Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 19th May 2019

Jesus’ command to ‘love one another’ is so familiar to us that we almost do not bother to think about the radical consequences of what it means. In contemporary society the word ‘love’ has come to be so associated with the pull of emotion that the we imagine 'loving one another' means 'loving people who like us', which ultimately implies a narcissistic self love of our own reflection in which we love those who are like us.

Instead Jesus, as he faces his passion and death, about to be betrayed and abandoned by those called his disciples, picks up themes from the Old Testament, especially from Deuteronomy, that love is not primarily about emotion or the love of those who are like us, but rather is based in service. Love can mean a very practical sharing with, and caring for, those who are aliens and sojourners, the fatherless and the widow. Such love is about a cost we are called to bear in order to be a righteous and just society.

The theologian Stanley Hauer was talks about ‘possessions being the source of our violence’. In the current political climate there seems to be a lot of truth in this suggestion. A lot of violently worded political discourse is based around the idea of justifying why we possess something, and why we should not share it with others. Isolation, with as many possessions as we can grab, seems to be the ideal held up by some of our politicians.

Christian love stems from a sense that we have been, and still are, loved by God. If we have the humility to accept that all we have is simply a gift, we should have the courage to be generous to others. It is this sense of loving one another that we believe should be at the heart of our political and civic life.

As you vote on Thursday, in what has been a very heated debate around the future of this country, it is worth asking how we uphold our beliefs at the ballot box.

The Reverend Canon Dr Anthony Rustell

Residentiary Canon


Canon Nick is at St Peter’s North Hayling and St Andrew’s Eastoke and Canon Anthony is at St James’ Milton this morning .

Welcome to all those attending our City Service Eucharist this morning attended by the Lord Mayor, Councillors and City Officers, to celebrate the City, its citizens and community life.

Eucharist Service this evening at 6.00pm with music in thanksgiving for the life of composer June Clark, mother of Nick Pepin (Layclerk). All are welcome. Donations in June’s memory can be made to https://www.playlistforlife.org.uk/ .

Soup of Souls Pete Codling’s stunning work representing the stories of The Solent and those who lost their lives as sea continues until the 23rd June. The work was funded by the Arts Council as part of last year’s Annual Theme: Time.

The Service and Events Lists are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Outreach During May, members of our Cathedral Sing programme have been working with 180 young children from schools across the Isle of Wight. These children will put on a free public concert at 3.00pm in Newport Minster on Friday 24th May with the Cathedral Choir.


Christmas Fair Saturday 30th November. Further details of this important fundraising event will be available soon and we will be contacting all those who helped last year.

Michael Yorke A Requiem Mass for Michael Yorke, Provost of Portsmouth 1994-1999, will be held at 11.00am on Friday 24th May at Norwich Cathedral. “Frances and family would like to thank all those who have sent letters and cards with thoughts about Michael. We have been very touched and it has been a great comfort to us. We loved our time in Portsmouth, and all of you”.

Christian Aid If you have not received an envelope and wish to donate to this year’s Christian Aid Week Appeal, please use an envelope from the display and drop it into a collection box with the gift aid slip filled in if possible. Thanks to all generous givers of money and time.


Silver Screen: Roman Holiday (1953) for Dementia Awareness Week 2.00pm Tuesday 21st May in Becket Hall. Free event, tickets from the Shop.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 23rd May. The Choral Scholars of Portsmouth Cathedral. Free with retiring collection and refreshments from 12.30pm.

Beating the Bounds Sunday 26th May following the 10.30am Rogationtide Service. Join us as we walk the parish boundary: route includes the seafront, a picnic, train and bus rides and ends with a boat trip on a Thames barge round the harbour and back to Camber Dock. Please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area. Due to cost, we have to ask for a donation of £20 for the boat trip, numbers will be limited so put your name down now!

Hampshire Calligraphers’ Exhibition: ‘Inspired by Books’ 27th May - 10th June in the Welcome Area. http://www.hampshirecalligraphers.co.uk/.

Piano Recital - The Art Society Portsea Island 1.00pm Tuesday 28th May. Helen Morris and Kate Burrows piano duo. Bring your own lunch, free cold drink. Admission £5.00, proceeds to the Arts Society Portsea Island.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 30th May in Becket Hall. Canon Angela Tilby – ‘My time at the BBC’. Donation £1, Free tea/coffee and biscuits.

Thy Kingdom Come 30th May - 9th June. A global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray during the 10 days between Ascension and Pentecost. The Big Prayer Picnic 1.00pm-4.00pm Sunday 9th June at Portchester Castle. Further details https://bit.ly/2E36kAK.

D-Day75 - Sunday 2nd June

BBC Radio Live Broadcast and Recording The Morning Service on BBC Radio 4 will be broadcast live from the Cathedral at 8.10am and Radio 3 Choral Evensong (to be broadcast on Wednesday 5th June) will be recorded at 3.00pm. If you wish to attend the services please arrive between 7.30am and 7.45am or 2.30pm and 2.45pm respectively.

D-Day75 Matins Service 10.30am will be attended by members of the D-Day and Normandy Fellowship. The Cathedral will be closed after the service from 12.30pm in preparation for the recording of Choral Evensong. There will be a said Eucharist with hymns at 6.30pm.

Royal British Legion D-Day Remembrance Service The Cathedral Choir will be singing at the service held at the D-Day Memorial Stone by South Parade Pier at 11.00am on Thursday 6th June.

Craft and Chat 2.30pm Thursday 6th June in the Bishop Kenneth Room.

Portsmouth Festivities 14th – 23rd June. Brochures are now available in the Cathedral or visit https://portsmouthfestivities.co.uk/.

Friends of Portsmouth Cathedral trip to The Vyne near Basingstoke Tuesday 23rd July. The coach leaves the Cathedral at 10.00am returning around 5.30pm. Cost £24.00 (NT members) or £35.00 (non-NT members). Application forms available in the Cathedral and on the website.


All those preparing for and sitting public exams

All those in need including: Roger, Stuart, Freya, Donald, Mandy, Robert, Laurence, Poppy, Andi and Pamela.

And those who have died: Vishwamrit Gunga and Michael Yorke (Priest) RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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