Weekly Pews News

No. 756

Colour of the season: Purple

Date: 13th December 2015


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.


Canticle Response:

Shout aloud and sing for joy, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel.


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: Zephaniah 3: 14-end, Isaiah 12: 2-end, Philippians 4: 4-7, Luke 3: 7-18

Hymns: 128, 949 x 3, 282, 578 x 3

Communion:   656, 400, 108

4.00pm 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 13th December

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)


Monday 14th December – John of the Cross

Intention: Pray for our Parochial Church Council, its officers and committees. Anniversary: Cecelia Fielder (1998)


Tuesday 15th December

Intention: Pray for our local community; Parish pastoral Care Team, for the County, District and Parish Councils, for our Residents’ Associations. Anniversary: Dorothy Hender (2000)


11.30am      Burial of ashes of Geoffrey Miller

7.00pm          The Eucharist

7.00pm       Ladies Club


Wednesday 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        Holy Communion

1.30pm       Wednesday Club at the Church Centre

2-4pm                  Knit and Natter at Judith’s (267678)

8.00pm       Compline

Thursday 17th December – O Sapientia

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


9.00am       Rose Green Infants’ Carols

12.30pm      Funeral of Dorothy Neale

7.30pm       Chichester Voices concert


Friday 18th December

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

Anniversary: Francis Atkinson (1976), Richard Kimbell (2005)


10.00am      Rose Green Juniors’ Carols


Saturday 19th December

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

Anniversary: Samuel King (1976), Llewellyn Burnett (1988), Robert Breakspear (1993)


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Sue, Anthea Potter, Frank Lawton, Mary Gough, Rita and David Thompson, Liz Hillier, Jane, Peter Eden, Barbara Waldron.

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: Helen Stobie, John Morrish, Dorothy Neale.


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 ask God’s blessing upon us and upon all at the commencement of this Year of Mercy.




Church Website update: To add content to the website email


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


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


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: Micah 5: 2-5a, Magnificat, Hebrews 10: 5-10, Luke 1: 39-45


Hymns: 480, 447, 182, 405    

Communion: 265, 651, 634

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Celtic


John Morrish: We were saddened to hear of John’s death on 3 December. His funeral is on Thursday 17th December at 12noon in Winchester. Do speak to Mark for more details. We pray for him and for Catherine and the family as they mourn his passing.


Christmas Communions: If you or someone you know will be unable to get to church over Christmas do please let Mark or Trudi know and we will arrange for the sacrament to be brought to you at home.


Ladies Club: Invite you to a Christmas Celebration on Tuesday 15th December at 7.00pm at the Church Centre. Programme includes readings, poems and carols with the Glenwood Ladies Choir, plus mince pies and Punch.


Advent and Christmas leaflet: Do please take one of these away with you, so you have details of all our services.


Rejoice and be Merry: The title of Chichester Voices Christmas concert to be held on Thursday 17th December at 7.30 pm. With music by Chilcott, Rutter and Bullard, this promises to be the perfect preparation in the run up to Christmas. Tickets available from Andrew Naylor.


Parish Book Group: Our current book is “The Dean’s Watch” by Elizabeth Goudge. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Join a discussion group on Tuesday 19th January at 8pm or Thursday 21st January at 10am.


Walsingham 2016: The annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will be from 5th to 8th September. If you are would like to experience the daily round of prayer and worship at Walsingham, please add your name to the list on the noticeboard in the South Aisle. For further information please speak to Roland or Mark.


Good News: We are a volunteer to deliver the monthly Good News newsletters to Lion Road and The Nyetimbers. If you are able to help please contact Trudi – 263597, or Mo – 268576.

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