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Sunday, 18 June 2017
No photos this week as Dr Lesley was not in church today and I had not brought my camera. Many apologies.

Father Roger preached as Father Stephen is still away.

Being Matins we had Psalm 100 "O be joyful in the Lord" which was repeated in the choir anthem as they sang Stanford's "Jubilate Deo" from his Morning, Communion and Evening Service in B flat, Op 10.

Father Roger's sermon reflected the second reading from Matthew outlining 3 things the church requires, Mission, Staff and Clear Priorities. We should be saddened that people are lost and have lost direction. Christian faith was a less alien concept in centuries past.  Few now have insight into the meaning of Christmas and Easter.  They now lack confidence in God to bring good from evil, life from death. The Christian teaching of children now has to compete with myriad other activities. Christians should 1) proclaim the good news, 2) teach, baptise and nurture, 3)give loving service, 4) challenge unjust structures in society and 5) safeguard creation and the life of the earth.

We are all sinners, but sin has different meaning to different people depending n where they are in society.  Tolerance needs scrutiny.  Life is not easy and we are called to value all, but not to tolerate everything. Sin is about a tarnished creation, not a list of naughty deeds, the less than perfect, but we may not be to blame for it.  It is more about what we do with the hand we have been dealt.
Sunday, 11 June 2017
This morning our 10 o'clock Eucharist was celebrated by Father Roger, as Father Stephen is on leave. It is Trinity Sunday, and so we were thinking about the mystery of the Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In his sermon Father Roger talked about the image of the three concentric rings, he gave us each an example of the image on paper, two rings together makes a chain, but the three rings together intertwine in a more complex way, a good analogy of the Trinity! The Choir sang a setting of 'Holy holy holy' by Tchaikovsky  as the anthem. There was coffee after the service.

Do get your tickets for the Chichester Voices concert on the 2nd of July, they are available from Janet Harland. Proceeds to the RNLI.

Sunday, 4 June 2017
This morning, the first Sunday in June, was our Family Service. We celebrated Pentecost, but also took the opportunity to have our Rogation Walk. As the boundaries of our Parish stretch from Selsey up to Donnington and over to Birdham  we modify our walk to the environs of the Church! We started in the Church, with our notices,and an opening hymn and prayer. We then walked, first to the barn in Church Farm Lane, then to the new extension of the grave yard, which is adjacent to Mr Spiby's land, where some calves came to see us. We then walked down to Russetts where Mr Harland's fish were blessed, into the garden of Scantlands, and finally into the Fete field thanks to Mr Torrance, where Jane Robinson's horses were grazing. At each stop we had a reading from Genesis, a prayer and a verse of All things Bright and Beautiful. We walked through the Vicarage drive, past our nearly completed new building to the South door of the Church for our final hymn and prayers. Rogation comes from the Latin 'Rogere'  to ask, and our prayers for a successful harvest are made on this day. Many thanks to all who took part, who allowed access to their land, or animals, and to Miss Beryl Rodd who accompanied us on the Piano.

Monday, 29 May 2017
This morning our Eucharist at 10 am was celebrated by Father Stephen. The Gospel reading was from St John Chapter 17, and Father Stephen expanded on this in his sermon. This Chapter which is sometimes called Jesus' High Priestly Prayer, in which he prays to the Father for those who follow him after he has left this earth, all believers for all time.We are to be in the world, but not of the world, spiritual and faithful, and God will protect us from evil. A heartening message in such difficult times.

The Choir sang 'God is gone up' by Croft as the anthem. There was coffee after the service

Next week we will have a double celebration of Pentecost and also our Rogation walk. As we shall be walking around outside, do bring weatherproofing and sturdy footwear!!

Please put the concert by Chichester Voices on 2nd of July at 3:00 pm in your Diary, tickets available form Janet Harland!

Our new building is nearly finished!! Read more >

Saturday, 27 May 2017
This Thursday evening at 7:30 we celebrated the Eucharist of the Ascension. On a beautiful early summer evening we were delighted to have in the congregation our newly confirmed young people, Jessica, Maggie, Ben and Hugo. Their confirmation by Bishop Mark took place on Tuesday evening.

We sang traditional Ascension tide hymns, and Father Stephen preached on the two descriptions of the Ascension from St Luke, pointing out that we now look forward to Pentecost and the coming of the Holy Spirit.

We left Church while it was still light enjoying the beauty of early summer remembering that God loves us.
Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Sunday, 21 May 2017
This Sunday morning our 10 am service was Mattins. It was also the 50th anniversary of Father Roger becoming a Deacon, quite an achievement! Father Stephen conducted the service and Father Roger preached. The Choir and Congregation sang the Venite (chant by J Turle), and the Benedictus, (chant by S Wesley) and Psalm 66. The Choir also sang the Te Deum in the setting in B Flat by CV Stanford . The Anthem was 'O for a closer walk with God' also by CV Stanford.
In his sermon, Father Roger, who produced an hour glass to ensure his sermon did not run over time, rather than speaking on the readings for today, he told us something of being a deacon and a priest. Starting in the Diocese of Portsmouth on Hayling Island, via the Dioceses of Guildford and St Asaph to mention but two, to his happy association with us at St Mary our Lady. It has been a long and fruitful ministry which we are delighted to be celebrating with Roger and Christina. Following the service we enjoyed a piece of cake and a glass of 'Fizz' and were able to present Father Roger and Christina with tokens of our appreciation, Many Congratulations to them both!