St Thomas à Becket

Registered charity number : 1134842

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Churchwarden:      Mr Alex Brockhurst

            Tel: 07792 544259


Churchwarden:      Mrs Sue O’Neill

            Tel: 07867 904780


Licensed lay minister:      Mrs Rosemary Towse


Safeguarding officer:     Mrs Jan Brockhurst


:   @StThomasPagham

Sunday 16th June 2024

Ordinary Time


Richard, Bishop of Chichester, 1253


16th      09:30 Parish Eucharist with Sunday School
Monday 17th       09:00 Morning Prayer


18th     18:00


Evening Prayer

Tuesday @7



19th        No public Worship Today


20th     09:00


Morning Prayer

Holy Communion



21st       No public Worship Today


22nd         No public Worship Today


23rd        09:30 Parish Eucharist


428. Love divine, all loves excelling (omitting verses 3 & 4)

738. When I survey the wondrous cross

429 Love is His word, love is His way

110. Come and see the shining hope


The Collect (Opening Prayer):
Almighty God, you have broken the tyranny of sin and have sent the Spirit of your Son into our hearts whereby we call you Father: give us grace to dedicate our freedom to your service, that we and all creation may be brought to the glorious liberty of the children of God; 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 Ezekiel 17: 22- end

Thus says the Lord God: I myself will take a sprig from the lofty top of a cedar; I will set it out. I will break off a tender one from the topmost of its young twigs; I myself will plant it on a high and lofty mountain. On the mountain height of Israel I will plant it, in order that it may produce boughs and bear fruit, and become a noble cedar. Under it every kind of bird will live; in the shade of its branches will nest winged creatures of every kind. All the trees of the field shall know that I am the Lord. I bring low the high tree, I make high the low tree; I dry up the green tree and make the dry tree flourish. I the Lord have spoken; I will accomplish it.


Psalm 92: 1- 8
Response- ‘It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord.’
New Testament Reading 2 Corinthians 5: 6- 10, 14- 17

So we are always confident; even though we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we do have confidence, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For all of us must appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them. From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!


Gospel Reading Mark 4: 26- 34

The Parable of the Growing Seed – He also said, ‘The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.’

The Parable of the Mustard Seed – He also said, ‘With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.’

The Use of Parables – With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.


Prayers of Intercession

The sick and those who care for them:

Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Mike Hatzfeld, Pam Browning, Lucia, Jessie Hutchins, Bea Tucker, Tony, Charles Paterson, Stephen Tribe, Colin May, Beth Long and Gill Montgomery.


Shirley Witcomb would like to thank everyone for their prayers and kind thoughts during her recent illness, from which she is now recovering.


Recently departed:  Mary Lawton, Kay Walker, Diane Wills, Gilly Naylor.


Diane Wills – Sadly Diane passed away on Thursday 30th May. She was a faithful worshiper, chorister and bellringer in this church for many years. Unfortunately, due to mobility issues she has not been able to attend for some time but has regularly received Communion at home.

Anniversary of death:
19th – Dick Martin, Norman Gore, 20th – Kathleen Goldring, Stephen Parkin, Thomas Pay, David Clement


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.

We pray We pray for the people of Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. For the peace of the Holy Land. For those who will weep, and fear, and die this day.

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


Friends of Pagham Parish Church:  A Guided Talk on the History of Pagham Church, to be followed by Pimms and Canapes   –  17:00 on Saturday 29th June.  Tickets  –  £8.00 (members – £5.00).  Please sign up on the board at the entrance to church.  For more details –  Carole Druce  – 07732768890


Bognor Churches Together Quiet Day at Pagham church Saturday 22nd June, 10.00–3.30:, led by Rev Tony Brazier. BYO lunch – refreshments provided. Suggested donation £10. To book a place, contact Anita: 01243 826425, More information from Alison Blenkinsop, 01243 261131 / 07784 544981.


Bognor Churches Together have arranged a free Local Hustings Event for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton Constituency at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 18th June, at Our Lady of Sorrows church, Clarence Road, Bognor Regis. NB Pagham residents are now in Chichester constituency, but are welcome to join the meeting, which will also be live-streamed on YouTube: search for bognorandslindoncatholicpa5178

Pray and prepare for the election!


Congratulations to our talented team of flower arrangers who with West Bognor Flower Club created a display at the Chichester Cathedral Festival of Flowers, and made the front page of the Chichester Observer, well done to Sue Smith, Sue Austin, Carol &Richard Druce, Debbie Lamb, Lynette Hurdle, Trudi Kearsley and David Smith.


Please Note: Churchwardens Mrs Sue O’Neill and Mr Alex Brockhurst’s day off is Friday each week.


Next week’s readings:
Fourth Sunday after Trinity

Job 38.1-11, Psalm 107.1-3,23-32*
2 Corinthians 6.1-13, Mark 4.35-41



Urgently needed this week: pasta, pasta sauce, tinned fruit, tinned potatoes, tinned soup.



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 by the door. Thank you for your generosity.