About 65 people attended the service celebrating our patron saint (Hilda) last Sunday (19 Nov). A Celtic service from St Patrick's Episcopal, L. Tahoe, Nevada was adapted for the occassion to reflect S. Hilda's Celtic sympathies. The service used is available via the PDF link below.
Guest speaker at the service was Christine Cuthbert who is a long time member and leader at St Hilda's Church, Island Bay in Wellington. She brought to the service her reflections on S. Hilda, along with a stone relic from the Abbey at Whitby and an image of St Hilda's, Island Bay S. Hilda window. During the service Priest in Charge Terry reflected on the significance and symbolism of the prominent S. Hilda stained glass window at S. Hilda's, Upper Hutt. A feature of this window is the merging of the Celtic and Roman traditions which were at issue in the Synod of Whitby in 664 AD which S. Hilda and her community hosted, and where a decision was taken for the Church in England to follow the Roman tradition, including the dating for Easter.
St Hilda of Whitby is the Patron saint of Upper Hutt Anglicans. The reason why is lost in the mists of time. However, we do endeavour each year to honour our link with St Hilda and Whitby in the UK. Our tradition is to share breakfast as the St Hilda's Congregations (9am) and have one Celebratory service (10am) followed by morning tea together. That will happen again this year on Sunday 19th November.
Features of the this year's service are:
* 'Clypping' is an old English word which means 'embracing' or 'clasping' and during the patronal service, everyone is encouraged to form a circle round the Church, hold hands and so clyppe or embrace the Church. As we do this we sing the clypping hymn. It is a way of showing our thanks to God for our Church and asking God to bless it. It also reminds us that we are joined together as the community of St Hilda's, Upper Hutt.
You are invited to attend this special annual service of remembrance in St Hilda's at 7pm on Sunday 5th November. Please come and offer the name of your deceased one/s, light a candle in remembrance of them, give thanks for them and participate in this short worship service.
Marlene Schmidt and Neil Frank have been worshipping at St Hilda's during the past year while they have been living, working and travelling in New Zealand. Neil farewelled the St Hilda's congregation last Sunday and in his subsequent email to St Hilda's PIC Terry he wrote,
One of the things Neil and Marlene have been doing during their NZ stay is writing a Blog cataloguing their Kiwi experience via word, image and audio visual offerings. This Blog offers very perceptive reflections on NZ through the eyes of curious Americans. You can view their Blog here:
If you would like to contact Neil or Marlene please contact Bob Reid or Terry.
Sue Woodhouse is one of the St Hilda's, Upper Hutt synod representatives. Her take and report on the Synod held in Palmerston North from 16-17 September, 2017 is below. She with Dave Pullar St Hilda's Bishop's Warden and Synod Rep. along with Interim priest in Charge, Terry Alve concurred that this year's Synod was inspirational and provided plenty of 'food for thought' and 'challenges' for St Hilda's.
When: Saturday 26 August 2017
Starts: 12 midday
Where: St Hilda’s Church, 39 Cruickshank Road, Upper Hutt
Cost: $20.00 per person
While the National government has announced plans to build and renovate houses up and the country, past (in)action cautions us to continue highlighting the fact that many people throughout our land live in sub-standard and inadequate housing, and that's not good enough.
The Diocese has announced that August, in the run-up to the election, is an appropriate time to highlight the housing crisis and to encourage people to be mindful of the issues.
In Sunday services and in our small groups we are being encouraged to be informed and reflect on the part we can play to better house the needy. Check the following link for more information...
Every night and day we sit and moan about the rubbish being passed off as commercials that we are forced to watch by our commercial networks.
If only we could make commercials like this one there would be no complaints forthcoming.
This really is magic. Enjoy.
David Attenborough does it again.
What a stunning commercial from BBC !
John & Helen Fenton
In 1937 German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote what has become a Christian classic book, "The Cost of Discipleship." In it he draws inspiration from Jesus' sermon on the mount. One of the most quoted parts of the book deals with the distinction which Bonhoeffer makes between "cheap" and "costly" grace. According to Bonhoeffer, "cheap grace is the preaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline. Communion without confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, ultimately - grace without Jesus Christ."
Cheap grace", Bonhoeffer says, is to hear the gospel preached as follows: "Of course you have sinned, but now everything is forgiven, so you can stay as you are and enjoy the consolations of forgiveness." The main defect of such a proclamation is that it contains no demand for discipleship. In contrast to cheap grace, "costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus, it comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. It is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: 'My yoke is easy and my burden is light.'"
Bonhoeffer who was a supporter of an anti-Hitler conspiracy was executed at Flossenbürg on April 9, 1945, just 2 weeks before this Nazi concentration camp was liberated by the US Army. In resisting "cheap grace," Bonhoeffer died for his resistance to the Nazi cause and its leader.
St Hilda's Anglican Church in Cruickshank Road, Upper Hutt is a popular wedding venue for a number of reasons:
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