Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon has had an enormous impact. Thousands of people, particularly during half term, have come to gaze, wonder, play, run and dance and get involved in our associated activities in the Discovery Centre. It is a huge experience. The moon is enormous but feels at the same time completely right and suitable in the gigantic space of the cathedral. One of the responses to its closeness and its sheer size has been a sense of reality and proportion about our place in the cosmos. To walk under the sphere of the moon with the understanding that it is even bigger in real life and so far away gives us pause for thought. This is an important part of our reflection as Christians – both our tininess and our preciousness in God’s perspective and in God’s heart.

A couple of years ago we celebrated fifty years since Apollo 11 landed people on the moon. It was a remarkable and memorable event. Strangely, though, for me as a junior school age boy, the Apollo mission that made a bigger impact on me was Apollo 8. That was the first time human beings left earth’s orbit and the first time they saw the dark side of the moon. From that time on I realised that the moon was not a flat disc in the sky, If I screwed my eyes up a certain way, I could see that it was a sphere. And who could forget those amazing, first, colour pictures of our planet, the earth, tiny and rising in the distance over the moon’s surface. Walking under Luke Jerram’s moon in the cathedral it is both exciting and humbling to realise that, until fifty years ago or so, no human being had seen that far side I am now gazing on. The moon is not a flat disc but round, with character, contours, texture and a centre.

It is a regular tendency for us as human beings to see others as flat discs, particularly those human beings we see as different, foreign, enemies or just not like us. When we take the time to get to know them, we start to appreciate that they are round, not flat, with surface, texture, shape, texture and probably rich interiors. We may still disagree with them on important things, but we can begin to see why they might think or act in the way we find difficult.

Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent, is nearly upon us. Lent is above all a time where we can spend time putting ourselves and our place in the world properly in God’s perspective. To spend time examining and reflecting on the fact that others are rounded people not flat caricatures and that we ourselves are rounded not just the surface aspect we often display to others and to God. God knows us as rounded people with interiors. As the Psalmist says: ‘O Lord, you have searched me and known me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from far away. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways.’ Let’s make Lent a time where we spend some time walking round the far side of people we haven’t made the effort to see as rounded individuals and groups before, letting others see the side of ourselves we choose to keep hidden, and working with God on the areas God knows well but which we would rather keep an undiscovered secret.

DAVID DADSWELL, RESIDENTIARY CANON

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 – Under the Moon
Sunday 20 February, 7pm
Sacred Space is a gentle and reflective service with time to wonder, the opportunity to use all your senses to explore faith and the chance to experience the unique and serene atmosphere of the Cathedral as the day draws to a close. It is led by the Revd Canon David Dadswell and starts at 7pm.

Future dates for Sacred Space are:
Sunday 20 March
Sunday 22 May
Sunday 17 July

Forthcoming services

Solemn Evensong for Ash Wednesday
Wednesday 2 March 2022 at 4pm
Music sung by the Choristers and Lay Vicars of the Cathedral Choir
It is planned that this service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 3, and members of the congregation are asked to be in their places by 3.45pm at the latest.

Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday
Wednesday 2 March 2022 at 7.30pm
Music sung by Lincoln Cathedral Consort

Solemn Evensong and procession for Edward King
8 March 5.30pm

Community

World Day of Prayer
Friday 4th March 2022
The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical initiative which began in 19th century as the Women’s World Day of Prayer.

There are prayers being held in a number of churches Lincoln, at different times throughout the day. The nearest to Lincoln Cathedral are being held at St Hugh’s Catholic Church, Monks Road, Lincoln, LN2 5AQ, at 11.00am on Friday 4th March 2022.

For information about this ecumenical work, please see https://www.wwdp.org.uk, and for other service times in the city and further afield, please use the post-code search function on the website. Alternatively, please contact Karen Bavin, WDP Lincoln Branch Secretary, 01522 688272

LCCA
Shrove Tuesday Supper – 1st March 2022
The LCCA invites you to the Shrove Tuesday Supper on 1st March 2022 at 6.30pm for 7pm in the Chapter House. You can enjoy a two-course meal and entertainment and please bring your own choice of drink. Tickets are £10 and can be purchased after Sunday morning Eucharists or by calling Simon Crookall on 07922 602660. When buying your tickets, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. We look forward to welcoming you at this event. Please note, access to the Chapter House will be via Chapter House external side door through the works hoarding.

Lincoln Cathedral Choir and Old Choristers’ Association
The LCCOCA supports and promotes the Cathedral Choir.  It also provides help and support for its members, particularly new chorister parents.  It organises fundraising and social events including an annual reunion for former choristers.

So far, members have raised more than £20,000 towards a £50,000 Choristership, Old Choristers already having raised £70,000 for Choristerships. The Association is the major fundraiser for choir tours abroad. The LCCOCA President is Dr. John Rutter, CBE.

Membership is open to parents of serving Choristers, Lay Vicars, former Choristers of Lincoln Cathedral and others with a long-standing association with the Choir.

More information can be obtained by contacting  lccoca@lincolncathedral.com

Events

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon
7 – 27 February
Come and experience the majesty of the moon, suspended beneath the central tower of Lincoln Cathedral.
The Cathedral will provide a spectacular backdrop for the stunning installation which measures seven metres in diameter and features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. At an approximate scale of 1:500,000, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon’s surface.

The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company present The Hunchback of Notre Dame
23 May – 4 June
Following spectacular sell-out performances of Jesus Christ Superstar, Jekyll & Hyde and Oliver!, The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company return with a performance of the well-known Disney adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
The production is sure to be a fantastic show. Previous shows received rave reviews and we expect the 2022 production to be no different.
To avoid disappointment, please be sure to book your tickets as soon as you can – we expect them to sell out fast!

Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival: Vision
4 – 8 August
The Lincoln Cathedral Flower Festival will take place in August 2022 celebrating 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.
Stunning displays will blossom in every area of the magnificent Lincoln Cathedral, bringing it to life in a unique and inspiring way.
The festival will celebrate the life and works of St Hugh of Lincoln, as well as many other notable visionaries whose ideas and actions have shaped the world we live in and changed our lives.

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

Bible Readings

Sunday 20 February
Second Sunday before Lent

Eucharist
Genesis 2.4b-9, 15-end
Revelation 4
Luke 8.22-25

Evening Prayer
Genesis 1.1—2.3
Matthew 6.25-end

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Sunday 27 February
Sunday Next before Lent

Eucharist
Exodus 34. 29-end
2 Corinthians 3. 12-4.2
Luke 9. 28-36 [37-43a]

Evening Prayer
Exodus 3. 1-6
John 12. 27-36a

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Sunday 6 March
First Sunday of Lent

Eucharist
Deuteronomy 26. 1-11
Romans 10. 8b-13
Luke 4. 1-13

Evening Prayer
Jonah 3
Luke 18. 9-14