Sunday 21st May 2017
Sixth Sunday of Easter
How good you are at making paper aeroplanes? This is a question I have been asking at school assemblies I have led recently. I then asked three pupils to join me at the front and make three paper planes which they have to fly across the school hall and land in a bucket which I am holding on the other side.
As any of you who have made paper planes will know they are notoriously difficult to fly and trying to get them to fly any distance with accuracy is practically impossible. The planes, of course, don’t land in the bucket so we try again and this time I move the bucket slightly closer. It is still a challenge and so the next time I move the bucket so close that the planes can simply be dropped in.
The point of the assembly is to reflect on prayer. Sometimes our prayers can feel like the paper planes: we throw them out in God’s general direction and hope that in some way God receives them, but it can feel like they land short of their intended target. The amazing thing, however, is that God in his grace doesn’t sit far off and wait for the planes to arrive but, like the bucket, moves close to receive the prayers we offer.
Between Ascension Day and Pentecost we are invited to take part in ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ the 10 days of prayer which the Archbishops are encouraging all Christians to join in with – praying for our friends, and for others, that they may come to know the love of Jesus for themselves. More details of what is on offer at the Cathedral to help with this are in these notices. I encourage you to join in as much as you are able to whether here or at home or at work or on the seafront or wherever you are.
As I said to the pupils, prayer is simply a process of chatting and listening to God.
The Revd Canon Peter Leonard
Canon Nick is at St Alban’s, West Leigh this morning.
Welcome to all those attending the City Service including the Revd Canon Bob White, Vicar of the Parish of St Mary’s, Portsea, Honorary Canon and Area Dean, our preacher this morning.
Beating the Bounds If you have not already signed up, you are very welcome to join us for the walk element of beating the bounds after the 10.30am service today. Unfortunately dogs will not be permitted on the boat trip but they are very welcome on the walk and the train ride.
Christian Aid Week The sermon preached by Canon Nick Ralph last Sunday is on the website. Many thanks to all those who supported last week’s Big Breakfast. Christian Aid envelopes can be returned through the Shop.
School Workshops On Tuesday 100 children from Mill Hill Primary, Waterlooville, and Trosnant Junior, Leigh Park, attended our ‘Cathedral of the Sea’ workshop. Adrian Green, one of our Lay Clerks and Cathedral Sing administrator, and Brian Moles from St Mary’s, Fratton led this Cathedral Sing event. In the morning the children rehearsed, and took part in an Ichthus workshop, and we were delighted to welcome some of their parents and friends for a lunchtime concert. Trosnant School then stayed for an afternoon Signs and Symbols workshop, supported by the Revd Chris Richardson (Assistant Curate of St Mary’s, Alverstoke, on post-ordination placement) and Lay Canon Margaret Chappell. Thank you to our regular team of volunteers who enable us to run these events.
Choir News Congratulations to the scholars and members of the choirs who leave us in July: Nathan Harrison and Finn Lacey to be Choral Scholars at St Martin’s-in-the-Fields and Wells Cathedral respectively; Jacob Clark (Oxford Brookes) and Melissa Talbot (Corpus Christi) to Queen’s College, Oxford as Choral Exhibitioners; Alex James will study Sound Recording at Surrey University; Ed Lambert, Music at York University; Sam Gibb, Music at Durham and Frances O’Sullivan will teach music in Portsmouth and remain as a Lay Clerk. They have been an invaluable asset to the Music Department this year, and we wish them all the best.
Thy Kingdom Come There will be prayer leaflets available to take and use at home, and there will be prayer and prayer activities offered each day here in the Cathedral. See below for some of the events and please pick up one of the flyers for details.
The FAC meets on Tuesday, the agenda is FAC Agenda May 2017.
Stewardship if you did not receive an envelope, and would like to, please contact the Cathedral Offices.
Good Luck to our choristers taking part in the Choir Schools Association Football Tournament on Wednesday. After the sport the Choir will be singing Choral Evensong at Salisbury Cathedral at 5.30pm.
Georgian Tea at The Deanery to support Christian Aid. 3.30pm Saturday, 27th May. Limited number of tickets priced £7.50 available at the Cathedral Shop. Georgian costume optional.
Cathedral House A consultation meeting for neighbours, regarding a revised Planning Application for alterations to the west end of Cathedral House, will be held at 7.00pm tomorrow in the Nave.
Job Vacancy We are looking for an Assistant Verger for 40 hours per week to join the permanent staff. Closing date for applications 12.00pm 31st May. Details here.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 25th May: David M. Patrick (Organ). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Portsmouth Film Society Green Festival “Chasing Ice” 7.00pm Tuesday 23rd May in Becket Hall. A 2012 documentary film about the efforts of nature photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey to publicize the effects of climate change. Free event.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 25th May in Becket Hall. Derek Drew “Have gavel, will travel”. All welcome. Free, donation if staying for tea.
Messy Cathedral 2.00 Saturday 27th May. All families are welcome to join in an hour of craft and worship followed by afternoon tea.
Lego Church 10.00am-12.00pm and 2.00-4.00pm Monday 29th May. Lots of fun for all ages with Lego™ and Duplo™ including games, songs, Bible story, tea and cake. As part of Thy Kingdom Come all are welcome to come and build the Kingdom with Build@Church.
Portsmouth Festivities 16th-25th June. 10 days of arts, culture and heritage for all. Details here.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Aidan, Vic, Martin, Jill, Brian, Tim, and Graeme.
And those who have died: Norman Barber (Cathedral funeral 1.30pm Friday 26th May), Aileen Manning (Cathedral funeral 1.00pm Tuesday 30th May), Elizabeth McCutcheon, and Lillian Rogers RIP.
The full notices are here.