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Weekly Pews News

No. 809

Colour of the season: P

Date: 11th December 2016


Third Sunday of Advent


Collect for the day: – O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.Amen.


Psalm response: Come, Lord, and save us.


Post-Communion Prayer at the Advent Wreath: Lord Jesus, light of the world, John told the people to prepare, for you were very near. As Christmas grows closer day by day, help us to be ready to welcome you now. Amen.


Our Opportunities for Worship today


  Third Sunday of Advent                                            (P)
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: 1 Corinthians 4: 1-5, Matthew 11: 2-10

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 35: 1-10, Psalm 146: 4-10, James 5: 7-10, Matthew 11: 2-11

Hymns: 128, 949, 703, 631 Communion: 656,632, 108

5.00pm Christingle


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 11th December

Intention: Pray for our scouts, guides, cadets and other local youth organisations.

Anniversary: Rose Bailey (1987)


Monday 12th December

Intention: Pray for our local industry and commerce, our farmers and growers and the holiday industry.

Anniversary: Dorothy Player (1989)


Tuesday 13th December – Lucy

Intention: Pray for our Organist and Director of Music, our choir and musicians, our Lay Ministers of Communion, altar servers and bell ringers.

Anniversary: Gladys Markworth (1975)


7.00pm           Healing Eucharist


Wednesday 14th December – John of the Cross

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

Anniversary: Cecelia Fielder (1998)


10.00am         Holy Communion

1.00pm           Rose Green Juniors Readers’ rehearsal in church

1.30pm           Wednesday Tots at the Church Centre (opp Pagham FC)

2-4pm             Knit and Natter at Joan Dent’s -1 Church Way (265083)

8pm                 Compline


Thursday 15th December

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


9.15am           Rose Green Infants Carols


Friday 16th December

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

Anniversary: Edward Ashwood (1976), Alfred Dobson (1986), Henry Alldis (1988), Geoffrey Niblett (1996), Tony Lock (1997)


10.00am         Rose Green Juniors Carols


Saturday 17th December – ‘O Sapientia’

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


7.30pm       Chichester Voices concert



Weekday Morning Prayer

Morning prayer: Monday to Thursday and Saturday 9.20am. Friday 8.30am




We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Anthea Potter, Sue Smith, David Atkins, Sylvia, Elizabeth Dove, Bob Riding, Judi March, Jeanne Dalton, Pat and family, Jack O’Brien, Richard, Kevin.


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: Sylvia Evans, Violet Mitchell, Brenda Cordery, Malcolm Pye.


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 remember in our prayers: church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home. This week we pray for: Kathleen Dudley, Ethel Huckle, Val James, Eileen Knight, Frank and Mary Lawton.


We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in West Drive and West Front Road.


We pray for Children’s Society whose work we support financially as a parish.




Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Revd. Mark Eminson can be contacted at 38 Kings Drive, Pagham, PO21 4PZ. Tel: 262713. Email: (day off Friday)


Revd. Jo King can be contacted on (day off Friday) or 01243 930247.


Pews News: Louise Gibbs (Editor) can be contacted by email: (Tel: 07773 135005) or telephone Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday Fourth Sunday of Advent                                          (P)
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Philippians 4: 4-7, John 1: 19-28

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 7: 10-16, Psalm 80: 1-8, 18-end, Romans 1: 1-7, Matthew 1: 18-end  

Hymns: 482, 949, 634, 405 Communion: 690, 683, 355

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Compline


Prayer: Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.



The Eminsons: Are moving back into the vicarage this week, so Mark is off duty. Do call Jo or a warden about an urgent matter. There will be an opportunity to admire the renewed vicarage on the afternoon of 22 January, so make a note in your diaries.


Christmas Communions: If you are going to be unable to get to church over Christmas or know someone in that position do get in touch with Mark or Jo and we can arrange communion at home for you.


Volunteers Required: We are hosting a Stay and Play Christmas morning on Wednesday 21st December and we need volunteers to help with activities and serve refreshments. Please speak to Jo or sign up to volunteer.


Chichester Voices Concert: ‘Nowell, Nowell’ to be held on Saturday 17th December at 7.30 pm. Tickets available from Andrew Naylor priced at £12 or £10 for concessions, on the door or by phoning 07900 098197. All proceeds to Rotary charities.


Parish Book Group: Our current book is ‘The Shed That Fed A Million Children’ by Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow. Join a discussion group on Monday 9th January at 8pm, or Thursday 12th January at 10am. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets.


Pilgrim Course January 2017: We will be examining the section of the Pilgrim Course which explores The Creeds. The six-week Course will commence on 10th January at 10:00am in St Andrew’s Chapel – No previous experience of Pilgrim required! If you would like to join in, please speak to either Mark, Jo or Roland. Otherwise, please add your name and telephone number to the ‘Pilgrim’ list on the noticeboard in the South Aisle by Sunday 1st January 2017.

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