Pew Notes 12th November 2012

Well last week was a bit quite was it not? Nothing of any significance whatsoever appears to have occurred anywhere. I understand one of Her Gracious Majesty’s former colonies made a bold stab at a democratic election, which resulted in things carrying on just as they were before…for which most people of sanity (i.e. 99% of all Europeans and all of Canada) are heaving a profound and collective sigh of relief. Meanwhile, nothing remotely democratic happened in Beijing, or indeed in Lambeth! The latter however, did appear to have achieved something miraculous….a sensible and popular appointment for Archbishop of Canterbury *pause for effect*….and what’s more, one that has provided a great many over excited Scousers with an excuse to say “I had that Justin Welby in the back of my cab/Takeaway/pub/ Cathedral etc”. Judging by the number of inane grins in the Cathedral over the weekend, people were very happy about it…and really not very surprised.

So, what now? Well first things first; we need to ensure that poor Durham, having nicked one Dean, don’t come looking for another. No! Don’t say it’s too soon, Dean Pete’s only been here a couple of months etc…no doubt that’s the thought Durham comforted themselves with! Consider the evidence my friends:

1. Liverpool, no matter how “unglamorous”(see Gruniad article on ABCD), is clearly an ecclesiastical stepping stone to greater glories, given that the city has played a significant part in the spiritual life of both the national leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Vincent Nicholls and the ABCD.

2. The CNC clearly don’t scruple in nicking the brightest and the best from northerly appointments, no matter how little time the person concerned has been in post.

3. Dean Pete’s admirably honest confession that he supports a footie team situated in the North East

4. The fact that Mr and Mrs Dean actually met and started courting (quaint old fashioned phrase) in Durham, and so presumably retain some happy memories of the place, freezing cold though it may be.

So, the watchword is vigilance my friends. We shall rely on the Dean’s Office staff to head off any wistful visits to the Durham diocese website by THE BOSS, Plaintive phone calls from the Dean of Durham, Bishop of Jarrow etc must be referred to Mike Eastwood; and the Cathedral computer technicians must ensure that any attempt to download the application form are blocked as SPAM! Meanwhile, all “merciless teasing” must be stopped at once….we must instead turn on the charm offensive to maximum!! This will sadly mean, no repeatedly referring to “The Blessing of the crib and lighting of the tree” service as “The Blessing of the tree and lighting of the Crib” until a distracted and newly installed Dean could be conned into saying just that in his welcome, and absolutely NO threats to gaffer tape the Dean to the altar in the Lady Chapel!! Don’t make the Dean read Leviticus Ch11 in Evensong either!!

Meanwhile; any thoughts on how to mark ++Justin’s appointment? Personally I think we’d be pushed to repeat the success of the ring and crosier. I did however, have a thought yesterday which is this: since to quote Liz Threadgold, “the only way from Liverpool is down”,how about commemorating the appointment by a couple of bricks in the People’s Path, a sort of sending him on his way? Just a thought. Let me know what you think. Should enough people be interested, I’ll speak to Rebecca about it.

Meanwhile, a rather dodgy offering from Revd Richard Coles today, but I have checked and it does exist, so I make no apologies: It is the Feast of St Renatus. The result of St Maurilius’ miraculous fertility treatment he failed to thrive and died. Maurilius stricken with remorse, became a fashionable garden designer in England before raising Renatus from the dead by nutting his tomb… Renatus – reborn – is one of the phallic saints and patron of men suffering from impotence.

And so to this week’s news:

Chemin-Neuf (as mentioned at a certain press conference down south last week) will meet as usual this week…PLEASE NOTE there will not be a meeting next week as Fr Tim’s away.

School of Theology this week is part two of Rev Michael Leyden’s leture on Jesus and Wisdom. If it’s anything like as interesting as part one was last week, it will be well worth giving up an evening for. See for more details or contact Fr Tim.

Evensong on Saturday is replaced by the Mother’s Union Eucharist, to which all, yes even you blokes, are very welcome to attend. Usual time of 3pm

Whilst on the subject of Evensong: Forward date for next week. There will be a service of Choral Evensong on WEDNESDAY 21st November at 3:30pm. This service is in fact being broadcast live on Radio 3, and will be the first time that our girl choristers have undertaken such a broadcast. Please note that the BBC require anyone attending to be in their seats no later than 3:15…and it would help the poor long suffering stewards too. Don’t forget, such services tend to attract the CE groupies, who like nothing better than to criticise, so the usual Liverpool welcome to all is definitely required!

Finally, but certainly not least…The latest CD from the Cathedral Choir has now been released. Those of you with long memories may well remember the series Priory Records released in the 70’s/80’s of all the Psalms from various Cathedral Choirs. Some of us still have the vinyl record (a sort of large black CD for our younger readers!) Anyway, they’ve decided to do it all again, with different chants….so if you want to hear a very good recording, this is for you…if you want to be reminded of what the psalms of the day sound like, this is very much for you.. There is also a new release of organ music from Mr T…so that’s Christmas sorted then!

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 they prepare for yet another move, and for Justin’s new role as leader of the 77 million people within the Anglican Communion

§ 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

§ The faithful departed and those they have left behind; especially in this season of remembrance, including Sue Yoosawi and her family as they mourn the loss of her father, Revd Fisher. Also the families of servicemen and women lost in the service of their country.

§ The clergy and people of the Diocese of Durham as they enter yet another interregnum

§ 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, Revd Canon Andrew White and his beleaguered congregation and staff at St George’s Baghdad

§ Struggling with life’s vicissitudes; loss of employment, liberty, shelter, freedom

§ searching for God, that they might know His presence in their lives, especially those starting the Alpha course this week.

§ 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


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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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