Weekly Pews News

No. 757

Colour of the season: Purple

Date: 20th December 2015


Fourth Sunday of Advent


Collect for the day:

God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son: grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


Canticle Response:

My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.


Prayer at the Advent Wreath:

Lord Jesus, light of the world, blessed is Gabriel, who brought good news; blessed is Mary, your mother and ours. Bless your Church preparing for Christmas; and bless us your children, who long for your coming. Amen.


Our Opportunities for Worship today

  Fourth Sunday of Advent                               (P)                                                                                                                                                              
8.00am Holy Communion

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

9.45am Parish Eucharist

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

Hymns: 480, 447, 182, 405    

Communion: 265, 651, 634

5.00pm Evening Prayer – Celtic


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 20th December

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


Monday 21st December

Intention: Pray for the sick in body, mind or spirit; for the addicted, handicapped or incurable; for the work of St Wilfrid’s Hospice. Anniversary: Cecil Smith (1982), Sylvia Harvey (2004)


Tuesday 22nd December

Intention: Pray for our Deanery of Arundel and Bognor, for our parishes, clergy and people; for our Rural Dean Mark Standen, and for the work of the Deanery Synod. Anniversary: Mary Cornell (1993), Philip Ray (1994)


7.00pm          The Eucharist


Wednesday 23rd December

Intention: Pray for all those who do difficult work on our behalf, especially in the armed services and the emergency services. Anniversary: Christine Taylor (2001)


10.00am        Holy Communion

8.00pm       Compline


Thursday 24th December

Intention: Pray for the Church’s worldwide mission; for all the missionary societies and for The Bible Society.


5.00pm       Crib Service

11.30pm        Midnight Mass


Friday 25th December

Intention: Pray for our Diocese of Chichester, our Bishops, Martin, Mark and Richard; the archdeacons, clergy and people; for the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; for the witness of Chichester Cathedral. Anniversary: Audrey Hunt (2009)


8.00am          Holy Communion

9.45am          Family Eucharist


Saturday 26th December – Stephen

Intention: Pray for the elderly, lonely and bereaved; for all those in residential care and those who care for them. Anniversary: Montague Austin (1972), Margot Fisher (1975)


10.00am        The Eucharist


We pray for all in need and especially those in need of healing in mind, body or spirit: Sue Smith, Anthea Potter, Frank Lawton, Mary Gough, Rita and David Thompson, Jane, Peter Eden, Barbara Waldron, Peter Downey, Nicola Hobson, David Nash.

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 recently: John Morrish, Dorothy Neale, Hazel.


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 ask God’s blessing upon us and upon all at the commencement of this Year of Mercy.




Church Website update: To add content to the website email editor@paghamchurch.org


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


Revd. Jo King can be contacted on curate@paghamchurch.org (day off Friday) or 01243 276949.


Pews News: Louise Gibbs (Editor) can be contacted by email: louise.gibbs1109@rocketmail.com (Tel: 07773 135005) or telephone Mark Eminson 01243 262713


Next Sunday John, Apostle and Evangelist                        (W)
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: 1 John 1: 1-end, John 21: 19-end

9.45am Family Eucharist

Readings: Exodus 33: 7-11a, John 21: 19b-end

Hymns: 480, 447, 182, 405    

Communion: 265, 651, 634

4.00pm Christmas Carols




Thank you: Pauline Purdy would like to send her thanks to everyone who have sent wishes for a speedy recovery and helped ferry her around since her fall. Unfortunately she is still unable to write and sends her apologies for the lack of Christmas cards this year.


Events 2016: Do please take a leaflet outlining our main events next year.


Christmas Collections: The collections at all four Christmas services

will go to British Red Cross for their ongoing vital work in the refugee crisis.


Rental Property: A couple preparing to move here and join our church are wondering if anyone knows of a property to let for a few months in the spring. For more details speak to Mark.


Christmas Communions: If you or someone you know will be unable to get to church over Christmas do please let Mark or Trudi know and we will arrange for the sacrament to be brought to you at home.


Parish Book Group: Our current book is “The Dean’s Watch” by Elizabeth Goudge. See the Book Group notice board for further information and sign-up sheets. Join a discussion group on Tuesday 19th January at 8pm or Thursday 21st January at 10am.


Walsingham 2016: The annual pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham will be from 5th to 8th September. If you are would like to experience the daily round of prayer and worship at Walsingham, please add your name to the list on the noticeboard in the South Aisle. For further information please speak to Roland or Mark.


Good News: We are a volunteer to deliver the monthly Good News newsletters to Lion Road and The Nyetimbers. If you are able to help please contact Trudi – 263597, or Mo – 268576.

Registered charity number: 1134842