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Note from Pew Notes


No time for a full on Pew Notes this week, for which I’m sure you are all profoundly grateful.  However one or two items to remind you of:

 v  Tonight you have two options:

  • Join the Overcrofters and sundry young (and not so young) folk in rehearsal for the Passion Play “This is our Story”, if you either know you’re in it or have emailed Dan Bishop to ask if youcan assist daniel.bishop@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk  6:30 Undercroft
  • Join +James for what will be his last major pedagogic venture as Bishop of Liverpool “Lord teach us to pray” explores prayer; why we do it and how we do it. Do please make every effort to attend this series for Lent. Tonight 7:30 main Cathedral and every Thursday between now and Maundy Thursday.

v  Saturday the Cathedral choir are singing Evensong at Manchester Cathedral in a sort of Northern Cathedrals festal Evensong so Evening Prayer will be said at the end of the Mission in the Economy charities fair, which if you’re not in Manchester is well worth attending.

v  Sunday is BWB 9:15 in the Education room. This week is the Book of Ruth SWS  Monday 6:30 in the Concert Room

v  Sunday is also Mothering Sunday so stand by to be assaulted with the seemingly now compulsory bunches of daffs…..in LENT….don’t get me started Grrrrrrr!

v  70th Anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic Service: A service which I think those us present at the 60th didn’t expect would take place, but it is which is wonderful. There are arrangements for this service, so if you didn’t get the information on Sunday morning, and given Evensong was at the Met in the afternoon, it was just the morning, please email me for the information IF and only IF, you are a regular member of the congregation, and I shall pass on the information you require.  I’m very sorry to have to do it this way, but after I stupidly published details of arrangements for ++Justin’s  enthronement on line, a number of people with little current connection to the Cathedral applied using the information I’d published.  No one has asked me to do this, I just feel very strongly that I don’t want the information in this newsletter to be abused in that way. The principle reason for Pew Notes is to inform the congregation, anything else should be a bonus. Rant over!

v  FOOD BANK Is now called Food Bank+ as Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral have now joined us. People have been incredibly generous with their donations, but please do keep it up. If everyone purchased everything on our list at “Basic/Everyday” level once a month that would cost you £10. Sadly this is obviously going to be a long term initiative, and so continued support is crucial.  We had a wonderful contribution from the Met this week, for which many thanks.  Having taken two sessions to complete the inventory on this week’s combined donations,  could I please put in a plea for the following items which we are running short of: Sugar, Juice, Coffee, Tinned Meat, And Cereals

 Here endeth the notes from Pew notes

Nädine

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Pew Notes for Quinquagesima Sunday and Ash Wednesday


 

I make no apologies for a second week of belated and truncated Pew Notes, however you do deserve an explanation, which is that I’ve been very busy with the Cathedral’s Food Bank project (see below).  I hope you can agree that helping those in real need must take priority?  Actually many of you will probably be mightily relieved that there’s less waffle and faff.

Hardly worth going into green script for what must be the shortest period of ordinary time possible between Epiphany and Lent (someone is bound to point out how wrong that assertion is).  However, tomorrow is Quinquagesima Sunday (fifty days before Easter) and therefore here is this week’s news:

Robin Finnegan: our wonderful friend and Cathedral legend’s funeral will take place at THORNTON CREMATORIUM, 10am on Thursday 14th February. Robin’s Family would very much welcome his Friends from the Cathedral, if you are able to attend . The Funeral will be followed by a THANKSGIVING SERVICE, which will take place in The Lady Chapel at 13-30 on Thursday 14th.  Jenny Moran is starting a collection towards a brick in the People’s Path. Anyone wishing to contribute should do so via Jenny.  Jenny.moran@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Breakfast with the Bible will be in the large education room at 9:15 Sunday 10th February; this week’s topic with be St Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  Please bring a Bible if you can.  Supper with the Scriptures returns to it’s usual Monday night slot on 11th February.

Tomorrow  Sunday 10th February is also Chinese New Year, s0 恭喜发财 (gung hei faat choi). For those of you new to Liverpool, you should know that this is a wonderfully noisy and exciting celebration in China Town, complete with Dragon dancers and fire crackers, which is well worth a visit. However it is also very well attended, and whilst this is a welcome boost to the car park takings, it does mean that those of you attending the Cathedral should allow a bit of extra time, and expect available parking to be limited. DO NOT let this minor issue put you off your visit however!

