News – February 24, 2013 – Lent Two

Parish Fair

20 days to go! Thank you to all those who have volunteered to do some home baking – we are very grateful! See the narthex noticeboard for a comprehensive list of what we need!

On March 2 and 9 we have some bookings to sell raffle tickets in four locations. Can you spare a couple of hours with a friend to help us out? See Brad McLaren, Michelle Holloway or Jo Bilton.

Vicar’s Blog

The next instalment of A Time of Increase is up on Steve’s new blog:  A time of increase – part 5

You can add your thoughts to Steve’s writing by making a comment at the bottom of the web page. These comments are screened to remove internet nasties and probably won’t appear for an hour or so until the webmaster releases it.

Lenten Studies

Each of these studies has now begun and will run throughout the Season of Lent. Please contact the leader of each group or the Parish Office with any queries.

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Sundays, 6 pm, 75 Te Ore Ore Road

Being Disciples – Led by Robin Hercock and Barry Sims
Following on from last year’s Alpha course, this study looks at some encouraging topics straight out of God’s word.
Mondays, 7-9 pm, St Matthew’s Community Hall

What if… Led by Merv Jones
Mondays, 7 pm, 63 Pownall Street

Big Mamma – Led by Liz Greville
Looking at our connection with the divine through the trials and tribulations of modern thoughts and actions, and exploring how we connect our beliefs and understandings of Christianity in this ever evolving world.

Tuesdays, 5-6 pm, Pat’s Place (hall) at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Thursday, 3-4 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex

Design for Discipleship – Led by David Cole
Thursdays, 7 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex (Church Reception Area)

Parish Magazine

The deadline for any articles or items for the next edition of the Parish Magazine has closed, the next editon of the Parish Magazine should be avabile in the next week.

Belonging to the Anglican Parish of Masterton

If you are new to the Parish and have not yet been asked to fill in the “Belonging Form” would you please see the Sidesperson or welcomers. They will help explain why and how providing your contact details is important for any follow up, should you wish for help in your faith journey.

Parish Inventory under way

All our churches, halls and other buildings are being surveyed and an inventory is being compiled of their contents.

If, by any chance, you should happen to have any parish equipment, tea towels, prayer books, etc., would you mind returning them either to the Parish Office or their proper home.

Sponsorship

We have an opportunity to send a family on a retreat weekend in April. We need to raise $300 to cover retreat costs. If you can help please see the Parish Office.

Kelvin Crombie

Australian author and speaker on Israel in history will be speaking in Masterton on Thursday March 7 at 7:30 pm at St Matthews Church Hall.

Circle of Friends

Those interested in becoming a part of the “Circle of Friends” for released inmates from Rimutaka Prison or Prison Ministry in general . Please contact Vic Gadsby 377 3271 after-hours

Confirmation and Renewals

Bishop Justin will be coming to St Andrew’s in the Paddock on June 9th to confirm candidates from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. If anyone else would like to be confirmed or wishes to renew their confirmation vows, please contact Vicar Steve Kimberley or the Reverend Liz Greville.

World Day of Prayer

Friday, 1 March, hosted by St Patrick’s Church. If you are interested in helping with our Parish contribution to this service, please contact Bev McNeilage or the Parish Office.

Outdoor Adventure Firewood Fundraiser

The going rate for firewood is about $150 for 3 square metres (almost a cord). If you get firewood from the parish, you can make a donation of what you can afford and they’ll even deliver it for you. It’s even cheaper if you pick it up yourself.

Keep yourself warm this winter – and help our Outdoor Adventure Group – by getting your firewood from them. Contact the Parish Office if you’re interested.

Prayer pointers

As we step into a new year, let us pray for the Breath of God to be upon us, to bring fresh inspiration by the Holy Spirit, that we may be right in the centre of God’s will for us as a church family.

