September has been eventful! In this past month we have had the privilege of hosting a vast range of activities at the cathedral. There have been some significant additional acts of worship for Battle of Britain Sunday, the inaugural diocesan synod Eucharist and the National Police Memorial day at which we were honoured to welcome Dame Cressida Dick and the Home Secretary, Priti Patel, as we remembered police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
BBC songs of Praise recorded music with us this week for a number of their future broadcasts, much to the delight of the congregation and choir. There was even a brief appearance of Christmas trees for a day! The new choir year has brought a fresh cohort of choral scholars as well as some new probationers and two new voluntary choirs in the diocesan clergy choir and our youth choir. The Cathedral Consort is also back in full swing. All of which, enables us to extend our mission through music and worship and provide opportunities to build community. It has been encouraging to see the demographic of our worshipping communities expanding. Sunday school provision is now very much on the agenda and the new learning and education centre is also taking shape as various local schools begin to test the spaces and provide feedback in readiness for opening.
Chapter has identified a priority to explore more intentional ways of enabling people to encounter faith and spirituality. Sacred Space is providing expression for more reflective encounter and we are currently preparing to launch some partnership work with Bishop Grosseteste University on the study of implicit religion. From the days of St Hugh, theology has always been an important feature and as we begin to re-establish our more normal patterns of work this year we are delighted to be welcoming The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy to lead a keynote address on implicit religion and preach at our college of canons eucharist on St Hugh’s day. Only last Friday we held a well-attended book launch for the newly published work on Bishop Edward King written by Bishop Michael Marshall. Not forgetting also the celebration of the heritage skills of our Works department at the installation of Michael Sheppard as Clericus Fabricae earlier in the month.
We are delighted that the cathedral visitor centre has so quickly become such a hive of community activity with the conference rooms in regular use and the café and shop busy with visitors alongside the many pilgrims in the cathedral. As part of our commitment to diversity and accessibility new tours are being developed including a tactile tour for the visually impaired and a virtual tour so that those unable to access the building can still take a view.
It is rare for the cathedral to blow its own trumpet but it has been a great month and both staff and volunteers have all gone the extra mile to make it happen. THANK YOU to you all. I hope you will join me in expressing gratitude to all the dedicated teams who serve us so well. There are so many opportunities to join in and belong here at Lincoln Cathedral as together we strive to make this a place a visible sign of God’s love where all are valued and welcomed.
Worship & Mission
Weekly service schedule
The service sheet for the coming fortnight can be viewed on the cathedral website (click link to visit)
Coffee after Sunday Eucharist will resume on 10 October. We look forward to being able to chat together in person again.
On Sunday 10 October we will be holding a Jazz Eucharist performed by the choristers and lay vicars.
Special services in the coming weeks
Diocesan Readers Service
10.30am, Saturday 9 October
Memorial Service for Andrew Stokes
2pm, Saturday 9 October
A County Harvest Festival
3pm, Sunday 24 October
Requiem Eucharist for All Souls
7.30pm, Tuesday 2 November
An opportunity to remember those who we love but see no longer, with especial prayers for those lost during the disruptions caused by COVID-19.
Remembrance Sunday: Service of Remembrance
10.40am, Sunday 14 November
Please note: Sung Eucharist will take place at the earlier time of 9.15am.
Advent Carol Service
6pm, Saturday 27 November
Readings and music as we prepare to welcome the light of the world, with music sung by the Cathedral Youth Choir with the Lay Vicars of the cathedral choir.
The requiem Eucharist for Derek James will take place in the St Hugh’s Choir on Monday 4 October at 2pm
Lincoln Cathedral Community Association
LCCA will be holding their 2021 Annual General Meeting on 16th November 2021 (venue/time to be announced), please put this date in your diary. Nominations will be required for LCCA Lay Vice Chair and for LCCA Executive Committee Members, nomination forms will be available mid-October.
LCCA Harvest Supper
Tickets are selling fast for the Harvest Supper. If you do not yet have a ticket, please call Simon Crookall at 07922 602660.
We have decided to use this event to collect food items for the Lincoln Food Bank. Please bring non-perishable items with you to the Harvest Supper.
As in previous years, we invite you to bring your own drinks to consume at the supper. Glasses will be provided. Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements.
Entry to the Chapter House on this occasion will be via the Judgement Door on the South Side of the Cathedral.
We look forward to seeing you there.
National Road Championships
The British Cycling Road Race Championships will be taking place in and around Lincoln from 14 to 17 October. The route passes by the Cathedral and much of the Bailgate area and uphill Lincoln will have road closures. There are more details at: https://www.britishcycling.org.uk/nationalroadchampionships/article/20210914-British-Cycling-announces-routes-for-2021-HSBC-UK—National-Road-Championships-0
Please be check for road closures before visiting the Cathedral on those dates.
Organ Recital – Colin Walsh
Saturday 9 October, 7pm
The programme for the evening includes Dupré, Bach, Tournemire and Langlais
High Sheriff’s Shared Harvest Supper
Wednesday 20 October, 7pm
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 are on sale now from the Cathedral Shop.
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
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
Sunday 3 October
Eighteenth Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 2: 18-24
Hebrews 1: 1-4; 2: 5-12
Mark 10: 2-16
Joshua 3: 7-end
Matthew 10: 1-22
Sunday 10 October
Nineteenth Sunday after Trinity
Amos 5: 6-7, 10-15
Hebrews 4: 12-end
Mark 10: 17-31
Joshua 5: 13- 6: 20
Matthew 11: 20-30
Sunday 17 October
Twentieth Sunday after Trinity
Isaiah 53: 4-end
Hebrews 5: 1-10
Mark 10: 35-45
Joshua 14: 6-14
Matthew 12: 1-21