Rt Revd Susan Goff, Bishop suffragan of our partner Diocese of Virginia will be presiding and preaching at Holy Communion, and her husband Revd Tom Holliday will be preaching at Evensong…yes folks I have got that the right way round…pray that it won’t be too long before we follow our Colonial cousins’ lead. By the way Evensong will be something of a Purcell fest for those of us who get over excited by such things!

Book Club will be meeting in the Staff Room on MONDAY (please note change of day) 11th February (so as to avoid clashing with the Friends of Liverpool Cathedral Pancake extravaganza) at 7pm Book is Ultimate Prizes by Susan Howatch, the third in the Starbridge series, and which features the writings of Liverpool Cathedral’s first Canon Chancellor and Regius Professor of Divinity Cantab; Revd Dr Charles Raven

Chemin-Neuf ‘s next meeting is , Tuesday 12th February at 7:30 in the Concert room I think.

ASH WEDNESDAY I anticipate that as usual all three services with be Holy Communion with ashing.  There will be a fully choral  (Byrd mass  for three voices) Holy Communion at the High Altar at 5:30, all welcome.

FOOD BANK will be up and running on St Valentine’s day, which seems appropriate since we are called by Christ to love him in the homeless and destitute. If you can’t decide what to give up for Lent this year, can I suggest that instead of chucking the chocolate, moving away from meat, or abstaining from alcohol, you might like to give up some groceries to our FOOD BANK, and/or give up some time to help with the various tasks involved such as sorting and stacking the food in our new Bank in the South West Tower, bagging it up into “hampers” ready for distribution at St Bride’s, or joining our growing volunteer scheme on a more permanent basis.  This is a very important and much needed project for us to be involved in, and I would urge you to support us however you are able.  Robin Finnegan handed me a bag of groceries the Sunday before his death, asking me to “Keep it under your hat, I wouldn’t want people to think I was going soft in my old age”…so if Robin can do it, so can you!  STOP PRESS At a Fuel Poverty event at the Metropolitan Cathedral yesterday the Dean Fr Tony O’Brian, quoting +David and ++Derek “it’s better together”,  announced that they will be joining the Food Bank project, which is absolutely wonderful news. I’ve attached our flyer which includes the shopping list.  I’ve checked this recently, and it is possible to purchase everything on the list for £10 using the value/basics ranges in the supermarkets, Do please download it and forward it to your friends and family.  If you would like more information, or to volunteer please contact Canon Cynthia or myself ASAP or  email us foodbank@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

School of Theology and Alpha will also run on ASH WEDNESDAY, Alpha at 7pm in the Concert Room, and SOT  “The Holy Spirit and the Church”7:30 in the RLC see the website for details www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Dr Cathy Wilcox AKA Catherine Fox  has now blogged Chapter five of her latest novel ACTS AND OMISSIONS which you can find here: http://catherine-fox-novel.blogspot.co.uk  Things are certainly  hotting up In Lindchester, where young Freddie is still in hot water…and Jane the academic with SOMETHING ON HER MIND seems curiously familiar…the black, badger stripped frizzy hair, always dressed in black and somewhat on the hefty side *gazes despairingly in mirror*

In our prayers at this time: All those known to us who are in need of our prayer and support; thinking especially at this time:

