Weekly Pews News

No. 765

Colour of the season: Purple

Date: 14th February 2016


First Sunday of Lent                                          


Collect for the day:

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Post-Communion prayer :

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.


Response to Psalm: Be with me, O Lord, in trouble.


Our Opportunities for Worship today


  First Sunday of Lent                                          (P)                                                                                                                                                           
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10, Matthew 4: 1-11

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Deuteronomy 26: 1-11, Psalm 91: 1-2, 9-16, Romans 10: 8b-13, Luke 4: 1-13

Hymns: 190, 516, 662, 428

Communion: 165, 369

5.00pm Evening Worship – Book of Common Prayer

Jonah 3, Luke 18: 9-14


After the Parish Eucharist you are welcome to gather for refreshments in St. Andrew’s chapel, where we can get to know each other better

Sunday 14th February

Intention: Pray for our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees.

Anniversary: Lydia Perez (1997), Emily Lee (2012)


Monday 15th February

Intention: Pray for our local community; Parish pastoral Care Team, for the County, District and Parish Councils, for our Residents’ Associations.

Anniversary: Agnes Ray (2007)

10am                   Lent Course in St Andrew’s Chapel

1pm            Funeral of Don Maltby


Tuesday 16th February

Intention: Pray for those married here and preparing for marriage this year; for family life and especially for any families facing adversity.

Anniversary: Gertrude Bradley (1977)


2.00pm       Lent Course in St Andrew’s Chapel

7.00pm          Healing Eucharist


Wednesday 17th February – Janani Luwum

Intention: Pray for the press, radio and televisions and for all who influence public opinion. For Christian publishing and broadcasting.

Anniversary: Agnes Robbins (1991)


10.00am        Holy Communion

12 noon      Luncheon Club – St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt 268818)

2-4pm         Knit and Natter at Sue Davis (262915) – 11 Church Way

7.30pm       Stations of the Cross

Thursday 18th February

Intention: Pray for all seafarers, fishermen and lifeboatmen and women; for the work of the Mission to Seafarers.


Friday 19th February – Ember Day

Intention: Pray for Church finances, National and international finance; for what the words poverty and wealth mean to us.


Saturday 20th February – Ember Day

Intention: Pray for all victims of violence, crime and oppression; for all those who seek to support them.




We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Sue Smith, Anthea Potter, Frank Lawton, Stella Clarke, Velda Scully, Peter Downey, Joe Fuller, Mary, Benj, Lucy, Isobel Aldred, Elizabeth Dove.

For urgent prayer please contact Gillian Purvis (Tel: 267597) or Colin Wood (Tel: 264192) to activate the Prayer Chain.


We pray for those who have died recently: Don Maltby

We pray for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time. We pray for all those who mourn their passing.


We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in Bridorley Close, Brooklands and Brooks End.


We pray for the ministry of Bishop Luffa School, whose work we support financially as a parish.




Church Website update: To add content to the website email editor@paghamchurch.org


Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at the vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email: vicar@paghamchurch.org (day off Friday)


Revd. Jo King can be contacted on curate@paghamchurch.org (day off Friday) or 01243 276949.


Pews News: Louise Gibbs (Editor) can be contacted by email: louise.gibbs1109@rocketmail.com (Tel: 07773 135005) or telephone Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday Second Sunday of Lent                                      (P)                                                                                                                                                             
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-8, Matthew 15: 21-28

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 15: 1-12, 17-18, Psalm 27, Philippians 3: 17-4: 1, Luke 13: 31-end


Hymns: 642, 694, 398, 709

Communion: 327, 26, 162

5.00pm Evening Worship – Celtic




Stewardship: Thanks to Trudi Kearsley for her financial presentation last week and thank you for listening. If you missed it, it is available on the website with some hard copies at the back of church too.


Pledge card: Do prayerfully consider your response and return your pledge card in the designated box sometime through Lent.


Christian Aid: We hope you will join us in following the Christian Aid Count Your Blessings Lent Reflections again this year, we will be handing them out on Sunday 14th February, or you can find out more from www.christianaid.org.uk/lent There will be a Children’s version available as well. Please also put the Super Soup date in your diary Thursday 10th March 12 – 2pm at the Vicarage.   These activities help us raise funds for Christian Aid. For further information please speak to Sue O’Neill.


Lent Groups: Do sign up on the board if you wish to attend, our priority will be the Year of Mercy course either at North Bersted or in-house.


Lent Leaflet: Do please take a copy of this to enhance your keeping of the holy season.


Women’s World day of Prayer: At Pagham United Reformed Church (St Ninian’s) on 4th March – 3.00 pm. All are welcome.


Parish Book Group: Our current book is “The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr.” edited by Clayborne Carson. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Join a discussion group on Monday 14th March at 8pm or Thursday 17th March at 10am.


Date for diary: Our parish trip to the Door of Mercy at the cathedral has been booked for Saturday 28th May at 11.15am. All are welcome.


Confirmation: There is a Confirmation at the Cathedral on 19th June. If you are interested in being part of a group exploring and working towards this please speak to Mark or Jo. We will begin to meet during Lent.


Pagham Flood Defence Trust: The trustees are looking for someone to audit their accounts, preferably free of charge. Do please speak to Mark if you know of someone.


Flower Festival: Does anyone have a large white wedding hat that they no longer need, and would be willing to donate to the flower team, for use in our floral display at the Cathedral. Please speak to Janet Turner 267825 if you are able to help.