily to working for a vision of our world as God’s love would have it be.
A prayer by Janet Morley: ‘Christ our only true light, before whose bright cloud your friends fell to the ground: we bow before your cross that we may refuse to be prostrated before the false brightness of any other light, looking to your power alone for hope of resurrection from the dead.’
We are warmly invited to join the Sisters of Community of the Sacred Name:
· when they celebrate their Feast Day tomorrow at 10am in the Retreat House chapel, with Dean Lawrence presiding. A light lunch will follow.
· and on Sunday 9 August, at 5pm Evensong at Transitional Cathedral, when Bishop Peter Carrell will be commissioned as Visitor to the Community of the Sacred Name.
It would be great if some of us are able to go and support.
There will be the usual celebration of the Eucharist on Wednesday at 10am and Thursday at 9.30am. Vestry also meets on Thursday evening.
You may like to mark your diary for a weekend Advent Retreat here in the Retreat House 27-29th November. I hope that some of you will want to stay at the Retreat House over the weekend. Those who cannot will also be welcome to share in the sessions on Friday evening and Saturday. The retreat will end with the Parish Eucharist on Advent Sunday. More details to come.
Last Thursday I went to an ‘Impact Lunch’ organised by Steven Moe , a young Christian lawyer who is a social entrepreneur very active in bringing people together who want to make a difference for good in our city. It was amazing! Thirty young men and women, all of them in their own way social entrepreneurs, involved in business and commerce which will change and enhance people’s lives. The lunch was dynamic and full of positive energy. This was just the sort of activity that I believe we at St Luke’s are called to join in on and share. Have a look at www.theseeds.nz, a series of podcasts telling good stories from interviews Steven has had with nearly 200 people in recent months [including me!]
Soup Lunches are planned for Sunday 16 August and Sunday 20 September - an opportunity to meet in small groups over lunch in individuals’ homes – time to catch up and enjoy food together with no agenda attached! You can either offer to host a lunch or join as a guest participant by signing one of the sheets in the chapel. All you need to bring is yourself and a $10 donation towards parish funds.
In September as well as voting in the General Election we will also be voting in two very important referenda. Theology House and the Transitional Cathedral have arranged two events held in the cathedral with informed speakers, a panel discussion and time for questions. Come and be fully informed before you decide how to vote.
Saturday 15 August 9.45am - 12noon: End of Life Choice Bill
Saturday 22 August 9.45am - 12noon: NZ Cannabis Referendum
I was offered all the office equipment we needed within a day after the letter last week. Thank you
Studying Theology is a great way to explore and deepen your faith
Gareth is a member of our vestry as well as the Director of Theology House . Here’s some more information about Theology House for us all to consider:
Whether you are considering starting study or continuing with an existing programme, there are some great options for the second half of 2020.
Regardless of what programme you are considering or whether you are a new or an experienced student, Theology House is here to advise and help you on the journey. Our theological library and other resources are available whether you’re in formal study or following your own journey of discovery.
It’s not too late to enrol for “Doing Theology” this semester. Starting on 17 July, you can take this as a paper towards the NZ Diploma of Christian Studies taught by St John’s College in partnership with Theology House or just for personal interest. We’re delighted to have the Rev’d Dr Joe McGarry teaching the course.
Further information can be found on the Theology House website.
Dear friends, 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.