Especially we pray for –

  • Lenten studies, that all those taking part will be encouraged by God’s Word.
  • Parish Fair, Pray for a great Parish wide event, good weather and great response from the community.
  • Parish AGM on 24 March. Pray for the work of the Holy Spirit among us as we nominate and vote for vestry
  • Those struggling through this time of Lent
  • The new preschool Atrium children as they begin their faith journeys
  • Those considering confirmation in June

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. – Phil 4:6 (NKJV)

For your diary

March 2 7.30am – 9.30am, Men’s Breakfast, St Matthew’s Community Hall
March 2 10 am -12 pm, St Matthew’s Community Hall—Matt’s Place
March 6 Chris Hainsworth Organ Concert – St Matthew’s Church
March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, St Matthew’s Community Hall
March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds
March 30 Parish AGM, 12 noon, St Matthew’s Community Hall
June 9 Confirmation and Renewals at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

This week’s Koinonia is available here

Bishop’s Letter: February 2013

Bishop Justin Duckworth
Bishop Justin Duckworth

Kia ora koutou katoa

Greetings

What a stunning summer!

Our family has had a great holiday, a few of our highlights were tramping the northern circuit around Mt Ngauruhoe, resting at Omori and attending New Wine at El Rancho with hundreds of other Anglicans. However the holidays are dwindling into the background now as the Diocese moves forward into the adventures that God has for us in 2013 and beyond.

I was deeply impacted as I read the end of Psalm 77 (The message translation) in the morning office;

“Ocean saw you in action, God,
saw you and trembled with fear;
Deep Ocean was scared to death.
Clouds belched buckets of rain,
Sky exploded with thunder,
your arrows flashing this way and that.
From Whirlwind came your thundering voice,
Lightning exposed the world,
Earth reeled and rocked.
You strode right through Ocean,
walked straight through roaring Ocean,
but nobody saw you come or go.”

What resonated with me was the sense of the overwhelming chaos that threatens us, whether it’s global, national or even Diocese. We/I often feel out of control surrounded by many overwhelming obstacles. Yet God walks through unhindered! The problem is “but nobody saw you come or go”. God is active in our chaos, however, the writer of Psalm 77 does not assume that we will ever be able to recognise God’s transformative work in our world. At this time in history I have confidence that God is at work, I pray though that we/I will have eyes to recognise it. We are called always to be a courageous people of faith.

Where ever Jenny and I visit in the Diocese we constantly come away saying they are amazing people. We are so impressed by the courageous signs of hope that are happening around our Diocese despite the surrounding chaos. To mention a few;

  • The completely renewed vicarage at Raetihi and the installation of the Reverend Sam Bate as a Missioner. The courage shown by the parish of Ruapehu is inspirational and the generosity of the wider Diocese in time and money is legendary.
  • The new Diploma programme starting in a few weeks has over 40 participants from across the Diocese.
  • Sending two new young adults to St John’s
  • The service at Marton where the wider Parish gathered along with the year 9 students from Nga Tawa
  • The installation of The Reverend Ellie Sanderson at the parish of Eastbourne, the welcome of the Parishioners and the huge sense of call that Ellie feels to be part of the family of the Diocese of Wellington.
  • Young clergy and family retreat, over 75 family members came to Ngatiawa to strengthen relationships across the Diocese family

My personal favourite Kingdom moment came when I was just about to address a public rally and felt relatively alone and anxious about my contribution. Just then a beneficiary came up to me and said

“God has said that I should come up and pray for you, as what you are doing today is difficult.”

Then this saint quietly prayed that I would have wisdom and courage, then he just disappeared again into the crowd.

I am always impacted that of the ten lepers who were healed by Jesus, only one returned to Jesus to say thanks. We, as a Diocese, need to start the year by saying thank you to God for our life together, it is a challenging and rich life, it is the abundant life!

Family, I would ask you to uphold a couple of matters in prayer in this next month.

  1. The nominators are getting into the final stages in our discerning of a new Dean. Pray that God will guide us in this important task.
  2. The Tikanga Pakeha Bishops are meeting on the 18th of March to discern a new Archbishop for Tikanga Pakeha. I would ask that Parishes pray on the 17th in their services and parishioners remember us in their prayers on the 18th.

