The Feast of the Ascension: a cause for celebration and encouragement!

“Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen

The teaching on the Ascension is both glorious and deeply uplifting if you will pardon the pun!  It leads us to an understanding that after the resurrection and ascension, all that Christ is and all that we are is drawn into the heart of God.

What we celebrate is not the absence of Christ, as he takes his leave of the disciples, but rather the start of his flooding of all things with his divine and glorified presence. It brings an understanding that as the baptised we participate in the life of heaven and become a location and dwelling place of the glory of God here on earth.

Being described in Scripture as formed in the image and likeness of our Creator is extraordinary enough.  The Ascension reveals that we are not only made in God’s likeness, but taken into God’s very being.

We are commissioned through baptism to share in the life of God and in God’s loving concern for the world and all humanity.  It means what matters to God should matter to us. What is more, Christ promises not to leave us helpless and bereft like orphans but to send the Holy Spirit to empower us for the task of continuing his work.

Saint Teresa of Avila on addressing the ascended Lord, puts it perfectly: “You have now no body on earth but ours; no hands but ours; no feet but ours. Ours are the eyes showing your compassion to the world; ours are the feet with which you go about doing good; ours are the hands with which you are now to bless the world.”

Pope Francis describes it in words of great encouragement and hope:

“The Ascension of Jesus into heaven acquaints us with this deeply consoling reality on our journey: in Christ, true God and true man, our humanity was taken to God. Christ opened the path to us. He is like a roped guide climbing a mountain who, on reaching the summit, pulls us up to him and leads us to God. If we entrust our life to him, if we let ourselves be guided by him, we are certain to be in safe hands, in the hands of our Saviour, of our Advocate.”

THE VERY REVD CHRISTINE WILSON, DEAN OF LINCOLN

Worship & Mission

Weekly service schedule
The service sheet for the coming fortnight can be viewed on the cathedral website (click link to visit)

Special services during Eastertide
Thurs 2 June: Official Birthday of HM Queen Elizabeth II
5.30pm Choral Evensong (Choir of Melbourne Parish Church)

Sunday 5 June: Pentecost
10.30am – Festal Eucharist (Choristers and Lay Vicars)
3.45pm – Festal Evensong to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee (Choristers and Lay Vicars)

Stillpoint
Meets next on Monday 13 June at 8.40am.
Future dates:, 11 July, 15 August

Community

The Big Lunch
Sunday 5 June, 12noon
To celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee, we invite you to come and join us on the Dean’s Green to enjoy a picnic and musical entertainment from Sounds Easy Big Band. All are welcome and entry is free. You can bring your own picnic, or buy one from the Cathedral Café. This will be followed by Festal Evensong for Pentecost sung by the choristers and lay vicars at 3.45pm

Lecture: Social Theology and the Common Good
7 June
Lincoln Cathedral is hosting a lecture series, organised in partnership with Together for the Common Good, Caritas in the Diocese of Nottingham, Bishop Grosseteste University, and Lincoln Theology Network. The first lecture is on 7 June – “Just Responsibility?” by Jenny Sinclair. The lecture will be in St Hugh’s Choir at 6.30 p.m., following choral evensong at 5.30pm. Tickets costing £5, will be available online, or can be paid for at the event by cash or by using the donation points. Please see the promotional leaflet for further events.

Bible and Bagels Evening: ‘Fasting and Feasting’
15 June
The Lincon branch of Council for Christians and Jews are holding bible and bagels evening on 15 June, 7.30-9.00pm, on ‘Fasting and Feasting’, with The Ven Dr Justine Allain Chapman, Archdeacon of Boston, at Our Lady of Lincoln Catholic Church, Carbourne Avenue.

Sustaining God’s Creation: Eco-Churches Zoom Event
18 June
In 2020, General Synod set a target of net zero carbon for the Church of England. Meeting this target requires all of us involved in churches to think imaginatively about our worship and teaching, buildings, land, community and global engagement and our lifestyles.
On Saturday 18 June, 10am-1pm, the six Cathedrals of East Anglia (Chelmsford, Ely, Norwich, Peterborough, St Albans and St Edmundsbury) are hosting a free online event with speakers from A Rocha, Caring for God’s Acre, Christian Aid and Climate Stewards. Full details and registration at www.sustaininggodscreation.org

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 in the Wickham Reading Room. 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)

Community Association Outing
An outing to Sempringham has been arranged for Saturday 18 June to launch the Journeys of Faith guidebook: A Pilgrimage from Sempringham to Lincoln. It will include a short talk and tour of the church, picnic lunch in the grounds (inside if wet), music and optional walks to follow. Limited transport is available. To put your name down, please email lcca@lincolncathedral.com or speak to Simon Crookall or Andrea Paterson  (07742526860) after a service. Numbers are needed by Monday 6 June. All are welcome.

Summer Bible Study – 1 Peter
The Chancellor is leading a bible study on 1 Peter in the Wednesdays of August at 4.00-5.00pm 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 bookshop. We shall meet in the Wickham Reading Room.

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

Events

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Monday 23 May – Saturday 4 June
The Starring Lincoln Theatre Company return to Lincoln cathedral with a performance of the well-known Disney adaptation of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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.

Flower Festival Musical Meander
Friday 5 August
Enjoy a feast for all the senses with the Lincoln Flower Festival Musical Meander – a magical musical accompaniment to the beautiful floral displays in the inspiring surroundings of Lincoln Cathedral.

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

Bible Readings

Sunday 29 May
Seventh Sunday of Easter

Eucharist
Acts 16. 16-34
Revelation 22. 12-14, 16-17, 20-end
John 177. 20-end

Evening Prayer
Isaiah 44. 1-8
Ephesians 4.7-16

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Sunday 5 June
Pentecost

Eucharist
Acts 2. 1-21
Romans 8. 14-17
John 14. 8-17 [25-27]

Evening Prayer
Exodus 33.7-20
2 Corinthians 3. 4-end
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Sunday 12 June
Trinity Sunday

Eucharist
Proverbs 8. 1-4, 22-31
Romans 5. 1-5
John 16. 12-15

Evening Prayer
Exodus 3. 1-15
John 3. 1-17

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