This week’s News from Liverpool Cathedral – a Place of Encounter
Catch up on the latest news from Liverpool Cathedral for Sunday, 7 February, 2021.
Welcome from Dean Sue
Welcome to the e-news of Liverpool Cathedral on the week the church celebrates the festival of Candlemas on 2 February. All those Christmas decorations should now be put away for another year as we turn to face Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
Traditionally, Candlemas was the day when Christians brought their candles to the church to be blessed and then used in their homes for the rest of the year.
Candlemas commemorates the ritual purification of Mary, 40 days after the birth of her son Jesus. This day also marks the ritual presentation of the baby Jesus to God in the Temple at Jerusalem.
The Gospel of Luke says that Jesus was met by Anna and Simeon. Simeon held the baby Jesus and called him a Light to the World.
As we think of Christ as the light of the World we pray for the light to shine in the darkness of this Covid world.
Lord Jesus Christ,
light of the nations and glory of Israel:
make your home among us,
and present us pure and holy
to your heavenly Father,
your God, and our God. Amen
On Sunday a reminder that we welcome the new Canon Precentor, Philip Anderson at our 3pm live streamed service of Induction and Collation.
The Canon Theologian requires your Help
Canon Theologian Leslie Francis would like some help with his research. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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’: Liverpool Cathedral.
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 on 25th February. Read more here: Liverpool Cathedralhome/GettingInvolved/Exploring-Faith.
For those who wish to explore the Christian faith in a relaxed and unpressurised way, either as enquirers or for a ‘refresher’, Alpha On-line continues via Zoom this Thursday evening, 7.00-8.30pm. Read more here: Liverpool Cathedralhome/GettingInvolved/Exploring-Faith.
The annual Lent Lectures will be on Mondays 22nd February – 22nd March inclusive, all on-line via FaceBook and YouTube; 7.00pm-8.15pm. For more details of the first lecture, please visit: /events-calendar/lent_lecture_sankofa__for_such_a_time_as_this.
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
Micah Liverpool Shopping List
Micah’s most needed items at the moment are dry cereal, UHT milk, and toiletries (toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soap). Donations are always welcome throughout the winter months!
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 fast approaching, 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.
All profits from the shop directly support the ever increasing work of Liverpool Cathedral.