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Sunday, 18 August 2019
The third Sunday of August, and we arrived for Mattins at 10 am in a downpour! However by the time we went across to the Parish rooms for coffee the sky was blue and the sun was out. This morning, we were delighted to have James Roriston playing for us, as Joanna was having a very well deserved break. We sang the Psalm, canticles, and Hymns to his accompaniment, but again there was no anthem as the choir is also on holiday!

Father Stephen spoke about the passage in the Gospel referring to the division that Our Lord tells us his message will bring. This is a difficult idea that division even in families will be a result of the Kingdom, but we must keep our hearts and minds on the message of Our Lord.

After the service we had coffee in the rooms before returning home in sunshine

This morning we met at 10 am on a rather unseasonably stormy Sunday morning for our Parish Eucharist. As it is August the Choir is not in session, so there was no anthem this morning, but we sang some well known hymns with great enjoyment, to Joanna's accompaniment.
The readings today  from Hebrews and St Luke told us about faith and Father Stephen continued this theme in his sermon.
There was coffee after the service

Sunday, 28 July 2019
This morning we met at 10 am for a parish Eucharist, Father Stephen and Father Roger were both with us, Father Stephen preached the sermon, the Gospel to day was from St Luke and recounts Our Lord teaching the disciples to pray, using what we call the Lord's Prayer. Father Stephen spoke of the intimacy of our relationship with God, he is our Father, and the close daily relationship in our lives, and yet we hallow or make Holy his name, The whole of Christian Devotion is wrapped up in this one straightforward prayer.

The Choir  sang 'O Lord my God' by Samuel Sebastian Wesley as the Anthem.

At coffee after the service there was lots of talk about the Fete yesterday! Having woken to a downpour,  by midday the rain had stopped and the afternoon was dry and cloudy with sunny periods, perfect Fete weather. We were happy to welcome a very good crowd to buy from the stalls, listen to the Chichester City Band, attend the Dog Show, and have a go at various side shows. The Mini Show had nearly 50 entries and very splendid vegetables and floral displays were on show in the Parish Rooms, while in the Church there was an exhibition of paintings by local artists. There was a beer tent, a barbque and the best ice cream in West Sussex on sale from Caroline's Dairy. An excellent time was had by all!!

Some of the Mini Show entries
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
The third Sunday of July, and after some most welcome rain, we met for worship at 10 am. Father Stephen returned to us refreshed from his holidays, and he preached a sermon on the theme of Hospitality, which had been the subject of our readings, the Old testament from Genesis and the story of the Angels visiting Abraham, and from the New Testament the story of Matha and Mary.

The Choir sang the Benedictus in the setting by CV stanford in B flat, and as the Anthem Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring by J S Bach, ably conducted by James Roriston and accompanied as ever by Joanna Chivers.

The notices were all about the Fete which is on Saturday, we hope to welcome you all between 2 and 4 on the Vicarage Field!

Monday, 8 July 2019
This morning after a a week of lovely weather we woke up to most welcome rain! The 10 am service today was our family service, and we made the focus of our worship Sea Sunday. The hymns had a nautical theme, and the Sunday School accompanied by some Adults presented a meditation on the Sea, reading poems with different aspects of the Sea in our lives, finishing with a small group of singers performing Crossing the Bar. We were joined by Gavin Marshall, who is a serving Naval Officer, who read the Mariners Prayer , Gavin's family are long time Sidlesham parishioners.

Father Roger was the Celebrant for the Eucharist, and the choir sang  'A new commandment' by Peter Nardone as the anthem. The final hymn was 'Eternal Father Strong to Save' rounding off our Sea Sunday service.

There was coffee after the service and by the time we left, the rain had almost stopped.

The Fete is 3 weeks away!!! Dont forget to send in our entries for the mini show!!!!

Sunday, 30 June 2019
This morning at our 10 am Eucharist we celebrated the Feast of St Peter of St Paul. Father Roger was the Celebrant today as Father Stephen is taking a break. The first reading was the story of St Peter's miraculous escape from prison, and in his sermon Father Roger told us that there are some churches in England dedicated to St Peter ad Vincula  literally St Peter in Chains, indeed Father Roger and Christina were married in a church with such a dedication, he contrasted the simple fisherman, St Peter with the educated St Paul, perhaps an 'Odd Couple' but bringing together the man who knew Our Lord personally, and the man who took the message out to the gentiles. A powerful combination.

As it was a 5th Sunday the choir sang the Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei  in the setting by Herbert Sumsion, and the anthem was 'Give us the wings of faith' by Bulloch. After the service there was coffee in the Parish Rooms.

The Fete draws ever nearer, Jamjars with lids needed for the Tombolla, and any contributions to stalls. Do enter your flowers, produce, and craft work in the Mini Show, entry form in the Parish Magazine!

Monday, 24 June 2019
This morning we met at 10 am for a Parish Eucharist, celebrating the birth of St John the Baptist.. Our readings, from St Paul and St Luke, described the back ground to and birth of St John the Baptist, and in his sermon, Father Stephen discussed the role of St John as the forerunner of Our Lord. He talked about the Salvation won for us by the cross and how we have not been left alone, but are supported in our journey through life by the Holy Spirit.

The Choir sang 'Tantum Ergo' in the setting by Louis Vierne as the anthem.

Excellent news in the notices, the lovely concert last week by Chichester Voices raised £716 for Sage House, our local dementia charity, Fantastic!!

The Fete (July 27th) approaches fast, Donations of Jam Jars (clean with lids) for the Jam Jar Tombola, for books and for clothes for the boutique all requested now!!

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 Matins

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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