Highlights of the Week
I think that there can be few things that are annoying as when someone tells us to ‘stop worrying’ or ‘calm down’. Quite rightly we can feel a little patronised by such comments.
However, there is also a sense in which we do really need to hear Jesus’ command not to worry. Clearly Jesus did not mean to imply that we should not care about anything or anyone: he would go to his death because he had a legitimate concern for the truth, and spent a good deal of his time arguing with the Pharisees because he cared about the outcast and vulnerable. Jesus’ argument was that we should not be overcome by worries about that which we cannot control: these concerns should not come to control us.
This is why these words are so apt for our current context. We are bombarded every day with ideas and images that are designed to make us anxious and worried. The knee jerk response is a call for us to ‘take back control’, or build walls and barriers that will protect us from our anxieties. Yet most of this political rhetoric is entirely empty. When was it that we were entirely in control? Could we get control in a world that is so complex? Are these barriers actually going to create any control anyway?
To want to control in this way is an act of self-centred false trust and hope: it is to displace God and put ourselves in his place at the centre of everything. Jesus will have none of this. God is God: it is he that guides the course of human history and provides for his creation. God is generous and loving in his free gifts to us, and so we should not be anxious and grasping. The true basis of human life is of grace given and not control taken.
Reverend Canon Anthony Rustell
Welcome to The Venerable Joanne Grenfell our preacher this morning. The readings for the second Sunday before Lent are about creation and so are particularly relevant for our annual theme.
Service of Celebration to mark the 30th Anniversary of the E.C. Roberts’ Centre 3.00pm Sunday 19th February. Preacher: The Bishop. All are welcome to this special service for the centre which works to improve the lives of children and families in Portsmouth.
Bishop’s Lent Appeal This year’s appeal ‘From Slavery to Freedom’ will raise money to help survivors of sex trafficking across the world, as well as local victims of domestic abuse. Leaflets and Gift Aid envelopes will be available in the Cathedral throughout Lent.
Cathedral Staff Our long standing staff members Steve Hill and Rachel Richardson have decided it is time to move on and they plan to move to Somerset shortly. We wish them all the very best in their change of direction and for the future and some of you will, we know, want to make your own ‘goodbyes’ and wish them well.
Lent Lunches We are delighted that Foodcycle Pompey have offered to provide simple soup and bread lunches on Fridays during Lent. The first lunch will be after the midday Holy Communion on 3rd March in Becket Hall from 12.30pm. Please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices if you would like to help meet and greet people or would be interested in helping with lunch. Proceeds in aid of Foodcycle and the Bishop’s Lent Appeal.
Confirmation Classes Canon Peter will be running classes in preparation for the Diocesan Baptism and Confirmation Service on Easter Eve, 15th April. Classes for children in year 6 upwards will be held at the end of the school day, and we will also be running a course for adults on Tuesday evenings. If you, your child, or anyone else you know would be interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 9282 3300.
Sound System Programming of the new system and trials will take place this week. Donations towards the project and the new Organ Stop can be made through the leaflets available in the Cathedral.
Craft and Chat Group This informal group holds its next meeting on Thursday 2nd March at 2.30pm in the Bishop Kenneth Room when its members will be discussing future plans. New members very welcome.
Palm Sunday Crosses Last year’s crosses can be brought to the vergers by Tuesday 28th February to be burnt for use on Ash Wednesday.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 23rd February. Organ recital by Jordan English. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Junior Sing 9.30-11.00am Saturday 25th February in the Song School Cathedral House. If your child is aged 7-11 and loves to sing please contact email@example.com. No audition required.
Messy Cathedral 2.00-4.00pm Saturday 25th February. All families are welcome to join the fun, food and fellowship. An hour of craft and worship followed by afternoon tea.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 2nd March. The Reverend Dawn Banting, Assistant Curate, will talk about her role including her work with the military and hospital chaplaincies.
Handel’s Messiah at St Mary’s, Fratton 7.00pm Saturday 18th March. Members of the Cathedrals Choirs are joining the University of Portsmouth Choir, St Mary’s Church Choir, soloists from the Royal School of Music and Solent Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s arrangement of the famous oratorio, as performed in Portsmouth in 1812. Tickets £15.00 regular, £13.00 concessions, £6.00 under 16’s from the Cathedral Shop.
‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’ exploring ecology and the environment through science, faith, and the arts.
Community Evening 7.00pm Shrove Tuesday 28th February following Choral Evensong. Owen Devine, the creator of the Portsmouth environmental board game “Footprint”, will be speaking about why he created the game and there will be an opportunity to play it. There will also be an update on the First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund repairs and pancakes will be served.
Lent Lecture – Dr Ruth Valerio from A Rocha 7.00pm 8th March. Ruth Valerio holds a PhD for research into simplicity and consumerism, she develops the thinking behind A Rocha UK’s work, and with an expert team created the Eco Church award scheme.
Diocesan Website The new site is now live http://portsmouth.anglican.org/.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Dennis, Aidan, Jen, Alistair, Caroline, Graeme, Pat and David.
and those who have died: Paul Donovan (priest), Joan Fordy, Peter Harris, Tricia Inkpen and Nesta Vokes RIP.
This week’s full notices are on the following link: Notices 19 February 2017