News – February 2, 2014 – 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.’

This week’s news

Diocesan Hui

Diocesan-HuiThe first Diocesan Hui is to be held on Saturday, 8 March 2014, 10 am to 2 pm, at Wellington Cathedral.

Bring the whole whanau.

 Every person in the Parish is invited to come along on Saturday 8 March 2014 and take part in our Diocesan Hui. We’ll be talking about our three main themes for 2014: Discipleship, Biculturalism and Child Poverty. 
  • We’ll celebrate and worship as a Diocesan family
  • We’ll support the Anglican Missions Board and hear from Reverend Mike Hawke, the charismatic Church Support Officer from AMB
  • We’ll picnic together in our Cathedral because our Cathedral is the Mother Church of our Diocese
  • It will be a fun day for all the family, young and old
  • We want you to come so we’ll help as many to come as possible and yes, there’ll be parking for buses

Wairarapa parishes are hoping to hire a train for the trip.  We’ll keep you posted on further details.


Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, 5 March.

Lent is a time to pray, reflect and learn. Weekly corporate prayer times will be held during Lent and reflective services during Holy Week.

Being Disciples – Lenten Study

BeingDisciplesAre you looking for something that will deepen your understanding of discipleship, something that will help you follow Jesus more closely?

Being Disciples: Through Lent with Matthew is a six-part study series written by Peter Carrell (Director of Theology House in Christchurch) and Lynda Patterson (Dean of ChristChurch Cathedral).

• The joy and terror of being called (Matthew 4:18-22)
• Disciples in crisis (Matthew 8:23-27)
• Disciples in mission (Matthew 10:37-42)
• When the going gets tough (Matthew 11:28-30)
• Disciples in community (Matthew 18:10-22)
• Disciples in the making (Matthew 28:16-20)

Study groups – and other Lenten activities – will be advised shortly. The study will begin after Ash Wednesday, 5 March 2014.

Wellington Refugee family day out

Sponsors and hosts are needed for this is annual event organised by Wairarapa Parishes, to be held on Saturday, 15 March. This is an opportunity to:

  • Give refugee families a day out (parks, farm visit, etc .)
  • Combine with others to give them some Kiwiana.
  • Pick-up from Masterton train is at 11.30 am. Return train leaves Masterton at 4.50 pm.
  • Sponsors needed for the train fares: – adult $22, children $11.
  • What can we do as a Parish?
  • Need to know numbers by Monday, 3 February.  See Steve.

Parish groups and activities

Most parish groups are starting back in the next week or two. Check the list below for your groups:

Monday 8.30 am Combined Churches Prayer Meeting in the Narthex
10 am Women's Group at 19 Opaki Road
2 pm Prayer for Israel and New Zealand (first Monday of month)  29/100 Titoki St
Tuesday 4.45 – 5.15 pm Prayer for the Parish in Prayer Room
Wednesday 8.30 am Gardening Group Community Garden
2 pm Discipleship Group with David Cole Common Room
4.45 – 5.15 pm Prayer for the Parish in Prayer Room
7 pm Discipleship Group with David Cole (restarted 15th January then 2 weekly) 110 Renall Street
7 pm Vestry Meeting (2nd Wednesday in month) in Narthex
7 pm Inside/Outside (every third Wed of the month starting February 2014) Common Room
Thursday 10 am Midweek Service (Eucharist)  St Matthew's Narthex
4.45 – 5.15 pm Prayer for the Parish in Prayer Room
7 pm Discipleship Group in Narthex
Saturday 7.30 am  Men’s Breakfast (1st Saturday of the month) in the Community Hall
8.30 am Women’s Breakfast (2nd Saturday of the month) in the Community Hall
6 pm  Raptorous Youth (restarts 15th February then every Saturday in the CaF)
Sunday 9.30 am  Prayer for the 10am Service every Sunday in the Prayer Room
10 am  SundaY CluB
10 am Isora restarts 16 February then every Sunday in term time during 10am service.

View this week’s Koinonia here