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Friday, 22 June 2018
Father Stephen is still away so Father Roger took the service today.  His sermon reflected that the readings today were congenial to those who grow things.  There are many horticultural images in the bible, sowing, pruning, grafting and harvesting. Seeds can be incredibly small like specks of dust, so gathering them can be tricky as can sowing them, so one is very happy if they grow. When Jesus chose his 12 apostles, they seemed a rather unlikely bunch, but were very successful.  They worked hard, antisocial hours as most were fishermen and these were good attributes for the apostles.

Matthew was a tax collector, Thomas questioned things, Judas was a Jewish nationalist who wanted to expel the Romans.  So the apostles were a mixed bunch much like our cabinet 2000 years later. We must let God further his kingdom through us, unlikely as it may seem. Parents can only sow seeds of Jesus in their children and try and nurture them, but other people will also help move things onward. Outcomes are not always in our hands. 

Certainty can mean a lack of faith.  If we know for certain, then there is no room for faith. We sow for God as best we can.

Stall holders are welcoming things for their stalls for the forthcoming Summer Fete.  Details in the magazine and church porch.

We are also looking for donations towards the silhouettes to commemorate the end of the First World War.  Details also in the church porch.
Monday, 11 June 2018
This morning our Eucharist was celebrated by Father Roger, as Father Stephen is away. We had a lovely summer morning, with sunshine and the church yard looking beautiful as we came into Church.
The Choir sang 'Lord for they Tender Mercy's Sake' setting by Farrant ed. Greening as the anthem.
There was coffee after the service.
The Fete is fast approaching, Stall holders are ready to recieve your donations, Jars, bottles, clothes for the boutique, all welcome! This year the Fete is on the 28th of July, and we hope to see you all there!!

Sunday, 3 June 2018
This is our Rogation walk Sunday.  We tour the locale around the church and ask God's blessing for the fruits of the earth.  As Father Stephen pointed out, Rogation is from the Latin, Rogare meaning to ask or ask for. God was kind to us and we had a beautiful morning to wander around and Joanna treated us to the piano instead of the organ.

Monday, 28 May 2018
A glorious sunny day for our Trinity Eucharist, and so we reach the ordinary time with the great feast of the Trinity. In his Sermon Father Stephen told us about his favourite subject, Religious Art! He drew on the Great altar piece of Ghent painted by the Van Eyck brothers in the 15th century, and depicting God in His three persons, as well as Adam and Eve and many other Biblical and Church characters. He pointed out that in this painting Adam and God have the same face, an indication that God is with us and in us always perhaps. The Trinity remains a glorious mystery, and yet is also present in our daily lives.

The Choir sang 'God so Loved the World' in the setting by John Stainer as the Anthem.

There was coffee in the rooms after the service.

The Fete is fast approaching, the stall holders are ready to receive, your donations for their stalls, details in the Parish Magazine and in the Church.

Next week is the Rogation Walk, so please come in suitable footwear!!!

Sunday, 20 May 2018
This morning our 10 am service celebrating the Holy Spirit's arrival was Mattins. As is our tradition we took our readings from the King James version of the Bible, and the Choir sang the Te Deum in the setting in B flat by C.V Stanford, and as the anthem 'To Father Son and Holy Ghost' by Christopher Tye (1505 to 1573)

There was coffee after the service in the new rooms.

This evening at 7:30 pm St Mary's was the host for a Confirmation Service for Churches in the Chichester Deanery. The Church was filled with the candidates, their parents and godparents and other family, and members of the church family at St Mary's. The confirmation was performed by Bishop Mark of Horsham, who preached a most inspiring sermon. After the confirmation the Bishop celebrated the Eucharist, and after communion the choir sang 'Blessed by the God and Father' by Samuel Wesley, the soprano soloist was Sarah Amos, with Lucy and Emily 2 of our junior choristers singing the responding solo part. The newly confirmed followed the Bishop out of the church carrying a lighted candle to signify that they were going out into the world to spread the light of Christ.
There was a reception after the service in the new rooms, magnificently catered by Anne and Marilyn. Every one rejoiced in the presence of our new full members of Gods Church.

Sunday, 13 May 2018
After celebrating Ascension with an evening Eucharist last Thursday we came together at 10 am this morning to further consider the Ascension and to look forward to next week and Pentecost. In his sermon Father Stephen discussed the idea that Heaven is not some distant place, but in fact very close to us. To be in the presence of God is to be in heaven so as He is all around us we are but a short step from Heaven. This idea of an internal ascension into the presence of God can be traced from Deuteronomy through the Bible, and is very present in the poetry of the early seventeenth century especially George Herbert, who's poems are use in many well known hymns.

The Choir sang 'God is gone up with a Merry Noise' by Croft as the Anthem. There was coffee after the service in the new rooms.

Next Thursday at 7:30 in the evening we will be having the Deanery Confirmation service at St
Mary's. Please do come along and support our candidates and those from other Churches in the Deanery. Bishop Mark will be conducting the Confirmation, and there will be a 'Sidlesham Tea' afterwards in the new rooms. This is such an important step for our young people becoming full members of the family of God, it is really important to support them!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Service Times

Services for the month are as follows:

First Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Mattins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Other services and variations are listed in the Calendar Section on this page or in the Parish Magazine

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