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Sunday, 6 June 2021
 This morning we set about ‘Beating the bounds’-not of the parish-but of the churchyard. Due to the current Covid regulations our Rogation walk was restricted to only consecrated ground. After singing ‘Morning has broken’ we walked to the kissing gate area and prayed for the arable farm down Church Farm Lane. We continued then to the extension to the churchyard and saw that Chris Spiby had put a few of his cows in the adjacent field. The children among us were delighted to see them!  We prayed for all farmers who have animals which provide us with food. After that we thought about the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, and we were reminded of the contribution of insects as Jane Robinson had brought a hive, minus bees, for us to see. Continuing on we prayed for all domestic animals and appreciated the presence of two pet dogs walking with us. Then, at the north gate with thanked God for our gardens and the green spaces. Finally, we gathered at the church entrance where, after a prayer, we sang ‘For the beauty of the earth’. Father Roger then said a final blessing.


2 Corinthians 4:13 - 5:1

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians.

Just as we have the same spirit of faith 
that is in accordance with scripture—
“I believed, and so I spoke”—
we also believe, and so we speak, 

because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus 
will raise us also with Jesus, 
and will bring us with you into his presence. 

Yes, everything is for your sake, 
so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, 
may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

So we do not lose heart. 
Even though our outer nature is wasting away, 
our inner nature is being renewed day by day. 

For this slight momentary affliction 
is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, 

because we look not at what can be seen 
but at what cannot be seen; 
for what can be seen is temporary, 
but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, 
we have a building from God, 
a house not made with hands, 
eternal in the heavens.

Mark 3:20-35

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark.

The crowd came together again, 
so that they could not even eat. 

When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, 
for people were saying, “He has gone out of his mind.” 

And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, 
“He has Beelzebul, 
and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.” 

And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, 
“How can Satan cast out Satan? 

If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 

And if a house is divided against itself, 
that house will not be able to stand. 

And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, 
he cannot stand, but his end has come. 

But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property 
without first tying up the strong man; 
then indeed the house can be plundered.

“Truly I tell you, 
people will be forgiven for their sins 
and whatever blasphemies they utter; 

but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit 
can never have forgiveness, 
but is guilty of an eternal sin”— 

for they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”

Then his mother and his brothers came; 
and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. 

A crowd was sitting around him; 
and they said to him, 
“Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, 
asking for you.” 

And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?” 

And looking at those who sat around him, he said, 
“Here are my mother and my brothers! 

Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

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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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