Sunday 8th October 2017 - Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity
I do love a dictionary. When I listen to Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, one of my favourite bits is when they talk about the book. You’re given the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare and then you can choose only one other to take with you. I am an avid reader of fiction, but I think that my final choice would be between Sir Bannister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture and an etymological dictionary. Why? I love architectural drawings and learning about the history of buildings and I adore words and understanding their origins.
What has this got to do with today’s highlights? I would like to look at the word ‘highlights’ in all its forms. The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘highlight’ in this way: as a noun it is ‘an outstanding part of an event or period of time’. Our Patronal Festival last weekend was outstanding: from Messy Cathedral to the Old Chorister and Friends events, with the phenomenal recital by Gordon Stewart, who made great use of the new Trompete de Maris, to a glorious service last Sunday morning. There was a myriad of highlights in a wonderful few days. Over this coming week we have the Royal Marine Band Service Memorial Service, a Harvest Eucharist, and if you haven’t done it already, come into the crafty Make a Fish ‐ Make a Wish.
Secondly, ‘highlights’ as a verb means ‘draw special attention to.’ On Monday there is Modern Slavery in the Shipping Industry, an event devised to highlight the insecurity and risks faced by those who work on the seas. The Christian Church has often been good at highlighting the areas where society has got things wrong; from the movement to end legalised slavery, to protesting against wars, unjust political policies. It seems to be particularly appropriate that as The Cathedral of the Sea, we are hosting such an event. A highlight of being part of this community is that we have opportunities to get messy with crafts regardless of age and ability and that we highlight important social issues. This is living the faith.
Canon Peter is at St Peter and St Paul, Hambledon, Canon Anthony is at Holy Spirit, Southsea and Canon Nick is at St Alban’s, Copnor this morning.
Welcome to all those joining us for the Royal Marine Band Service Memorial Service this morning. A particular welcome to Lieutenant Colonel Nick Grace RM on this his last engagement as PDM and thanks for his contribution to the life of the Cathedral.
Harvest Eucharist Donations of dried and tinned food that are brought to this evening’s service will be given to the Roberts Centre. Donations of food can also be left in the boxes in the Cloister.
Planned Giving The new set of small numbered envelopes starts from today. If you would like to know more about the ways in which you can support the ministry and mission of the Cathedral and the community it serves, including the Parish Giving Scheme, please pick up a form or contact the offices.
One World Week 22nd‐29th October. The theme “Good Neighbours My World Depends On Us” reminds us that our personal world is directly affected by what we do, purchase, read, say, consume, vote. For further details of events in Portsmouth see http://bit.ly/2hMdGRN. There will be a meeting to discuss the possibility of setting up an Old Portsmouth Good Neighbours Group on 3.00‐5.00pm Tuesday 24th October in the Bishop Kenneth Room. All those interested in discussing options and helping to get something going are welcome.
Malina Wyzykowska and Adrian Green are getting married in the Cathedral next Saturday at 2.00pm. They would be delighted if members of the congregation and community would like to attend the service.
Repairs Work to repair the windows and stonework of the Cloister and North Transept continues. The work is funded by the First World War Centenary Cathedrals Repair Fund.
October Services Please note changes to our regular pattern of Sunday Services this month when our service of Eucharist is at 6.00pm on the next three Sundays. Our Events Listing and The List are available here.
The Great South Run The Cathedral Clergy and staff will again be running this year. They can be sponsored through the links on the following page: http://bit.ly/2wWjsSN or donations can be handed to the clergy.
Pantomime Lunch Thank you to all those who came to the Abarbistro, and to those who donated the wonderful sum of £730.00. The total amount raised for children at the Roberts Centre who will visit the Panto in December, and for their Christmas party, was £1,641.00.
Make a Fish – Make a Wish Clay Residency. Use porcelain paper clay to make individual fish on which you can write your wishes and messages: 11.00am‐5.00pm on 11th and 2.00‐5pm on 18th October. The fish will be installed in the Cathedral as a shoal at a reception on Friday 17th November at 7.00pm, all are welcome to this event. An Annual Theme event in partnership with Claystation and funded by Awards for All.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 12th October. Musicians from The Portsmouth Grammar School. Light refreshments from 12.30pm.
Finding Peace Exhibition Monday 16th–Sunday 29th October. Exhibition of contemplative images taken around the Cathedral, an interactive electronic installation “Being Present” in the Welcome Area, and free workshops on Saturday 21st October and Saturday 28th October 9.00am‐ 12.00pm Booking essential via Eventbrite http://bit.ly/2yS6Uy4.
Journeys Festival International Thursday 19th ‐ Sunday 29th October. Raising awareness of the plight of refugees and asylum seekers and featuring the Container Project. An art installation on the south front created by refugee artists inside a shipping container with refugee artists decorating the outside. For further details of events at the Cathedral and in Portsmouth see http://bit.ly/2kggPdt.
Solent Symphony Orchestra 25th Anniversary Concert 7.30pm Saturday 21st October. Music by Copland, Vaughan‐Williams, Dvorak and Saint‐Saens Carnival of the Animals narrated by Patricia Routledge. Tickets £15 and £5 (students), Kids for a Quid and concessions, on the door or from 01730 601074 or 02393 780980.
Junior Sing! 9.30am Saturday 21st October in the Song School. A choir for children in Years 3‐6. Come and have fun singing! For more information contact Oliver Hancock at email@example.com.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Martin, Graeme, Alex, Helen, Frank, John, Christine, Roger, Amanda and Vic.
And those who have died: John Bingham, Trish Locke, and Richard Lofthouse (Cathedral Memorial Service 2.30pm Thursday 12th October) RIP.
A complete list of this week's notices can be found here.