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Sunday, 24 February 2019
A beautiful sunny day today and the churchyard was lovely.

There was a lovely display in church of the Sunday School's Candlemas work

The Gospel today was from Luke, telling of the time when Jesus and his disciples were in a boat.  Jesus fell asleep and a storm blew up.  The disciples were very afraid and woke Jesus who quelled the storm.  All of our hymns today had a watery theme,   Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us, Fierce Raged The Tempest, The Spacious Firmament On High and Eternal Father, Strong To Save. The anthem sung by the choir, Crossing the Bar, by Alfred Lord Tennyson and set to music by H Parry has an especial watery theme.

The sermon was also based on the gospel and the story of Peter walking on water with Jesus until he lost faith and started to sink. We glory in God's creation, it being a natural response to the beauty of  his creation. There is lots to discover in the universe, the seas and yet mankind pollute. The Gospel shows us how much we don't trust in God.  The disciples were fearful of the storm despite having God's own son with them. Jesus subdued the storm and by doing this showed he had dominion over the evil thought to be under the sea. We are made in God's image and yet are marred by the evil deeds mankind still does.  We can fight against this by good deeds. Trust in the Lord to quell our inner psychological disturbances.

The Sunday school also had a watery theme from the Gospel, and made blue jelly with an orange segment boat, complete with sail, and jelly baby Jesus and Disciples.  I'm sure they were fun to make and fun to eat!

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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