Easter is a distant memory, especially when one looks at all that has happened between then and now, not to mention the fact there is another Bank Holiday to plan for this weekend, as we rapidly enter into May.
But for Mary and the disciples, Eastertide was a time of grief and sadness. A time when they couldn’t possibly understand the full impact of the events of the past weeks, let alone the approach of the Ascension.
Sometimes, we can feel as if we are journeying alone, not always understanding what is happening or why. It is easy to forget that Jesus is walking alongside us, if only we could recognise him or acknowledge him. We don’t have the excuses the disciples had, in their time of mourning and uncertainty.
Life isn’t always how we think it should be and often rushes by. Sometimes, our focus is elsewhere when it should be on Jesus. How often do we ask but don’t listen, look but don’t hear? In an ever busy life, it can be hard to recognise or reflect and, just as happened to the disciples, realise too late the moment has gone.
We are only human; we all make mistakes but Jesus loves us and knows us and will continue to walk with us whether we recognise him or not. And whilst we should enjoy the Bank Holiday weekend, maybe we could all find a moment to pause in memory of Eastertide, all that it meant and all that it will continue to mean. Amen.
The Revd Dawn Banting
Canon Anthony is at the Good Shepherd, Lake and St Saviour-on-the-cliff, Shanklin, and the Revd Dawn Banting is with the Army Training Regiment Winchester this morning.
Annual Meetings The Annual Parochial Church Meeting will take place in Becket Hall at midday. A copy of the 2016 Annual Report and Accounts are available here and the Minutes of the last meeting are here and in the Welcome Area. Annual Reports for 2017 are available here.
Elections will be held for the two congregational representatives to serve on the Cathedral Council, which meets three times a year and is chaired by Kate Branigan QC, three Deanery Synod representatives (all elected by those on the Electoral Roll only) and for our two Churchwardens (elected at the Vestry Meeting by those on the Electoral Roll or living in the parish). Please check the copy of the Electoral Roll which has been reviewed. It is on display in the Welcome Area.
Service and Events Listings The current editions of both are on the website and in the Welcome Area.
Cathedral Shop Our volunteer shop manager, Chris Richardson, has decided to retire this summer. There will be an opportunity to say farewell after the 10.30am service on Sunday 18th June and to thank her for her commitment to the Cathedral and contribution to the warm welcome offered to all.
Saint Thomas Award Congratulations to Marion Syms who is one of the recipients of this year’s awards which mark commitment to the Church and the wider community. Marion’s award is for her role with IDWAL and the All Saints Counselling Services. The Bishop will present the awards during Choral Evensong next Sunday. The service is followed by a reception in the Nave.
Pompey Chimes The May edition of the Diocesan Newspaper is available in the Welcome Area and on the website http://bit.ly/2pCfsaN.
Beating the Bounds Sunday 21st May after the City Service at 10.30am. If you would like to join us as we mark out the parish boundary, including a boat trip down the harbour, please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area.
Merton Priory Wednesday is the 900th anniversary of the first service to be held at Merton Priory, where Thomas Becket trained. We remember the Canons of Merton Priory in our prayers and a candle will be lit in the Cathedral to mark the occasion.
Craft and Chat Group This group will meet on Thursday 11th May at 2.30pm instead of this week. New members very welcome.
Living Faith Course – Module 5 – “Exploring the Bible – Old Testament”. It is still possible to join this module which gives an overview of the formation and theology of the Old Testament, along with specialist themes such as prophecy. Further details from email@example.com.
Parking The revised parking limit of one hour in the designated residents parking areas will come into effect this Thursday, 4th May. Volunteers on duty will normally be able to park on the west front of the Cathedral when displaying parking permits, which are available from the Cathedral Offices.
The Revd Jane Isaac, whom many will recall as a member of the congregation and ordinand in training, will be instituted and inducted as Rector of the United Benefice of St John the Baptist, Shedfield and St Nicholas, Wickham at Shedfield on Monday 8th May at 7.00pm. All welcome.
Christian Aid Week begins with a Big Breakfast on Sunday 14th May and continues with our usual house-to-house collection. Please contact Sue Ward: 023 9287 7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you would be willing to collect from even a small part of Old Portsmouth. Thank you.
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.
Piano Concert 1.00pm Tuesday 2nd May by Helen Morris and Kate Burrows. Admission £5.00. Cold drink provided but please bring your own lunch. Proceeds to the Portsea Island Decorative and Fine Arts Society.
Family Tree 7.00pm Tuesday 2nd May. Join the artist Rafael Klein, and the Dean, in a discussion about the spiritual nature of his work and how art can embrace religious and spiritual diversity. This will be a fascinating discussion about belief and inspiration and inclusion through art. Free event with Jack House Gallery as part of our annual theme ‘All Things Bright and Beautiful’. Places can be reserved through Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2qeiOwV.The gallery will be open an hour before for an opportunity to view the complete exhibition.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 4th May. Musicians from Portsmouth High School for Girls. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Spirituality Day 10.00am-4.00pm Saturday 6th May. ‘Learning to Lament’ with the Reverend Amanda Bloor. Cost £8.50. Details and booking through Patricia Gray, 023 9289 9656 email@example.com.
Junior Sing! 9.30-11.00am Saturday 6th May. If your child is aged 7-11 and loves to sing please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Aidan, Allan, Vic, Martin, and Jill.
And those who have died: Norman Barber, Samuel Barnard (Cathedral funeral 2.30pm Wednesday 3rd May), Dennis Gillard, Eileen Leach, Mary MacVicar (priest), Michael Perham (bishop) and Lillian Rogers RIP.
The full notices are: Notices 30 Apr 17