This week’s News from Liverpool Cathedral – a Place of Encounter

Sat 20th, Feb

News

Catch up on the latest from Liverpool Cathedral for the First Sunday of Lent, 21 February, 2021.

Welcome from Dean Sue

Welcome all to this edition of the Cathedral’s e-news. It was really good to open for worship on Ash Wednesday, though as always, our message is to still stay home, protect the NHS, and save lives. We hope that the slow-paced worship build-back this Lent will allow us to celebrate Easter with a tangible sense of joy in our worship.

As you know our Lent Lectures this year will be live-streamed from Facebook each Monday in Lent. May I direct your attention to the Lent Lecture notice below and accompanying link for full details.

This Sunday is of course the first Sunday in Lent, and we are happy to announce that we will be live-streaming the 10:30am liturgy from the Main Space from the Cathedral Facebook page, so keep an eye out: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolCathedral.

The collect for Lent 1 evokes the 40 days of Christ’s fasting in the wilderness and asks for discipline to endure in the face of trial. So as deaths continue and our latest lockdown continues, may we pray for strength to continue to witness to Christ and care for one another.

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness,

and was tempted as we are, yet without sin:

give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit;

and, as you know our weakness,

so may we know your power to save;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Please, Please Help

Could I please ask you to help the Canon Theologian by completing the survey. Last week he went to look at Liverpool Cathedral responses and only a couple of people had completed the survey which is not enough to analyze!

During the first lock down he developed, with a colleague, a survey to assess the impact of the lockdown on the church and its people. The first survey got over 10,000 responses and has been helpful to the wider Church. The research project is being re-run and clergy and lay people are being asked for their opinion.

The questionnaire will take about 20 minutes of your time, which will enable you to give a thorough picture of your experiences and opinions. This is an online survey. Most of the questions simply require you to click boxes, though there are options to specify your particular circumstances, and an opportunity at the end for you to tell us your views in your own words.

My hope is that this time there will be enough responses from people attending cathedrals for Leslie to be able to provide a helpful profile of cathedral ministry during the lockdown.

The survey can be completed on mobile phones (point your camera at the QR code), or it can be accessed using the following link: https://tinyurl.com/y4fqgrzq

Cathedral Company Zoom Call

In addition to the pre-recorded service on Sunday mornings at 10:30am, all are welcome to join us for a brew over Zoom for fellowship and conversation after the service. If you would like the Zoom details, please email Canon Neal at neal.barnes@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk.

Thank you from Canon Myles

I am most grateful for the very generous gift from the Cathedral Company to mark my retirement as Canon Precentor and Vice Dean. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed. I am most grateful to you all. A chance conversation before Christmas with Dean Sue led to the suggestion that I might buy a set of white vestments, to replace a set which had become worn out over the years, and I have been delighted to do this. I’m hoping that they will arrive soon, and look forward to being able to share them with you when we are able to return to the Cathedral for worship and fellowship together before too long.

My years at the Cathedral have been rewarding and enjoyable, with lots of happy memories and many friendships to cherish and remember. I am already enjoying my new home in the Close and look forward to continuing to be part of the Cathedral Company in a new role.

With very grateful thanks and with my prayers,

Myles 

Worship with us this week

Join us on-line for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer/Choral Evensong, broadcast live via our Facebook page. www.facebook.com/LiverpoolCathedral.

Please click on the following link and select which service you wish to follow from the menu under ‘Services’: www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/.

You can find our pre-recorded Sunday service, along with reflections on the Gospel reading by our Canon Theologian at Prayer for Liverpool: www.prayerforliverpool.org/.

Encountering Faith – “Lent with Lamentations”

Our new series commences on Zoom on Thursdays, 1-2pm, starting this Thursday, 25th February. Read more here: www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/home/GettingInvolved/ExploringFaith.aspx.

Lent Lectures

The annual Lent Lectures will be on Mondays 22nd February – 22nd March inclusive, all on-line via FaceBook from 7.00pm-8.15pm. For more details of tomorrow’s lecture, please visit: https://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/114/section.aspx/108/lent_lecture_sankofa__for_such_a_time_as_this.

Micah Liverpool Shopping List

Micah Liverpool has just broken its previous record by giving out 470 food parcels this week between pantry sessions at St. Vincent’s and St. Bride’s. Our stores are hitting a bit of a dry spell during this season of need so any donations would be most welcome! The scarcest items at the moment are pasta and rice, dry cereal, UHT milk, and toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap). Many thanks!

Prayer Shawl Ministry

If you would like further information about the work of the Prayer Shawl Ministry Team – or would like to get involved by sponsoring, donating money or yarn or prayerful stitching, please contact Stella Barnes on 07722 165361 or by emailing PrayerShawls@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk.

Prayer requests via our Prayer Wall

You can post prayer requests to us at: www.prayerforliverpool.org/requests

Cathedral Shop

Whilst you can’t visit us in person - why not browse our online shop where we are open 24/7 at www.cathedralshop.com.

With Lent underway, our online bookstall has some Lent books available including the Archbishop of Canterbury’s 2021 Lent book at a special offer price. In Living his Story, Hannah Steele uncovers practical ways of sharing the gospel story afresh.

If you have a specific request that we can help you with, please feel free to email us - shop@liverpoolcathedral.org.uk.

All profits from the shop directly support the ever increasing work of Liverpool Cathedral.