Weekly Pews News

No. 758/9

Colour of the season: White



Collect for 27th December – John, Apostle and Evangelist

Merciful Lord, cast your bright beams of light upon the Church: that, being enlightened by the teaching of your blessed apostle and evangelist Saint John, we may so walk in the light of your truth that we may at last attain to the light of everlasting life; through Jesus Christ your incarnate Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


  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



Collect for 3rd January – Epiphany

O God, who by the leading of a star manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: mercifully grant that we, who know you now by faith, may at last behold your glory face to face; 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.


  Epiphany                                                             (W)                                                                                                                                                             
8.00am Holy Communion

Readings: Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12

9.45am Parish Eucharist

Readings: Isaiah 60: 1-6, Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12

Hymns: 49, 85, 326, 724  

Communion: 40, 729, 589

5.00pm Evening Worship – Informal


Sunday 27th December

Intention: Pray for Peace; for the European Union and The United Nations Organisation.


Monday 28th December – The Holy Innocents

Intention: Pray for vocations to the ordained ministry, especially any within our own parish; for the theological colleges and for all ordinands in training and for vocations to the religious life. Anniversary: Nicholas Carr (1963), Mary Wice (1997), Yvonne Clark (1999)


10.00am         The Eucharist


Tuesday 29th December – Thomas à Becket

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


7.00pm           The Eucharist


Wednesday 30th December

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


10.00am         Holy Communion

2-4pm             Knit and Natter at Joan Dent’s (265083)

Thursday 31st December

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


10.30am         Visiting Bell Ringers

11.30pm         Ringing-in of the New Year


Friday 1st January – Naming and Circumcision of Jesus

Intention: Pray for our Parish Team – Clergy: Mark Eminson, Jo King, Colin Wood, Bill Meyer. Reader Roland Ell; Churchwardens: Mike Wake and Stephen Cox Rusbridge. Anniversary: Florence Austin (1977)


Saturday 2nd January – Basil the Great and Gregory of Nazianzus

Intention: Pray for our hospitals, doctors, district nurses, home care assistants, pharmacists, therapists, opticians, dentists; all who provide health care.   Anniversary: Elsie Barker (2008)


Sunday 3rd January

Intention: Pray for the Pilgrim Course – Leaders and participants. Pray for those baptised and confirmed here during the year, for their parents, godparents or sponsors; for our own godchildren. Anniversary: Reginald Porter (2000)



Monday 4th January

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


Tuesday 5th January

Intention: Pray for our children and young people, and their leaders; for our Children’s Groups, Wednesday Club and Youth Group. Anniversary: Frances Weston (1989)


7.00pm           The Eucharist

7.45pm           Ladies Club


Wednesday 6th January

Intention: Pray for our Archbishops, Justin Welby of Canterbury and John Sentamu of York; for the work of the Archbishops’ Council and General Synod; for the worldwide Anglican Communion. Anniversary: Vanessa Knight            (2008), Julia Balk (2010)


10.00am         Holy Communion

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

2-4pm             Knit and Natter at Glenda’s (263537)

Thursday 7th January

Intention: Pray for our schools, colleges and universities; for all teachers and learners, governors and administrators. Anniversary: Elsie Smith (1975), Joyce Wentworth-Payne (1997), Beryl Eames (2000)


Friday 8th January

Intention: Pray for the hungry, homeless, refugees and asylum seekers; for the work of The Church Army, Christian Aid and all relief agencies.


Saturday 9th January

Intention: Pray for the Queen and Royal Family, our Nation and Government, our local MP and MEP. Anniversary: Maisie Knight (2000)



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, Peter Eden, Barbara Waldron, Peter Downey, Nicola Hobson, David Nash, Greg Huet, Maureen Yates.

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: Hazel Pearson, Mary Pearson.


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



Jo and Mark: Thank you for all your Christmas cards and gifts to them and their families.


Christmas thanks: Thank you to so many of you who have helped prepare the church and assist in services for our splendid keeping of the Christmas feast!


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.


Ladies Club: The next meeting of the Ladies Club will be on Tuesday 5th January at 7.45 pm at the Church Centre. The speaker will be Justine Lewis of Southern Water and all are welcome.


Family Quiz: Answers will be on the notice board on 27th December 2015.



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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