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17 April 2022

Christ is risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!

Easter Sunday morning we met at 10 am to celebrate the resurrection of Our Lord. The Church was filled with masses of beautiful flowers, we sang traditional Easter hymns and the choir sang an Easter Carol, 'on easter day at break of day' Joanna was well enough to be with us.
The celebrant was Father John, and his sermon reflected on the joy this day brings to us all.
The Easter Garden

We took our traditional photo of the Choir after the service 
The Choir with Father John

We left after coffee on a beautiful spring morning with our hearts filled with gladness!

Acts 10:34-43 

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

Peter began to speak to those assembled in the house of Cornelius: 
"I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 

but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right 
is acceptable to him. 

You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, 
preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all.

That message spread throughout Judea, 
beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth 
with the Holy Spirit and with power; 
how he went about doing good 
and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, 
for God was with him. 

We are witnesses to all that he did 
both in Judea and in Jerusalem. 
They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 

but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 

not to all the people but to us 
who were chosen by God as witnesses, a
nd who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 

He commanded us to preach to the people 
and to testify that he is the one ordained by God 
as judge of the living and the dead. 

All the prophets testify about him 
that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." 

John 20:1-18

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

Early on the first day of the week, 
while it was still dark,
 Mary Magdalene came to the tomb
 and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb. 

So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, 
the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, 
"They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, 
and we do not know where they have laid him." 

Then Peter and the other disciple set out 
and went toward the tomb. 

The two were running together, 
but the other disciple outran Peter 
and reached the tomb first. 

He bent down to look in 
and saw the linen wrappings lying there, 
but he did not go in. 

Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. 
He saw the linen wrappings lying there, 

and the cloth that had been on Jesus' head, 
not lying with the linen wrappings 
but rolled up in a place by itself. 

Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, 
and he saw and believed; 

for as yet they did not understand the scripture, 
that he must rise from the dead. 

Then the disciples returned to their homes. 

But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. 
As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; 

and she saw two angels in white, 
sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, 
one at the head and the other at the feet. 

They said to her, 
"Woman, why are you weeping?" 
She said to them, 
"They have taken away my Lord, 
and I do not know where they have laid him." 

When she had said this, 
she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, 
but she did not know that it was Jesus. 

Jesus said to her, 
"Woman, why are you weeping? 
Whom are you looking for?" 
Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, 
"Sir, if you have carried him away, 
tell me where you have laid him, 
and I will take him away."

Jesus said to her, "Mary!" 
She turned and said to him in Hebrew, 
"Rabbouni!" (which means Teacher). 

Jesus said to her, 
"Do not hold on to me, 
because I have not yet ascended to the Father. 
But go to my brothers and say to them, 
"I am ascending to my Father and your Father, 
to my God and your God.' " 

Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, 
"I have seen the Lord"; 
and she told them that he had said these things to her.

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.

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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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