Weekly Pews News

No 19-04

27 January 2019

Fourth Sunday of Epiphany

Collect for the day

God our creator, who in the beginning commanded the light to shine out of darkness: we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, shine into the hearts of all your people, and reveal the knowledge of your glory in the face of 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.

Psalm response

The statutes of the Lord are just and rejoice the heart.

Post communion prayer

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits which you have given us, for all the pains and insults which you have borne for us. Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, may we know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly, day by day.  Amen.

                          Fourth Sunday of Epiphany                 (W)                  
8 am Holy Communion (Epiphany 3)

Readings: Romans 12: 16-end; Matthew 8: 1-13

9.45 am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Nehemiah 8: 1-3, 5-6, 8-10; Psalm 19;
1 Corinthians 12: 12-31a; Luke 4: 14-21

Hymns: 105, 361, 291, 148

5 pm Evening Worship – Common Worship

Readings: Numbers 9: 15–end; 1 Corinthians 7: 17-24

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

Sunday 27 January

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

2 pm           Defibrillator training in St Andrew’s Chapel

Anniversary: Winifred Turner (1984); Isobelle Summerside (1989); Phyllis Perkins (1995); Marjorie Phillips (2013)

Monday 28 January – Thomas Aquinas

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: Eileen Tooze (1992); Leonard Cowee (2001)

Tuesday 29 January

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

7 pm               The Eucharist

Anniversary: Frank Ashton-Gwatkin (1976); Daniel Humphries (1997); Bill Clark (2015); Sylvia Pepper (2015)

Wednesday 30 January – Charles, king and martyr

Intention: our neighbouring churches, and the work of Churches Together in Bognor Regis and District.

10 am             Holy Communion

12 noon       Luncheon Club at St Ninian’s Hall (Jean Hunt, 268818)

2-4 pm        Knit & Natter at Jeanne’s, 8 Channel View (261828)

2.30 pm         Funeral of Daphne Woolnough

8 pm           PCC meeting in St A’s Chapel (7.45 pm prayers in church)

Anniversary: Eric Atkins (2015)

Thursday 31 January

Intention: our family and friends.

8 pm           Chichester Voices rehearsal

Anniversary: Bernadette Harrison (1979)

Friday 1 February

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

11.30 am      Funeral of Mary Griffin

Anniversary:           Phoebe Ryan (2014)

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

             Registered charity number: 1134842 www.paghamchurch.org

Saturday 2 February

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

Anniversary:           William Burrow (1993); Albert Barker (2002)


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, Simon Hill, Maria, Nicola, Ron Cusworth, John Corne, Des Scott.

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

Those who have died recently: Carol Powell, Daphne Woolnough, Mary Griffin, John Evans, Clive Miller.

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

We pray for the soul of Douglas Davis, our final Great War son of Pagham, who died on 27 January, 1919.

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, Maureen Yates.

We pray for God’s blessing upon all who live in our parish: Bay Court, Beach Close, Beach Road.

Year of Vocation: we pray for the world of work in all its diversity.


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

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

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

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

Next Sunday Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

8 am Holy Communion

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5; Luke 2: 22-40

9.45 am Parish Eucharist                                                     (Gold)                  

Readings: Malachi 3: 1-5; Psalm 24; Hebrews 2: 14–end; Luke 2: 22-40       Hymns: 379, 574, 100, sheet

5 pm Evening Worship – Contemplative


Bishop Martin’s Rule of Life: the second part of this (“Christmas”) is available at the back of church for those who are interested.

Year of Vocation: copies of baptism thanksgiving cards and service sheets for the recent launch of this diocesan year, when we thanked God for our calling in baptism, are still available at the back of church.

As part of the launch, when Linda Tempest was commissioned as our Lay Champion, we heard how she lives out her vocation. This will be a monthly series, so if others are happy to share in this way, do speak to Mark. Literature about opportunities this year is on the noticeboard.

Confirmation preparation – if anyone is interested in this, initial sessions will begin soon. Do speak to Mark for a further chat.

Freewill Offerings: the white freewill offering envelopes for the forthcoming year are now in the pigeon holes in church for collection.

Burns Night: thank you to Stephen and the Men’s Group for an enjoyable and successful evening; £657 was raised for church funds.

Clive Miller: those who knew Clive and Christina Miller will be sorry to learn that Clive died on 20 December. See Ann Gristwood for more info.

Thanks for healing: Margaret Rees is very grateful for the Church’s prayers, and thanks God for her return to good health.

Women’s World Day of Prayer annual fundraising coffee morning, Monday 28, 10:30–12 noon, at Bognor Methodist Church. Entrance fee £1.50, to include a hot drink and cake. All welcome.

Ladies’ Club, Tues 5 February at 7.45 pm: Ian Limb from Portsmouth Water talks about the wise use of our fresh water supply. All welcome.

Prayer Chain meeting for all who are part of this group, or who would like to know more about it, on Saturday 16 February, 10.30 am in St Andrew’s Chapel. All welcome: we would love to have more members!

Friends of Pagham Parish Church Event: join the “Friends” for an evening of good food to celebrate Valentine’s Day on Saturday 16 February at 7 pm in St. Andrew’s Chapel. £15 per head (£12 for members). Add your name to the sign-up sheet on the notice board.

Women’s Day Event: ‘Cherished – Making peace between Mary and Martha’, Saturday 2 March 9.30–4 pm, at Opengate Baptist Church, Bognor Regis. Tickets £15. See flyers and posters for more information.

Parish Book Group: Our current book is ‘Bringing in the Sheaves’ by the Reverend Richard Coles. See the Book Group notice board at the back of church for further information.