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Monday, 26 August 2013
This morning we met for our Parish Eucharist on a cooler and greyer morning than we have had of late,but the sun was shining again before the service was over. The Sundays of Trinity are mounting up, and we continue our readings from St Luke's Gospel. This morning we heard the story of Jesus healing the old lady who's back was bent over in the Synagogue, and how the president of the Synagogue objected to healing on the Sabbath. Father Stephen explored this theme in his sermon, discussing the role of healing in Christian life, and how we should strive towards inner calmness and well being in our busy lives. We sang a communion hymn as the Choir are still officially 'off duty' for August.
There was coffee after the service, and soft drinks for the children.
Wishing everyone a restful and restoring Bank Holiday!
A cool green and white theme in our flowers this week

Sunday, 18 August 2013
Matins this morning was attended by some 30 people. The morning was grey and overcast with some sharp rain showers, which are welcome after such a long dry spell. We are celebrating the feast of our patron saint, our Lady Mary, and her re-birth into heaven. Our readings, as always at matins from the King James version, included a passage from Luke's Gospel. This somewhat difficult passage in which Jesus tells of the fire and division he will bring to the earth, was set in context by Father Stephen's sermon. These words immediately precede the journey up to Jerusalem and indicate some of the anxiety Jesus feels as he anticipates the events of holy week, showing his human nature. Father Stephen emphasised that out places in heaven have been purchased by Christ's Crucifixion and Resurrection, our place here on earth is to be better human beings especially within our relationships with other people.
No anthem today, an additional hymn was sung and the psalm set for the day was psalm 82.
Joanna played the Bach Toccata and Fugue in D at the end of the service.
God is Love

Joanna and Beryl playing duets for the Bishop Janet turnng pages
We dashed home through more welcome rain.
Monday, 12 August 2013
This Sunday we came to our 10 o'clock Eucharist through some welcome rain, but by the time our service was finished the sun was out again! The Gospel this week, from St Luke, urged us to store up treasure in Heaven, and Father Stephen spoke in his sermon about the difficulty for Christians to manage the things of the world while keeping our eyes on the treasures of heaven. During the Communion we sang 'let All Mortal Flesh keep Silent' as the choir are still in recess.

the green sundays of trinity

The flowers of high summer

Sunday, 4 August 2013
This Sunday, the first of the month was our Family Service. Father Stephen was attended by a large number of young people serving as acolytes and other servers. The Service was a realy family occasion for young Jack who was Baptised during the service. The Congregation watched as the children joined Jack, his parents and godparents at the font. We all welcomed our new christian soul to the family of the church at the peace. There are no choir anthems in August, so a communion hymn was sung. After the service we had coffee in the north Transept. A lovely occasion and a true family event.

Jack, our newest christian with his parents and Fr Stephen Welcome!

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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