Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 13th May 2018
A few decades ago an acronym became so popular in certain circles that it was even printed on T-shirts: WWJD? (What would Jesus do?)
However, this question is inadequate. Firstly, Christians are not called to be Christ, but to be Christ-like: he is our saviour in whom we have life, and we are not called to be alternative saviours. Secondly, it ignores the fact that the incarnation occurred at a certain time in a certain society, so the question is not always that easy to answer without some serious reflection. Lastly, and most importantly, it seems to suggest that Jesus is a dead person that we can use as an example to follow, which simply is not what Christians believe. WWJD can be likened to the question ‘I wonder what our old bishop/dean/ vicar would have done about that?’ after they have retired or died. However, the Ascension is about the idea that Christ is not dead: he is alive in heaven and ruling over all things. He is active in the way that a previous incumbent is not.
The question for Christians is ‘what is Jesus doing now?’, to which the answer is that he is making intercession for us and bringing all things to be subject to his just and gentle rule. The Ascension should not be about a sense of being left alone after Christ has departed, and trying to make do to fill the gap until he returns, but should be about a sense of confidence that all will be made new in Christ. We therefore ask another type of WWJD: ‘What will Jesus do?’
This year, as we reflect on our annual theme of time, the Ascension reminds us to have hope that all will be made new in Christ.
The Revd Canon Dr Anthony Rustell
Thy Kingdom Come is an initiative of the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to unite Christians around the world to join in prayer throughout the ten days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. A map of the Diocese is laid out in St Thomas’s Chapel as a focus for prayer.
Art installation ‘Windows of the mind’ in St Thomas’s Chapel until 31st May. A freestanding sculpture featuring various picture frames and mirrors illustrate the impact of poor mental health on people’s perspective of their lives.
Christian Aid Week 13th - 19th May.
• “Uprooted” an exhibition of powerful images and individual accounts from Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq depicting the global crisis of displacement is on display in the Ambulatory.
• House to House collection. Thanks to all who are collecting house-to-house this week your materials will be available at morning and evening services today. We need more collectors to cover the whole parish. Please contact Sue Ward urgently on 023 9287 7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Breakfast Sunday 27th May between after morning services. Come and enjoy continental style breakfast with Fairtrade products. Helpers welcome.
The Cathedral Choir is singing Evensong at All Saints, Botley at 6pm.
The List and Events Listing are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Thank you for raising £177 during Fairtrade Fortnight. By spreading the word and supporting the work of Fairtrade, you’ve made the world of difference.
Cathedral Sing This week staff worked with members of the Cathedral Choirs and over one hundred and sixty children from four schools across the Isle of Wight. The team led a successful workshop and concert at All Saints, Ryde. Cathedral Sing, our music outreach programme, has also worked with a further one hundred and fifty children at schools in Portsmouth and Petersfield.
Head of Fundraising Tim Sledge joins the Cathedral Staff on Monday. He can be contacted through email@example.com.
Consultation - Appointment of Dean 7.00-8.00pm Thursday. There will be an opportunity to take part in this important process when the Archbishops’ Secretary for Appointments visits this week. Details of the appointment process can be found on the following link https://bit.ly/2Khx1UD.
Coffee Morning - Volunteering in the Education Department 10.00-11.30am this Wednesday in Becket Hall. Come and meet the team or contact Education Officer Sarah Page firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finance and Investments Committee The agenda for Monday’s meeting is on the website and noticeboard.
Next Sunday City Service We look forward to welcoming the Lord Mayor and City Councillors for their annual service next Sunday morning. Due to processions no parking will be available on the Cathedral grounds. Please contact the Cathedral Offices if you require further details. The Bishop will preach at our Pentecost Eucharist at 6.00pm.
Tough Mudder 2018 David Price, Canon Peter, two of the Choral Scholars and some former members of the Cathedral Choir will be running the Tough Mudder next Saturday to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. You can sponsor them via https://bit.ly/2GT5IBs and https://bit.ly/2GyroDm .
Time for Tea Sunday 3rd June. Unfortunately it has been necessary to cancel this event. Those who have already booked are being contacted direct.
Retirement of The Dean David’s final service as Dean will be Choral Evensong on 10th June. The service will be followed by a reception. All welcome. Donations for a leaving present can be made c/o Nicky Taylor.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday with Shean Bowers (organ). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Hampshire Festival of the Mind – It’s About Time 10.30am-3.30pm Monday 14th May. Free event. Booking essential via Eventbrite: https://bit.ly/2Jx7kPC .
Hampshire Artists Cooperative Exhibition Monday 21st May - Saturday 2nd June. Exhibition and sale of glass work, paintings, etchings, sculpture and ceramics. For more details visit their website https://bit.ly/2JLnViJ .
Silver Screen Film “Mamma Mia” (2008) 1.45pm Tuesday 22nd May. Our bi-monthly film screening following Cathedral Lunch Club in Becket Hall.
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Peter Davison 7-9pm Tuesday 22nd May at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Messy Cathedral at the Southsea Fitness Festival 9am-5pm Saturday 2nd June on Castle Field. There will be games and physical activities to join in followed by making fruit kebabs as a healthy snack. Come along and join in the fun!
PLEASE PRAY FOR
Our Inter-Diocesan West African Link and for Bishop Christopher, Canon Graham Morris and all those involved in their visit to Ghana this week.
All those sitting exams
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, John, Roger, Brian, Mark, and Margaret.
And those who have died: Olga Cox, Brian Dutton, Sister Gwenyth SSB, Kay Lancaster, David Tamcken, and Jacky RIP.
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