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Wednesday, 17 February 2021
 Joel 2.1-2 and 12-17

A reading from the prophet Joel.

Blow the trumpet in Zion; 
sound the alarm on my holy mountain! 
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, 
for the day of the Lord is coming, it is near— 

a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness!
 Like blackness spread upon the mountains 
a great and powerful army comes; 
their like has never been from of old, 
nor will be again after them in ages to come. 

Yet even now, says the Lord, 
return to me with all your heart, 
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; 

rend your hearts and not your clothing. 
Return to the Lord, your God, 
for he is gracious and merciful, 
slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, 
and relents from punishing. 

Who knows whether he will not turn and relent, 
and leave a blessing behind him, 
a grain offering and a drink offering 
for the Lord, your God? 

Blow the trumpet in Zion; 
sanctify a fast; 
call a solemn assembly; 

gather the people. 
Sanctify the congregation; 
assemble the aged; 
gather the children, even infants at the breast. 
Let the bridegroom leave his room, 
and the bride her canopy. 

Between the vestibule and the altar 
let the priests, the ministers of the Lord, weep. 
Let them say, "Spare your people, O Lord, 
and do not make your heritage a mockery,
 a byword among the nations.
 Why should it be said among the peoples, 
"Where is their God?' " 


Matthew 6.1-6 and 16-21

Hear the gospel of ourLord Jesus Christ according to Matthew.

Jesus said to his disciples,

"Beware of practicing your piety before others 
in order to be seen by them; 
for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 

So whenever you give alms, 
do not sound a trumpet before you, 
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, 
so that they may be praised by others. 
Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 

But when you give alms, 
do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 

so that your alms may be done in secret; 
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

And whenever you pray, 
do not be like the hypocrites; 
for they love to stand and pray 
in the synagogues and at the street corners, 
so that they may be seen by others. 
Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

But whenever you pray, 
go into your room and shut the door 
and pray to your Father who is in secret; 
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

And whenever you fast,
 do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, 
for they disfigure their faces 
so as to show others that they are fasting. 
Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 

But when you fast, 
put oil on your head and wash your face, 

so that your fasting may be seen not by others 
but by your Father who is in secret; 
and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, 
where moth and rust consume 
and where thieves break in and steal; 

but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, 
where neither moth nor rust consumes 
and where thieves do not break in and steal. 

For where your treasure is, 
there your heart will be also. 

Service Times

Services are suspended.

The church is open during daylight hours for personal prayer and reflection.


Useful links


Here are some links to resources you may find helpful:


  1. Chichester Cathedral will be live streaming services. For the Eucharist and order of service Click here before 10:00am Sunday and follow the instructions.
  2. The BBC Daily Service is available here.
  3. Prayer for today.
  4. The C of E youtube channel.
  5. We will be updating Fr Stephens Message page on a regular basis.
  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.