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Sunday, 26 February 2017
Our 10 am Eucharist this mornig was celebrated by Father Stephen. This is the last Sunday before Lent. Ash Wednesday is the 1st of March, when there will be a Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 7:30 pm. Do come along and start Lent with this moving service.

The readings today were from St Peter and from the Gospel of St Matthew, the story of the Transfiguration. In his sermon Father Stephen developed the theme of the Transfiguration, when Jesus was visited by Moses and Elijah during a period of private prayer with his disciples. Moses representing the Law, and Elijah the Prophets, underlying the fact that Jesus was the completion of the Law and predicted by the Prophets. As Jesus and his disciples descend from the mountain to the plain and rejoin their followers, we have an illustration of the two aspects of Christianity, its mystical side and its practical side. Father Stephen told us that in a lifetime as a Christian and 30 years in Ministry, he had tried to follow the practical side of the religion, but felt he had not got to the bottom of the mystical side, and so the adventure of the Christian Life goes on!

The Choir sang 'Here O Lord I see you face to face' by Percy Whitlock as the Anthem. There was coffee after the service.

Our next event, the Knit-a thon, will take place next Sunday the 4th of March at Russetts, do come and knit, or sponsor one of those who will be!

As we enter Lent do join us in the Vicarage on Thursday evenings at 7:30 for our Lent Course. We will be studying St Mark's Gospel.

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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