  • ++Justin, Caroline and family as Justin starts his ministry as Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Those seeking a better understanding of their faith through SOT/BWB/SWS
  • +James, Sarah and family as they prepare to leave the Diocese and move to Yorkshire, and for all our clergy and people as they look towards the arrival of a new bishop, that he  (unless the House of Bishops do something very quickly) may follow in the faithful footsteps of Bishop David Sheppard and Bishop James Jones.
  • The Archdiocese of Liverpool it’s clergy and people as they look towards the arrival of a new Archbishop, that he may follow in the faithful footsteps of Archbishop Derek Warlock and Archbishop Patrick Kelly. 
  • Those witnessing to Christ in war zones and other areas of conflict; thinking especially at this time of Revd Deserrié, his family and all those he ministers to in Goma,  with reports yesterday of a massive increase in the conflict there.  Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad. 
  • For the new Food Bank and One Stop project, for all those involved in getting it started, and all those in need of it’s work.
  • All Asylum seekers and those who work with them
  • The homeless and vulnerable, especially those in fuel poverty as the winter weather continue to bite.
  • Those who are yet to encounter  God’s love, that they might find a welcome in our midst, and be encouraged to discover the joy of God’s gift to us all through the love of His son Jesus Christ
  • All those within the criminal justice system, both those who work with offenders, and the offenders themselves. 
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind, thinking especially of the family and friends of Derek Sadler and Robin Finnegan at this time.
  • The families of servicemen and women currently serving overseas.
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • Those searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives,
  • Coping with illness or the illness of a loved one
  • For whom freedom of faith is denied

Do please email me should you have anything you wish to be included in next week’s notes; or of course if you have an inevitable errata /addenda to this week’s

Nädine

Follow me on Twitter @PashaReflection

Or http://choralevensong.wordpress.com

The boring disclaimer bit:

Tis I, Nädine Daniel who writes, produces, and disseminates the Pew Notes.  I do so without any imprimatur from the Dean and Chapter, the Cathedral or indeed anyone else.  Just me…as I hope would have been clear, any comments made, opinions offered are also my own. Likewise it must equally obviously follow that any sins of omission or commission are also mine, and mine alone: Mea Culpa, Mea Maxmima Reverentia Culpa.  Should you no longer wish to receive these musings, please email me and say so.

 

 

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Truncated Pew Notes for Candlemass & news of Robin Finnegan


 It is with very deep sadness that I have to inform you of the death from and aneurism of our dear friend, steward ,interpreter (formally Head Interpreter),  and reader, Robin Finnegan on Friday afternoon.  Although now 85,  Robin had been in the Cathedral working as an interpreter the day before his death, and true to his caring self, had spoken to our former Head Steward Norman Hughes to check how he was doing, only hours before he became ill.   Robin had no family locally, and is survived by a niece in Kent, accordingly I’m not in a position to provide any information about his funeral arrangements yet. I realise that a great many of us will wish to attend, and will endeavour to let you have any details as soon as possible. Robin was at the heart of our Cathedral Company, and had served our community all his life.  His skills in interpreting the building to our visitors were unmatched, and I know that he has over the years, taught me a great deal about a space I thought I knew, but very soon realised I didn’t.  A couple of years ago, efforts were made by a number of people to persuade Robin to allow me to video a Cathedral Tour with him. He was extremely reluctant, and I sensed a very deep unease about this well intentioned project. Eventually, over a coffee he explained how no two tours were the same, as a good interpreter would gage the type and level of interest of their group. He feared I would put the video on the Cathedral website and that people would watch it on line rather than actually visit for themselves.  Having had this conversation, I decided that such a video would be wholly inappropriate, and Robin breathed a sigh of relief, able to take his consummate skills with him at his death. May his Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory.

 

Other brief reminders for the coming week.

  1. Today is Candlemass, so if you haven’t dealt with the Christmas tree yet,  now’s the day. As is tradition at Liverpool Cathedral, any Feast which has the temerity not to fall on a Sunday, will be forcibly translated to the nearest Sunday, which is tomorrow.  Which means wonderful music and more candles than many an Evangelical might be wholly comfie with. No matter that it is also Sexagesima Sunday
  2. Breakfast with the Bible is tomorrow at 9:15 with Dean Pete in the Education department (behind the High Altar). Supper with the Scriptures will be on TUESDAY at 6:30 in the Concert Room. The reason for this one off change of day is:
  3. +Justin formally becomes ++Justin at a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 4th February. Reminder to be seated by 11:40. Hence the need to change SWS to Tuesday, as rather a lot of People including the Dean will be there not here….Can someone please look after Monday’s Evensong?
  4. Chemin-Neuf Prayer Group will also meet on Tuesday as usual
  5. School of Theology and Alpha will meet Wednesday.
  6. Sunday 10th February apart from being Quinquagesima Sunday (yes folks Lent is almost upon us), is also Chinese New Year…So do allow extra time/arrive early to get a parking space etc…you all know how it is by now.

