Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 18th March 2018
On Tuesday we will have our next Dr Who event of the year. As Canon Peter has commented a number of times, the regeneration is a particularly significant feature of the series and the character of the Doctor. There is something about Passiontide and Easter that is similar for Christians because it is through these events that we are told what kind of God it is that we believe in, and what it is to embrace Christian character and virtue.
Good Friday and Easter are often reduced to the tragic suffering of a good man and his own escape from death on Easter Day, but for Christians the horizon is far broader than that. As Dr Who’s regeneration shapes the whole series, so it is that these events shape what it is to be human. They are not events that are merely related to Christ, but are also about us and what we are called to be.
In the City of God Augustine speaks of the fallen human desire for domination and power: we desire to control our world and everything in it. From this spring the practices of sinful human power politics that do not mirror the perfect society of heaven. Christ’s death and resurrection are about the transformation of individuals and society by providing an alternative ethic.
Christ’s life and death is the Kingdom breaking into the world: a kingdom that is marked by God dispossessing himself and calling others to do the same. Christ’s resurrection offers us the confidence to know that we are indeed a forgiven and reconciled people that Christ’s dispossession of himself has been vindicated, and thus offers us the possibility of letting go of our obsessions.
This time of year is character forming: letting go of ourselves in order that we can be who God truly calls us to be. The new life of Easter is about more than that which emerges in nature at spring, rather Passiontide and Easter regenerate us as individuals called to be like Christ.
The Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Rustell
Canon Peter is at Holy Spirit, Southsea this morning.
Installation of Honorary Canon Welcome to those joining us this evening for the installation of the Revd Wendy Kennedy as an Honorary Canon. The service will be followed by a reception in the Nave. All welcome.
Fairtrade Gold Exhibition in the Ambulatory until Sunday 25th March. A set of 16 striking images, quotes and stories from gold mining communities in South America and East Africa which show the challenges facing small-scale gold miners, and the difference Fairtrade can make to their lives.
The List The new edition is available in the Cathedral or on the website. Details of our Holy Week and Easter services are available in a special leaflet.
Fairtrade Big Breakfast Thank you to all those who supported last week’s event. Your generous response raised £277.00 which will be shared between the Cathedral and the Fairtrade Foundation.
Electoral Roll The Electoral Roll will be reviewed between 23rd March and 6th April. Application forms (for those wishing to join the roll) are available in the Welcome Area. For those already on the roll changes can be notified on the amendment slips which will be available when the roll is on display from 25th March. Please contact the Electoral Roll Officer, Nick Speller with any queries. Annual meetings, including the Election of Churchwardens, will take place on Sunday 22nd April. If you would like to know more about the role of the Cathedral’s Churchwardens please speak to one of the clergy or contact the Chapter Clerk.
Audited Accounts Chapter meets with the FIC on Wednesday to approve the 2017 Accounts. The agenda is on the noticeboard and website.
Skittles Match 7.30pm Friday 23rd March at the Royal Maritime Club. Join us in a friendly competition against Gunwharf Quay Residents. Tickets £10.00 (including basket meal) are available from the Cathedral Shop.
Parking There will be no parking on the West Front on Saturday 24th and for the 10.30am on Sunday 25th March due to special services.
Greenery Donations of greenery for use on Palm Sunday can be brought to the Cloister from Thursday. Please contact the vergers if you are able to help.
Head of Fundraising The Chapter is looking to recruit a Head of Fundraising. The post holder will be responsible for implementing and developing our recently completed fundraising strategy. Full details on the website. Closing date for applications Monday 26th March, interviews 19th April.
Easter Egg Appeal Please leave donations of Easter Eggs for children and young people supported by Home Start, the Southern Domestic Abuse Service and the Roberts Centre at the Cathedral Shop.
Bishop’s Lent Appeal Refugee and Neighbour. Gift Aid envelopes for this year’s appeal are available in the Cathedral. Details here.
Easter Lilies If you would like to donate the cost of a lily (£2.50) in memory of a loved one, forms are available in the Cathedral and on the website.
Cathedral Shop The Meaningful Chocolate Company’s Fairtrade Easter Eggs are in stock price £3.99.
A Celebration of the Life of Trevor Owen will be held at 2.00pm Saturday 24th March. Trevor was a lay clerk at Portsmouth for over 25 years and with the approval of his family we wish to commission a set of Evening Canticles in his memory. All are welcome to contribute to this lasting legacy on JustGiving.
Peter Stevenson We have been informed of the death of Peter Stevenson who was Organist and Master of the Choristers here and Director of Music at Portsmouth Grammar School from 1965 until 1968.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Jon Pertwee 7-9pm this Tuesday at The Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with Organ Scholar Benjamin Banks. Light refreshments from 12.30pm. Entrance free with retiring collection.
Concert: A Quiet Place 7.30pm Saturday 24th March. A Capella music for a spring evening sung by the Dolphin Consort. Refreshments available from 7.00pm. Free entry with a retiring collection.
Messy Cathedral 2.00pm Saturday 31st March in Becket Hall. Join us for an hour of fun and craft activities followed by a short service and afternoon tea. Suitable for all ages.
Chocolate Workshop Tuesday 3rd April. Chocolatier Fiona Sciolti will be holding children’s workshops in the morning and workshop for adults in the afternoon. Cost children £2.50, adults £5.00. Pre-booking is essential via Eventbrite. For further details see website and fliers in the Cathedral.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm Tuesday 3rd April. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for dedicated space and time in the Cathedral.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Wayne, Brian and Mark.
And those who have died: Mary Barnard (Cathedral funeral 3.00pm Wednesday 21st March), Peter Bolt, Brenda Brown, Irene Hobbs, Trevor Owen, Joan Russell, Margaret Spirer (funeral at Portchester Crematorium 11.15am Monday 9th April), and Peter Stevenson RIP.
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