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Sunday, 10 October 2021
 On an autumnal morning we met at 10 am for a Parish Eucharist. Today we were delighted to welcome again the Archdeacon, Father Luke, who also preached.
The Gospel was from St Mark (see below) and Father Luke talked about how easy it is for us to become distracted by our possessions and loose sight of the way to the Kingdom, which we can only achieve through God's love. He gave us much food for thought!
The choir sang Tantum Ergo in the setting by Vierne  as the anthem. The Sunday School children joined us for communion and our final hymn, Love Divine all Loves Excelling was a rousing send off from the service. 
There was coffee in the rooms after the service.
We are lucky to still have our Harvest flowers in the church.


Hebrews 4:12-16

A reading from the letter to the Hebrews.

The word of God is living and active, 
sharper than any two-edged sword, 
piercing until it divides soul from spirit, 
joints from marrow; 
it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 

And before him no creature is hidden, 
but all are naked and laid bare 
to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account.

Since, then, we have a great high priest 
who has passed through the heavens, 
Jesus, the Son of God, 
let us hold fast to our confession. 

For we do not have a high priest 
who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, 
but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, 
yet without sin. 

Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, 
so that we may receive mercy 
and find grace to help in time of need.

Mark 10:17-31

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

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, 
a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, 
“Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 

Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good?
 No one is good but God alone. 

You know the commandments: 
‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; 
You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; 
You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” 

He said to Jesus,
“Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” 

Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, 
“You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, 
and give the money to the poor, 
and you will have treasure in heaven; 
then come, follow me.” 

When he heard this, 
he was shocked and went away grieving, 
for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, 
“How hard it will be for those who have wealth 
to enter the kingdom of God!” 

And the disciples were perplexed at these words. 
But Jesus said to them again,
“Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! 

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle 
than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 

They were greatly astounded and said to one another,
“Then who can be saved?”

Jesus looked at them and said,
“For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; 
for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, 
“Look, we have left everything and followed you.” 

Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, 
there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters 
or mother or father or children or fields, 
for my sake and for the sake of the good news,

who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—
houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, 
with persecutions—
and in the age to come eternal life. 

But many who are first will be last, 
and the last will be first.”

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.

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