Message from Peter Beck

February 2021


Dear Parish family

Kia Ora e te whanau!


Lent is a powerful season in the church year. There is something powerful about a season that calls people to make the connection between lived lives and the calling of God. Discernment. Discernment is not a one off, or something we do all at once; it is a daily calling, a daily wrestling to do the right thing in God’s eyes, the life-enhancing thing. Discernment is something we do in the midst of life, often messily and with countless challenges.

Our wilderness often has a different terrain than Jesus. Having felt God’s call, we have to figure it out amidst our over-booked, over-worked modern lives. Our retreat occurs within communities, families, and workplaces. Our temptations are many; we are surrounded by the gods of self and materialism, of exclusivity and pride, of despair and prejudice. The wild beasts wear different masks, but the ministering and sustaining presence of God is no less with us.


How will you make use of this time to discern how you are to respond to God’s call? The Book of Common Prayer puts it quite succinctly: “I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”


Sunday: February 28th POSTPONED UNTIL SUNDAY 7th MARCH
There will be a Parish Meeting after the Parish Eucharist and Morning Tea. I encourage you to make every effort to come along. Our vestry has, as many of you will know, been seeking the guidance of the Holy Spirit as we have been considering the future for our parish. We now wish to share where we have got to with our congregation on some possible options. This will not be a Special General Meeting and so is not a time for making decisions. We wish to gather your thoughts about the future for St Luke’s to help us come up with a clear proposal to put to the parish.


There will be the usual celebration of the Eucharist here in the Retreat House on Wednesday at 10am and on Thursday at 9.30am. The Lenten study group meets from 10.30 to 12pm. You are very welcome to join us.The study is call ‘Rebuilding the Ruins – through Lent with the prophets’ What new world might we see when we listen for God’s invitation to rebuild the ruins? Join us for Lent 2021 as we look at the ruins in our lives, our Church, and our world – and seek God’s direction as we rebuild what has been destroyed. Please add your name to the list of those coming which is here in the Retreat House, or just turn up either at 9.30am for the Eucharist or in  time for the study to  begin at 10.30. The study book is $5.


There are several retreats being planned during Lent

  • Saturday 27th CSN will having their Lent Quiet Day here in the Retreat House from 10am to 2.30pm. We are warmly invited to join them. The theme is ‘Walking with Jesus’ and the day is led by Sr Clare Murphy of the Sisters of our Lady in Missions


  • 'Listening for the voice of God'

I will be leading this retreat in preparation for Holy Week and Easter from March 12-14th in the Retreat House. Similar in style to the Advent retreat a brochure will be available next week.


  • Deborah Hercock, a member of our parish family is co-facilitator of this retreat: From death to life - and the spaces in between. An Easter Retreat. This Easter "let us look again at the lives we have been so generously given and let us let fall away the useless baggage that we carry -old pains, old habits, old ways of seeing and feeling -- and let us have the courage to begin again". John O Donahue.


This contemplative style retreat will draw from scripture, poetry, and the writings of the mystics. There will be times of sound and of silence, times of movement and of stillness.  Some of the themes we anticipate for this retreat are authenticity, letting go, loss and change, liminal space, new beginnings, and living with hope, gratitude and compassion.  Amidst the challenges of life, we invite you to set time aside for a time of nurture refreshment and renewal. 


Retreat Facilitators. 
Janna Young has been working as a therapist for 30 years and a Spiritual director for 20 years. She really enjoys participating in the work and movement of the Spirit in people's lives. 

Deborah Hercock has worked for 14 years as a counsellor in the area of grief, loss and change and currently works in a spiritual care role within palliative care. She has a passion for human dignity and a deep respect for the wisdom of the spirit. 

Where: Community of the Sacred Name, 300 Tuam Street, Christchurch. 
When: Friday 5th March 2pm-6pm and Saturday 6th March 9am-6pm. 
What to Bring: Open heart. Willing spirit. Comfortable clothes, personal essentials. 
Cost $160 per person (in-house accommodation limited to 11 people).
Day rate Friday and Saturday $ 100. (if costs are a barrier please contact for a reduced rate)
Registration.  Email Deborah at: 






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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.

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.

Further information can be found on the Theology House website.