Advent & Christmas 2017

Those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40: 31)

This Advent, across the Diocese of Chichester – and therefore in this parish – we embark upon a Year of Prayer.  Prayer is many things (and possibly as many as there are people praying), but one thing that it is, which is sometimes overlooked, fits in very well with the season of Advent.  And that is waiting.  I don’t so much mean waiting for God to show up when we pray or waiting for Him to answer prayer.  Is not our merciful loving Creator always with us?  Does not our Father know what He is about and certainly more than we know for our good and the good of all His creation?  Both Advent and prayer itself are opportunities to wait upon the Lord, in the sense of waiting with Him, of being and resting in His presence.  These coming weeks in the run-up to Christmas can all too easily involve a lot of weariness and even fainting.  Perhaps if we wait for and upon the Lord we will find true strength.  May this Advent and Christmas set us on our course for this new Christian year when we might just soar with eagles’ wings!

Mark Eminson – Vicar

(All events at St Thomas à Becket Church unless otherwise stated)

Sunday mornings in Advent (3, 10, 17, 24 December):

8.00am Holy Communion

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Sunday evenings in Advent 5.00pm:

3 December Advent Carols & Readings

10 December Evening Prayer

17 December Christingle

Weekdays in Advent:

Morning Prayer 9.20am Monday-Thursday & Saturday (8.30am Friday)

Tuesdays 7.00pm Eucharist

Wednesdays 10.00am Holy Communion

Wednesdays 7.00pm Compline

Carol Services:

Tuesday 12 December 9.00am Rose Green Infants

Tuesday 19 December 7.30pm Carols at The Bear Inn

Wednesday 20 December 10.00am Rose Green Juniors

Thursday 21 December 7.30pm Chichester Voices Choir Concert


Christmas Eve 5.00pm Crib Service

Christmas Eve 11.30pm Midnight Mass

Christmas Day 8.00am Holy Communion

Christmas Day 9.45am Family Eucharist

Sunday 31 December First Sunday of Christmas

8.00am Holy Communion

9.45am Family Eucharist

5.00pm Christmas Carols

Sunday 7 January The Epiphany

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Sunday 28 January Feast of Candlemas

9.45am Family Eucharist with Sunday School Play