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24 July 2022
 The Sunday after the Fete and we had an 'end of term' feeling in church today. Father Roger took the service a Parish Eucharist, and we had the junior choir with us in church as there was no Sunday School.
In his sermon Father Roger spoke about prayer, specifically the Lords Prayer as this featured in the Gospel, challenging us to think of it as a list of subjects for our prayers rather than a formula we repeat over and over again.

The Choir sang the Ave Verum in the setting by W.A. Mozart as the anthem, one of our favourites. 

At the end of the service after Father Roger had given the blessing, the Junior Choir lead the senior choir in singing 'We are Marching in the Light of God' a traditional  South African folksong and they managed the last verse in Zulu Siyahamba! This was received with great enthusiasm by the congregation, and so many of us march off to our summer holidays, but some remain and our services continue in their normal pattern through ut August.












Colossians 2:6-15

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colossians.

Brothers and sisters,

As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, 
continue to live your lives in him, 

rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, 
just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, 
according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe, 
and not according to Christ. 

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 

and you have come to fullness in him, 
who is the head of every ruler and authority. 

In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision, 
by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; 

when you were buried with him in baptism, 
you were also raised with him 
through faith in the power of God, 
who raised him from the dead. 

And when you were dead in trespasses 
and the uncircumcision of your flesh, 
God made you alive together with him, 
when he forgave us all our trespasses, 

erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. 
He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. 

He disarmed the rulers and authorities 
and made a public example of them, 
triumphing over them in it.


Luke 11:1-13

Hear the gospel of ur ord Jesus Christ according to Luke.

Jesus was praying in a certain place, 
and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, 
‘Lord, teach us to pray, 
as John taught his disciples.’ 

He said to them, ‘When you pray, say:
Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.


Give us each day our daily bread.

And forgive us our sins,
for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us.
And do not bring us to the time of trial.’

And he said to them, 
‘Suppose one of you has a friend, 
and you go to him at midnight and say to him, 
“Friend, lend me three loaves of bread; 

for a friend of mine has arrived, 
and I have nothing to set before him.” 

And he answers from within, 
“Do not bother me; 
the door has already been locked, 
and my children are with me in bed; 
I cannot get up and give you anything.” 

I tell you, 
even though he will not get up and give him anything 
because he is his friend, 
at least because of his persistence 
he will get up and give him whatever he needs.

‘So I say to you,
 Ask, and it will be given to you; 
search, and you will find; 
knock, and the door will be opened for you. 

For everyone who asks receives, 
and everyone who searches finds, 
and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. 

Is there anyone among you who, 
if your child asks for a fish, 
will give a snake instead of a fish? 

Or if the child asks for an egg, will give a scorpion? 

If you then, who are evil, 
know how to give good gifts to your children, 
how much more will the heavenly Father 
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’

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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  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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