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Sunday, 29 May 2022

This Sunday, the last of Easter, we also celebrated the Ascension of Our Lord. The Eucharist was celebrated by Father Roger, who also preached. We were joined at communion by the members of the SUnday School in good number even though it is half term. 
The Choir sang 'God is Gone up with a merry noice' by Willian Croft (1678 to 1727) 
There was coffee after the service.

The Fete is on its way, Car parking help still needed!!

 Acts 16:16-34

A reading form the Acts of the Apostles.

One day, as we were going to the place of prayer, 
we met a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination 
and brought her owners a great deal of money by fortune-telling. 

While she followed Paul and us, 
she would cry out, 
‘These men are slaves of the Most High God, 
who proclaim to you a way of salvation.’ 

She kept doing this for many days. 
But Paul, very much annoyed, turned 
and said to the spirit, 
‘I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.’ 
And it came out that very hour.

But when her owners saw 
that their hope of making money was gone, 
they seized Paul and Silas 
and dragged them into the market-place before the authorities. 

When they had brought them before the magistrates, 
they said, ‘These men are disturbing our city; 
they are Jews and are advocating customs 

that are not lawful for us as Romans to adopt or observe.’ 

The crowd joined in attacking them, 
and the magistrates had them stripped of their clothing 
and ordered them to be beaten with rods. 

After they had given them a severe flogging, 
they threw them into prison 
and ordered the jailer to keep them securely. 

Following these instructions, 
he put them in the innermost cell 
and fastened their feet in the stocks.

About midnight 
Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, 
and the prisoners were listening to them. 

Suddenly there was an earthquake, 
so violent that the foundations of the prison were shaken; 
and immediately all the doors were opened 
and everyone’s chains were unfastened. 

When the jailer woke up 
and saw the prison doors wide open, 
he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, 
since he supposed that the prisoners had escaped. 

But Paul shouted in a loud voice, 
‘Do not harm yourself, for we are all here.’ 

The jailer called for lights, and rushing in, 
he fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. 

Then he brought them outside and said, 
‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’ 

They answered, ‘Believe on the Lord Jesus, 
and you will be saved, you and your household.’ 

They spoke the word of the Lord to him 
and to all who were in his house. 

At the same hour of the night 
he took them and washed their wounds; 
then he and his entire family were baptized without delay. 

He brought them up into the house 
and set food before them; 
and he and his entire household rejoiced
 that he had become a believer in God.

John 17:20- 26

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

Jesus looked up to heaven and prayed:
"Holy Father,

I ask not only on behalf of these, 
but also on behalf of those 
who will believe in me through their word, 

that they may all be one. 
As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, 
may they also be in us, 
so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 

The glory that you have given me I have given them, 
so that they may be one, as we are one, 

I in them and you in me, 
that they may become completely one, 
so that the world may know that you have sent me 
and have loved them even as you have loved me. 

I desire that those also, whom you have given me, 
may be with me where I am, 
to see my glory, which you have given me 
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

‘Righteous Father, 
the world does not know you, but I know you; 
and these know that you have sent me. 

I made your name known to them, 
and I will make it known, 
so that the love with which you have loved me 
may be in them, and I in them.’

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

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  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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