The Fourth Sunday of Easter is known as Good Shepherd Sunday, because the Gospel reading each year is a portion of Chapter 10 of the Gospel according to John, where Jesus speaks of himself as the Good Shepherd. It has also been designated as Vocations Sunday, when there is a chance for each of us to think about how we listen to the way Jesus calls us, where he is leading us, and his call on our lives and our priorities. Jesus says, ‘My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.’ So it is good that this evening at Choral Evensong a number of people from around the diocese will be presented by Bishop Christopher with the St Thomas award, to recognise notable Christian service in the church and wider society.
It is good that we can each take time to reflect this week on how we use our time and talent, and how we make the most of our gifts and our abilities. We are each called to use what God has given us for his glory, and for contributing to the flourishing of others in this church and in wider society –and the satisfaction this can give us can benefit us even more than doing things for our own sake or for ourselves alone. Jesus says, ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’
We will all have the chance also to reflect on how we give a portion of all that God has given us to the work of the Church here and in the wider world. There is an envelope for everyone to take, and after reflection and prayer you are all asked to return the form to say how you will support all that God wants to make possible here. We have received so much from past benefactors here. Please help us to pass on these blessings in full to future generations. We receive so much from God’s overflowing grace and love: let’s hand on a little of the abundance God wants all his children to enjoy. Jesus says, ‘I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.’
The Revd Canon Dr Jo Spreadbury
Canon Anthony is at Christ Church, Sandown this morning.
Welcome to all those attending Choral Evensong for the presentation of the Saint Thomas Awards by the Bishop. The award marks commitment to the Church and the wider community. Marion Syms, a member of the Cathedral congregation, is one of this year’s recipients for her role with IDWAL, the All Saints Counselling Services and spirituality including the Inspire Course.
Service and Events Listings The new current editions of both are on the website and in the Welcome Area.
Finance Officer Following interview this week Nicky Taylor has been appointed as permanent Finance Officer. Nicky can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 023 9289 2965.
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.
Elections Mike Purvis and Sheila Picton were re-elected to serve as Churchwardens for a further year; Nick Speller and Shirley Grayson-Smith were re-elected to serve for further terms of four years on the Cathedral Council; and Kitty Price, June Purvis, and Marion Syms were re-elected as Deanery Synod representatives. 25 sidesmen were also appointed. Full details are on noticeboards. The Annual Reports and Accounts, which include a list of the membership of the Cathedral Council, are available in the Welcome Area, on the website, or from the offices.
Chapter At its meeting on Tuesday, Chapter agreed to put the repair works on the south side of the Cathedral out to tender. Details of the works, which are due to take place this summer and have been approved by the FAC, are available from the Chapter Clerk.
Pompey Chimes The May edition of the Diocesan Newspaper is available in the Cathedral and on the website http://bit.ly/2pCfsaN.
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 on Monday 22nd May in the Nave following Choral Evensong.
Christian Aid week 14th-21st May. Don’t forget the Big Breakfast next Sunday 14th May 8.45-10.15am and after the 10.30am Eucharist service, with croissants, porridge, jams, fruit, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and juice (Fairtrade where possible). Collectors still needed for house-to-house collection. Please contact Sue Ward: 02392 877239 or email@example.com if you can help in any way.
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.
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 at 7.00pm. All welcome.
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.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 11th May: Marnus Greyling (Organ). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm Thursday 11th May in the Bishop Kenneth Room. New members are very welcome.
The Rowans Hospice Annual Memorial Service 3.00pm Sunday 14th May. All welcome.
Family Tree Art Exhibition Closing Reception 7.00pm Thursday 18th May. A final opportunity to speak to artist Rafael Klein and view his sculptures in the Cathedral, and prints at Jack House Gallery. All welcome. More details at http://rafaelklein.com/familytree/.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Spirituality Day 11.00am Saturday 20th May. Join us for this day of prayer with Bishop Christopher. This event will precede a 10-day prayer movement across the parishes of the Diocese of Portsmouth. More information from the Diocesan website: http://bit.ly/2lNEM9g and the leaflets available in the Cathedral.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Aidan, Vic, Martin, and Jill.
And those who have died: Norman Barber (Cathedral funeral 1.30pm Friday 26th May), Samuel Barnard, Dennis Gillard, Eileen Leach, Mary MacVicar (priest), Michael Perham (bishop), and Lillian Rogers RIP.
The full notices are on the following link Notices 7 May 17