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Sunday, 31 October 2021

This morning we met at 10 am for a Parish Eucharist, Having battled our way through torrential rain, once the service was underway the sun came out! Today we celebrated All Saints, so our hymns were those traditional for the feast, and Father Roger spoke about the Saints (Militant and Triumphant) in his address. 

This also being a fifth Sunday. choir sang the Sanctus, Benedictus and Agnus Dei in the setting by Darke in F, and the anthem was 'Give us the wings of Faith' setting by Bullock. 

There was coffee after the service.

The year is turning and we are approaching Remembrance Sunday, Advent and Christmas, On Remembrance Sunday our service and act of Remembrance will start at 10:45 to encompass the two minutes silence, and will proceed to the War Memorial for the laying of wreaths.

The tickets are now available for the Christmas Grand Draw, If you receive the Parishioner you will have found some tickets inside, please do sell them, and if you can sell more contact Janet or Chris the Church Wardens. If you haven't had any, and would like to buy tickets, also contact Janet or Chris.

The Christmas Market will take place between 11 am and 3 pm on Saturday 4th of December, there will be stalls, plants and we are serving hot food such as you would find at a German Christmas Market, including mulled wine and spiced apple juice, Bratwurst, Kartoffelpuffers, and Raclette on bread. Come, buy, and try something new for lunch!!

There is a Christmas tree competition in association with the market, design a Christmas scene including small decorated tree (the whole to fit on a card table) these will be on display at the Market! Sign up at the back of the Church.
Finally the last Churchyard working party of the year will be on Saturday next the 6th of November, all are welcome to come along and help.

Revelations 21:1-6a

A reading from the book of Revelation.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; 
for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, 
and the sea was no more. 

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, 
coming down out of heaven from God, 
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;

he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”

And the one who was seated on the throne said, 
“See, I am making all things new.” 
Also he said, “Write this, 
for these words are trustworthy and true.” 

Then he said to me, 
“It is done! 
I am the Alpha and the Omega, 
the beginning and the end. 

John 11:32-44

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

 When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, 
she knelt at his feet and said to him, 
“Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 

When Jesus saw her weeping, 
and the Jews who came with her also weeping, 
he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 

He said, “Where have you laid him?” 
They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 

Jesus began to weep. 

So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 

But some of them said, 
“Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man
have kept this man from dying?”

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. 
It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 

Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 
Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, 
“Lord, already there is a stench 
because he has been dead four days.” 

Jesus said to her, 
“Did I not tell you that if you believed, 
you would see the glory of God?” 

So they took away the stone.
 And Jesus looked upward and said, 
“Father, I thank you for having heard me. 

I knew that you always hear me, 
but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, 
so that they may believe that you sent me.” 

When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, 
“Lazarus, come out!” 

The dead man came out, 
his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, 
and his face wrapped in a cloth.
Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

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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