News from Liverpool Cathedral – a Place of Encounter
Catch up on the latest news from Liverpool Cathedral for Sunday, 1st August through Sunday, 29th August, 2021.
Welcome from Dean Sue
A very warm welcome to this e-news. Over the summer the cathedral office is taking a well-earned break and so this newsletter will cover the whole of the summer. The links in the newsletter will take you to the most up to date information that we have so please do keeping looking at the newsletter and clicking on the links.
Holidays give us the opportunity to take stock, to rest and to reflect. This has been a very demanding time for the cathedral office and I am grateful to them for keeping the information flowing through some turbulent times. They certainly deserve a rest.
Jesus in the Gospels often takes his disciples to a deserted place for them to rest and to re-energise themselves. I hope that the office staff and you get some down time and some rest over the next weeks. We look forward to September and to restarting with a full programme of worship, learning opportunities and events.
Let us pray.
we commend to you
those who at this time
are seeking rest and renewal.
Grant them refreshment of spirit,
And renewal of strength,
that they may return to their work
with energy and drive to fulfil your will
And we ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for the Baptised
Please keep in your prayers the members of the Cathedral community who are baptised this summer - our first Cathedral baptisms for some 18 months!
While the Cathedral Choir is on holiday, we will welcome various Cathedral choirs as well as a guest choir to enrich our Summer worship.
On Sunday, 1 August, at the 10:30am Eucharist and at 3pm Evensong, we welcome our own Cambiata Choir of young men’s voices.
On Saturday, 7 August at 3pm Evensong and Sunday, 8 August at the 10:30am Eucharist and 3pm Evensong, we will welcome the choir and organist of Bath Abbey.
Worship with us this week
Join us in person for 8:30am Morning Prayer and the 12:05 pm Eucharist on weekdays and Saturdays, and Evensong/Evening Prayer at 5:30pm on weekdays and 3pm on Saturdays. Click the following link and look below the main banner of our website beneath ‘Services’ for each day’s in-person service offerings and locations: www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/.
The main Sunday Eucharist at 10:30 am and Sunday Choral Evensong at 3 pm are live-streamed from the Cathedral Facebook page and YouTube page. To stream a service on Facebook, follow this link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/LiverpoolCathedral. To stream a service on YouTube, follow this link to our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/LiverpoolCathedral/videos.
Exploring the Sunday Gospel at Home
You can find our Canon Theologian's blog post reflecting on the Sunday Gospel reading on our prayer blog, Prayer for Liverpool: www.prayerforliverpool.org/.
Encountering Faith – “Revelation revealed”
Our ‘deep dive’ series of Bible Studies will continue on Thursday evenings in July and August, as we look in-depth at Revelation, the last book of the Bible. 7-8.15pm on Zoom. All sessions are stand-alone, and supported with handouts. For more details, please visit: exploring faith.
Prayer requests via our Prayer Wall
You can post prayer requests to us at: https://www.prayerforliverpool.org/requests.html.
Peace Vigil under the Peace Doves
The Peace Doves have been an inspiration for many of us to reflect on peace and justice following what has been a very challenging 18 months of insecurity. We have faced together the disruptive forces of a global pandemic – many of us have suffered loss, grief, insecurity and illness. Our world has seen unrest and war, our identity as a nation and as individuals has been challenged and we have begun to recognise the necessity to care for creation and rebuild a future for the planet.
We at Liverpool Cathedral want to take some time out to pray for justice and peace. This will be a time for us to share stories and music, hear from activists who have a heart for earth justice, gender justice, world peace, modern slavery and human trafficking, racial justice, unity and ecumenism, disability activism and other aspects of justice and peace.
The evening will be a mix of worship – led by Cathedral Clergy and Franciscan Brothers – prayers and speakers. You can stay for the whole vigil or drop in and spend time praying with us. To book in advance, please follow this link to the Vigil Eventbrite page: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vigil-for-peace-under-the-peace-doves-tickets-163638580399.
Cathedral Confirmation Service – Sunday 7th November 2021
We are delighted that the Bishop of Liverpool will be joining us this November to preside at a Confirmation service. Confirmation is the occasion when we can confirm the promises made by us or for us at Baptism in a special service in which the Bishop lays hands on our heads to ask for God’s continuing blessing and anointing of the Holy Spirit. If you are interested in being confirmed, then please speak to Canon Philip, if you are part of the Music Department, or Canon Neal if you are part of the wider Cathedral community.
We are in the process of updating our Community Roll, the list of members of the Cathedral, including those who live further away but who retain an active interest. It can also include people who join us on-line for worship, discipleship and other activities. It has been a very valuable resource for the clergy through lockdown, to help us keep in touch. If you are not on the Roll, or need to update your details, please go to the link below, to complete and submit the simple form linked here: https://liverpoolcathedral.beaconforms.com/form/c2255dbe.
Thank you. If you have any queries, then please contact Canon Neal on firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are currently hosting a major art installation, Peace Doves, crafted by artist Peter Walker, until the end of August. Over 13,000 white paper doves have been hung from the Well ceiling, each with prayers written on by worshippers and visitors. The installation is accompanied by the art installation, Peace to Ourselves, a large dove laid out on the Memorial Chapel floor, on which all are invited to place (provided) buttons in memory of a loved one. In addition, we welcome back the Angel Wings projection in the Derby Transcept. For more information, please visit this link to the website: peace doves.
Peace Dove Recitals
The Cathedral Music Department is putting on several Peace Dove concerts on Tuesdays and a Saturday in August.
For full and up-to-date concert details, check the Events section of the Cathedral website: events.
A Choir for Every Age
We are recruiting singers to our choirs: Cathedral Junior Choir (ages 6-11), Gilbert Scott Singers (11-18) and Liverpool64 (SATB choir for 18+). The Junior Choir and Gilbert Scott Singers are rehearsing in-person again, and Liverpool64 should be returning imminently. To discuss joining a choir, email: email@example.com.
Micah Liverpool Thank You & Shopping List
Staff and volunteers at Micah wish to say thank you to the Cathedral congregation for their support throughout a quite demanding spring. At the moment we’re running low on UHT milk, toiletries, dry cereal, and pasta sauce. Donations can be received at the Constables’ Lodge or in the clear plastic boxes inside the Cathedral. Anyone interested in volunteering is welcome to email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and an application form.
Cycling for Micah Liverpool
Martin Howarth, Ed Sadler and Dan Bishop from our music dept. have cycled from Leeds to Liverpool to raise money for Micah. If you would like to donate, please follow this link.
Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Once you donate, they'll send your money directly to Micah Liverpool, so it's the most efficient way to give - saving time and cutting costs for the charity.
This year’s Diocese Summer reading challenge is available from your Cathedral shop. The First Letter of Peter by Jennifer Strawbridge is available online or in person.
We’re here to help in any way we can – open online for you to browse 24/7 at www.cathedralshop.com. If you have a specific request that we can help you with, please feel free to email us - email@example.com.
All profits from the shop directly support the ever increasing work of Liverpool Cathedral.