Timing is everything! In today’s Eucharistic readings, there is the perfect timing of God’s call to Samuel, Philip and Nathaniel. The beginning of a new year is a good time for us all to consider to what God has called each one of us. This is not just about a calling to ministry in the church, although of course it includes that, and it is right for some, but it is about the whole panoply of things to which God calls people, not just in their occupations but in their lives. We are all called to things like righteousness, and holiness, to uphold justice and build the common good. Today we hear about a particular moment of calling and this should encourage us to think about what might be next in God’s plan for us.
In terms of the Cathedral, our next plans include the public launch of the annual theme, ‘Time’ and there is a leaflet with details of a range of fascinating and fun activities and discussion over the whole year. Take time to ensure you don’t miss out on that! We have also found that it is time to do some more maintenance and conservation. This is why there is some scaffolding in the Heath Harrison Aisle while the windows are away for repair.
Today it is also time to install a new Sub-Organist, new Head Choristers, and Senior Choristers, remembering that music too is a vocation. We wish them well and our prayers as they embark on this new phase in their vocation.
The Revd Canon Nick Ralph
Welcome to the family and friends of Maggie Martin who is being baptised today.
The Revd Matt Bray is with other curates from across the Diocese on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land led by the Bishop. Diocese of Portsmouth
Services and Events The List and our Monthly Events listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Welcome to all those joining us for Epiphany Carols and especially to the families and friends of Sachin Gunga our new Sub-Organist. Sachin has joined us from Wakefield Cathedral where he was Assistant Director of Music and he is also a former chorister of Derby Cathedral. Head Choristers Elliot and Christian and Senior Choristers Solomon, Jake, Sam, James and Themis being installed this morning.
Chapter The agenda for Chapter’s meeting on Tuesday is on the website and noticeboard.
Fabric Works Repointing of paving and refurbishment of the North Cloister door continue this week. The windows in the Heath Harrison Aisle have been removed to Chapel Studios for conservation and repair. The scaffolding in the aisle will remain in place until the windows are returned in March. The works are funded by a grant from the First World War Centenary Cathedral Repair Fund. Further details from the Chapter Clerk Peter Sanders.
Oliver Hancock’s installation If you would like to travel by coach to attend Oliver’s installation Warwick next Sunday please contact Tim Burnett in the Offices or sign up on the sheet in the Welcome Area.
Living Faith Course-Prayer and Spirituality 7.00pm Wednesdays from 17th January. 10-week module exploring how we pray to the Christian God, and how this has been informed by spiritual traditions. For further details please contact Sarah Lovatt in the Cathedral Offices.
Christmas and foreign stamps Used stamps, especially Christmas and foreign ones can be donated to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance through the box in the Cathedral Shop.
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Portsmouth High School Gala Concert 7.30pm Tuesday 6th February. For further details see website. Tickets £6.00 available from Helen Harris on 023 9282 6714 or at www.portsmouthhigh.co.uk/events.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Stephen and Teresa Foster (piano duet). Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Free entry with retiring collection.
Quiz Night 7.00pm next Friday. Tickets £12.00 including Fish and Chip supper (vegetarian option available) from the Cathedral Shop until Thursday. Raffle. Proceeds in aid of The Roberts Centre.
A Journey Through Time 9.00am-7.00pm Saturday 20th January. It takes 800 years to travel from one end of the Cathedral to the other, but other natural elements travel through time as well. Join us for a unique exploration of time and space featuring projections and other natural elements to evoke the passage and marking of time, and using the entire Cathedral as a map for our journey. Programme of events available in the Cathedral and online.
Doctor Who - Adventures in Time and Faith: William Hartnell 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 23rd January upstairs at the Dolphin. Each session involves watching an episode, a short presentation and time for discussion. Booking essential via Eventbrite. For further details see leaflets in the Cathedral.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 25th January in Becket Hall. Sinead Parry on the work of MacMillan Cancer. Free, donation if staying for tea/coffee.
Organ Concert with Adrian Lucas 8.00pm Friday 26th January. The next of our regular series of evening concerts. Tickets £10.00, (£8.00 concessions) through Eventbrite, the Cathedral Shop or on the door.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 27th January. An hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
Annual Muslim Christian Evening Monday 29th January after Choral Evensong. Join us as we meet with our friends from the Wessex Jamat for an informal evening of fellowship.
Wine Tasting 7.30pm Friday 2nd February in the Nave. Join local expert, David Dickinson, to learn about the art of wine tasting and how to match your food to deliver a wine at its best. Tickets £20.00 from the Cathedral Shop. Profits to support the Cathedral Choirs’ tours and events.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Martin, Alex, Frank, Christine, Roger, Amanda, Joan, Rachael, Val, John, Wayne and Brian.
And those who have died: Roger Devonshire (Priest) (Cathedral Funeral Service 2.30pm Monday 15th January), Sylvia Kingswell and Tommy Kerslake RIP.
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