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Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan

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Churchwarden: Mr Alex Brockhurst

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Churchwarden: Mr Mike Wake

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SUNDAY 15th January 2023

the second sunday of epiphany

Sunday 15th                     08:00 Holy Communion

EPIPHANY 2                    09:30 Parish Eucharist

  with Sunday School

Monday 16th                    09:00 Morning Prayer (church)

11:00 Funeral of Kathleen Bryant RIP

Tuesday 17th                  17:30 Evening Prayer (Zoom)

St Anthony of Egypt                                    19:00 Tuesday@7

Wednesday 18th             17:30 Evening Prayer (Zoom)

Week of Prayer for

Christian Unity begins

Thursday 19th                    09:00 Morning Prayer

St Wulfstan                                10:00 Holy Communion

Friday 20th                      No public services today

Saturday 21st                  No public services today

St Agnes

Sunday 22nd                   08:00 Holy Communion

EPIPHANY 3                    09:30 Parish Eucharist



Entrance: 259 Hail to the Lord’s anointed

Gradual: 552 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness

Offertory: 304 I come with joy

Final: 137 Crown him with many crowns (omit vs 2)

The Collection plate– If you would like to make an offering, please use the contactless Payaz machine or the collection plate, both can be found at the back of church. Thank you for your generosity.

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for the Second Sunday of Epiphany:

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new:

transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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.

Old Testament reading: Isaiah 49: 1- 7

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born, while I was in my mother’s womb he named me. He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’
But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.’

And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him, for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord, and my God has become my strength— he says,
‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel; I will give you as a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’

Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One, to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers, ‘Kings shall see and stand up,
princes, and they shall prostrate themselves, because of the Lord, who is faithful, the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’

Psalm 40: 1- 12 the response to the psalm is “ I love to do your will, O God.”

New Testament reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 1- 9

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is

faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gospel reading: John 1: 29- 42

John the Baptist saw Jesus coming towards him and declared, ‘Here is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, “After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me because he was before me.” I myself did not know him; but I came baptizing with water for this reason, that he might be revealed to Israel.’ And John testified, ‘I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and it remained on him. I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water said to me, “He on whom you see the Spirit descend and remain is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.” And I myself have seen and have testified that this is the Son of God.’

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, ‘Look, here is the Lamb of God!’ The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, ‘What are you looking for?’ They said to him, ‘Rabbi’ (which translated means Teacher), ‘where are you staying?’ He said to them, ‘Come and see.’ They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, ‘We have found the Messiah’ (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, ‘You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas’ (which is translated Peter).


Prayers of Intercession

The sick and those who care for them: Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Max Davey, Leslie Francis, Dickie Roots, Colin Wood, Elizabeth.

Recently departed: Kathleen Bryant, Eric Mitchell.

Anniversary of death: Gladys Pickett (15th); Ronald Masters (16th); Helene Shaw (17th) Colin Knight, Jason Clarke, Anthea Potter (20th).
We pray for peace and especially for and with the people of Ukraine. We pray for all those caught up in conflict, and for those seeking safety and refuge on these shores.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Pat Rush (262561) to start the Prayer Chain.

Post Communion Prayer God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Next week’s readings: The Third Sunday of Epiphany

Isaiah 9: 1- 4; Psalm 27: 1, 4- 12; 1 Corinthians 1: 10- 18; Matthew 4: 12- 23


Christmas Charities

Thank you to those who have supported our charities this Christmas. We have been able to send £236.39 each to Family Support Work and Five Talents.

Burns Night hosted by Pagham Men’s Group

On Friday 27th January 2023 the infamous Men’s Group Burns Night returns to the Pagham Parish Church Centre, with Piper. Tickets available from Stephen Cox Rusbridge: 07974 177 905 // Pre-book only: £15 per adult/ £8 per under 14yrs.

2 Courses: Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (vegetarian option available) followed by pudding or cheese. Includes a complimentary glass of wine and wee dram of whiskey. Optional dress code: Tartan or Tweed.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church ‘Winter Warmer’ Join the “Friends” for an evening of good food on Saturday 11th at 6.30 pm in St. Andrew’s Chapel. £10 per head. Bring your own drinks.  Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the notice board.

Christian Aid- Lent Lunches

During Lent (which begins on the 22nd February) we will be hosting weekly lunches in aid of Christian Aid. These will be held on Thursdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th of March at the Pagham Parish Church Centre, on Nyetimber Lane. 12:00- 14:00. Sue O’Neill will be co-ordinating these lunches, if you would like to help her, please do contact her on / 07867 904 780. It’s not necessary to be available every week.

The Weekly Pew Sheet

I was asked recently what the significance is of the colours on our pew sheets- so here is a little crib sheet to help you. On the front page, where the calendar is listed, each day is coded as to the season/ festival/ Lesser Saint which is observed on that date. For example: days in Lent and Advent are in purple, days in Easter or Christmas/ Epiphanytide are in white (shown as orange), Apostles and Martyrs are in red, and so on. This is a helpful reminder of the season that we are in, to give us a gentle nod toward the theme of the day, or to help us acknowledge the Saint that we are to commemorate. It also relates to the colours you will see the church dressed in.

White: Christmas, Epiphany, Easter. Feasts of Our Lord. Bishops

Purple: Advent and Lent.

Green: Ordinary time (days between The Presentation of Christ and Ash Wednesday, and the weeks after Trinity)

Red: Passiontide, Kingdom Season. Apostles, Martyrs.


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