‘You will see greater things than these.’
As parishioners and congregations of Chichester Harbour Churches you came out in your hundreds to celebrate God’s greatest gift, given from his generous heart – the birth of his Son, Jesus Christ. Christmas saw our churches full to overflowing, and our collection plates brimming over as you all put your hands in your pockets, and purses, to help the homeless, to provide a night shelter in Chichester. In fact, you gave to the tune of over £2900 – yes, you read it right, over £2900 from collections and carols, and generous personal donations. Thank you!
So where is it, you ask? Where is the night shelter! Well, I asked as well. I wanted to know what was happening, when and where and I wanted to know now! Patience is not a gift I have been given by God!
Then someone wiser than I asked – do you want it done now, or do you want it done well? Do you want a 5-minute wonder, or a long-term response to a long-term problem?
We want it done well, and we want it to be long term, don’t we? So, I have to ask, can we be patient? Can we wait and watch as beds and sleeping bags, kettles and saucepans, are purchased. Can we walk with those organising the shelter as showers are fitted, a women’s sleeping area kitted out, and volunteers trained? In our Gospel on Sunday, Jesus tells Philip that he will see the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man if only he will travel with Christ.
We are the living embodiment of God’s generous heart, we are called to be Gods angels on earth, and just as God is patient with us, I know we can be patient as work continues to enable us to be a long-term blessing on those less fortunate.
Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Ian Gray and family, Baby Clemmie, Janet & David Drake, Peter Barnett, Snowdrop, Miriam and Joyce.
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Michael Blackiston, Geraldine Sherwood and May Martin.
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
Should you wish to contact the Rector his mobile number is 07538 011579.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be I am a Christian get me out of here’. At West Wittering (10.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be Finders keepers!’. At Itchenor (11.00) Jim Mould’s sermon theme will be “It’s all about Evangelism, but where does that lead us?”
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion on Sunday at West Wittering.
There will be Songs of Praise for Bo at 3.00 on Sunday at West Wittering and NO Evensong at 6.00.
Sunday 14th January – Second Sunday of Epiphany
1 Samuel 3. 1-10(11-20); Revelations 5. 1-10; John 1. 43-end
Romans 12. 6-16a; John 2. 1-11
Sunday 21st January – Third Sunday of Epiphany
Genesis 14. 17-20; Revelations 19. 6-10; John 2. 1-11
Romans 12. 16b-21; Matthew 8. 1-13
Jeremiah 3. 21-4.2; Titus 2. 1-8, 11-14