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31 July 2022

This morning we met at 10 am for our Parish \Eucharist, on a grey overcast day which was non the less very warm. Father Roger was the celbrant and he also preached the sermon. He took the parable from the gospel and talked about the futility of acquiring worldly goods if we ignore our spiritual needs.

We sang a communion hymn, Soul of my Saviour, and left the Church after singing 'Fight the Good Fight'!

There was coffee after the  service. A calm and contemplative Sunday after the excitement of the Fete last week.

Our new Priest, Father Chris Brading, was  licensed by Bishop Martin this week so his now officially ours!. Many of us met him and his wife Carolyn at the Fete. The Family will be moving into the Vicarage during August, and his first service with us will be Sunday the  4th of September which we will be celebrating as ar Patronal Festival. Please do come along any Sunday to St Marys, but we hope to see lots of the Church Family on the 4th to welcome him!


Colossians 3:1-11

A reading from the letter of Paul to the Colossians.

If you have been raised with Christ, 
seek the things that are above, 
where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 

Set your minds on things that are above, 
not on things that are on earth, 

for you have died, 
and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 

When Christ who is your life is revealed, 
then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: 
fornication, impurity, passion, 
evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 

On account of these 
the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 

These are the ways you also once followed, 
when you were living that life. 

But now you must get rid of all such things—
anger, wrath, malice, slander, 
and abusive language from your mouth. 

Do not lie to one another, 
seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices 

and have clothed yourselves with the new self, 
which is being renewed in knowledge 
according to the image of its creator. 

In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, 
circumcised and uncircumcised, 
barbarian, Scythian, 
slave and free; 
but Christ is all and in all!

Luke 12:13-21

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

Someone in the crowd said to Jesus, 
‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.’ 

But he said to him, 
‘Friend, who set me to be a judge or arbitrator over you?’ 

And he said to the crowd, 
‘Take care! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; 
for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of possessions.’ 

Then he told them a parable: 
‘The land of a rich man produced abundantly.

And he thought to himself, 
“What should I do, for I have no place to store my crops?” 

Then he said, “I will do this: 
I will pull down my barns and build larger ones, 
and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 

And I will say to my soul, 
Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; 
relax, eat, drink, be merry.” 

But God said to him, 
“You fool! 
This very night your life is being demanded of you. 
And the things you have prepared, whose will they be?” 

So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves 
but are not rich towards God.’
Do Not Worry

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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