Highlights of the Week
We have entered the season of ‘Remembering’ – one of the most powerful and poignant times of the year. It began on 1st November with All Saints’ Day when we remembered Saints who have gone before us setting an example of following Christ in many different ways, including the way of the cross.
At our All Souls’ Eucharist this evening we will remember those saints known personally to us but who now feast with Christ in his heavenly kingdom. We will remember both the good times and the bad times with them, the lovely things about them, and their irritating habits. Those things which made them who they were, and in many ways, who they still are to us.
Next Sunday we will remember those who have, and in some places still do, fight for freedom and justice. Who paid the ultimate price in order that we can live as we do today. We remember out of gratitude, respect, and in the hope that wars will cease and peace will be established across the world. There is clearly still a long way to go.
Following this we head towards Advent as we prepare to remember Emmanuel, God with us in the person of Jesus Christ. It is at this point, as God steps down to Earth, that the focus of the remembering changes. At the cross it was the thief alongside Jesus who said “Remember me when you come into your Kingdom” and Jesus who assured the thief of his place in paradise. Amidst all of our remembering it is good to know that Jesus remembers us. That we are never forgotten by Jesus even when we forget him. That really is a fact worth remembering and celebrating.
The Reverend Canon Peter Leonard
The Reverend Dr Ruth Tuschling is at St George’s, Portsea this morning. All Souls Service with commemoration of the departed. Join us at 6.00pm for a sequence of reflective readings and music within the Eucharist and the music of the Fauré Requiem sung by the Cathedral Consort.
Services and Events - The new editions of The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Pompey Chimes - The latest issue of the free Diocesan Newspaper, which includes articles on the WRNS Centenary Service, the RSCM singing day and the Modern Slavery Day held at the Cathedral, is available to pick up from the Cathedral Shop or to read online http://bit.ly/2pCfsaN.
Old Portsmouth Good Neighbours Group - There is interest in setting up a local group. Anyone willing to join a working group is invited to get in touch with the Good Neighbours Network Adviser (Portsmouth) Vicky Halliday through email@example.com.
Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral - The autumn newsletter will be posted to members next week. If you would like to know more about membership please pick up a leaflet in the Cathedral or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cathedral Shop - The new stock including Advent candles and calendars is available in the shop. Cathedral Christmas cards featuring detail of the window, in St Thomas’s Chapel, of the Madonna and child are available through the Friends or from the Shop later this month. Price £2.50 for five with proceeds in aid of the Cathedral and the Friends.
Breakfast Club Volunteer Helpers needed one morning per week at Charter Academy. Term time only between 7.50–8.50am. For further details please contact Sue Whitelock email@example.com
Volunteers to help at Christmas Lunch Harbour Coffee House will be open on Christmas Day for anyone who is lonely, homeless or for any reason might not have anywhere to be. They will be serving free hot drinks, and a hot Christmas Lunch. If you would like more information about volunteering as part of their friendship team please contact Daisy Gandey at the Harbour Church firstname.lastname@example.org.
Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Poppies are now available in the Cathedral.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm on this Thursday. Recital by musicians from St. John’s College, Southsea. Free entry, with retiring collection. Light refreshments on sale from 12.30pm.
Remembrance Concert 8.00pm Sunday 12th November. Featuring The Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir and Orchestra with the London Mozart Players. A world premiere of a major new choral work by John Woolrich and works by Monteverdi, Vaughan Williams, Bloch and Bridge. Tickets £10.00 (under 18 free) through Eventbrite.
Make a Fish – Make a Wish The fish made during the recent art residency will be installed in the Cathedral as a shoal at a reception on Friday 17th November at 7.00pm, all welcome. An Annual Theme event in partnership with Claystation and funded by Awards for All.
Evening Organ Concert 8pm Friday 24th November. The second of our new monthly series will be given by Portsmouth born Roger Sayer the Organist and Director of Music at The Temple Church, London. He is also Deputy Chorus Director and Accompanist to the London Symphony Chorus. The programme includes music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Duruflé, Alain. Tickets £10 and £8 concs are available through the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite.
Junior Sing 9.30 Saturday 18th November. 9.30am in the Song School. A choir for children in Years 3‐6. Come and have fun singing! For more information contact email@example.com. Messy Cathedral 2.00‐4.00pm Saturday 25th November. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea.
Christmas Fair 11.00am‐2.00pm Saturday 2nd December. Many stalls including unique wood and glass Christmas gifts, decorations, homemade cakes, preserves, jewellery, etc. Refreshments and activities for children. Entry 50p. Donations of items for sale are required, please pick up one of the notices in the Cathedral for details. Raffle tickets are now on sale at the Cathedral Shop.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Martin, Graeme, Alex, Helen, Frank, John, Christine, Roger, Amanda, and Vic.
And those who have died: Bryan Day, Judith Gibbon (Cathedral Funeral Monday 13th November 1pm), Henry Lees, and Ian Tremlett RIP.
A complete listing of this week's notices can be downloaded here.