The last time I wrote for the Newsletter I prayed that we could all find a quiet time in a quiet place, after which, of course, everything went busy, busy, busy! This weekend is no exception in busyness as we continue to give thanks for the life and example of the Queen, we celebrate our national Patron Saint, St George, and at West Wittering on Sunday afternoon we welcome God’s creatures into church for a Pet Service!
At the West Wittering school assembly this week, the Rector reminded the children that St George was a real person, and one who put faith and duty before personal safety and personal glory. He died because he refused to give up his faith, protecting and defending the weak and the helpless! He also showed them the picture that heads up this piece, suitably gory and great for kids’ imaginations!
The book produced by the Bible Society to celebrate the Queen’s birthday is titled ‘The Servant Queen’ and there can be no doubt that the Queen’s faith is strong and her sense of duty is immense. When at Balmoral, the Queen will frequently worship ‘under the radar’, only noticed as she receives the Holy Sacraments.
So as we celebrate the lives of two people who are what they are because of a strong faith and sense of duty to others, let us pray that we can find that faith to carry on in the hard times, to celebrate in the good times, and to always put the needs of others before ourselves.
Jonathan Swindells is preaching at the main service at Birdham (9.30). At West Wittering (9.30) Annette Stickeley’s sermon will be “Different Kinds of Love”. There is no Childrens’ Service but don’t forget the Pet Service at 4.00. Bruce Holben’s sermon at Itchenor (11.00) will be “Seeing with God’s Vision” and at Church@6 Jim Mould’s theme will be “Stop doubting and start believing. Stop fearing start sharing peace.”
There is no Evensong as the Pet Service is at 4.00pm
We continue to pray for:
Maurice Stokes, Georgina, Edward, Charlotte, Roy Brundle and Alan Clatworthy
and those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Iris Colwell, Elsie Boyd, Helen Stokes, Jacob Darley, Gerald Cortis and Geoffrey Homerstone
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon. If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Collect for Sunday
Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father.
Readings for Sunday 24th April
Acts 11. 1-18
Revelations 21, 1-6
John 13, 31-35
James 1. 17-21
John 16. 5-15
Daniel 6. 6-23
Mark 15. 46-16.8