27 September 2020. What's Happening
Welcome back and welcome to St Matthew's Day!
Please make sure you have signed in; three people per pew only - keep spaced out.
Today's service is being live streamed - the camera only shows the altar area, not the congregation.
is St Francis Day but unfortunately there will be no Blessings of the Animals service We will have our planned End of Life Choice Bill discussion after the 10.00am service, spaced out in the church.
WE REMEMBER IN PRAYER
Parishioners no longer able to worship with us: Heather Carter, Jenny and Pat Blood, Molly Jenkins, Jean Jackson and Jerome Elkind
Parishioners and friends: Jeremy Thompson, Thérèse Kelly, Jean Brookes, Jeremy Younger, Win & John Blyth, Jose Alburo, Harry Hepple, Xuan Lu, Marcus Alexander, Sidney Neale, Jeffrey Murray, Keith Murray, Rose Christie-French, Paul White, Philip, Antonina Tuala, Bishop Jim White, Roger Mark, Barry Clayton, Sarah Weston, Jake Milbank, Adaline Wetherall, Elle Estcourt, Eleanor Houston
With the City Mission we pray for the staff and whanau as they get ready to move back to "normal" service delivery
With the Anglican Communion we pray for the Province of the Episcopal Church of Sudan
With the Anglican Missions Board we pray for our partners in Central Africa and Uganda
With the Diocese of Auckland we pray for the Parishes of Kaitaia and Hokianga, and the Community of the Sisters of the Love of God
Tuesday, 6 October, 12.10pm – First Tuesday Concert Series.
Lisa Chou, piano
Bold Beethoven Birthday
Exquisite Auckland based pianist Lisa Chou will play Piano Sonata Op. 111, The Ruins of Athens (arranged by Anton Rubenstein) in her programme, and in a link to the symphonies, the 15 Eroica Variations. Lisa Chou studied in Vienna with one of the greatest Beethoven players in Europe, Paul Badura Skoda.
Piano concerts sound very fine in St Matthew’s for although it is a large resonant space it is possible to sit close for clarity and further away for a wonderful wash of sound. “Some audience members move about between pieces to enjoy the range of sound” says John Aston, one of the concert organisers. The recently acquired Kawai Shigeru 7.5 foot grand piano is “the ideal piano for Beethoven, percussive with a beautiful lingering sound quality: bold and beautiful in equal measure”, he adds.
A cynic might think that a celebration of a composer’s 250 birthday is a simple record company marketing ploy but such an occasion brings out wonderful groups of music which we may otherwise not hear. In this Covid-19 interrupted year many cycles have either been abandoned or rescheduled. St Matthew’s First Tuesday team hopes that this will proceed as planned and some of the best Beethoven piano music will be heard.
Sunday, 18 October, 2.30pm - St Matthew's Chamber Orchestra
José Aparicio, conductor
Andrew Beer, violin
Tuesday, 20 October, 12.10pm - The Pettman National Junior Academy of Music Concert Series
Entry by Donation
NEW DATE Sunday, 1 November, 4pm – Viva Voce "All Spaced Out"
Well-known chamber choir Viva Voce describes its response to the pandemic and its aftermath in song. The programme includes music by Monteverdi, Purcell, Mozart, Elgar, Saint-Saëns and Anthony Ritchie, along with some lighter numbers, and features Eric Whitacre’s magnificent ‘Leonardo dreams of his flying machine’. For tickets phone 0221200680 or www.iTicket.co.nz
Thanks to our 9 households who are hosting our mini cluster gatherings for St Matthew's Day. It is good to catch up after 7 weeks of no gathering!
Thanks to the Creation season team who led us for the last 3 Sundays - Alan Broom, Richard Le Heron, Richard Milne, Cathy Bi-Riley, Janet Meads and Cate Thorn. If you missed any of the material check out the videos on our website.
The link to Alan Broom’s address is: https://www.stmatthews.nz/custom-9/kffyj1e144/Climate-Crisis
Part of the Zoom discussion included making a commitment to make a small change in our habits of energy use and/or transport, food and/or waste. To track our change between now and Sunday November 15, when we look back and celebrate the journey taken together. It would be great to ‘document’ this in images, so take photos as you do that change you thought you’d like to try and send them to Cate.
Here are links to the website resources referred to that people requested,:
Food and waste:
Get poster from Veg.co.nz on seasonal fruit & veg:
And to get some perspective on your consumption/footprint
There is a scam circulating at the moment in some churches - an email purporting to be from clergy asking for money for a cause or a person. Always be alert to the possibility of scams and always check with us if you are in any doubt about any communications.
END OF LIFE CHOICE REFERENDUM DISCUSSION
We will pick up the discussion we started last year, led by our medical professionals. We will hear what is actually included in the Bill and reflect together on what we might want to know before voting. For a more in depth understanding of issues around the End of Life Choice Act check out: www.yesforcompassion.org.nz and www.riskylaw.nz - holding opposing views with respect to the proposed Act, each presents their argument.
The End of Life Choice Act itself can be read here: www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/2019/0067/latest/DLM7285905.htm
Bruce Gray is the Chancellor of the Diocese and gave this presentation to the Selwyn Foundation explaining what is in the bill www.selwynfoundation.org.nz/promotions/information-for-the-general-election/
CITY MISSION MEALS
We can resume providing meals for the Mission with our next scheduled date for this on Sunday October 18. If making a meal is a bit of a stretch for you, cereal and pasta are also most welcome, and can be delivered straight to the Mission with the meals. There are also now 3 sizes of dish available in the church kitchen for you to chose from if you wish to contribute a cooked dish.
WHAT THE TEAM ARE UP TO THIS WEEK
We are all back in the office with business as usual… There is a Vestry meeting on Tuesday.
ELECTRONIC GIVING OPTIONS
Text stmatthew to 818 to make a one off or ongoing donation by credit card to St Matthew-in-the-City. Or you can download the PUSHPAY app from Apple Store or Google Playstore; search for St Matthew-in-the-City.