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 Dimittis. At 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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