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Sunday, 15 May 2022
This morning our 10 am service was Mattins, taken by Father Roger. We came to Church through some welcome rain, which we have not seen for weeks, so many gardeners gave thanks!
We said the Canticles and psalm as we did not have Joanna with us this week but Sylvia kindly played the Hymns again.
The Banns were read for three couples who will marry at St Marys this summer, and our prayers and good wishes go to them as they prepare.

Still looking for some Car Park attendants for the Fete!

There was coffee after the service.

Next week at 10 am we will be doing our Rogation walk, hopefully in dry weather. Father John will lead us around the surrounding area of the church and we will bless all Gods lands and creatures. This is an enjoyable walk, starting and finishing in the Church, with a visit to some local inhabitants, It is not a great distance but some of it is over uneven ground so stout footwear is recommended! 









8 am Holy Communion 

Acts 11:1-18

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Te apostles and the believers who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles 
had also accepted the word of God. 

So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, 
the circumcised believers criticized him, saying, 

‘Why did you go to uncircumcised men and eat with them?’ 

Then Peter began to explain it to them, step by step, saying, 

‘I was in the city of Joppa praying, 
and in a trance I saw a vision. 
There was something like a large sheet coming down from heaven, 
being lowered by its four corners; 
and it came close to me. 

As I looked at it closely I saw four-footed animals, 
beasts of prey, reptiles, and birds of the air. 

I also heard a voice saying to me, 
“Get up, Peter; kill and eat.”

But I replied, 
“By no means, Lord; 
for nothing profane or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” 

But a second time the voice answered from heaven, 
“What God has made clean, you must not call profane.” 

This happened three times; 
then everything was pulled up again to heaven. 

At that very moment three men, 
sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. 

The Spirit told me to go with them 
and not to make a distinction between them and us. 
These six brothers also accompanied me, 
and we entered the man’s house. 

He told us how he had seen the angel standing in his house and saying, 
“Send to Joppa and bring Simon, who is called Peter; 

he will give you a message by which you and your entire household will be saved.” 

And as I began to speak, 
the Holy Spirit fell upon them 
just as it had upon us at the beginning. 

And I remembered the word of the Lord, 
how he had said, “John baptized with water, 
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” 

If then God gave them the same gift 
that he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, 
who was I that I could hinder God?’ 

When they heard this, they were silenced. 
And they praised God, saying, 
‘Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.’


John 13:31-35

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

During the supper, when Judas had gone out,Jesus said, 
‘Now the Son of Man has been glorified, 
and God has been glorified in him. 

If God has been glorified in him, 
God will also glorify him in himself 
and will glorify him at once. 

Little children, I am with you only a little longer. 
You will look for me; 
and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, 
“Where I am going, you cannot come.” 

I give you a new commandment, 
that you love one another. 
Just as I have loved you, 
you also should love one another. 

By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, 
if you have love for one another.’


10am Matins

A reading from the second book of Samuel.

4And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,

5Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in?

6Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle.

7In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?

8Now therefore so shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over my people, over Israel:

9And I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight, and have made thee a great name, like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth.

10Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

11And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.

12And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

13He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.


Acts 2:14, 22-32

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

14But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. 

22Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:

23Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:

24Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

25For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

29Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day.

30Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

31He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

32This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.
 
Sunday, 8 May 2022
This morning we met at 10 am on a glorious spring morning for our parish Eucharist celebrated by Father Roger. At last spring is looking as though it is here! 
We were without Joanna today, so we were accompanied on the piano by Sylvia, and the choir sat in the south transept to be near to the piano. We continue to sing Easter hymns, and this Sunday the theme of Jesus as a shepard of his sheep continues.
The reading from the Acts of the Apostles (see below) tells the story of the miraculous raising of Dorcas from the dead, and Father Roger told us more about this story and the whole issue of miracles in his address, which was very thought provoking and interesting.

We heard the Banns for 3 couples who are planning to marry at St Mary's this summer and our prayers and good wishes go to each couple as they prepare.

There was coffee after the service in the rooms.

Once again we are still looking for help with the Fete! Car park attendants are in short supply, Chris and Janet would be very please to hear from you if you could do this important job!!



















Acts 9:36-43

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

In Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, 
which in Greek is Dorcas. 
She was devoted to good works and acts of charity.

At that time she became ill and died. 
When they had washed her, 
they laid her in a room upstairs. 

