Prayer for the Year of Mercy

Heavenly Father,
as we celebrate this year of mercy:
open the doors of our hearts and minds
that we may show forth in our lives
the mercy and compassion
that we see in the face of your Son Jesus Christ
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit
one God forever and ever.  Amen.

Mercy

Mercy is revealed to be God’s nature throughout the Scriptures and God’s mercy is frequently appealed to in our liturgy.  This Lent, then, we have the opportunity to grow in our understanding of His mercy and one way would be to undertake the course prepared by the Diocese for this very purpose.  We might also reflect on His mercy and forgiveness of us by making our confession or reviewing our spiritual life.  One thankful response would be to review your giving to the Church, which all are asked prayerfully to consider this Lent after the Stewardship Sunday of 7 February.  And if mercy is something we have known from God, then surely we will want to make it known to others as we go out beyond the safety of our doors to the doors of others who need to hear that message of God’s love and mercy in the sacrifice and compassion of Jesus Christ.

God mercifully bless our keeping of Lent.

Mark Eminson – Vicar

Lent

10th February Ash Wednesday:

10.00am – Holy Communion with Imposition of Ashes

4.00pm – The Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

8.00pm – Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Opportunities this Lent:

Attend the devotion Stations of the Cross Wednesdays 7.30pm

Attend a morning prayer (Monday-Thursday & Saturday 9.20am; Friday 8.30am)

Attend a midweek eucharist (Tuesdays 7.00pm, Wednesdays 10.00am)

Try out the Diocesan Year of Mercy course “Opening Doors” on a Monday morning, Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday evening or Thursday evening

Join an ecumenical Lent group

Read a spiritual book, such as The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book “I Am With You” by Kathryn Greene-McCreight or “Meeting God in Paul” by Rowan Williams

Make your confession or seek spiritual direction with one of the clergy

Do the Christian Aid Count your blessings daily challenge

Consider fasting for a day and money saved can go to a charity

Christian Aid Count Your Blessings 2016

During Lent we would be very pleased if you would consider following the Christian Aid Count your Blessings. Leaflets will be in church from February 14th or you can find out more from http://www.christianaid.org.uk/lentThere will be a children’s version available as well.

Count Your Blessings is a great way of using the discipline of Lent to remind ourselves of just how fortunate we are, and of the very practical ways in which we can share our blessings with those in greatest need. We will be collecting donations for Count your Blessings at the end of Lent.

Other dates this Lent

Friday 4th March 3.00pm – Women’s World Day of Prayer service at St Ninian’s Church, Pagham

Sunday 6th March Mothering Sunday 9.45am – Family Eucharist

Thursday 10th March 12-2pm at the vicarage – Super Soup lunch for Christian Aid

Sunday 13th March 5.00pm – Choral Evensong

Holy Week

Palm Sunday (20th March)

   8.00am – Holy Communion

   9.45am – Parish Eucharist with blessing of palms, procession &       

             dramatic reading of the Passion

   5.00pm – Taizé

Monday

   8.30pm – Compline

Tuesday

   12noon – Chrism Eucharist at the Cathedral

   7.00pm – Seder (Passover) meal concluding with the Eucharist

Wednesday

   10.00am – Holy Communion

   7.30pm  – Stations of the Cross

Maundy Thursday

   8.00pm – The Eucharist with foot-washing, followed by the Watch

             of the Passion overnight

Good Friday

   10.30am – Ecumenical Walk of Witness

   12.00pm – Children’s Way of the Cross

   2.30pm  – The Liturgy of Good Friday, including veneration of the

              cross & dramatic reading of the Passion

Easter Day (27th March)

   5.30am – Easter Vigil & Dawn Eucharist, followed by champagne breakfast

   8.00am – Holy Communion

   9.45am – Family Eucharist

   5.00pm – Evening Prayer

Eastertide

Thursday 31st March – Day Pilgrimage to Christchurch Priory

Friday 22nd April – St George’s Eve Social

Thursday 5th May – Ascension Day

Sunday 15th May – Pentecost, followed by Beating the Bounds