 

In Our Prayers:

  • The family and friends of Derek Saddler and Robin Finnegan, and anyone else who has lost a loved one recently
  • +Justin, Caroline and family as he starts his new role as Archbishop of Canterbury
  • +James, Sarah and family as he prepares for his retirement in August (see next week’s Pew Notes for information on +James’ Lent talks)
  • Our Food Bank and all those who stand in need of it.
  • Those sick or in need of our help.

 

Best Wishes

Nädine

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Pew Notes for W/C 14th January 2013


14th January was the Feast of St Felix of Nola. He gave an old bishop a piggy back to escape some Roman soldiers and hid in a derelict house when the soldiers came a spider miraculously wove a web over the door and the soldiers screamed and ran away. Today is the Feast of Paul the Hermit. When he was 113 years old Antony of Egypt, 90, claimed he had been in the desert longer. A she-wolf led him to Paul and a raven brought them some bread for lunch, but each deferred to the other and in the end the bread had to divide itself. Paul then died so Antony buried him with the help of two lions and took his garment of palm leaves home to wear on special days. A special BOGOF two weird Saints for the price of one in the January Ecclesiastic Sales

And so to this week’s news:

Belated thanks to all the Clergy and the whole of the Music Department for a magnificent festive season, which reached a wonderful conclusion with the Epiphany Carol service on Sunday afternoon.  How many of you heard the Cathedral bells PLAYING TUNES (gasps in horror) after the service?  Yes folks, I’m guessing that the man who taught me to ring is revolving in his tomb at the very thought of our wonderful ring being used “like some ponderous great carillon” to quote Dr C Wilcox, but actually; leaving the service to walk out into the first snow of the year as the bells played Darke’s “In the Bleak” was really rather glorious….If I have to criticise , and I feel I must, it was the poor turn out for the Epiphany Carol service. Everyone involved from the probs concentrating on their procession, to Dean Pete’s thoughtful reflections, had worked so hard to put together a very special service, and the turnout was not much higher than an normal Sunday Evensong. So put the word out good people, put it in this years Christmas brochure, advertise it on local media…but lets get the bums on the seats for next year. Rant (first of the year) over.

Chemin-Neuf is meeting tonight, Tuesday 14th January at 7:30 in the Concert room I think.

Book Club has it’s first meeting of the year tonight at 7pm, back in the staff room, after our brief return to the Dean’s Office for a very enjoyable Christmas Party. This month’s book is “Letters to Malcolm” by CS Lewis, but do please come along even if you haven’t read it yet.

School of Theology and Alpha also start new terms tomorrow  15th January, Alpha at 7pm in the Concert Room, and SOT  “The Holy Spirit and the Church”7:30 in the RLC see the website for details www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

Breakfast With The Bible/Supper With The Scriptures made a very welcome return on Sunday/Monday with Dean Pete getting very excited with St Luke, and why not? There is no BWB?SWS this week ( 2oth/21st January), but we will be looking at The Psalms on 27th/28th January Please bring a Bible if you can.

Reminder to think about our Food Bank initiative, which we are working towards starting in partnership with the Toxteth and City Centre Churches and faith groups.  As I said last week, we will need volunteers to help with all aspects of this work, and we will also need food collections.  Might I ask you all to give some thought to how you might support this sadly, very important and much needed project?  Maybe your New Year’s resolution has already gone the way of all flesh, or you’re wondering what to give up for Lent (Ash Wednesday is less than a month away folks!)?  Well why not give up some time to help with the Food Bank?  If you would like more information, or to volunteer please contact Canon Cynthia or myself ASAP.

FINAL IMPORTANT NOTICE This is  a repeat of last week’s in case you didn’t read it, and is really only for member of Liverpool Cathedral Company i.e. congregations, staff and volunteers: Tickets for Bishop Justin’s Confirmation and Enthronement services.

