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Priest-in-Charge: The Reverend Lucy Sullivan

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Churchwarden: Mr Alex Brockhurst

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Churchwarden: Mr Mike Wake

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SUNDAY 22nd January 2023

third sunday of epiphany

Sunday 22nd                    08:00 Holy Communion- St Richard’s

EPIPHANY 3                    09:30 Parish Eucharist

Monday 23rd                    09:00 Morning Prayer (church)

Tuesday 24th                  17:30 Evening Prayer (Zoom)

St Francis de Sales         19:00 Tuesday@7

Wednesday 25th             17:30 Evening Prayer (Zoom)

CONVERSION OF  PAUL                           

Thursday 26th                    09:00 Morning Prayer (church)

Ss Timothy and Titus          10:00 Holy Communion

Friday 27th                      No public services today

                                        18:30 Burns night supper (Church Centre)

Saturday 28th                  No public services today

St Thomas Aquinas

Sunday 29th                    08:00 Holy Communion- St Richard’s

THE FEAST OF               09:30 Parish Eucharist




Entrance: 646 The Kingdom of God is justice and joy

Gradual: 375 King of glory, king of peace

Offertory: 540 O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray

Final: 752 Will you come and follow me

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.

The Collect (Opening Prayer) for the Third Sunday of Epiphany:

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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: Isaiah 9: 1- 4

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness— on them light has shined. You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder. For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Psalm 27: 1, 4- 12 the response to the psalm is “The Lord is my light and my salvation”.

New Testament reading: 1 Corinthians 1: 10- 18

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong to Apollos’, or ‘I belong to Cephas’, or ‘I belong to Christ.’ Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power. For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.



Gospel reading: Matthew 4: 12- 23

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.’
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Prayers of Intercession

The sick and those who care for them: Rosie Sims, Terry Haskell, Barbara Crew, Karen Cox, Jim Fowler, Sheila King, Dawn Spurway Pearson, Nicola Simpson, Betty Smith, Mike Hatzfeld, Andrew Naylor, Colin May, Tyler Rankin, Max Davey, Leslie Francis, Dickie Roots, Colin Wood, Elizabeth.

Recently departed: Robert Power

Anniversary of death: James Turton, Florence Plummer (24th); Cyril May (25th); Winifred Turner, Isobelle Summerside, Phyllis Perkins, Marjorie Phillips (27th); Eileen Tooze, Leonard Cowee (28th).

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.

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

Post Communion Prayer God of glory, you nourish us with your Word who is the bread of life: fill us with your Holy Spirit that through us the light of your glory may shine in all the world. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Next week’s readings: The Third Sunday of Epiphany

Isaiah 9: 1- 4; Psalm 27: 1, 4- 12; 1 Corinthians 1: 10- 18; Matthew 4: 12- 23

Friends Christmas Quiz

On behalf of the Friends Committee, may I say a Big Thank You to Alison Blenkinsop for organising last Christmas’s Quiz and the great local prizes. We sold 127 quiz sheets with 18 being returned. Linda Tempest was the “Top Scorer” and we made £291 for the Friends of Pagham Church. Thanks to everyone who participated.

Bognor Churches Together Launch

All are invited to this event which sees the closing of the former group of Churches together in Bognor and the launch of the new set-up. Tuesday 24th January 19:30, Bognor Methodist church Waterloo Square.

Burns Night hosted by Pagham Men’s Group

On Friday 27th January 2023 the infamous Men’s Group Burns Night returns to the Pagham Parish Church Centre, with Piper. Tickets available from Stephen Cox Rusbridge: 07974 177 905 // Pre-book only: £15 per adult/ £8 per under 14yrs.

2 Courses: Haggis, Neeps and Tatties (vegetarian option available) followed by pudding or cheese. Includes a complimentary glass of wine and wee dram of whiskey. Optional dress code: Tartan or Tweed.

Friends of Pagham Parish Church ‘Winter Warmer’ Join the “Friends” for an evening of good food on Saturday 11th at 6.30 pm in St. Andrew’s Chapel. £10 per head. Bring your own drinks.  Please add your name to the sign-up sheet on the notice board.

Christian Aid- Lent Lunches

During Lent (which begins on the 22nd February) we will be hosting weekly lunches in aid of Christian Aid. These will be held on Thursdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th of March at the Pagham Parish Church Centre, on Nyetimber Lane. 12:00- 14:00. Sue O’Neill will be co-ordinating these lunches, if you would like to help her, please do contact her on / 07867 904 780. It’s not necessary to be available every week.

The Weekly Pew Sheet

I was asked recently what the significance is of the colours on our pew sheets- so here is a little crib sheet to help you. On the front page, where the calendar is listed, each day is coded as to the season/ festival/ Lesser Saint which is observed on that date. For example: days in Lent and Advent are in purple, days in Easter or Christmas/ Epiphanytide are in white (shown as orange), Apostles and Martyrs are in red, and so on. This is a helpful reminder of the season that we are in, to give us a gentle nod toward the theme of the day, or to help us acknowledge the Saint that we are to commemorate. It also relates to the colours you will see the church dressed in.

White: Christmas, Epiphany, Easter. Feasts of Our Lord. Bishops

Purple: Advent and Lent.

Green: Ordinary time (days between The Presentation of Christ and Ash Wednesday, and the weeks after Trinity)

Red: Passiontide, Kingdom Season. Apostles, Martyrs.


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