Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 20th January 2019
I cannot but help feeling a sense of despair at the moment in regard to the state of British politics: the events in Westminster this week seem to present our country as a bit of a shambles. Too many in politics appear to put party interests and unity first, and refuse to properly govern and make decisions in the wider long term interests of the nation and for the welfare of society.
Regardless of how you voted in the EU referendum two and a half years ago, it seems apparent to all sides that there has been a failure to move forward in a coherent fashion to deliver both certainty and prosperity, and the current uncertainty is hitting our economy, which will no doubt result in harm to the weakest in our society. A constant problem for modern politics is that instead of detailed policy to create prosperity, we are subjected to meaningless soundbites and fantasy visions of the future of the UK that are unrealistic and undeliverable. These soundbites and fantasies do not seem to be exposed to appropriate scrutiny, but instead political debate becomes a matter of tribalism: ’their’ side criticising ‘our’ side.
So what should the church say in all this? It is the role of government to govern, and the responsibility of MPs to offer leadership to the country through legislation. Governing means making the decisions that are right for society as a whole, that protect the weak and vulnerable, and uphold a Christian moral order. Government does not mean looking after the interests of your own party, but rather is about shaping the well-being of a nation. To be in government (or in politics generally) is a call to parties to offer themselves in self-sacrifice for the good of the country: the good of society trumps the loyalties of party.
Leave or Remain is less important than choosing between a good or bad outcome for the current generation and those to come. We should pray for our political leaders that sense may prevail, and Christians should take seriously their call to speak into society by contacting their MP and expressing their concerns about the current political crisis.
Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Rustell
Welcome to The Revd Dr Will Adam, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Adviser and Ecumenical Officer at the Council of Christian Unity as our preacher this morning as we mark the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Canon Nick is at St Peter and St Paul’s, Hambledon this morning, Canon Anthony is attending the Readers’ Conference on the Isle of Wight.
The List and new Events List are available in the Cathedral or on the website.
Welcome to all those joining us this evening for the licensing of the Revd Canon Peter Hall as Diocesan Director of Vocations and Ordinands.
Bryan Kneale RA the sculptor who designed the 1997 West Doors was awarded the MBE for services to Art in the New Year’s Honours List.
Chapter meets on Wednesday, the agenda is on the notice board and website.
Cathedral House Gates A coded gate has now been fitted at the east end of Cathedral House. It will be open from the beginning of the day until after Evensong on weekdays and when the Song School is in use at weekends.
The Sisters of Bethany Annual Unity Service 2.30pm this Wednesday at the House of Bethany, Nelson Road followed by tea. Please let the Sisters know if you will be attending 023 9283 3498 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Child trafficking: Understanding the Problem 7.30pm–9.00pm Tuesday 29th January. St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain, PO8 is hosting an awareness raising evening hosted by Love146. For further details see Love416 event .
Volunteer Shop Managers The Cathedral seeks to appoint two volunteer Shop Managers as a job share to work approximately 10-15 hours per week each or one volunteer who is able to give between 20-30 hours per week from the end of February 2019. Closing date: Wednesday 30th January, interviews Wednesday 6th February. For more information or to apply please contact the Finance Officer, email@example.com or 023 9289 2965.
EVENTS and SERVICES
Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm this Tuesday. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in the Cathedral.
50th Anniversary of Christingle Special Service 11.30am this Thursday. Attended by the Bishop and Matthew Reed, CEO of the Children’s Society, and schools from the Diocese. All welcome. Retiring collection in aid of the Children’s Society.
Lunchtime Live 1.10pm this Thursday. Musicians from the Prebendal School, free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.
Cathedral Club 2.45pm this Thursday in Becket Hall. A History of Portsmouth, Part 2 - Andrew Negus, a Cathedral Guide. Donation £1. Tea/coffee available.
‘Soup of Souls’ Hermitage Artist’s Reception 7.00pm this Thursday. A unique opportunity to hear about behind the scenes aspects of Pete Codling’s art residency and to learn more about the stories which evoked each section of the finished work. The exhibition of charcoal and pencil ‘Time’ themed drawings suspended in the Nave runs from 24th January until 26th February.
Fish & Chip Quiz Night 7.00pm this Friday in Becket Hall. Proceeds in aid of Solent Mind. Vegetarian option available. Food from the Fisherman’s Kitchen in Southsea. Tickets £12 available from the Cathedral Shop until Wednesday.
Becket’s Bunch Sunday School Sadly we have had to cancel Becket’s Bunch on Sunday 27th January due to lack of volunteers.
Symposium: Value, Place & Purpose 10:00am-2:00pm Monday 28th January in Becket Hall. For practitioners and professionals working in the field of wellbeing & mental health, of all faiths or none. For further details and to book see https://bit.ly/2QORVfT .
Evening Organ Concert 8.00pm Friday 1st February with Sachin Gunga, Cathedral Sub-Organist. The first of a series of four evening concerts. Tickets £10.00 (£8 concessions) on the door or at https://bit.ly/2FwqZQR .
‘Far from the Home I Love’ A special concert by Margaret Fingerhut 7.30pm Monday 4th February to raise awareness of refugee needs and to raise funds for the City of Sanctuary refugee groups (https://cityofsanctuary.org/about/). More details and tickets http://bit.ly/2QKD6uU .
Handel’s Messiah 7.30pm Saturday 2nd March. Tickets for the performance by the Cathedral Choir and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra are now available from the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite .
Installation of Dean of Portsmouth Members of the congregation and volunteers wishing to attend the installation of the Revd Canon Dr Anthony Cane on Saturday 16th March at 4pm are invited to apply for tickets through firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Liz in the offices.
PLEASE PRAY FOR
The Readers of the diocese as they attend their annual conference.
All those attending: Diocesan Baptism and Confirmation Service on Saturday.
All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Jenny, Freya, Donald and Mandy.
And those who have died: Reginald Morris and Len Pearcey RIP.
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