Since Lydda was near Joppa, 
the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, 
sent two men to him with the request, 
‘Please come to us without delay.’ 

So Peter got up and went with them; 
and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. 
All the widows stood beside him, weeping 
and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made 
while she was with them. 

Peter put all of them outside, 
and then he knelt down and prayed. 
He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ 
Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. 

He gave her his hand and helped her up. 
Then calling the saints and widows, 
he showed her to be alive. 

This became known throughout Joppa, 
and many believed in the Lord. 

Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time 
with a certain Simon, a tanner.


John 10:22-30

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. 
It was winter, 

and Jesus was walking in the temple, 
in the portico of Solomon. 

So the Jews gathered around him 
and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? 
If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ 

Jesus answered, 
‘I have told you, and you do not believe. 
The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; 

but you do not believe, 
because you do not belong to my sheep. 

My sheep hear my voice. 
I know them, and they follow me. 

I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. 
No one will snatch them out of my hand. 

What my Father has given me is greater than all else, 
and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. 

The Father and I are one.’
Sunday, 1 May 2022
Today we had our Family Eucharist, and Father Luke was with us as the celebrant. This Sunday the Gospel story was of the Disciples meeting the risen Jesus on the beach after they had been fishing and eating breakfast together. Father Luke told us something about this story, for example we are told they caught 153 fish, which seems oddly precise but that was the total number of fish known at that time, so it signifies a gathering in of all living creatures. Similarly he told us that in the gospels Jesus says 'do not be afraid' 365 times, once for each day of the year. Father Luke also talked about the roots of the word Alleluia using as an example the great sound made when Wales scores a try in Rugby at the Millennium stadium, Father Luke being Welsh himself was perhaps more in tune with this analogy than the majority of the congregation who are England supporters!!
There was coffee after the service.
All hands on deck, the Fete is back!! If you can give a hand, before or on the day please contact the Church Wardens!!





 Acts 9:1-6

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Saul, 
still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, 
went to the high priest 

and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, 
so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, 
he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. 

Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, 
suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. 

He fell to the ground 
and heard a voice saying to him, 
"Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" 

He asked, "Who are you, Lord?" 
The reply came, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. 

But get up and enter the city, 
and you will be told what you are to do." 

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless 
because they heard the voice but saw no one. 

Saul got up from the ground, 
and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; 
so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 

For three days he was without sight, 
and neither ate nor drank.


John 21:1-19

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Jesus showed himself again to the disciples 
by the Sea of Tiberias; 
and he showed himself in this way. 

Gathered there together were Simon Peter, 
Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, 
the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. 

Simon Peter said to them, "I am going fishing." 
They said to him, "We will go with you." 
They went out and got into the boat, 
but that night they caught nothing. 

Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; 
but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 

Jesus said to them, 
"Children, you have no fish, have you?" 
They answered him, "No." 

He said to them, 
"Cast the net to the right side of the boat, 
and you will find some." 
So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in 
because there were so many fish. 

That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, 
"It is the Lord!" 
When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, 
he put on some clothes, for he was naked, 
and jumped into the sea. 

But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, 
for they were not far from the land, 
only about a hundred yards off. 

When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, 
with fish on it, and bread. 

Jesus said to them, 
"Bring some of the fish that you have just caught." 

So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, 
full of large fish, a hundred fifty-three of them; 
and though there were so many, the net was not torn. 

Jesus said to them, "Come and have breakfast." 
Now none of the disciples dared to ask him,
 "Who are you?" because they knew it was the Lord. 

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, 
and did the same with the fish. 

This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples 
after he was raised from the dead. 

When they had finished breakfast, 
Jesus said to Simon Peter, 
"Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?" 
He said to him, 
"Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." 
#Jesus said to him, 
"Feed my lambs."

A second time he said to him,
 "Simon son of John, do you love me?" 
He said to him, 
"Yes, Lord; you know that I love you." 
#Jesus said to him, "Tend my sheep." 

He said to him the third time, 
"Simon son of John, do you love me?" 
Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, 
"Do you love me?" 
And he said to him, 
"Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you." 
Jesus said to him,
"Feed my sheep. 

Very truly, I tell you, 
when you were younger, 
you used to fasten your own belt 
and to go wherever you wished. 
But when you grow old, 
you will stretch out your hands,
and someone else will fasten a belt around you 
and take you where you do not wish to go."

