Collect for the day

                                                            Date: 18th February 2018

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; 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.


Post communion prayer for the Year of Prayer

Go before us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favour, and further us with your continual help, that in all our works begun, continued and ended in you, we may glorify your holy Name, and finally by your mercy obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our opportunities for worship today


                           First Sunday of Lent                     (P)
8 am Holy Communion  

Readings: 2 Corinthians 6: 1-10;

Matthew 4: 1-11

9.45 am Family Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 9: 8-17; Mark 1: 9-15
Hymns: 161, 17, 54, 231

5 pm Evening Prayer – Celtic


After the Parish Eucharist, all are welcome to gather for refreshments in St. Andrew’s chapel at the back of the church, where we can get to know each other better.


Sunday 18th February

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

Anniversary: Betty Wilmott (2016)

Monday 19th February

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

Tuesday 20th February

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

10 am                  Lent course with Roland starts in church
7 pm               The Eucharist
8 pm           Lent course with Jo starts at Annabelle’s, 10 Colt’s Bay

Wednesday 21st February – Ember Day

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

10 am             Holy Communion
2-4 pm        Knit & Natter at Judith’s, 40 The Causeway (267678)
7.30 pm      Stations of the Cross

Anniversary: Thomas Best (1985); Jack Field (1996)         

Thursday 22nd February

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

7.30 pm      Lent course with Colin starts at 44 Leonora Drive
8 pm           Standing committee at the Vicarage

Anniversary: John Fisk (2008)

Friday 23rd February – Polycarp

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

Anniversary: Eric Willmot (1993)         

Saturday 24th February – Ember Day
the Church’s worldwide mission; all missionary societies and The Bible Society.

Anniversary: Alfred Vickery (1986); Jean Saunders (1994)




We pray for all in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Judi March, Sue Smith, Maureen Howard, Brian Crane, Bill Mitchell, Ethel Huckle, Gerald, Edna Puttock, Ellen Earwaker, Lynette, Gillian Grimmond, Lynne, James.

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

Those who have died recently: Val James, Barbara Nash, Muriel Taylor, Margaret Mayhew, Dave Merritt, Hazel Rogers, Eileen Gower, Al, Joan Dray.

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: Pam Peach, Elizabeth Pett, Mary Ramsay, Pam Ryan.

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in our parish: Bridorley Close, Brookland, Brooks End.

We pray for Pagham Flood Defence Trust, one of our supported charities.

We pray for Gemma Green, who is attending her Bishops’ Advisory Panel tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday: “Thy will be done!”


Revd. Mark Eminson: The Vicarage, 38 Kings Drive, PO21 4PZ., 262713. (Day off Friday)

Revd. Jo King:, 930247. (Day off Friday)

Church Website update: Email to add content.

Pews News – Alison Blenkinsop,, 261131.

Next Sunday Second Sunday of Lent                                     (P)
8.00am Holy Communion  

Readings: 1 Thessalonians 4: 1-8; Matthew 15: 21-28

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16; Psalm 22: 23–end; Romans 4: 13–end; Mark 8: 31–end
Hymns: 756, 18, 626, 305

12.00 Baptism of Florence Rush
5.00pm Evening Prayer – Common Worship

Readings: Genesis 12: 1-9; Hebrews 11: 1-3, 8-16



The Diocesan Lent Course, ‘Inspiring Vision’, starts for the Tuesday and Thursday groups – see noticeboard. For those unable to attend, it can also be found on

Other Lenten disciplines: see the mauve Lent, Holy Week and Easter leaflet for various opportunities and resources.
Spiritual direction or assistance in prayer is available from one of the ministerial team. All are invited to join in the regular services of Morning and Evening Prayer: 9.20 am Monday–Thursday and Saturday, 8.30 am Friday; 5 pm Monday and Thursday. See also ideas such as giving up plastic for Lent at

Confirmation: if anyone feels that God may be calling them towards this step in faith, do please speak to Mark for more information.

Safeguarding: in the light of concerns about charitable organisations’ exploitation of the recipients of their aid, be assured that Pagham Church exercises great care and vigilance in safeguarding the vulnerable. Visit to read that organisation’s statement on safeguarding in the aid sector, under the ‘Media’ tab.

Prayer for All People: a practical guide to resources for prayer. Saturday 24th February, 10-12 noon at St Mary’s Church, Felpham.

Beetle and Bingo Night: a family FUNdraiser on Saturday 24th February, 6-9 pm at the Church Centre, Nyetimber Lane. Tickets £10 adults, £7 children. See details and sign-up sheets on notice board.

Fairtrade Fortnight starts on 26th February. To take part or learn more, see

Parish Book Group: our current book is ’The Rebirthing of God’ by John Philip Newell. See the Book Group notice board for details of discussion groups on Monday 26th or Thursday 1st March.

Women’s World Day of Prayer: Friday 2nd March at 10.30 am, at St Mary’s, Felpham. This service is for all – men, women and children – and is written by women in Suriname. Leaflets are on the back table.

Julian meetings for silent contemplation will resume after Easter.