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17 July 2022

Another glorious sunny but rather hot day today, but it is nice and cool in Church! The third Sunday of July brings us to Mattins. As we had no Clergy with us to day, the service was conducted by our Church Wardens Chris and Janet. The choir sang the canticles and the psalm, and Joanna sang the prayers requiring responses. There was no sermon, but we gathered for coffee after the service.

The Sunday School talked about following in the footsteps of Jesus, and you can see the foot prins they made below!

Next Saturday is the Fete on the field next to the church 2 to 4 pm all are welcome to the first post covid Fete, parking in the field along Church Lane, see you all there!!

 8am Holy Communion

Colassians 1:15-28

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colassians.

Christ is the image of the invisible God, 
the firstborn of all creation; 

for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, 
things visible and invisible, 
whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—
all things have been created through him and for him. 

He himself is before all things, 
and in him all things hold together. 

He is the head of the body, the church; 
he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, 
so that he might come to have first place in everything. 

For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 

and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, 
whether on earth or in heaven, 
by making peace through the blood of his cross.

And you who were once estranged and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 

he has now reconciled in his fleshly body through death, 
so as to present you holy and blameless and irreproachable before him— 

provided that you continue securely established and steadfast in the faith, 
without shifting from the hope promised by the gospel that you heard, 
which has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven. 
I, Paul, became a servant of this gospel.

I am now rejoicing in my sufferings for your sake, 
and in my flesh 
I am completing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions 
for the sake of his body, that is, the church. 

I became its servant 
according to God’s commission that was given to me for you, 
to make the word of God fully known, 

the mystery that has been hidden throughout the ages 
and generations but has now been revealed to his saints. 

To them God chose to make known 
how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, 
which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 

It is he whom we proclaim, 
warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, 
so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Luke 10:38-42

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

Now as Jesus and his disciples went on their way, 
he entered a certain village, 
where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 

She had a sister named Mary, 
who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to what he was saying. 

But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; 
so she came to him and asked, 
‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? 
Tell her then to help me.’ 

But the Lord answered her, 
‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; 

there is need of only one thing.
Mary has chosen the better part, 
which will not be taken away from her.’

10am Matins

Deuteronomy 30:1-10

1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee,

2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee.

4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.

8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers:

1  0If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

1 Peter 3:8-18

8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:

9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:

11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

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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