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Thursday, 26 May 2022
We had a select group of parishioners present at the 7:30 pm service to mark Ascension day. The eucharist was celebrated by Father Roger and the choir sang 'Lift up Ye Gates' by J.S. Bach accompanied by Joanna using the harpsichord mode on our rehearsal electric piano.
Lovely to leave the Church at 8:30 and it still be light.

Our Ascension Day Glass plate

 Acts 1:1-11

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.

In the first book, Theophilus, 
I wrote about all that Jesus did and taught from the beginning 

until the day when he was taken up to heaven, 
after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit 
to the apostles whom he had chosen. 

After his suffering he presented himself alive 
to them by many convincing proofs, 
appearing to them over the course of forty days 
and speaking about the kingdom of God. 

While staying with them, he ordered them not to leave Jerusalem, 
but to wait there for the promise of the Father. 
‘This’, he said, ‘is what you have heard from me; 

for John baptized with water, 
but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit 
not many days from now.’

So when they had come together, they asked him, 
‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ 

He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods 
that the Father has set by his own authority. 

But you will receive power 
when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; 
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, 
in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ 

When he had said this, as they were watching, 
he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 

While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, 
suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. 

They said, ‘Men of Galilee, 
why do you stand looking up towards heaven? 
This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, 
will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

Luke 24:44-53

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

Jesus said to his disciples,
‘These are my words that I spoke to you 
while I was still with you—
that everything written about me in the law of Moses, 
the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ 

Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, 

and he said to them, 
‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer
 and to rise from the dead on the third day, 

and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed 
in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 

You are witnesses of these things. 

And see, I am sending upon you what my Father promised; 
so stay here in the city 
until you have been clothed with power from on high.’

Then he led them out as far as Bethany, 
and, lifting up his hands, he blessed them. 

While he was blessing them, 
he withdrew from them and was carried up into heaven. 

And they worshipped him, 
and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; 

and they were continually in the temple blessing God.

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. 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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