Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 24th June 2018
I have been reflecting on next Saturday's ordinations in light of today’s feast of the birth of John the Baptist. I think that the role of clergy includes a prophetic ministry. This has traditionally been squeezed out of the role with the priority being placed on a pastoral model of care and politeness which has trumped any sense of being prophetic or radical. The danger is that we seek to conform to social norms and our message lacks anything that is uniquely of God, and so it becomes rather bland and irrelevant.
In context of the modern West there is a need for us to rediscover a prophetic voice that speaks to society. John the Baptist provides a model of fierce criticism of the abuses within a society and one who points to Christ as the person in whom all things are transformed and made new.
We live in a society that is confused about what it believes to be important, as a national community we seem to be politically dysfunctional with regard to issues such as Brexit. The root of our problem is that our nation doesn’t have a meaningful narrative. During the world wars we portrayed ourselves as a Christian nation fighting the forces of neo-paganism, and it was Christianity that marked the setting up of the NHS and the educational reforms of 1944. Today no such narrative is advanced by government and so it is unclear what undergirds our national thought process beyond materialism, consumerism and self-interest. The results of such a vision are clear: outsourcing, and a race to the bottom in terms of a wage structure that exploits the poor.
The church has a real role in reminding our nation of another narrative which values society, community and mutual concern. We pray for those to be ordained that they may be faithful in that task.
Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Rustell
Welcome to all those attending Romilly’s baptism today.
Annual Theme: “Timepiece - Monolith” by Chris Jenkins, an installation exploring our Annual Theme. The new commission marks the third of a trilogy of sculptures created in religious spaces over the last seven years exploring memory, ceremony and now time. https://bit.ly/2It11zQ
New Edition List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Cathedrals Working Group The report, set up by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to ensure the future of England’s cathedrals has now been finalised. It can be read on the Church of England website https://bit.ly/2rlaqRX. Our thanks to all those from the Cathedral community who took time to be involved in the consultation.
Retirement of the Dean ‘Gill and I would like to thank everyone for such a wonderful day! Both services were fantastic, and the music was superb. We are so grateful to you all for the many good wishes we have received for our retirement, and for the generosity of your gifts. It has been a joy and a privilege to work with you and serve you for almost sixteen years. We shall remember the Cathedral with much affection, but mostly we shall remember the exceptional congregations and colleagues who are the heart of this vibrant community.’ David and Gill.
Fabric Advisory Committee The agenda for Tuesday’s meeting is on the website and noticeboard.
Portsmouth Grammar Junior School - In The Community Indoor Picnic Lunch 12.00-2.15pm Monday 25th June in the David Russell Theatre at Portsmouth Grammar School. Children will prepare lunch and the entertainment will have a Beatles twist. Free event. Tickets available from the Older Persons Champion Jill Phipps on 07710 394 351.
Lunchtime Live We are looking for volunteers to help make sandwiches and sell hot drinks at our term-time Thursday recital series. Please contact Tim Burnett for further information.
Older Persons’ Champion is looking for a Coordinator to help with the monthly Sunday afternoon Tea Party Group. Please contact Jill Phipps for further details 07710 394351 or Jill.Phipps@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk
EVENTS and SERVICES
Portsmouth High School ‘A view from my window’ Art Exhibition until Friday 29th June in the South Ambulatory. For further details see https://bit.ly/2lkc0NQ
Bodo Cathedral Youth Choir from Norway Concert 7.00pm Tuesday 26th June following Choral Evensong. Admission free. All welcome.
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Colin Baker 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 26th June at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 28th June with Andrew Gallagher (organ). Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 28th June in Becket Hall. Ronald Rabbetts – A tour of some WWI battlefields. Free, donation 50p if staying for tea or coffee.
Saturday 30th June The Cathedral will open at 10.00am for the Ordination of Deacons, and again at 3.00pm for the Ordination of the Priests.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 3rd July. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in Portsmouth Cathedral.
Baby and Toddler Group Summer Treat 2.00-3.00pm Wednesday 4th July. There will be a soft play and bouncy area for the children in Becket Hall.
Time Talk “Time and Music” with Francis O’Sullivan 7.00pm Thursday 5th July in Becket Hall. Portsmouth Cathedral Lay Clerk and Cathedral Choir Librarian Francis O’Sullivan will talk about the relationship of time with music. Admission free. All welcome.
Organ Concert – Dr David Price 8.00pm Friday 6th July. The final evening concert in the series celebrating the completion of new en chamade ‘Trompete de Maris’. Programme includes Susato, Couperin, JS Bach, Purcell, Franck, Vierne, and more. Tickets £10.00, (£8.00 concessions) through Eventbrite, on the door, and from the Cathedral Shop.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
All those being ordained as Deacons and Priests
All those in need including: Frank, Rachael, Brian, Mark and Margaret.
And those who have died: Anthony Banks, Judy Howard and Valerie Syms RIP.
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