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Sunday, 5 September 2021
This morning, the first Sunday in September,  was our Family Service. It was lovely to see so many families and children back with us after the holidays. We were fortunate to have the Arch Deacon with us as the celebrant, and it was also a special day because we celebrate our Patronal Festival. St Mary our Lady has quite a few feast days, but we have chosen the celebration of her birth as our special Festival.
We had a lovely reading of a poem about St Mary and the Archdeacon preached, picking up the Gospel from Luke where Mary sings the poem we call the Magnificat. We learned that Magna means big and animus means our soul or essence. So by being magnanimous we expand our souls in the glory of God, and as we go out this week, back to school and work we should be magnanimous in all we do!

The Choir is back in session so as well as singing some well known hymns about St Mary, the ladies sang a setting of the Ave Verum by Faure as the anthem.

We had Coffee after the service!!! For the first time in over 18 months we were able to meet and chat after the service with suitable precautions. We left Church on a beautiful late summer morning refreshed and renewed for the week ahead.


Galatians 4:4-7

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Galatians.

When the fullness of time had come, 
God sent his Son, 
born of a woman, born under the law, 

in order to redeem those who were under the law, 
so that we might receive adoption as children. 

And because you are children, 
God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, 
crying, “Abba! Father!” 

So you are no longer a slave but a child,
 and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Luke 1:46-55

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

 Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,

and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.

He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;

he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,

according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

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. 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.

Please note that St Mary's are not responsible for the contents of external links

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