This weekend we wish the members of the Cathedral Choir well for their summer break – saying farewell to several choristers who have given faithful service over what has been an unusual time as a chorister.  Although not everyone will have a complete break in the same way that the choir do, it is an appropriate time to look back and reflect on what has been a year of tremendous hard work and progress. As well as being a time for a break from the normal routine, such a break provides a chance for rest and reflection.

Looking back on the past year in terms of worship, we have seen the gradual resumption of a nearly full round of daily prayer and worship. Alongside the Cathedral clergy, the choir have done sterling work at continuing to offer a daily round of prayer and worship for and on behalf of the bishop and parishes of the diocese, (though there is still some way to go before the full weekly routine of choral services is fully recovered). The Cathedral has returned to a place that welcomes visitors without the restrictions that were still in place only a little over a year ago – and prays that visitors might find that they become pilgrims. As the number and range of services has recovered the Stewards have contributed their part in welcoming people to worship, and the Cathedral’s servers have ensured that the liturgy is appropriately supported. Undergirding all of this is the work of the vergers who, supported by the facilities team, ensure that the doors are open each morning and that the Cathedral is ready to offer a welcome to all who come – whether as worshipper, visitor or person in need.  Across the wider Cathedral there has been a similar resumption of activity and rebuilding of our life and work – alongside which there have been the additional demands of bringing the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project to a successful conclusion.

However, as many of us approach (in different ways) the summer break, it is obvious that many are feeling tired after a year of continuing change – after two years of anxiety and constant change.  In conversations with people from so many organisations, so many people are speaking of a tiredness that seems to sit more deeply than normal. As society (and the Church within that) continues to move on with life in a world where there continue to be challenges and difficulties, the need for rest and reflection is ever more apparent – the need not just to stop the routine, but to find proper rest and to engage in purposeful reflection is ever present. In this, the wisdom of the Christian tradition encourages us to build in points for rest and reflection into our daily, weekly and longer-term routines. Whether it be taking part in the daily offices that are the foundation of the life of the Cathedral, finding a quiet moment to sit in a favourite spot, sitting with a word or phrase from scripture in our hearts and minds or taking some time to enjoy a particularly beautiful aspect of the created world in which we live, I hope that each of us can take the time to find out the ways in which we can find rest and reflection so that after whatever break we have (and whenever that may be) we can return not having had a break from the normal routine but truly refreshed and renewed for the work that lies ahead.

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)

Stillpoint
11 July, 8.40am
“In God alone my soul in stillness waits” (Ps 62.1)
Stillpoint is a silent contemplative prayer meeting, which takes place monthly, usually in the Ringers Chapel. The next meeting is on July 11 between 8.40am and 9.20am, hosted by the Chancellor, and thereafter on August 8 (by the Chancellor) and September 19 (by Rev Anne Mazur).

Community

Paul Birkinshaw writes
Apparently a little bird has let it know that I had a significant birthday this year. I have been overwhelmed, moved and humbled by the response.  Thank you to all those who answered the little bird’s call, even though it was a struggle to get the front door open!  Your cards and good wishes were very much appreciated and it was a memorable moment which rounded off a great weekend of celebrations.

Minibus drivers needed
The music department is thriving. We have a fantastic group of established choristers and a number of new probationers.  Our choristers come from a range of schools both in Lincoln and around Lincolnshire.  We provide transport for them after morning rehearsals and school pickups for afternoon rehearsals. We are always looking to expand our team of drivers to help with transporting the choristers. If you are interested, please contact us for more details.  Drivers would be needed from 8.15am to 9.30am in the mornings and 2.45pm to 4pm dependent on the actual journeys preferably 3-4 times per week. This is a paid role. As one of our drivers, you will have the opportunity to be a part of the music department and a much-valued member of the team. To register interest or enquire for further details please email Melissa, Liturgy and Music Administrator at music@lincolncathedral.com

Lecture by Maurice Glasman
12 July
The second of Lincoln Cathedral’s Social Theology series, Maurice Glasman’s lecture is “Just Voting?” A lecture about political participation and civic life. The lecture will be in St Hugh’s Choir at 6.30pm, following choral evensong at 5.30pm. Tickets costing £5, are available online, or can be paid for at the event by cash or by using the donation points.

