At the moment we are in a season when creation is often a part of the focus of our worship – with harvest being largely gathered in, village churches around the county are beginning to resound to harvest hymns. This year, there is a particular focus on creation and the environment as we look forward to the United Nations Climate Change Conference that will be taking place in Glasgow at the beginning of November. More locally, the effects of changing weather patterns that result from climate change are having a real effect on the fabric of the Cathedral building. So creation and the environment are topics for our reflection both locally and internationally.

In the Cathedral, we have some opportunities to reflect on both these areas – with two events offering a particular focus.  This Sunday (19th September) ‘Sacred Space’ takes as its theme ‘Create a new heaven and a new earth’, which provides an opportunity to use the cathedral building as a reflective space with an opportunity to use all our senses to explore faith – and reflect in particular on how we can live in sympathy and harmony with God’s creation.  We will also give thanks for the bounty of creation – and all those people who work together to harness the fruits of creation for our use – as we gather with people from across the county’s agricultural community to celebrate Harvest at 3pm on Sunday 24th October.

Having spent the autumn reflecting on creation, our thoughts will turn to remembering – with All Souls and Remembrance Sunday both falling as we move into November.  All Souls Day falls on Tuesday 2nd November, and there will be the annual Requiem Mass taking place as normal on this evening.  The service will take place at 7 30pm, and will have singing from the Cathedral Consort.  This year this service will represent an opportunity to remember all those who have died during the difficult times of the last 18 months or so.  Aside from those who died directly as a result of the COVID-19 virus, there are many who we have not been able to mourn as we would have wished.  Nearer the time there will be an opportunity to add names to the list of those who will be remembered in the course of this service.

Amid all of this, we are all seeking to adjust as things continue to change week by week as we learn to live lives in new ways.  Unlike last year, there is far less certainty as we seek to balance caution with hope in our daily lives, community events and family celebrations.  Each of us will be navigating our own way through this period.  Hopefully, as we mark the way that we are sustained by creation, and we remember the ever abiding love of God as we remember those who we have loved but see no longer, so we might reflect on how we have come to live more closely with the reality of our own responsibility for the way that we live.  Creation is truly something of beauty – but it is not something that we can treat with arrogance or ignore.

As we read the Old Testament, we often find stories that exhibit the lack of humility that is so often a characteristic of humanity – and the way that this has consequences in terms of human living.  In the psalms we often hear the call to seek wisdom through faith in God (and hear of the powerful and negative consequences for those who do not seek such faith).  In these coming months, as we reflect on creation and the environment, and as we remember the love we have for those we see no longer, let us seek to draw closer to the wisdom and love of God – that we might live ever more closely to creation, and draw ever closer to the love of God.

NICK BROWN, PRECENTOR

Worship & Mission

Weekly service schedule
The service sheet for the coming fortnight can be viewed on the cathedral website (click link to visit)

Sacred Space
The next Sacred Space service will take place this Sunday (19 September) at 7pm. The theme is ‘Create a new heaven and a new earth’

It will be led by the Revd Canon David Dadswell.

Services next Sunday
Next Sunday afternoon (26 September), the cathedral will be hosting the National Police Memorial Day Service.  A lot of work has gone in to preparing for this (and security considerations have required a degree of confidentiality during this process), and the Cathedral is privileged to be hosting this important national event.

Please note the following points:

  • The service itself is for ticket-holders only, and the cathedral will be closed for visitors throughout the day.
  • Our morning services will take place as normal, although the 12.30pm lunchtime eucharist will not take place, and Evening Prayer will be said at 4.30pm (or as soon as possible after that if the memorial service overruns).
  • As part of the security arrangements, those attending the morning services will be asked to wear a wristband.
Community

Derek James
The requiem Eucharist for Derek James will take place in the St Hugh’s Choir on Monday 4 October at 2pm

LCCA Harvest Supper
Lincoln Cathedral Community Association is pleased to announce that we will be holding our annual Harvest Supper on Monday 18 October at 6.30pm in the Chapter House. Tickets, priced £10, to include a hot meal and entertainment, will be available after the 10am Eucharist service on Sunday.

Lincoln Cathedral Choir and Old Choristers Association
The AGM of LCCOCA takes place at 2pm in the community rooms of the Cathedral’s Visitor Centre on Saturday 2nd October 2021.  LCCOCA raises funds to support the choir and its activities, and any member of the Cathedral congregation can attend.  Whilst there are spaces for representatives of the cathedral congregation no one will be – however, if you might be willing to take on this role please e-mail the secretary on: lccoca@lincolncathedral.com

Claire Taylor
This week we have said goodbye to Claire Taylor our volunteer coordinator. We would like to thank her for hard work, enthusiasm and commitment for the last three years and wish her all the best for the future.

Events

Script in Hand presents: Women of the Cathedral: a sequence of voices by Margaret Crompton
Wednesday 22 September 1pm-2pm
Admission included with Cathedral entry charge

Script-in-Hand performs staged-readings of original plays – with script-in-hand.  Women of the Cathedral is our first programme of poems, developed especially for the Chapter House. Like listening to a radio play, we ask you to use your imagination and join us in the time-out-of-time which is poetry and drama.

Organ Recital – Colin Walsh
Saturday 9 October, 7pm
Tickets £6
The programme for the evening includes Dupré, Bach, Tournemire and Langlais

High Sheriff’s Shared Harvest Supper
Wednesday 20 October, 7pm

Tickets £60
This Harvest Supper is a celebration of the successful harvesting of the crops grown on the land in Lincolnshire; a time for coming together, giving thanks and sharing.

With this in mind, guests will be seated at long tables and will share large plates of the best Lincolnshire produce including Cote Hill Blue Cheese, Doddington Lincoln Red grass-finished beef and Doddington heritage apple tarte tatin.
Tickets include a three-course dinner, reception drinks and wine with the meal.
To book your tickets please click here and complete the form by Monday 4 October 2021.

Lincoln Choral Society Concert
Saturday 6 November, 7.30pm
Lincoln Choral Society, with Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra return to Lincoln Cathedral to perform the Haydn Nelson Mass and the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna.

The pieces have been specially chosen as a reflection on the pandemic, and remembering those lost to Covid as well as acknowledging key workers, especially the NHS.

Tickets will be on sale soon.

Handel’s Messiah
Saturday 20 November, 7pm
Tickets from £12
Lincoln Cathedral Choir return with their performance of Handel’s Messiah, accompanied by Lincolnshire Chamber Orchestra.

La Nativité du Seigneur, Colin Walsh
Saturday 8 January 2022, 7pm
Tickets £6
Olivier Messiaen’s 1935 masterpiece is considered to be one of the greatest Organ compositions of all time. La Nativité du Seigneur is a Christmas tradition at Lincoln Cathedral and one not to be missed.

For more details about events and to book tickets, please visit our website – www.lincolncathedral.com

Bible Readings

Sunday 19 September
Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

Eucharist
Wisdom 1: 16 – 2:1, 12-22
James 3: 13 – 4:3, 7-8a
Mark 9:30-37

Evening Prayer
Exodus 19: 10-end
Matthew 8: 23-end

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Sunday 26 September
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

Eucharist
Numbers 11:4-6, 10-16
James 5: 13-end
Mark 9: 38-end

Evening Prayer
Exodus 24
Matthew 9: 1-8

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Sunday 3 October
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity

Eucharist
Genesis 2: 18-24
Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12
Mark 10: 2-16

Evening Prayer
Joshua 3: 7-end
Matthew 10: 1-22