Wardens Parish News 22 May
We hope you have been able to get out and about a little more now we are in Level 2. The weather has certainly been enticing us to get out and enjoy the sun. Let us pray that we continue to have zero or low numbers of Covid-19 cases so we can progress towards a more normal lifestyle. We keep in our prayers those areas of the world that are still experiencing high numbers of both cases and deaths.
One piece of sad news this week was the passing of Rev Neil Hansen, a previous Vicar of the former St Barnabas Parish. Neil will be remembered well by our more-longstanding parishioners. His funeral was in Whanganui on Wednesday, but the Covid-19 restrictions meant the Parish could not be represented. However, we were able to pass our condolences through to Jill and the family via one of the attendees at the funeral.
It was wonderful to be introduced to baby Abigail on Sunday when Caleb and Billie proudly showed off the latest addition to their family at the beginning of Sunday’s online service– we wish them all God’s blessing and welcome this new little person to the world.
It has been a lovely to have Rev Annette Cater taking the online Sunday service while Caleb and Billie have a well-deserved break – many of you will remember Annette from her time at St Barnabas.
As always, the online service is available on Sunday morning at 10am through Movementonline. – a good opportunity to worship with our wider Diocesan family.
The Thursday service at St John’s can be accessed using this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4229797699 This is also the link for the Sunday morning virtual coffee and fellowship at 11:00 a.m. at St John’s.
Bishop Justin’s sermon last Sunday was thought provoking about how we can all allow the Holy Spirit to enter our lives, how we should make time each morning to connect with the Holy Spirit especially in these times of constant change and uncertainty.
Spirit of God I feel a quiet stirring in me.
It is the call to come back to life, to be energised and renewed.
It is my heart crying out for newness, for a lighter spirit, for a keener sense of hope in the future.
God, I need a heart that is free from the dross of the past, a heart that is fresh with enthusiasm and energy for the present as well as for the future.
Create in me a vibrant spirit, one that carries hope, one that believes in peace.
Take this heart of mine and fill it with your goodness.
You will be aware no doubt of a number of parishioners with ongoing health problems: please remember them in your prayers and also Bishop Ellie who continues to suffer from a very painful condition.
Take care of each other, be kind and rest assured God is with us every step of the way.
John and Lee
John 021 734 121 - email@example.com
Lee 021 029 91480 - firstname.lastname@example.org