(He said this to indicate the kind of death 
by which he would glorify God.) 
After this he said to him, 
"Follow me."
Sunday, 24 April 2022
 10am Matins

Exodus 12:1-13

1And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying,

2This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you.

3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

8And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

10And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.

12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.

13And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.


1 Peter 1:3-12

3Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

4And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

5Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

6And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.

7And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.

8And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.

9Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

10And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

11And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover.

12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD.


Address

The second reading from the First Letter of Peter, 1 Peter, takes me back 55 years. Ordination candidates below the age of thirty were, that year, required to sit an exam on two prescribed New Testament books, demonstrating a knowledge of the original Greek, and I landed on 1 Peter and the letter of James. Luther did not like the Letter of James, and famously called it an epistle of straw, but 1 Peter is a more positive experience. It has to be said that it probably wasn't simply written by St Peter. In those days you would attach someone's name to a piece of writing if you wanted to honour them and felt sure you were on their wavelength, or were descended from their original community. Had St Peter the Apostle – who was apparently Jesus' closest follower - sat down and written this, it would be on page 1 of the New Testament, not up the back! It would also be likely to include lots of actual words and sayings of Jesus himself. Instead, 1 Peter is full of the thought of St Paul, and the original Apostle Peter and St Paul were never best mates.

The Letter must be looked at for what it is, and a few features always stand out. The writer is keen about our baptism, seeing it, like Paul, as focusing our dying and rising with Christ, to an inheritance which cannot be destroyed. 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.' We are, as Christians, born again to a 'lively hope', usually now translated as a 'living hope'. The passage is sometimes quoted at funerals. You might think that all hopes are 'living' - positive. But not all hopes are the same. You might work or campaign for better housing or law or education or whatever, in the hope of benefitting society in the long term, which is very laudable, and might in due course bear fruit for some people somewhen. But the Christian hope is more 'living' in the sense that it is something vitally significant assured for the actual individual. 

Significantly, however, the thought continues to say that Christians should always be ready for testing times, perhaps arriving quite unexpectedly.  'Now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.' The thought there being that testing of our faith is not all bad: just as valuable metal has to be refined in hot circumstances.

Fr Roger
8 am Holy Communion 

Acts 5:27-32

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

When the temple police had brought the apostes, 
they had them stand before the council. 
The high priest questioned them, saying, 

"We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name,
yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching 
and you are determined to bring this man's blood on us." 

But Peter and the apostles answered, 
"We must obey God rather than any human authority. 

The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, 
whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. 

God exalted him at his right hand 
as Leader and Saviour 
that he might give repentance to Israel 
and forgiveness of sins.

And we are witnesses to these things, 
and so is the Holy Spirit whom 
God has given to those who obey him." 


John 20:19-31

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

It was evening on that day, the first day of the week, 
and the doors of the house where the disciples had met 
were locked for fear of the Jews, 
Jesus came and stood among them and said, 
"Peace be with you." 

After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. 
Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 

Jesus said to them again, 
"Peace be with you. 
As the Father has sent me, so I send you." 

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, 
"Receive the Holy Spirit. 

If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; 
if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." 

But Thomas (who was called the Twin ), one of the twelve, 
was not with them when Jesus came. 

So the other disciples told him, 
"We have seen the Lord." 
But he said to them, 
"Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, 
and put my finger in the mark of the nails 
and my hand in his side, I will not believe." 

A week later his disciples were again in the house, 
and Thomas was with them. 
Although the doors were shut, 
Jesus came and stood among them and said, 
"Peace be with you." 

Then he said to Thomas,
"Put your finger here and see my hands. 
Reach out your hand and put it in my side. 
Do not doubt but believe." 

Thomas answered him, 
"My Lord and my God!" 

Jesus said to him, 
"Have you believed because you have seen me? 
Blessed are those who have not seen 
and yet have come to believe." 

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, 
which are not written in this book. 

But these are written so that you may come to believe 
that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, 
and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Sunday, 17 April 2022

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Easter Sunday morning we met at 10 am to celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord. The Church was filled with masses of beautiful flowers, we sang traditional Easter hymns and the choir sang an Easter Carol, 'on easter day at break of day' Joanna was well enough to be with us.
The celebrant was Father John, and his sermon reflected on the joy this day brings to us all.
The Easter Garden













We took our traditional photo of the Choir after the service 
The Choir with Father John




We left after coffee on a beautiful spring morning with our hearts filled with gladness!








