Weekly Pews News

No 18-50

16 December 2018

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.


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


Post-communion prayer at the Lighting of 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.


                         Third Sunday of Advent                   (P)                  
8 am Holy Communion
1 Corinthians 4: 1-5; Matthew 11: 2-10
9.45 am Parish Eucharist
Readings: Zephaniah 3: 14–end; Canticle: Isaiah 12: 2–end; Philippians 4: 4-7; Luke 3: 7-18

Hymns: 480, 929, 406, 295

5 pm Evening worship – Celtic

After the Eucharist, all are welcome to gather for refreshments
and socialise in St Andrew’s chapel at the back of church

Sunday 16 December

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

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

Monday 17 December

Intention: the press, radio and television corporations, and all who influence public opinion; also Christian publishing and broadcasting.

1.15 pm      Rose Green Juniors readers’ rehearsal

Tuesday 18 December – ‘O Sapienta’

Intention: all seafarers, fishermen and lifeboat crews, and the work of the Mission to Seafarers.

7 pm               The Eucharist
7.30 pm      Carol singing at the Bear Inn, Pagham Road

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

Wednesday 19 December

Intention: Church finances, national and international finance; consider what the words poverty and wealth mean to us.

10 am             Rose Green Juniors Carols

2 pm           Knit & Natter at Mary’s, 2 Honeysuckle Drive (263852)
7 pm               Compline

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

Thursday 20 December

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

10 am             Holy Communion

7.30 pm      Chichester Voices concert

Friday 21 December

Intention: the sick in body, mind or spirit; those who are addicted, disabled or incurable; the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

9 am               Rose Green Infants Carols

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

Saturday 22 December

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

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


We pray for all in need of healing in body, mind or spirit: Sue Smith, Judi March, Bill Mitchell, Lynette, Zoe, Eugene West, Ann, Sheila King, Ray Radmall, Mary Ramsay, Daphne Woolnough, Roderick Plastow, Ethel Huckle, Jacqueline & family, Ron Cusworth, Mary Edwards, Tom.

For urgent prayer, contact Gillian Purvis (267597) or Colin Wood (264192) to activate the Prayer Chain.

Those who have died: Jean Thorpe, Len Ferguson.

We pray for those recorded in our Memorial Book whose anniversaries occur at this time, and all who mourn their passing.

We remember in our prayers Church members who live in residential care or receive communion at home: Catherine Morrish, Pam Peach, Elizabeth Pett, Pam Ryan.

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

We pray for Tearfund, whose work we support financially as a parish.


Revd. Mark Eminson: The Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ.

vicar@paghamchurch.org, 262713. (Day off Friday)

Church website: email editor@paghamchurch.org to add content.

Pews News: Alison Blenkinsop, pewsnews@paghamchurch.org, 261131. (Deadline for notices: Wednesday afternoon)

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

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

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Micah 5: 2-5a; Canticle: Magnificat;
Hebrews 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45

Hymns: 128, 949, 182, 405

5 pm Evening worship – Compline


Morning Prayer: 9 am Mon–Thurs, 8.30 am Fri, 9.30 am Saturday
Evening Prayer: 5 pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday


Advent and Christmas: do take a copy of the leaflet for these holy seasons (and another for a neighbour?).

Carol singing at the Bear: join our annual event on Tuesday, 7.30 pm.

Festive Music with Chichester Voices this Thursday at 7.30 pm in church, in aid of Rotary charities. More information on flyers; tickets (£12/£10 concessions) available from June Baker in church.

Church Flowers: the Flower Team will be decorating the church on Saturday from 9.30 am. We would be grateful for donations of greenery, which can be brought to the church on Friday or early on Saturday morning. If you would like to help, please speak to Trudi (263597).

Christmas communion: if anyone needs their Christmas communion at home, speak to Mark and we will arrange it for you.

Bishop Martin’s Way of Living: do take an Advent leaflet from the Bishop to help you explore your prayer life, perhaps leading to a Rule of Life.

Chichester Diocese Year of Vocation: with the start of a new church year, we gradually look to the Year of Vocation by hearing feedback each Sunday in Advent from Prayer Partners. The full launch is on 13 January, the Baptism of Christ.
If you would like to try a prayer partner, do write your name on the slip of paper and place it in the Prayer Box at the back of church.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church Christmas Quiz: available from Mo (268576) for £1. Win a bumper hamper in the draw on January 6!

Parish Book Group: our current book is ’North and South’ by Elizabeth Gaskell. Join a discussion group in mid-January; see the Book Group noticeboard at the back of church for further information.

Burns night, hosted by the Men’s Group, is on 18 January at 7 pm at the Church Centre. Names on the list in church, or via Stephen (266800).

2018 Parish Share deficit The vicar writes:
Brothers and sisters, thank you again for your ongoing generosity in straitened times and with a Roof Appeal. This year we will have paid £61,159 Parish Share. However, our Parish Ministry Costs are £71,883. This clearly isn’t sustainable, and over the coming years parishes that can’t pay their costs are likely not to have a full-time priest. If any Church members feel they can help, do please speak to Trudi. Nothing is impossible with God.