Thank you, family.

Blessings

+Justin

 

Ash Wednesday marked with combined worship

Parishioners from St Patrick’s Catholic Church, St Matthew’s, St Alban’s, Tauweru, and Church of the Epiphany packed St Patrick’s, Masterton, for a highly successful combined Ash Wednesday liturgy, with imposition of ashes.

The service was preceded by a shared meal in Moore House, where everyone had an opportunity to meet and get to know each other.

The service was jointly led by Fr Julian Wagg, the Reverend Stephen Kimberley (preacher) and the Reverend Peter Brown.

The Vicar of Masterton, Reverend Stephen Kimberley’s, sermon can be found here.

Ash Wednesday – the start of Lent

Cross of ashes on a girl's forehead

On Ash Wednesday the ashes of last year’s palm crosses are burned and
the ash used to place a cross on the forehead of each person in the congregation.

Ash Wednesday marks the start of Lent.  Ashes were used in Old Testament times as a way of expressing sorrow for sin and faults.

Ash Wednesday also marks the start of the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert fasting and praying and ends on Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday.

Christians mark this time in prayer, repentance, study, some fast (eating no meat or dairy products) and many give up luxuries.

Ash Wednesday services

Parish Ash Wednesday services are:

12.10 pm   Ash Wednesday Midday Service, St Matthew’s

5.30 pm   Contemplative Service and Imposition of Ashes, St Andrew’s in the Paddock, Fernridge

5.30 pm    Combined Anglican/Roman Catholic Ash Wednesday service at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, begins with Lenten food in Moore House (behind St Patrick’s, followed by a combined Ash Wednesday Service in St Patrick’s (the Liturgy of the Word and the Imposition of Ashes).

News – February 10, 2013 – Sunday before Lent

Vicar’s Blog

The next instalment of A Time of Increase is up on Steve’s new blog:  A time of increase – part 3

You can add your thoughts to Steve’s writing by making a comment at the bottom of the web page. These comments are screened to remove internet nasties and probably won’t appear for an hour or so until the webmaster releases it.

Ash Wednesday – 13 February

The combined Anglican/Roman-Catholic Ash Wednesday Service, is being hosted by St Patrick’s Church.

Hospitality starts at 5.30pm in Moore House (behind St Patrick’s Church), with the service beginning at 6.30pm in the Church.

St Andrew’s in the Paddock holds a contemplative service for Ash Wednesday at 5.30 pm.

Ash Wednesday service details for St Matthew’s will be hold a service at midday, 12.10pm, in the Chapel.

Read more about Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent here.

Lenten Studies

Each of these studies will begin from next Sunday, 17 February, and run throughout the Season of Lent. Please contact the leader of each group or the Parish Office with any queries.

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Sundays, 6 pm, 75 Te Ore Ore Road

Being Disciples – Led by Robin Hercock and Barry Sims
Following on from last year’s Alpha course, this study looks at some encouraging topics straight out of God’s word.

Mondays, 7-9 pm, St Matthew’s Community Hall

What if… Led by Merv Jones

Mondays, 7 pm, 63 Pownall Street

Big Mamma – Led by Liz Greville
Looking at our connection with the divine through the trials and tribulations of modern thoughts and actions, and exploring how we connect our beliefs and understandings of Christianity in this ever evolving world.

Tuesdays, 5-6 pm, Pat’s Place (hall) at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

Portraits of Jesus – Led by Brad McLaren
Looking at the echoes of the Life of Christ through the Bible
Thursday, 3-4 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex

Design for Discipleship – Led by David Cole
Thursdays, 7 pm, St Matthew’s Narthex (Church Reception Area)

Parish Magazine deadline approaching

The deadline for any articles or items for the next edition of the Parish Magazine is Friday, 15 February. Can you please email your item directly to the editor or the Parish Office.

