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Weekly Pews News

No. 8380

Colour of the season: P

Date: 17th December 2017


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 you are alive and reign with the father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Psalm response: The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad indeed.


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 61: 1-4, 8-end,, Psalm 126,

1 Thessalonians 5: 16-24, John 1: 6-8, 19-28

Hymns: 527, 265,282, 695                                  

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 17th December

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


Monday 18th December

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

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


1.15pm      Rose Green Juniors Readers’ Rehearsal


Tuesday 19th December

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

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


7.00pm      The Eucharist


Wednesday 20th December

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


10.00am   Rose Green Juniors Carols

1.00pm      Funeral of David Atkins

7.00pm           Compline


Thursday 21st December

Intention: Pray for the sick in body, mind or spirit; for the addicted, handicapped or incurable; for the work of St Wilfrids Hospice.

Anniversary: Cecil Smith (1982), Sylvia Harvey (2004)


10.00am    Holy Communion

7.30pm      Chichester Voices Concert


Friday 22nd December

Intention: Pray for our Deanery of Arundel & Bognor, for our parishes, clergy & people; for our Rural Dean Mark Standen, and for the work of Deanery Synod.

Anniversary: Mary Cornell (1993), Philip Ray (1994)


Saturday 23rd December

Intention: Pray for all those who do difficult work on our behalf, especially in the armed services & the emergency services.

Anniversary: Christine Taylor (2001)





We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Elizabeth Dove, Judi March, Sue Smith, Margaret Mayhew, Ian Turner, Barbara Nash, Maureen Howard, Al, Bob, Maureen Howland, Amber, Nikki, George Sheehan, Brian Crane


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: David Atkins, Arthur Harrison, Peggy Rose


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: Ken Little, Eva Maltby, Catherine Morrish, Pam Peach, Elizabeth pett, Edna Puttock, Mary Ramsay


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


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




Church Website update: To add content to the website email


Pews News: Trudi Kearsley can be contacted by email: (Tel: 01243 263597) or telephone Mark Eminson 01243 262713


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


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


Next Sunday Fourth Sunday of Advent                                         (P)

Christmas Eve                                                            (W)

8.00am Holy Communion

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

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: 2 Samuel 7: 1-11, 16, Magnificat, Romans 16: 25-end, Luke 1: 26-388

Hymns: 480, 634, 406, 405


Crib Service


11.30pm Midnight Mass

Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10, Psalm 98, Hebrews 1: 1-4,

John 1: 1-14

Hymns: 521, 597, 508, 479




Year of Prayer: As Advent and a new church year begin, we also start the Diocesan Year of Prayer. There will be a range of opportunities over the year. To start with, if you like the idea of being paired with another church member as prayer partners for the year, then write your name on the piece of paper and place it in the box at the back of church.


#God With Us: This is an Advent resource we commend to you and perhaps friends or neighbours. Do take a copy from church (leaving if possible a £1 donation) or you can get the resource free online at or by texting GODWITHUS to 88802.


Parish Book Group: Our current book is ’The Warden’ by Anthony Trollope. Join a discussion group on Thursday 11th January at 10am or Monday 15th January at 8pm. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets.


Events 2018: Do take the leaflet with a list of important dates for the next year and add to diary/calendar, paper/digital.


Christmas hospitality: If you know of someone who might appreciate company on Christmas Day, we have had an offer of hosting. Speak to Mark or Jo for details.


Decorating the Church for Christmas: Saturday 23rd December from 9am. If you have greenery which you can donate please bring to the church either on Friday or early Saturday morning. If you would like to help please let Trudi know 263597.


Burns Night: Friday 19th January. Sign-up sheet and information on the notice board. Please see Stephen Cox-Rusbridge for tickets which are £15. Posters available at the back of church please take and display.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18th -25th January. Please see details on the notice board.


Christmas communion at home: If you or anyone you know needs their Christmas communion at home, please let Mark know and we can arrange it for you.


PUSH “My Life in Miracles”: A Holocaust Opera performed by local community choirs and the University of Chichester at Chichester Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday 27th January. Details :