Weekly Pews News

No 18-51/52

23 December 2018

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. Amen.

Canticle response – My spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

Post-communion prayer at the Lighting of 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 you coming.  Amen.

                             Fourth Sunday of Advent                  (P)
8 am Holy Communion

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

9.45 am Parish Eucharist
Micah 5: 2-5a; Canticle: Magnificat;
Hebrews 10: 5-10; Luke 1: 39-45
Hymns: 128, 949, 182, 405
5 pm Evening worship – Compline

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



Sunday 23 December

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

Anniversary: Christine Taylor (2001)

PRAYERS AND INTENTIONS (continued from inside)

Monday 24 December

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

                                   Christmas Eve                                (W)
5 pm

11.30 pm

Crib Service

Midnight Mass

Readings: Isaiah 52: 7-10; Psalm 98;
Hebrews 1: 1-4; John 1: 1-14
             Hymns: Sheet

                                   Christmas Day                              (W)
8 am Holy Communion

Readings: Hebrews 1: 1-12; John 1: 1-14

9.45 am Family Eucharist
Isaiah 9: 2-7; Luke 2: 1-14 Hymns: Sheet

Tuesday 25 December – Christmas Day

Intention: our Diocese of Chichester, our Bishops, Martin, Mark and Richard; the archdeacons, clergy and people; the work of Diocesan Synod and Church House; the witness of Chichester Cathedral.

Anniversary: Audrey Hunt (2009)

Wednesday 26 December – Stephen

Intention: the elderly, lonely and bereaved; all those in residential care and those who care for them.

10 am             Holy Communion

Anniversary: Montague Austin (1972); Margot Fisher (1975); Edna Stevens (2015)

Thursday 27 December – John, Apostle and Evangelist

Intention: Peace, and the European Union and the United Nations.

5 pm               Compline

Friday 28 December – The Holy Innocents

Intention: vocations to the ordained ministry, especially any within our own parish; theological colleges and all ordinands in training, and vocations to the religious life.

Anniversary: Nicholas Carr (1963); Terry Wice (1997); Yvonne Clark (1999)

Saturday 29 December – Thomas à Becket

Intention: our mission to our own parish; the outreach of our parish newsletter; all newcomers to Pagham, and to our Church family.

10 am             The Eucharist

Sunday 30 December         First Sunday of Christmas             (W)  

Collect Almighty God, who wonderfully created us in your own image and yet more wonderfully restored us through your Son Jesus Christ: grant that, as he came to share in our humanity, so we may share the life of his divinity; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.   Amen

Psalm response Praise, O praise the name of the Lord.

8 am Holy Communion

Readings: Galatians 4: 1-7; Matthew 1: 18-21

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: 1 Samuel 2: 18-20 and 26; Psalm 148;
Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41–end
Hymns: 36, 326, 508, 370

5 pm Evening worship – Christmas Carols

Intention: our neighbouring churches, and the work of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District.               Anniversary: Stella Tribe (2007)

(No weekday prayers until week starting 7 January)

Monday 31 December

Intention: our family and friends.   Anniversary: John Monkton (2000)

Tuesday 1 January – Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

Intention: our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Colin Wood, Bill Meyer; Reader: Roland Ell; Churchwardens: Mike Wake, Stephen Cox-Rusbridge.

(No Eucharist)                                Anniversary: Florence Austin (1977)

Wednesday 2 January – Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus

Intention: our hospitals, doctors, nurses and midwives, home care assistants, pharmacists, therapists, opticians, dentists; all who provide health care.

(No Communion)                             Anniversary: Elsie Barker (2008)

Thursday 3 January

Intention: the Pilgrim Course – leaders and participants. Those baptised and confirmed here during the year, their parents, godparents or sponsors, and our own godchildren.

Anniversary: Richard Hardy (1991); Reginald Porter (2000)

Friday 4 January

Intention: all imprisoned in any way; and the prisoners, staff, chaplains and visitors at HMP Ford.                       Anniversary: Patricia Harvey (1998); Patricia Norton (2006); John Gray (2010)

Saturday 5 January

Intention: our children and young people, and their leaders; our Sunday School and Saints (older children).

9.30 am Sunday School Play rehearsal Anniversary: Frances Weston (1989)



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, Roderick Plastow, Ethel Huckle, Jacqueline and family, Ron Cusworth, Mary Edwards, Tom, Simon, Daley Freddino.

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: John and Velda Scully, Daphne Sharrad, Edna Swinnerton-Beet, Daphne Woolnough, Maureen Yates.

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in Windmill Close, Willow Way, Wolsey Close, Wythering Close.

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



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

Christmas collections are to be divided between our Raise the Roof fund and Christian Aid, for its work in supporting local peacemakers in Yemen.

Christmas thanks: heartfelt thanks to all who have prepared and beautified the church and assisted in services for our keeping of the Christmas feast; thanks as well from all the Eminsons for Christmas cards, wishes and gifts.

Defibrillator: we are grateful to Wednesday Tots, Bell Ringers and the Men’s Group for donations towards our defibrillator, and to Peter and Carol-Anne Pocock for donating the case.

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 look to the Year of Vocation by hearing the last feedback from Prayer Partners today (23rd). The full launch is on 13 January, the Baptism of Christ. As part of this, please bring your own baptism certificate and/or any other memorabilia to church that morning.

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.