Parish Inventory under way

All our churches, halls and other buildings are being surveyed and an inventory is being compiled of their contents.

If, by any chance, you should happen to have any parish equipment, tea towels, prayer books, etc., would you mind returning them either to the Parish Office or their proper home.

Sponsorship

We have an opportunity to send a family on a retreat weekend in April. We need to raise $300 to cover retreat costs. If you can help please see the Parish Office.

Parish Fair needs great home bakers

Biscuits on sale at fair. Would you like to show your kitchen prowess by donating some delicious home baking to our Parish Fair?

Most fairs tend to sell out of cakes right away – so we need LOTS and LOTS of home-cooked fare! We have plenty of meat trays if you need some to put the baking on! Home baking is a great seller – so let’s make the most of it! Please see Jo Bilton.

Confirmation and Renewals

Bishop Justin will be coming to St Andrew’s in the Paddock on June 9th to confirm candidates from the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. If anyone else would like to be confirmed or wishes to renew their confirmation vows, please contact Vicar Steve Kimberley or the Reverend Liz Greville.

World Day of Prayer

Friday 1 March, hosted by St Patrick’s Church.
If you are interested in helping with our Parish contribution to this service, please contact Bev McNeilage or the Parish Office.

Outdoor Adventure Firewood Fundraiser

The going rate for firewood is about $150 for 3 square metres (almost a cord). If you get firewood from the parish, you can make a donation of what you can afford and they’ll even deliver it for you. It’s even cheaper if you pick it up yourself.

Keep yourself warm this winter – and help our Outdoor Adventure Group – by getting your firewood from them. Contact the Parish Office if you’re interested.

Prayer pointers

As we step into a new year, let us pray for the Breath of God to be upon us, to bring fresh inspiration by the Holy Spirit, that we may be right in the centre of God’s will for us as a church family.

Especially we pray for –

  • Vestry as they meet this Tuesday. Pray for the wisdom and guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • Lenten studies, that all those taking part will be encouraged by God’s Word.
  • KidZ WorkZ Team retreat on the 23rd, that God may give His thoughts and His wisdom for this year, to this important ministry.
  • Isora – new study group for youth – pray God’s blessing, that our young people will be impacted by the gospel, also pray for God’s anointing upon Kat and Gareth as they lead.
  • Those whose year has begun without a loved one, with ill health or unsettling changes.
  • All the children transitioning from class to class or school to school
  • The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Children as they settle back into their space
  • The community groups which use our spaces as they establish themselves in this years programmes

In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul. – Psalm 138 (NKJV)

 

For your diary

February 14 St Matthew’s Seniors Lunch
March 2 7.30 am – 9.30am, Men’s Breakfast, St Matthew’s Community Hall
March 2 10am -12 pm, St Matthew’s Community Hall—Matt’s Place
March 6 Chris Hainsworth Organ Concert – St Matthew’s Church
March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, St Matthew’s Community Hall
March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds
March 30 Parish AGM, 1 2noon, St Matthew’s Community Hall
June 9 Confirmation and Renewals at St Andrew’s in the Paddock

If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

This week’s Koinonia is available here

News – February 3, 2013 – Presentation in the Temple

Presentation of Christ in the temple - Menologion of Basil

This icon shows Mary handing the Baby Jesus to Simeon, while in the background Joseph holds the two turtle doves for the sacrifice. 

When he was eight days’ old Mary and Joseph took the baby Jesus to the temple to meet the requirements of the Law of Moses. They brought with them two turtle doves as a sacrifice, as the law required.

The devout, elderly Simeon, who was “guided by the Spirit,” was at the temple when they arrived.  God had promised Simeon that he would not die until he had seen Christ (Luke 2:26)

Simeon held the baby Jesus in his arms and uttered the much-loved words we know today as the Nunc DimittisAt St Matthew’s it is sung each month at Choral Evensong and is sometimes said or sung at funerals.

