2018 December 23 - Pew News

Services

Sunday 23 December 2018 - Fourth Sunday of Advent
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am Parish Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)
             Anthem: Magnificat in Bâ™­ C.V. Stanford
             Set Readings: Micah 5: 2-5a; Hebrews 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-55
             Voluntary: Prelude in C BWV 546 J S Bach
7.00pm Nine Lessons and Carols (Revd Andrew Doye)

Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Advent
God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December 2018
4.00pm  Crib Service (Revd Andrew Doye)
11.30pm Midnight Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)
               Set Readings: Isaiah 9: 2-7; Titus 2: 11-14; Luke 2: 1-14
               Voluntary: Chorale Prelude ‘In Dulci Jubilo’ BWV 729 J S Bach

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December 2018
8.00am   Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am   Family Communion (Celebrant: Revd Andrew Doye, preacher Martin Brown)
               Set Readings: Isaiah 62: 6-end; Titus 3: 4-7; Luke 2: 8—20
               Voluntary: Chorale Prelude ‘Von Himmel Hoch’ Edmundson
11.15am  Holy Communion at Woodmancote (Revd Andrew Doye)

Collect for Christmas Day
Almighty God, you have given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen

Sunday 30 December 2018 – The First Sunday of Christmas
8.00am Holy Communion (BCP) (Revd Andrew Doye)
9.30am All-age Parish Communion (Revd Andrew Doye)

Weekday services: no Morning Prayer this week nor Wednesday Communion Service this week.

The Rector’s day off this week is Saturday.

 

News and Events

Monday 24 December and Thursday 27 December 2018
10.00am to 12 noon Drop In for Coffee & Chat in the Parish Hall

Thank you to those who put on such a splendid Christmas Lunch and entertainment, and to Mike, Susie, Rona, Stewart and all involved in the excellent Nativity production, last Sunday.

Year of Vocation booklets available in the Churches for all: to guide and help us to consider the formation of a spiritual ‘Rule of Life’. These are private to the user, and build up during the coming six months. In Advent we are invited to
begin, considering any patterns and disciplines by which we wish to shape our Prayer, Penitence and awareness of God’s loving mercy.

Prayers in the Cathedral
Our parishes will be prayed for at Chichester Cathedral, our Mother Church, on Wednesday 2 January 2019. This will take place at the 8 am Holy Communion service and at the 5.30pm Evening Prayer (said). A complimentary tea at the Cloisters Cafe will be served at 4.30pm for those wishing to attend the Evening Prayer. There is a sign-up board at the back of St John the Baptist, alternatively contact Rona Musker.

A ground-breaking web resource The new Visual Commentary on the Bible matches three works of art with passages of scripture. Each triptych is chosen by a theologian or an art historian, who also writes a short commentary on
each picture, relating it to the Bible passage. Presently there are 50 completed triptychs; and this will increase to 1500 during the coming seven years, as copyright licences are obtained. Visit thevcs.org and save the site as a bookmark.

Help please
- Catering committee seeks more members of its team to help at future events. If you would be willing to join, contact Margaret Bristowe or Angie Leggett (contacts in the pew sheet in churches).

- Sunday Coffee - some new people are needed to fill a gap in the coffee rota, starting from 30 December 2018. Please speak to Anne Newsom or Jane Stuttard.

Follow The Star hand-crafted stars have been created and are in the church welcome area if you wish to add a message. Stars will be hung in the church throughout Christmas and will remain on display until Epiphany, 6 January 2019.

Twelfth Night Food and Fizz, social evening towards church funds. Friday 4 January 2019, 7.30 to 9.30pm. Tickets £10 a head, from Paula Caird.

Giving - If you are able to make a regular contribution to the Church, the preferred method of giving is using the Parish Giving Scheme. Leaflets are at the back of our churches or contact a Churchwarden.

Plastic Milk Bottle Tops ONLY please We currently have a Charity outlet for clean, plastic milk bottle tops for recycling. So please do not leave any other types of bottle tops as they are not recyclable in West Sussex. Thank you.


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