There are places available for anyone from the Cathedral or Diocese who wishes to attend the Confirmation of Election service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 4th February at 12 noon.  At this service +Justin will legally become ++Justin Cantuar.  This service is not ticketed.  So just turn up!  This invitation from +Justin has come because he’d like us to be there, and because Canterbury being on a smaller scale than the pink Palace of varieties, there are very few tickets available for the enthronement service.  There are however a small number of tickets available to the Cathedral for this service, which is on 21st March at 3pm (commemoration day of Thomas Cranmer strangely enough!).  If you would like to be considered for a ticket, please consider your ability to get there, and if and only if you feel certain that you can get there, please contact Clare Kerrigan to add your name to the list.  Being on the list DOES NOT GUARANTEE A TICKET, so please don’t book trains/accommodation until your ticket has been confirmed.  If numbers exceed allocation there will be a ballot.  Clare must have your name by 21st January.  clare.kerrigan@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk or 0151 702 7220

Dr Catherine Wilcox  has now blogged Chapter two of her latest novel ACTS AND OMISSIONS which you can find here: http://catherine-fox-novel.blogspot.co.uk  Things are certainly  hotting up In Lindchester, where young Freddie has not, in the manner of Nigel Pargetter, met a sticky end on New Year’s Eve.  

In our prayers at this time: All those known to us who are in need of our prayer and support; thinking especially at this time:

  • Those seeking meaning through Christ as they start the Alpha Course.
  • Those seeking a better understanding of their faith through SOT/BWB/SWS
  • The Archdiocese of Liverpool it’s clergy and people as they look towards the arrival of a new Archbishop, that he may follow in the faithful footsteps of Archbishop Derek Warlock and Archbishop Patrick Kelly.  Also praying that Archbishop Patrick as he return to Liverpool today, may continue his recovery from his stroke
  • Those witnessing to Christ in war zones and other areas of conflict; thinking especially at this time of Revd Deserrié, his family and all those he ministers to in Goma,  with reports yesterday of a massive increase in the conflict there.  Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad. 
  • Justin, Caroline and family as they prepare to sat goodbye to their new friends in Durham, and for Justin’s new role as leader of the 77 million people within the Anglican Communion
  • For the new Food Bank and One Stop project, for all those involved in getting it started, and all those in need of it’s work.
  • All Asylum seekers and those who work with them
  • The homeless and vulnerable, especially those in fuel poverty as the winter weather starts to bite.
  • Those who are yet to encounter  God’s love, that they might find a welcome in our midst, and be encouraged to discover the joy of God’s gift to us all through the love of His son Jesus Christ
  • All those within the criminal justice system, both those who work with offenders, and the offenders themselves. 
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind. 
  • The families of servicemen and women currently serving overseas.
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • Those searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives,
  • Coping with illness or the illness of a loved one
  • For whom freedom of faith is denied

Do please email me should you have anything you wish to be included in next week’s notes; or of course if you have an inevitable errata /addenda to this week’s

Nädine

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Or http://choralevensong.wordpress.com

 

 

 

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Pew Notes 7th January 2013


And a very Happy New Year to one and all, Merry Christmas to our Orthodox readers, and anyone else who has no truck with the new fangled Gregorian Calendar.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the mid winter break from Pew Notes….However, back to business, sorry about that.

I wonder did anyone else notice how much death occurs in the liturgical Calendar after Christmas?  26th December being St Stephen, first martyr of the Christian Church, a brief, but welcome respite on 27th for the most important of the four Evangelists St John, before returning to the gore fest with the commemoration of the wholesale murder and mass destruction of the Feast of the Holy Innocents on 28th December.  Without pause for breath we have Thomas à Becket on 29th, followed by John Wycliffe  on 31st, who may have died in his bed from a stroke on this date in 1384, but by 1428 Pope Martin V had his body exhumed and the remains burned as a heretic, before scattering his ashes in the River Swift….a fine example of “no rest for the wicked”, well in the eyes of the Vatican anyway.  Quite a relief to get to the Feast of Epiphany (ἐπιφάνεια (epiphaneia), which means manifestation, as in Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles) in one piece on Sunday, even if the Cathedral doors remained unchalked, and no one seemed to announce the date of Easter (31st March). As I’m sure you all know, had the doors been chalked you would have had the initials of the Magi; Casper, Melchior, and Balthasar CMB, which also stands for Christus mansionem benedicat, which may be translated as “may Christ bless the house” I’m sure you feel better for knowing that.