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace : according to thy word.
For mine eyes have seen : thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared : before the face of all people;
To be a light to lighten the Gentiles : and to be the glory of thy people Israel.

In a modern translation

‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace,
according to your word;
for my eyes have seen your salvation,
which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’


For those who love choral music, listen to Eccard’s beautiful anthem which tells the story of the baby Jesus and Simeon – When to the temple Mary went.  (Sorry, we couldn’t find a contemporary music example.)

Vicar’s Blog

The next instalment of A Time of Increase is up on Steve’s new blog.

You can add your thoughts to Steve’s writing by making a comment at the bottom of the web page.  These comments are screened to remove internet nasties and probably won’t appear for an hour or so until the webmaster releases it.

Here’s this week’s episode, which has some lovely photos from around the parish – A Time of Increase – Part II.

Testing continues for a new church projector

Did those of you who attend the 10 am service at St Matthew’s notice the difference (clarity) with the screen display last Sunday (January 27th)?

For the technically minded, we tried a projector with a bulb that  produces 5,000 lumens (our present projector is 3,000 lumens.)  For the financially minded this will cost around $3,000.

Next we are going to try a projector with 7,000 lumens.

Accommodation needed

Do you have a single room available for rent or board? Please let the office know.

Ash Wednesday – 13 February

The combined Anglican/Roman-Catholic Ash Wednesday Service, is being hosted by St Patrick’s Church.

Hospitality starts at 5.30 pm in Moore House (behind St Patrick’s Church), with the service beginning at 6.30 pm in the Church.

St Andrew’s in the Paddock holds a contemplative service for Ash Wednesday at 5.30 pm.

Ash Wednesday service details for St Matthew’s will be advised in next week’s update

Parish Magazine deadline approaching

The deadline for any articles or items for the next edition of the Parish Magazine is Friday, 15 February. Can you please email your item directly to the editor or the Parish Office.

Parish Inventory under way

All our churches, halls and other buildings are being surveyed and an inventory is being compiled of their contents.

If, by any chance, you should happen to have any parish equipment, tea towels, prayer books, etc., would you mind returning them either to the Parish Office or their proper home.

Sponsorship

We have an opportunity to send a family on a retreat weekend in April. We need to raise $300 to cover retreat costs. If you can help please see the Parish Office.

Outdoor Adventure Firewood Fundraiser

The going rate for firewood is about $150 for 3 square metres (almost a cord). If you get firewood from the parish, you can make a donation of what you can afford and they’ll even deliver it for you. It’s even cheaper if you pick it up yourself.

Keep yourself warm this winter – and help our Outdoor Adventure Group – by getting your firewood from them. Contact the Parish Office if you’re interested.

Prayer pointers

As we step into a new year, let us pray for the Breath of God to be upon us, to bring fresh inspiration by the Holy Spirit, that we may be right in the centre of God’s will for us as a church family.

  • Lenten studies, that all those taking part will be encouraged by God’s Word.
  • Please pray for our nation as we celebrate Waitangi Day this Wednesday. Pray for God’s righteousness at all levels of society, and also an increasing unity in the Holy Spirit amongst all Christians in our country.
  • Isora – new study group for youth – pray God’s blessing, that our young people will be impacted by the gospel, also pray for God’s anointing upon Kat and Gareth as they lead.

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people – Psalm 19 (NIV)

For your diary

 February 16 3pm – 5.30 pm, Community Hall: 4F’s – Free Family Fun & Food.
 February 23 9 am – 3 pm – KidZ WorkZ Team Retreat/Planning Day @ Black Rock Rd.
 March 2 7.30 am – 9.30 am, Men’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 2 10 am -12 pm, Community Hall—Matt’s Place
 March 9 8.30 am – 10.30 am, Women’s Breakfast, Community Hall
 March 16 11 am – 4 pm: Parish Fair, St Matthew’s Community Hall and grounds

If you have an event you’d like added to the list, please email the Parish Office, or phone 06 370 8589.

This week’s Koinonia is available here