This Sunday is the first in Advent, the beginning of the Church’s year and a time of preparation for the season of Christmas. In many ways Advent has become the lost season of the calendar, having disappeared under “the run-up to Christmas”. There is, I think, a difference between the two. The “run-up to Christmas” suggests what, for many people, is a time of great activity, busyness and consumption; it can seem an exhausting period. Advent, on the other hand, is intended to be quite the opposite. It’s a time for taking thought about what we are doing, considering the direction of our lives and stepping back, if only a little, from the busyness which so often marks the way we live, expressing repentance for where we fall short of God’s calling; so that when Christmas eventually comes, we will be ready to welcome the one whose birth marks the beginning of our redemption.

Perhaps, though, this year those themes of Advent might take on a new significance. Whatever our thoughts about the COP26 conference on climate change, it represents is a far-reaching challenge to our way of living. It is clear from what has been debated and agreed that all of us, especially those living in the affluent nations of the west, need to take stock of the way we live, our habits of consumption, our priorities and the ways in which we care – or not – for the planet on which we live. COP26 is asking of all of us that we develop new ways of living together in the world, guided by an ethic and an outlook which is dramatically different from the ideas of consumption fuelled by infinite economic growth which has been the basis of the industrialised world over the last two centuries or more. Suddenly, the old themes of Advent begin to take on new significance.

Put very simply, COP26 recalls Christians to a fundamental understanding of our place and our role before God; to be the responsible stewards of the world of which we are an integral part and of the planet which supports every living thing. It also asks for what may sound like a miracle; that the richest and most powerful nations on earth set aside their own interests in favour of doing justice to the poorest and weakest of our fellow human beings. As Christians we must do this in order to prepare to celebrate one who was himself born among the poorest and weakest of the world’s people.

A happy and blessed Advent.

NEIL BURGESS, VICE CHANCELLOR

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 (28 November) at 7pm. This month’s theme is ‘Light in our Darkness’. As it is Advent Sunday, we are looking at the Advent theme of Christ coming as light in our darkness – which could be all sorts of things for people at the moment. It will be led by the Revd Canon David Dadswell.

Service of Lessons and Carols
4pm, Thursday 23 and Friday 24 December 2021
Readings and music for the Feast of Christmas, sung by the Choristers and Lay Vicars of the cathedral choir.

Midnight Mass of Christmas
11.30pm, Friday 24 December 2021

Sung Eucharist for Christmas Day
10.30am, Saturday 25 December 2021

Festal Evensong for Christmas Day
3.45pm, Saturday 25 December 2021

Community

Adult baptism and confirmation classes
If you are an adult and interested exploring the Christian faith with a view to being baptised or confirmed at Easter, please contact the Chancellor, Paul Overend, on chancellor@lincolncathedral.com. He and The Revd Dr Julia Hepburn (the Assistant Curate of The Parish of St Mary Magdalene, Lincoln, and a regular duty chaplain at the cathedral) will be holding joint adult baptism and confirmation classes from the last week in January, 2022, using a course called “Pilgrim: A Course for the Christian Journey”.

Carol Bennett writes
I’d like to say how grateful I am to all those who’ve recently expressed their best wishes for my retirement. My thanks go to the colleagues and volunteers, past and present, with whom I worked over the last 27 years, who made my time at the Cathedral so enjoyable.

Sunday School
We are hoping to get Sunday School up and running again but need additional volunteers who are happy to be safely recruited and complete some training in order to support this. Could anyone interested please contact the Cathedral Safeguarding Officer on safeguardingofficer@lincolncathedral.com

Carol Hill writes
Many of you are aware that I craft my own hand-made greetings cards, mainly for personal use, but occasionally for friends. And donations I receive go to the Cathedral Music Fund.

During lockdown I spent many hours in my craft room and to date have about 100 cards available. On the Saturday morning of the Christmas Market weekend, I am having a stall in the Cathedral (probably in the North Transept). I do not claim any money for materials, but all donations go to support the wonderful music in this fine building. If you are around on that morning, do come, say hello, and have a look at the cards.

LCCA
The Lincoln Cathedral Community Association Annual General Meeting was held on 16 November 2021 and the following are the results of the Elections that took place:

Mr. Simon Crookall was elected to the position of Lay Vice Chair of LCCA and Chair of LCCA Executive Committee for 1 year (this is a yearly appointment for up to 4 years)

Mrs. Andrea Paterson; Mr. Duncan Garmonsway and Mr. Steven Tune were elected onto the LCCA Executive Committee for their first 3-year term

Friends’ Christmas Card
This year’s Friends’ Christmas Card is now available and can be bought in person from the Friends’ office on a Wednesday morning, or from the Cathedral shop.  An order form will be available shortly on the Friends’ website for orders to be sent by post to the Friends’ office.  This year’s design features part of one of the windows in the North Nave aisle, from a photograph taken by Verger Jim Newton.

Sunday Morning Coffee
We all appreciate being able to meet for coffee after the Sunday morning service, but we are in desperate need of more volunteers to serve the coffee. With a full roster, you should only be called upon once every three months. If you would like to join the merry band of Sunday morning baristas, please contact Simon Crookall on 07922 602660.

Events

Carols by Candlelight
Wednesday 15 December, 7.30pm
Tickets for the annual Friends’ ‘Carols by Candlelight’ are now on sale through Eventbrite and can be accessed through the Cathedral Website under ‘Forthcoming Events.’  Tickets are going quickly, with well over 300 being sold already.  Do come and enjoy what will be a wonderful evening of Christmas music performed by our  Cathedral choir and organist and join in singing some of the traditional carols. Although we are looking forward to welcoming a real audience after last year’s live streaming only event, we regret that, because of Covid precautions, refreshments will not be available.

A Ceremony of Carols
Saturday 18 December, 2pm and 7pm
Performed by the Lincoln Cathedral Youth Choir and harpist Thea Maund.
Both performances of this classic, festive favourite, take place in the stunning Cathedral Chapter House.

Olivier Messiaen’s 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.

Secret Symphony presents: Interstellar
Saturday 26 February, 7.30pmSecret Symphony’s 50-Piece Limelight Orchestra return to the most wonderful Lincoln Cathedral to perform an exclusive and enhanced ‘one night only’ show celebrating all things space, stars and Interstellar under Luke Jerram’s ‘The Museum Of The Moon’.

A reimagined soundtrack that includes such ‘stellar’ tracks from David Bowie, Coldplay, Muse, Public Service Broadcasting, ELO, Pink Floyd, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Jamiroquai, Daft Punk, Elton John and many, many more.

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

Bible Readings

Sunday 28 November
First Sunday of Advent

Eucharist
Jeremiah 33: 14-16
1 Thessalonians 3:-end
Luke 21: 25-36

Evening Prayer
Joel 3: 9-end
Revelation 14: 13 – 15: 4

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Sunday 5 December
Second Sunday of Advent

Eucharist
Baruch 5
Philippians 1: 3-11
Luke 3: 1-6

Evening Prayer
Isaiah 40: 1-11
Luke 1: 1-25

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Sunday 12 December
Third Sunday of Advent

Eucharist
Zephaniah 3: 14-end
Philippians 4: 4-7
Luke 3: 7-18

Evening Prayer
Isaiah 35
Luke 1: 57-66 [67-end]

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