And so to this week’s news:

News broke from the Archdiocese last night that Archbishop Patrick Kelly has tendered his resignation to Pope Benedict following the stroke he suffered at the end of last year.  This is very sad news for our friends at the Metropolitan Cathedral, and for us too, and I know we will all be wishing Archbishop Patrick a speedy recovery.

The choir returned last Sunday, from their all too brief rest, well they think it was all too brief anyway!

Chemin-Neuf is not meeting tonight.  Normal service resumes next week Tuesday 14th.

Book Club will have it’s first meeting of the year, also 14th 7pm back in the staff room, after our brief return to the Dean’s Office for a very enjoyable Christmas Party. This month’s book id “Letters to Malcolm” by CS Lewis

School of Theology and Alpha also start new terms next Wednesday see the website for details www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk

AND NOW A VERY  IMPORTANT NOTICE  (Aren’t they all?)  Breakfast With The Bible/Supper With The Scriptures returns this term, with Dean Pete in charge, so we must all be on out very best behaviour (as if!).  BWB first session will be this Sunday 13th January in the Large Education Room (Ambulatory) at 9:15 please note earlier start time. SWS will be at 6:30 (again note the earlier time) on 14th January, location remains the Concert Room as before.  No videoing this time, so you don’t need to dress up, but it will mean no catch up facility, so you need to attend in person!

AND NOW ANOTHER VERY IMPORTANT NOTICE, yes folks two (three actually see below) in one week.  As anyone who has heard Canon Cynthia’s last couple of sermons will know (see website for recordings) we are working towards starting a Food Bank in partnership with the Toxteth and City Centre Churches and faith groups.  We will need volunteers to help with all aspects of this work, and we will also need food collections.  I hope to get out a notice about this for the weekend, but could I ask you all to give some thought to how you might support this sadly, very important and much needed project?  Maybe your New Year’s resolution has already gone the way of all flesh, or you’re wondering what to give up for Lent (Ash Wednesday is less than six weeks away folks!)?  Well why not give up some time to help with the Food Bank?  If you would like more information, or to volunteer please contact Canon Cynthia or myself ASAP.

FINAL IMPORTANT NOTICE This is really only for member of Liverpool Cathedral Company i.e. congregations, staff and volunteers: Tickets for Bishop Justin’s Confirmation and Enthronement services.

There are places available for anyone from the Cathedral or Diocese who wishes to attend the Confirmation of Election service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 4th February at 12 noon.  At this service +Justin will legally become ++Justin Cantuar.  This service is not ticketed.  So just turn up! This invitation from +Justin has come because he’d like us to be there, and because Canterbury being on a smaller scale than the pink Palace of varieties, there are very few tickets available for the enthronement service.  There are however a small number of tickets available to the Cathedral for this service, which is on 21st March at 3pm (commemoration day of Thomas Cranmer strangely enough!).  If you would like to be considered for a ticket, please consider your ability to get there, and if and only if you feel certain that you can get there, please contact Clare Kerrigan to add your name to the list.  Being on the list DOES NOT GUARANTEE A TICKET, so please don’t book trains/accommodation until your ticket has been confirmed.  If numbers exceed allocation there will be a ballot.  Clare must have your name by 21st January.  clare.kerrigan@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk or 0151 702 7220

Talking of New Year’s resolutions: Congratulations to Dr Catherine Wilcox for announcing her very ambitious 2013 resolution, which is to blog her latest novel ACTS AND OMISSIONS in the manner of Trollope (note important absence of definite article there) and Dickens, over 52 weekly instalments each and every Sunday evening, which you can follow here: http://catherine-fox-novel.blogspot.co.uk ….if you’d like to catch up on her parody of a certain best seller “Fifty Shades of Purple” you’ll find it here: http://catherine-fox.blogspot.co.uk  I have no doubt that this will be one resolution that is kept, after all for a woman who succeeded last year in NOT buying any new clothes for a whole year (not even hosiery), and this despite having the Installation of Dean Pete as the perfect excuse for a new outfit, a novel in 52 weekly parts should be child’s play!

