Collect for Epiphany (4th January)

Almighty God, in the birth of your Son you have pored on us the new light of your incarnate world, and shown us the fullness of your love: help us to walk in his light and dwell in his love that we may know the fullness of his joy; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

Response to Psalm 72: Kings bow down before him; all the nations do him service

Churches Together in Bognor Regis – there are copies of an important letter from the Chairman. Do take one, pray and respond regarding the future of this group especially if one of you might be able to help coordinate the ecumenical Lent Groups

Christmas Communions – if you or someone you know is unable to get to church over Christmas please let Mark know and communion will be arranged for them at home.

Can you Help – The Church Wardens and HSE rep., Alex, are trying to identify members of the congregation who hold current (in date) First Aid certificates and who are prepared to help, if required, should a member of the congregation becoming unwell during a service. We would like to put together a list of named First Aiders for all church services so the Church Wardens can call on their skilled services when necessary. If you are interested in helping please give your name to one of the Church Wardens.

Dates for 2015 – do please take a leaflet with next year’s key dates and write them into your diaries/calendars/phones/hearts, etc

Jo and Mark thank you for your Christmas cards, gifts and good wishes and indeed your support and prayer throughout the year.

Christmas Collections: all money given on Christmas Eve and Day will be split equally between the ongoing Diocesan Ebola Appeal and Stonepillow, the local charity for the homeless.
Registered Charity No 134842

The Church of St Thomas à Becket, Pagham
Weekly Pews News
No.706 28th December 2014
Colour of the season: Red


0ur Opportunities for Worship today

Epiphany                                                                          (W)


Holy CommunionEphesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12


Parish EucharistReadings: Isaiah 60: 1-6, Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12Hymns: 85, 49, 724, 419   Communion: 729, 291, 589.


Evening Prayer – Common Worship


Monday 5th January
Intention: Pray for our children and young people, and their leaders; for our Children’s Groups, Wednesday Club & Youth Group.
Anniversary: Frances Weston (1989)

Tuesday 6th January
Intention: Pray for our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury & John Sentamu of York; for the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; for the worldwide Anglican Communion.
Anniversary: Vanessa Knight (2008)
7.00pm The Eucharist
7.45pm Ladies Club at Church Centre – “Life as a Bunny Girl” talk  by Gill Parker. £2 entry.

Wednesday 7th January
Intention: Pray for our schools, colleges & universities; for all teachers & learners, governors & administrators.
Anniversaries: Elsie Smith (1975), Joyce Wentworth-Payne (1997), Beryl Eames (2000)
10.00am Holy Communion
8.00pm Events Committee at the vicarage

Thursday 8th January
Intention: Pray for the hungry, homeless, refugees & asylum seekers; for the work of The Church Army, Christian Aid & all relief agencies.

Friday 9th January
Intention: Pray for the Queen & Royal Family, our Nation & Government, our local MP & MEP.
Anniversary: Maisie Knight (2000)

Saturday 10th January William Laud
Intention: Pray for our local clubs & organisations, especially our Ladies Club, The Luncheon Club and The Mens Club.
Anniversary: Ida Turton (1994)

Prayers and Intentions

We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Bruce Allinson, Esther Chesterton, Maureen Mayers, June Evans, Grace Smith, Eric Atkins, Patricia Pooley, Betty Wade, Doris Watts, Sheila Lee, Frank Green.

For urgent prayer contact Gillian Purvis to activate the Prayer Chain (Tel: 267597)

We pray for those who have died recently: David Crane, Zena Street, Lyn Hobson, Pauline Green, Jean Dixon and for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.