Faith on the go….
I’m trying to get on my bike more – good for the heart and good for the waist… I remember an old priest once saying that he’d only serve in a parish he could cycle round in a morning…. if only. And of course when you ‘get on your bike’ you can’t help but bump into folk (not literally). The other day I met four of the folk on the Saltern’s Way up to Itchenor – great to chat but I’m never not tight on time!
So often in the stories about Jesus we find him on the move, heading from here to there and meeting folk on the way. No meeting was without significance and in today’s gospel reading that’s certainly the case ‘The Sabbath was made for man not man for the Sabbath….’ It’s a classic teaching on good religion for us to ponder as we think about our priorities of faith.
Keeping faithful in prayer and having our prayer life as a priority is very much part of this Diocesan Year of Prayer. Walking can be a great way to make time and space for prayer… faith on the go.
Next Saturday 9th June @ 10.30am we’re invited to meet at the car park by the canal at Hunston and join Bishop Mark and Archdeacon Douglas as, together with other ‘pilgrims’ from the Chichester area, and walk in prayerful pilgrimage to Chichester Cathedral to celebrate Holy Communion at the Shrine of St Richard and reflect on a life rooted in prayer . Bring a packed lunch for a picnic on Paradise Lawns after the service. More details are available on the Chichester Diocesan website and you can book online… Who knows who we’ll meet or where prayer will lead us.
God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your Son.
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Snowdrop, Peter Barnett and Brian O’Brien
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Joyce Henson and Carson Pratt
There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for Joyce Henson at 2.00 on Wednesday 6th June at St James Church, Birdham.
Wedding and baptism:
We also add to our prayers Tom & Lauren for their wedding on Friday at West Wittering and Nick & Lucy (Itchenor) and Mark & Jessica (Birdham) for their weddings on Saturday.
Jack Long for his baptism at West Wittering on Saturday.
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.
Services for this weekend
8.00 BCP HC at West Wittering and Itchenor
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “Treasure from broken clay pots”. At West Wittering (10.00) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme will be “Mary, Mary quite contrary…” At Itchenor (9.00) Susan Monks’ theme for Little Nick’s will be “Sunday’s are special days for feeding and healing”
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
3rd June – First Sunday after Trinity
Deuteronomy 5. 12-15; 2 Corinthians 4. 5-12; Mark 2. 23-3.6
1 John 4. 7-end; Luke 16. 19-end
Jeremiah 5. 1-19; Romans 7. 7-25
10th June – Second Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 3.8-15; 2 Corinthians 4. 13-5.1; Mark 3. 20-35
1 John 3.123-end; Luke 14. 16-24
Jeremiah 6. 16-21; Romans 9.1-13