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Friday, 2 April 2021
Hebrews 10:16-25

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

The Holy Spirit testifies to us, for after saying,

“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, 
says the Lord:
I will put my laws in their hearts,
and I will write them on their minds,”

he also adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

Where there is forgiveness of these, 
there is no longer any offering for sin.

Therefore, my friends,
since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 

by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain
(that is, through his flesh),

and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 

let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, 
with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience 
and our bodies washed with pure water. 

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, 
for he who has promised is faithful. 

And let us consider how to provoke one another 
to love and good deeds, 

not neglecting to meet together,
as is the habit of some, 
but encouraging one another, 
and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

John 18:1-19

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

After they had eaten the supper,

Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron valley 
to a place where there was a garden, 
which he and his disciples entered. 

Now Judas, who betrayed him, also knew the place, 
because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 

So Judas brought a detachment of soldiers 
together with police from the chief priests and the Pharisees, 
and they came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 

Then Jesus, knowing all that was to happen to him, 
came forward and asked them, 
“For whom are you looking?” 

They answered, “Jesus of Nazareth.”
Jesus replied, “I am he.”
Judas, who betrayed him, was standing with them. 

When Jesus said to them, “I am he,”
they stepped back and fell to the ground. 

Again he asked them, “Whom are you looking for?” 
And they said, “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he.
So if you are looking for me, let these men go.” 

This was to fulfill the word that he had spoken, 
“I did not lose a single one of those whom you gave me.” 

Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, 
drew it, struck the high priest’s slave, 
and cut off his right ear. 
The slave’s name was Malchus. 

Jesus said to Peter, 
“Put your sword back into its sheath. 
Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?”

So the soldiers, their officer, and the Jewish police
arrested Jesus and bound him. 

First they took him to Annas, 
who was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, 
the high priest that year. 

Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews 
that it was better to have one person die for the people.

Simon Peter and another disciple followed Jesus. 
Since that disciple was known to the high priest, 
he went with Jesus into the courtyard of the high priest, 

but Peter was standing outside at the gate. 
So the other disciple, who was known to the high priest, 
went out, spoke to the woman who guarded the gate, 
and brought Peter in. 

The woman said to Peter,
“You are not also one of this man’s disciples, are you?” 
He said, “I am not.” 

Now the slaves and the police had made a charcoal fire 
because it was cold, 
and they were standing around it and warming themselves. 
Peter also was standing with them and warming himself.

Then the high priest questioned Jesus 
about his disciples and about his teaching. 

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10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
10:00am Parish Eucharist

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

Fourth Sunday in the Month
10:00am Parish Eucharist


  • The 8:00am said Holy Communion will recommence for all Sundays beginning Sunday 2nd May 2021

  • 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. 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. 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.
  6. COVID-19 advice from the Diocese of Chichester here.

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