Acts 10:34-43 

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Peter began to speak to those assembled in the house of Cornelius: 
"I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 

but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right 
is acceptable to him. 

You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, 
preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.

That message spread throughout Judea, 
beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth 
with the Holy Spirit and with power; 
how he went about doing good 
and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, 
for God was with him. 

We are witnesses to all that he did 
both in Judea and in Jerusalem. 
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 

but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 

not to all the people but to us 
who were chosen by God as witnesses, a
nd who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 

He commanded us to preach to the people 
and to testify that he is the one ordained by God 
as judge of the living and the dead. 

All the prophets testify about him 
that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." 


John 20:1-18

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

Early on the first day of the week, 
while it was still dark,
 Mary Magdalene came to the tomb
 and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 

So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, 
the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, 
"They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, 
and we do not know where they have laid him." 

Then Peter and the other disciple set out 
and went toward the tomb. 

The two were running together, 
but the other disciple outran Peter 
and reached the tomb first. 

He bent down to look in 
and saw the linen wrappings lying there, 
but he did not go in. 

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. 
He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 

and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, 
not lying with the linen wrappings 
but rolled up in a place by itself. 

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, 
and he saw and believed; 

for as yet they did not understand the scripture, 
that he must rise from the dead. 

Then the disciples returned to their homes. 

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. 
As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 

and she saw two angels in white, 
sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, 
one at the head and the other at the feet. 

They said to her, 
"Woman, why are you weeping?" 
She said to them, 
"They have taken away my Lord, 
and I do not know where they have laid him." 

When she had said this, 
she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, 
but she did not know that it was Jesus. 

Jesus said to her, 
"Woman, why are you weeping? 
Whom are you looking for?" 
Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, 
"Sir, if you have carried him away, 
tell me where you have laid him, 
and I will take him away."

Jesus said to her, "Mary!" 
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, 
"Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). 

Jesus said to her, 
"Do not hold on to me, 
because I have not yet ascended to the Father. 
But go to my brothers and say to them, 
"I am ascending to my Father and your Father, 
to my God and your God.' " 

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, 
"I have seen the Lord"; 
and she told them that he had said these things to her.
Saturday, 16 April 2022
We met on Easter eve for a service of readings and prayers including the lighting of the new Easter candle, two Baptisms and the admission of two choristers to the choir. So the joy of Easter day is prefaced with newness and renewal!
We had a series of short readings each separated by a short silence, and then the Easter candle was prepared and lit from a small fire out in the churchyard. We passed the light from candle to candle among us and sang the Exultat. Happily Joanna was a little better and was able to play for us. Father Roger then gave his sermon.
The admission of two new choristers followed, Amelia and Dorothy had started attending choir last September, but various covid related delays had resulted in their admission at this service. They then took their places with the other junior choir to sing the solo in 'Lead me Lord' setting by Charles Wesley with the adult choir joining in the harmony parts.
This was followed by the rite of Baptism, where Amelia and her mother Jo were Baptised and received a lighted candle. 
We greeted each other with alleluias in anticipation of the resurrection tomorrow.













  




Luke 24:1-12

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

On the first day of the week, at early dawn, 
they came to the tomb, 
taking the spices that they had prepared. 

They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 

but when they went in, they did not find the body. 

While they were perplexed about this, 
suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. 

The women were terrified
and bowed their faces to the ground, 
but the men said to them, 
"Why do you look for the living among the dead? 
He is not here, but has risen. 

Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, 

that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, 
and be crucified, and on the third day rise again." 

Then they remembered his words, 

and returning from the tomb, 
they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. 

Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, 
Mary the mother of James, 
and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. 

But these words seemed to them an idle tale, 
and they did not believe them. 

But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; 
stooping and looking in, 
he saw the linen cloths by themselves; 
then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Service Times

First Sunday in the Month:
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Matins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
08:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Variations can be found in the Parish Magazine or the Calendar at the bottom of this page.

Useful links


Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:


  1. St Mary's Facebook page
  2. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  3. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  4. Prayer for today.
  5. The C of E youtube channel.
  6. Hearing You is a new phone help line launched by the Diocese of Chichester in partnership with Together in Sussex in response to the impact that Covid 19 has had on Just about the whole community. It aims to provide pastoral support and a listening ear to the recently bereaved and people directly affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
  7. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.

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