In our prayers at this time: All those known to us who are in need of our prayer and support; thinking especially at this time:

  • The Archdiocese of Liverpool it’s clergy and people as they look towards the arrival of a new Archbishop, that he may follow in the faithful footsteps of Archbishop Derek Warlock and Archbishop Patrick Kelly.  Also praying that Archbishop Patrick as he return to Liverpool today, may continue his recovery from his stroke
  • Those witnessing to Christ in war zones and other areas of conflict; thinking especially at this time of Revd Deserrié, his family and all those he ministers to in Goma,  with reports yesterday of a massive increase in the conflict there.  Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad. 
  • Justin, Caroline and family as they prepare to sat goodbye to their new friends in Durham, and for Justin’s new role as leader of the 77 million people within the Anglican Communion
  • For the new Food Bank and One Stop project, for all those involved in getting it started, and all those in need of it’s work.
  • Those who are yet to encounter  God’s love, that they might find a welcome in our midst, and be encouraged to discover the joy of God’s gift to us all through the love of His son Jesus Christ
  • All those within the criminal justice system, both those who work with offenders, and the offenders themselves. 
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind. 
  • The families of servicemen and women currently serving overseas.
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • Those searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives,
  • Coping with illness or the illness of a loved one
  • For whom freedom of faith is denied

Do please email me should you have anything you wish to be included in next week’s notes; or of course if you have an inevitable errata /addenda to this week’s

Nädine

Follow me on Twitter @PashaReflection

Or http://choralevensong.wordpress.com

The boring disclaimer bit:

Tis I, Nädine Daniel who writes, produces, and disseminates the Pew Notes.  I do so without any imprimatur from the Dean and Chapter, the Cathedral or indeed anyone else.  Just me…as I hope would have been clear, any comments made, opinions offered are also my own. Likewise it must equally obviously follow that any sins of omission or commission are also mine, and mine alone: Mea Culpa, Mea Maxmima Reverentia Culpa. Should you no longer wish to receive these musings, please email me and say so.

 

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Pew Notes 10th December


 

Today is Stubborn St Eulalia’s  Feast day, who insisted the Governor martyr her.  A dove flew out of her mouth and magic snow fell to cover her nakedness. Other Saints are available.

 

And so to this week’s news:

Some Choral Evensong services will be in the Lady Chapel this week.  At the time of typing this, Tuesday and Thursday are definitely in the Lady Chapel, but it is possible that tonight’s and Friday’s are as well.

11th December Chemin-Neuf will be meeting as usual.  Whilst on the subject of Chemin Neuf,  a reminder that Morning Prayer, or Matins as I prefer to think of it…anyway however you  think of it, there will be a new and improved version, according to Fr Tim:  This Advent, we are doing something a bit different at Morning Prayer at the Cathedral.  On Tuesday 4th, 11th and 18th, we will be holding a “Thought for the Day” Morning Prayer service at 8.30 a.m. in the Lady Chapel.  These will be led by Canon Richard, Canon Myles and Dean Pete, and all staff and volunteers are warmly invited to come and join us.  On Thursday 6th, 13th and 20th, we will be holding a Sung Morning Prayer at 8.30 a.m. (in the style of the Chemin Neuf Community), at the High Altar in the Cathedral, led by Tim Watson and a small group of singers.  All staff and volunteers are welcome to come along either to join in the singing, or simply to pray quietly.  I hope that many of you will take advantage of this opportunity to pray together as a Cathedral and Diocesan community, as we prepare ourselves to welcome the coming of the Christ Child.”  I’m sure Fr Tim will forgive me, well I hope so anyway, if I describe “in the style of he Chemin Neuf Community”  as Taize-esque  i.e. not scary or difficult! All are very welcome.

Tomorrow 11th December at 7pm is that last book club of the year, and as a one off, will be in the Dean’s Office due to the Carol Service in the Cathedral.  All welcome. 

School of Theology has it’s final session of the term this week http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/schooloftheology.aspx for more details of next term or contact Fr Tim.

Next Sunday 16th December is the Blessing of the Crib and Lighting of the Tree Carol service, so lots of little people…I do often wonder if maybe Herod had experienced just one too many Carol services, I mean you can see his point *inserts tongue firmly into cheek*

 Forward listing:

Breakfast/Supper with the Scriptures is back…this time with the Dean in charge.  There are two “Blocks”: for the first Block BWB will be at 9:15 on 13th & 27th January and 3rd & 10th February in the Large Education Room; SWS will be at 6:30  on 14th & 28th January and 4th & 11th February in the Concert Room.

