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Sunday, 15 August 2021
This morning our 10 am service was a Sung Matins. On a grey a drizzly morning we met for prayers and singing, lead on this occasion by our two Church Wardens, Chris and Janet. Archdeacon Luke had hoped to be with us, but events elsewhere in the diocese called him away, but he hopes to be with us for our family service in September. We took great pleasure in all being able to sing the Psalm, Canticles, and some stirring hymns now we are all allowed to sing!
Our readings, given below, were from the King James edition of the Bible, including the story of Jonah, were read by Janet.
We remembered in our prayers the people of Plymouth, those involved in the fast moving situation in Afghanistan, and all those living with grief and uncertainty. We also said the General Thanksgiving and 
closed with the Grace.

We look forward to a new incumbent when the right person is directed to us by Our Lord, but we continue to worship and pray together in the interim, and to adapt to every circumstance!

Lovely flowers outside the Parish Rooms

Coma and rest awhile, inside the church or in the church yard peaceful places to rest and reflect.


 8am Holy Communion

Ephesians 5:15-20

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Ephesians

Brothers and sisters,

Be careful then how you live, 
not as unwise people but as wise, 

making the most of the time, 
because the days are evil. 

So do not be foolish, 
but understand what the will of the Lord is. 

Do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; 
but be filled with the Spirit, 

as you sing psalms and hymns 
and spiritual songs among yourselves, 
singing and making melody to the Lord in your hearts, 

giving thanks to God the Father at all times and for everything 
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

John 6:51-58

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

Jesus said to the crowd:

"I am the living bread that came down from heaven. 
Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; 
and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, 
“How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

So Jesus said to them, 
“Very truly, I tell you, 
unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 
you have no life in you. 

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, 
and I will raise them up on the last day; 

for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. 

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me,
and I in them. 

Just as the living Father sent me, 
and I live because of the Father, 
so whoever eats me will live because of me. 

This is the bread that came down from heaven, 
not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. 
But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

10am Sung Mattins

Jonah 1

1Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

2Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

3But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

4But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

5Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

6So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

7And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

8Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

9And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

10Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

11Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

12And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

13Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

14Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.

15So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

16Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

17Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

2 Peter 3:14-end

14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

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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