Bible and Bagels
13 July, 7.30pm
Lincoln Council for Christians and Jews is hosting an evening with John Wilford and Nathan Gordon to discuss factionalism and factions in Judaism and Christianity at Our Lady of Lincoln, Carbourne Avenue.

Everyday Faith
Everyday faith is an initiative of the Church of England, providing digital resources for finding and following God in everyday life, to support and encourage our Christian faith and discipleship. Please register to explore resources of the portal at
https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/everyday-faith

Cathedral Community Book Group
16 July
The Chancellor is hosting a Cathedral Community Book Group for members of the congregations, looking at issues of Christian theology, life and spirituality. Meetings will be on alternate months, usually at 10.30-11.30 on Saturday mornings. The book group will meet in the Learning Centre, off Eastgate (a little left of the blue front door through the wooden gate). You are invited to any meeting to discuss a book, without further commitment, but please buy and read the book, in advance of the meeting.
16th July, Being Human, by Rowan Williams (SPCK 2018)
10th September, Like there’s no Tomorrow, by Frances Ward (Sacristy Press 2020)

Summer Bible Study – 1 Peter
The Chancellor is leading a bible study on 1 Peter in the Wednesdays of August at 4pm-5pm in the Wickham Reading Room. This will be using a Lambeth study guide, ‘The First Letter of Peter: A Global Commentary’ by Jennifer Strawbridge, which is published by SCM and is for sale at £14.99 per copy in the Cathedral shop. We shall meet in the Wickham Reading Room.

Events

Lincoln Jazz Festival
15-17 July
Lincoln Cathedral plays host to a weekend festival of Jazz and Gospel music featuring leading musicians from the UK and overseas. The weekend opens with the London Community Gospel Choir and closes with the Darius Brubeck Quartet, with a host of musical treats in between.

Green Man exhibition
18-31 July
Chapter House
The Green Man is a mediaeval symbol preserved in the stonework of many old churches. John Allcock’s series of pictures reflects upon the ways in which the Green Man suggests the need to realign our theology of nature and of creation.

Lincoln Mystery Plays
24-30 July
Taking you on a journey from Creation through to Redemption, the historic telling of familiar Bible episodes has a striking resonance with circumstances today as it explores truth, lies and power and ultimately what it means to be human.

Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival: Vision
Thursday 4 – Monday 8 August
The Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival will celebrate 950 years of Lincoln Cathedral, and the visionaries who had the inspiration to build such a wonderful building and those who followed, changing our lives throughout history.

Grand Summer Organ Concert Series
13 August – Jonathan Hope, Assistant Director of Music, Gloucester Cathedral – Silent movie improvisation – ‘Phantom of the Opera’
20 August – Stephen Farr, Director of Music, All Saints, Margaret Street – programme to include a new work by Francis Grier
3 September – Colin Walsh – Organist Emeritus, Lincoln Cathedral
10 September – Darius Battiwalla – Leeds City Organist
17 September – Alana Brook – Assistant Organist, Lincoln Cathedral
24 September – Jeffrey Makinson – Organist, Lincoln Cathedral

For full details of events, and to book tickets, please visit https://lincolncathedral.com/forthcoming-events/

Bible Readings

Sunday 10 July
Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Eucharist
Deuteronomy 30. 9-14
Colossians 1. 1-14
Luke 10.25-37

Evening Prayer
Genesis 32. 9-30
Mark 7. 1-23

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Sunday 11 July
Fifth Sunday after Trinity

Eucharist
Genesis 18. 1-10a
Colossians 1. 15-28
Luke 10. 38-end

Evening Prayer
Genesis 41. 1-16, 25-37
1 Corinthians 4. 8-13

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Sunday 24 July
Sixth Sunday after Trinity

Eucharist
Genesis 18. 20-32
Colossians 2. 6-15 [16-19]
Luke 11. 1-13

Evening Prayer

Genesis 42. 1
1 Corinthians 10.1-24