If you have bought your 2013 diary already here’s one for NEXT December: 7th December IN THE CATHEDRAL, MESSIAH G.F. HANDEL.  Book early to avoid disappointment J

Now is your opportunity to hit the tax dodging  Amazon in the pocket by visiting the shop, where Kevin and his staff have just the perfect gift for just about everyone.  And if you wish you can shop on line here:  http://www.cathedralshop.com  or use www.hive.co.uk for an even wider variety of goods, which links to the Cathedral so we get the money…simples!!Why not buy the Choir’s latest CD of Psalms, having no doubt been impressed by how well they sang them on the  Radio 3broadcast, or their classic recording of  Christmas Carols to keep you going as you peel the spuds and struggle with the sprouts.  If the organ lights your Advent wreath, Ian Tracey also has a CD he’d like you to buy, or why not try out the DVD; there are now nine DVD/CD available in the Priory series, Chester has just been released…Of course WE were no.1! .  If you’ve been very good for Advent why not treat yourself to one of Cathy Fox’s novels as an antidote to the post Chrimbo appalling telly?  Click here for her latest (free instalment) of “Fifty Shades of Purple” http://catherine-fox.blogspot.com 

Rather than give you a long and confusing list, might I suggest that you either pick up a copy of the Christmas Events brochure, or read it on line via here:  http://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/UserFiles/file/Whats%20on%20Christmas%202012.pdf   And here’s a reminder for the dates of the principle services for those of you who didn’t get last week’s Pew Notes:

16th December Lighting of the Tree & the Blessing of the Crib 3pm

22nd December Sequence of Music for Advent & Christmas 3pm

23rd December Holly Bough 3pm

24th December Christmas Eve Carol Service 3pm

 “         “               Midnight Mass (OK Holy Communion if you must) 11:30pm*

25th December Christmas Day Festal Eucharist (well it is our Patronal festival!)

6th January Epiphany Festal Eucharist 10:30

13th January Epiphany Carol Service 3pm (no…I don’t understand why it’s a week         later either!)

Obviously with so much on there is likely to be some disruption to services/furniture/location etc. we all know how it is, so unless stated otherwise please assume all services are in the main Cathedral unless someone informs me to the contrary. 

* After experimenting with NOT singing  Morten Lauridson’s O Magnum Mysterium  at last year’s service, I can report it is back by popular demand.

In our prayers at this time: All those known to us who are in need of our prayer and support; thinking especially at this time:

  • Archbishop Patrick Kelly as he recovers in hospital after a slight stroke.
  • The House of Bishops as they meet to sort out the mess General Synod left on the women bishop vote.  Pray that they do so in Love and with Grace. 
  • Those witnessing to Christ in war zones and other areas of conflict; thinking especially at this time of Revd Deserrié, his family and all those he ministers to in Goma,  with reports yesterday of a massive increase in the conflict there.  Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad.  St George’s is one of this year’s  Cathedral Christmas charities
  • Those who are yet to encounter  God’s love, that they might find a welcome in our midst, and be encouraged to discover the joy of God’s gift to us all through the love of His son Jesus Christ
  • At this time of year with the emphasis on family, friends, and celebration; for those alone, or separated from loved ones, especially those with family serving in the armed forces.
  • The faithful departed and those they have left behind
  • Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom
  • searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives,
  • Coping with illness or the illness of a loved one
  • For whom freedom of faith is denied

Do please email me should you have anything you wish to be included in next week’s notes; or of course if you have an inevitable errata /addenda to this week’s

Nädine

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Tis I, Nädine Daniel who writes, produces, and disseminates the Pew Notes.  I do so without any imprimatur from the Dean and Chapter, the Cathedral or indeed anyone else.  Just me…as I hope would have been clear, any comments made, opinions offered are also my own. Likewise it must equally obviously follow that any sins of omission or commission are also mine, and mine alone: Mea Culpa, Mea Maxmima Reverentia Culpa.  Should you no longer wish to receive these musings, please email me and say so.

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