Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 2nd September 2018


Has summer really come to an end? One moment I was tanning myself in the south of France, the next I’m sitting at my desk looking out the window wondering if I remembered to pack my umbrella.

September is upon us, and like me you may be returning to work from holiday, or preparing to send the kids back to school, or going back to school yourself!

And for me September has always been like a second New Year. Just like January, when September comes round I start to think about how I want this ‘year’ to go; what my hopes are, what I hope to achieve, what areas of my life do I want to grow in.

As I mentioned last week in my sermon, my wife and I are calling it Smart September – smart choices about what we eat mainly, and off the back of ‘All you can eat August’ I certainly need to make some smarter decisions. However, after a month of the lectionary telling us the importance of bread and what we eat, we’re suddenly told that it’s not what goes in that we should worry about, but what comes out.

Jesus seem to be raising questions of holiness. Could that be a goal as we enter the new academic year? The pursuit of holiness! – sounds rather grand, but it could be just as simple as praying this kind of prayer; ‘Lord, help me today, to be more like you.’

It’s busy here, it’s busy everywhere, but I hope that this September, this new term, this new ‘year’, we all grow in holiness, in faith, and most importantly, love.

Please do pray for myself and Revd Alex Wood, for St. George’s Portsea and Harbour Church, as today we begin the next chapter for both congregations.

The Revd Matt Bray
Cathedral Curate

Canon Anthony is at St Alban’s Copnor this morning.
Welcome To the Choir of St Alphege, Solihull who are leading the music at services this weekend and to those joining us this evening for the presentation of Living Faith course certificates.
Refreshments Coffee and sherry will be served after the 10.30am service in the welcome area.
Flooding in Kerala There will be retiring collections today for Christian Aid’s appeal. Donations can also be made on line through https://bit.ly/2P4VUER.
The List and Events Listings are available in the Cathedral or on the website.

@CofEPortsmouth Copies of the new free diocesan magazine are available in the Cathedral.
Pompey West Africa Links Newsletter copies of the September issue are now available in the Cathedral Welcome Area.
Cathedral Choirs Next weekend we welcome back our choirs from their Summer break. Our new scholars will be admitted to the Music Foundation at Choral Evensong next Sunday.

Repairs and Conservation The windows in the Navy Aisle are at Chapel Studios for repair and the South Path is out of use whilst repairs to the flat roofs are carried out. The works are due to be completed by early November.
Christmas Fair Volunteer Meeting 12pm Sunday 16th September in the Bishop Kenneth Room. Please could anyone who would like to volunteer and all those who have already confirmed that they would like to volunteer attend.
Pantomime Lunch The 13th annual lunch will be held at Abarbistro on 21st September. All tickets are sold, BUT, we are always grateful for any donations, towards the children’s Christmas party. Enquires to Gerry Chilton.
Quiet Afternoon 2-4pm Wednesday 26th September in an Emsworth home and garden. “Where is the wind blowing? Paying attention to where God is in this phase of our lives and how God might be leading us”, with Revd Max Millett. All welcome, transport available, booking essential through the Shop.
Committee Meetings The agendas for this week’s meetings of the Finance and Investments and the Fabric Advisory committees are on the noticeboard and website.
Verbum Caro Factum Est Advent and Christmas Music CD by the Cathedral Choir will be launched after Choral Evensong on Sunday 9th September.

Fossil and dinosaur exhibition with Dinosaur Isle Tuesday 4th to Saturday 29th September. Visit and explore a special collection of fossils and prehistoric artefacts installed in the arches and the Ambulatory of the Cathedral Nave with an Annual Theme TIME Talk on “Dinosaurs” with Dr Martin Munt of Dinosaur Isle at 7.00pm on Thursday 13th September in the Nave.
Cathedral Lunch Club restarts after the summer break on this Tuesday at 12.30pm in Becket Hall.
Creative Spirituality Evening 7-9pm this Tuesday in the Cathedral. All welcome to join Sharon Court to be creative and reflective on the theme of ‘peace’.
Toddler Group 2pm this Wednesday. Please join us for a short service in St Thomas’s Chapel followed by refreshments with toys for the children in Becket Hall.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Adam Parrish: piano. Refreshments from 12.30pm. Retiring collection.
Becket’s Bunch our Sunday school restarts on the 9th September 10.30am in the Bishop Kenneth Room.
Heritage Open Days this Friday to Sunday. Opening hours 10am-4pm Saturday, 1-4pm Friday and Sunday. The Cathedral Guides will be on duty throughout and events include tours focused on the extraordinary women who have contributed to the Cathedral and displays of the Sarum Frontals and Graily Hewitt service books. The weekend also includes tower and clock tours, (booking essential through Eventbrite) and tours of the organ stop, ‘Trompete de Maris’ on Saturday; and the Tangier Plate Talk (Saturday and Sunday, booking essential through Eventbrite). Details on the Cathedral website.
Doctor Who – Adventures in Time and Faith: Christopher Ecclestone 7.00-9.00pm Tuesday 11th September at the Dolphin. Booking essential via Eventbrite.
Meet Bishop Matthias from Ho 3.30pm Sunday 16th September in Cathedral House. Hear the latest news from Ho, try the “Ho Quiz”, sample freshly cooked Ghanaian food. Tickets £5 available from David Power at 023 9282 7071 or davidmpower@ntlworld.com and Marion Syms at 01243 373409 or marion.syms@btinternet.com. Followed by Choral Evensong with installation of four new Canons of Ho at 6.00pm.

All those in need including: Frank, Brian, Margaret, Roger, Derek, Tricia and Eric.

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