Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 28th October 2018


I would naturally want to begin the highlights in late October by talking about how it’s getting darker and it’s getting colder. Being darker might ring true but the weather hasn’t seemed to be following the normal pattern; just this week I was sitting in a pub garden with the sun shining down wondering if it was still August.

With all the sun it’s easy to forget the impending A word and C word; Advent and Christmas. I saw on Commercial Road the other day Christmas lights going up, shops beginning to change their branding and shop windows. It’s all happening. I feel like saying ‘let’s not forget November exists!’

Amongst all of this the world heard of the sad news this week that Eugene Peterson has died at the age of 85. Eugene Peterson was a Presbyterian minister, biblical scholar and author whose writings have shaped the thinking of pastors and church people and whose colloquial translation of the Bible, “The Message,” has sold millions of copies. I was particularly fond of his book ‘The Contemplative Pastor’. I have read many blogs this week about his life and the impact he’s had over the Christian world.

Today’s Gospel reading is a reminder of the cost of discipleship. Eugene Peterson spoke much on this referring sometimes to it as ‘vocational holiness.’ I resonated with this particular sentence from blogger Daniel Grothe, who said that though he is sad about Eugene’s death, he is hopeful that pastors, and Christians alike will carry on his legacy “believing that our work (Christians in the world) is “local” and “personal” in a society that wants to make everything universal and general.”

It’s a busy time of year of course, but perhaps we too can reflect on our vocation as Christians, and as Eugene Peterson would say, to live “unbusy” lives so that we can lead people into God’s rest.

The Cathedral now has a bereavement support team who are available to offer support to anyone for whom it would be helpful to talk. Please ask the clergy or the churchwardens for more information.

                                                                                                               The Revd Matt Bray

   Cathedral Curate


Welcome to the Choir of St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough who are leading the music at services this weekend.

The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.

Journeys Festival International: exploring refugee experiences through great art Today is the last opportunity to see ‘The Invisibles’ Journey’ paintings, drawings and prints realised by migrants, and photographic images of some of those who took part in art organised by the charity Secours Catholique and Container Project a shipping container which has been transformed into an artwork and innovative project/exhibition space.


Constitution and Statutes The Cathedral Council wishes to revise the Constitution and Statutes using the authority invested in it by the Cathedrals Measure of 1999.   The amendments are in respect to the appointment of Honorary Canons, Lay Canons and Canons of Honour together with changes to the lay membership of Chapter; this includes an increase from four to six lay members, two of whom would be elected at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.  Please take time to read the full details which are in the Welcome Area and on the website.   Comments should be submitted by Friday 23rd November to Peter Sanders, chapterclerk@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk and will be considered by Cathedral Council when it meets on Tuesday 27th November.


Open Church. Next week Lorna Sandland, Community Development Worker

at St Simon's  Southsea, will be with us at the 10.30am service and afterwards to tell people a bit more about the Open Church project. Last year eight churches in Portsmouth opened their doors to give shelter to the homeless in the worst of the winter. They are planning to do it again this year, (January to February) and are looking for volunteer helpers from local churches including those from here at the Cathedral. Find out more after the service.

Poppies for Remembrance Everyone is invited to make a free poppy for an outside display around the War Memorial on the South Front.  Materials and instructions will be in the Cathedral Shop until Remembrance Sunday.

Donations of Red Fabric and Buttons Donations of all types of red fabric, large or small, plain or patterned in any shade of red and large buttons no smaller than 2.5cm diameter to be used by children attending School Workshops for Remembrance can be brought to the Cathedral Offices or left with the Shop.

Christmas Fair Saturday 1st December. Please leave donations of china, toiletries, books, DVDs, CDs, preserves (jams, marmalade and chutney), jewellery, clothing (unworn with label), bottles of wine and boxes of chocolates for the Tombola in the Cathedral Shop. Please also start baking cakes (these need to be marked as such if they have been frozen or contain nuts). Raffle Tickets are on sale at the Cathedral Shop.


Standing in Silence 30th October to 11th November.  An exhibition by Hampshire photographer John Farnhill. The culmination of a two-year project to document some of the key sites of conflict from the First World War. For more information see http://www.johnfarnhillphotography.com

Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: David Tennant 7.00-9.00pm this Tuesday at The Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Craft and Chat Group 2.30pm this Thursday in the Bishop Kenneth Room.  New members welcome.

WWI Sacrifice & Remembrance 7.00pm this Thursday in Becket Hall.  Annual Theme talk by Jeremy Prescott, a former career Army Officer and charity CEO and a lecturer on military themes, telling of the scale of the sacrifice, how this is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, stories behind some of the headstones and how the fallen in recent conflicts are now commemorated. Free, donations welcome.

All Souls’ Eucharist with commemoration of the departed. 6.00pm Friday 2nd November. A reflective service of readings and music within the Eucharist with the opportunity to remember and light a candle for loved ones. If you would like a name of someone who has died to be included at the service please add it to the list in the Welcome Area.

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30-9.30pm Tuesday 6th November. Join Sharon Court to create a unique advent calendar filled with different mindful activities in the Cathedral.  Free event, booking essential via Eventbrite .

Lunchtime Live The next concert will be at 1.10pm on Thursday 8th November with James Kirby (piano). Retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

Remembrance Day Concert 8.00pm Sunday 11th November.  A concert commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the WW1 Armistice with the world premiere of a new Missa Brevis by Ola Gjeilo jointly commissioned by the Cathedral and The Portsmouth Grammar School. Tickets available from https://bit.ly/2O5QZ9W.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Richard and Amanda.

And those who have died: Paul Anthony RIP.

Sunday 28th October

St Simon and St Jude

0800      Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist sung by the Choir of St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough

                Preacher: The Revd Canon Nick Ralph

                Readings: Isaiah 28.14-16; John 15.17-end 

1800       Choral Evensong sung by the Choir of St John the Baptist Church, Knaresborough

Preacher: The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Rustell

                     Readings: 1 Maccabees 2.42-66; Jude 1-4, 17-end

2000       Taizé-style Night Prayer

This Week

Monday         0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1800   Evening Prayer said

Tuesday         0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

                         1800   Evening Prayer said

Wednesday  0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion           

                         1200   Holy Communion

                         1400   Baby and Toddler Group

               1800   Evening Prayer said

Thursday       0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion

     1800   Evening Prayer said

Friday             0740   Morning Prayer followed by Holy Communion           

                         1200   Holy Communion

                         1800   All Souls’ Requiem sung by the Cathedral Consort

Saturday        0930   Diocesan Synod Eucharist

                         1430   Diocesan Synod drama performance

                         1700   Choral Evensong sung by Cantemus cum Spiritu


Sunday 4th November

All Saints’ Sunday

0800       Holy Communion (BCP said)

1030       Eucharist sung by the Cathedral Consort

                          Preacher: The Revd Matt Bray, Cathedral Curate

                          Readings: Wisdom 3.1-9; John 11.32-44                                     

1800       Evensong sung by the Cathedral Consort

                          Preacher: Kitty Price, Cathedral Reader

                          Readings: Isaiah 65.17-end; Hebrews 11.32-12.2

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