Highlights of the Week
There are only 323 days to Christmas…..
Last Thursday was Candlemas thus marking the symbolic forty days after Christmas Day and Christ the Baby’s incarnation on Earth through to Christ the young child and his presentation in the Temple. And so on this pivotal day our attention moves from the Feast of Christmas and Epiphany through a great turning of the year towards Lent, Passiontide, Holy Week, and Easter. Before we know it Spring turns into Summer and it will be Advent again!
The church’s liturgical year, life in general, as well as History, too often moves in cycles, in patterns, and is also often unpredictable. Do we strive afresh to see the message of God writ large in our yearly liturgical acts? Do we try to sense God’s purpose in our daily lives, our trials and tribulations? How do we interpret events and challenges unfolding in the world through the prism of our faith and the experience of history?
I continue to be moved, inspired, and challenged by pivotal moments in our worshipping life; Jesus in the Manger, the perseverance of the Wise Men, and the letting go in trust and faith of Simeon.
Organist and Master of Choristers
Today is the first Sunday of ‘ordinary’ time after Epiphany and Candlemas when the liturgical colour changes to green. Like many churches and cathedrals round the country, and as part of our Annual Theme ‘All things bright and beautiful,’ we are using the opportunity to keep a special ‘Green’ Sunday theme, using resources specially written for A Rocha by the Revd Matthew Rushton, Precentor of Canterbury.
Canon Peter is at St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon this morning.
Welcome to the family and friends of James Allen who is being baptised today.
The List with details of our services and the Events Listing for February to April together with an updated Annual Theme leaflet are available in the Welcome Area.
FAC Agenda The agenda for the FAC meeting on Tuesday is on the noticeboard and here: FAC Agenda 7 Feb 17
Fabric Works B & M Clark have started work on the building alterations required for the solo Organ Stop in the blind windows of the Nave clerestory. Our new Sound System by About Sound is being installed this week. If you would like to support either of these projects please fill in the leaflet available in the Cathedral.
Volunteer Opportunities We are looking for a volunteer temporary Shop Manager to provide cover later this term and an Archive Volunteer. Please speak to the Shop Manager or contact the offices for more information.
Marmalade For those who are making preserves during the current Seville orange season please consider adding an extra jar or two for us to sell at the Christmas Fair which will take place on Saturday 3rd December.
Cakes for tea after the Roberts Centre 30th Anniversary Service on 19th February. If you are able to donate some cakes, either bought or home-made, please contact Sue Ward or Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.
Job Vacancy Chaplaincy Verger (full time) based at St Ann’s Church in HM Dockyard. Further details http://bit.ly/2kwkMtV.
Tuesday Lunch Club A volunteer team leader is needed to provide lunch for around 50 people on the first Tuesday of the month. Full training offered. For details please contact Mary McDermott 023 9307 7539 or the Cathedral Offices.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday: the Portsmouth Grammar School Musicians. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection. The next recital is on Thursday 23rd February.
Portsmouth High School Gala Concert 7.30pm this Tuesday 7th February. Celebrating 135 years with a composition by 19 year-old composer, Toby Hession, based on excerpts from diaries and letters of the girls who were evacuated to Hinton Ampner during the Second World War. Tickets £6.00 from http://bit.ly/1NewLFG or Lucinda Webb, 023 9270 1617.
Silver Screen Film – “The King and I” (1956) 2.00pm Tuesday 14th February in Becket Hall. Tickets free from the Cathedral Shop.
Portsmouth South Older Persons’ Fair Hosted by Flick Drummond MP. 10.00am-2.00pm Thursday 16th February. Free admission. For further details: 023 9299 2690 Flick.firstname.lastname@example.org .
Solent Symphony Orchestra Concert 7.30pm Saturday 18th February. Music by Sullivan, Binge, and Vaughan Williams. Tickets £12.00 and £5.00 (students), Kids for a Quid and concessions from 01962 886519.
‘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.
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.
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.
Pompey Chimes The February edition is now available in the Cathedral and on the Diocesan website http://portsmouth.anglican.org/ It includes an article about the Roberts Centre which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Dennis, Aidan, Jen, Nesta, Alistair, Caroline, Graeme, and Pat.
and those who have died: Christine Collins, Joan Fordy, Peter Harris, David Richards, and Vivian Simmonds RIP.
This week’s full notices are on the following link: Notices 5 February 2017