Winter Solstice Eucharist

  • St Matthew's Anglican Church 35 Church St Masterton, Wellington, 5810 New Zealand

“Let There Be Light”

 In place of the normal Evensong service on the third Sunday of the month, we are having a sung Eucharist in St Matthew’s at 5pm.

The 21st of June is the shortest day (Mid-Winter Day).  We will repeat the Sung Eucharist we had a year ago, celebrating the Winter Solstice as our planet slowly turns and faces the light.

In total darkness God commanded “Let there be light.  And light appeared.  God was pleased with what he saw.” (Gen Ch. 1 Verse 3)  Much later Jesus took up the same theme “I am the light of the World… whoever follows me will have the Light of Life and will never walk in darkness.”

The Rev Liz Greville and some of the children of the ‘Catechesis of the Good Shepherd’, St Andrew’s in the Paddock, will assist as they did so movingly last year, when the congregation totalled 97 – let’s double it this year!  We have invited Vicar Peter Brown and the Epiphany congregation to join us as before.  The Evensong Choir will be present to lead the singing.  The hymns are well known.  The cash collection will be given to The Blind Foundation. 

After the Service, beginning by candlelight at 5pm, we will adjourn for hot soup and bread rolls in the Community Hall/Common Room.  We do hope you will be able to share in this quite unique service!

Steve and Ted