Being human; being children of God

The desert is “where God happens’, Rowan Williams tells us, and this is why the story of Jesus in the desert is not to be dismissed with a trite exposition of how terribly hard it is to be good. It is so much more powerful. This story enables us to see the world through the eyes of God but also to truly understand what it is to be human. At the beginning of Lent, we are reminded of Jesus’ temptation in the desert which illustrates that our Lenten journey is not just about being a good person and trying our best to give up chocolate, although these are both worthwhile disciplines:  Lent is a season about ownership of who we are as human beings and who God is for us.

Dostoyevsky’s Inquisitor calls Satan “The terrible and wise spirit” and this description is incredibly apt, the wisdom of the voice of the tempter can never be dismissed, for we disregard this wisdom at our peril. This is why the story of Jesus and Satan’s interaction is never as simple as good versus evil, it is not so clear-cut. This story is Christ acknowledging his own temptations and denying them but also of Jesus acknowledging who he is, the power he has and the complexity, pain and dissonance that he alone faces in order to bring about our salvation.

Faced with hunger, Jesus does not give in to grumbling, nor use his powers to satisfy himself.  He is more than just the body.  This season of Lent reminds us that we are not just a body, and our hunger is not just that of the body. No one knows what really happened to Jesus in the wilderness. This is not a story written by anyone who was there, but all of these stories illustrate who Jesus is, who God is and fundamentally, who we are. Jesus is tempted three times and to deny himself, to go against who he is and what he is called to be and do.  The voice of the tempter can take many different guises and formers, and none of us is free from hearing it. This voice is a part of being human on this earth and we have to acknowledge that sometimes we are tempted and make the wrong choices in order to fully understand ourselves. In the desert, God happened, and Jesus knew his power but denied temptation.

In Lent we too are called to deny temptation in our lives, to become part of the story of Jesus in the desert, so that we can learn more about who we are while penitently meeting with God. The season of Lent in many ways focuses on us, the “dust that dreams of glory,”-Lent is oh so human. We are invited to consider, dwell upon and live fully that we are human with all the limitations and temptations that come from being born in this sometimes maddening world. Lent is all about being human; being wholly who we are made to be, children of God. We do not live by bread alone, but by the sustaining power of God who defines us and builds us in his image so that we may be closer to his incarnate life.

 RACHEL REVELY, CURATE

Worship & Mission

Holy Week
Although the exact format of services during Holy Week depends on the government guidance in place at the time, our current plans for services are as follows:

28 March: PALM SUNDAY
7.45am Litany
8am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Sung Eucharist with blessing of palms and reading or singing of the passion
3.45pm EVENSONG*

29 March: Monday in Holy Week
8am Morning Prayer
12.30pm Eucharist
5.30pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm Address and Compline

30 March: Tuesday in Holy Week
8am Morning Prayer
8.30am Holy Communion
5.30pm EVENSONG*
7.30pm Address and Compline

31 March: Wednesday in Holy Week
8am Morning Prayer
12.30pm Eucharist
5.30pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm Tenebrae: An evening service for Holy Week

1 April: MAUNDY THURSDAY
8am Morning Prayer
8.30am Holy Communion
5.30pm Evening Prayer
7.30pm EUCHARIST OF THE LAST SUPPER

2 April: GOOD FRIDAY
9.30am LITURGY OF GOOD FRIDAY
12noon Three Hours Service
5.30pm Evening Prayer

3 April: EASTER EVE
9am Morning Prayer
4.30pm Evening Prayer
8pm EASTER VIGIL AND FIRST EUCHARIST OF EASTER*

4 April: EASTER DAY
7.45am Litany
8am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am SUNG EUCHARIST with Blessing of the Easter Garden and Renewal of Baptismal Promises
3.45pm EVENSONG*

Please note: * if government guidance remains unchanged, then these services (which involve the choir singing) will be online only.

Community

Helen Walker funeral
The funeral of Helen Walker will take place at Lincoln Cathedral on Monday 8 March at 11.15am.

Due to the current restrictions, attendance is restricted to those invited by the family, however for those unable to attend in person, there will be a live stream of the service on the Cathedral’s YouTube Channel – www.youtube.com/LincolnCathedraluk/

There will also be a link to the service from the Cathedral’s Facebook page – www.facebook.com/Lincoln.Cathedral

Please give thanks for her life and hold her family in your prayers at this time.

Jennifer Lowther RIP
The Honourable Mrs Jennifer Lowther (Jen) died on 23 Feb peacefully at Lincoln County Hospital. Jen was a long-standing member of the Cathedral community and a well-known resident of Minster Yard.

We do not have details of her funeral at present.

Alana Brook
Congratulations to Alana Brook, our Assistant Organist, who has gained her Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists qualification with prizes. She is now the holder of the Turpin/Durrant prize for achieving the second highest mark in the practical part of the exam. A great achievement!

LCCA Annual General Meeting
Thank you to all who logged in to join us for our AGM. We trust that by the time the next one comes round, we will once again be able to meet in person.

On the evening of the meeting Mr Will Harrison joined the Executive Committee as an ex-officio member becoming committee Deanery Synod Representative. Since the meeting Mr Simon Crookall has taken on the role of Lay Vice Chair of Executive Committee and at our committee meeting on 02/03/21 Mrs June Pallister was co-opted onto the Executive Committee until the next AGM to continue in her role as Secretary, having served her two three year terms.

In House
The next edition of InHouse will be available later this month, although only as an electronic edition. If anyone who doesn’t already receive InHouse this way, but would like a copy please email the following address with your details –  inhouse@lincolncathedral.com

Bible Readings

Sunday 7 March
Third Sunday of Lent

Eucharist
Exodus 20: 1-17
1 Corinthians 1: 18-25
John 2:13-22

Evening Prayer
Exodus 5: 1 – 6:1
Philippians 3: 4b-14

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Sunday 14 March
Fourth Sunday of Lent

Eucharist
Numbers 21: 4-9
Ephesians 2: 1-10
John 3: 14-21

Evening Prayer
Exodus 6: 2-13
Romans 5: 1-11

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Sunday 21 March
Fifth Sunday of Lent

Eucharist
Jeremiah 31: 31-34
Hebrews 5: 5-10
John 12: 20-23

Evening Prayer
Exodus 7: 8-24
Romans 5: 12-end

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