Harbour Churches Newsletter 22nd August

This Sunday 15th August we meet for worship outdoors at St James, Birdham @ 10am.  We continue to offer a Covid secure 8am Holy Communion (BCP) each Sunday @ St Peter and St Paul, West Wittering and alternate weeks at St James, Birdham and St Nicholas. Itchenor – this Sunday at Itchenor. You no longer need to book for these services.

Eric will be leading the service and also preaching and his sermon theme is:

The Day Of Small Things based on the text in Zechariah c4v10; Who despises the day of small things? When the Israelites were distressed that the temple being rebuilt was much smaller and less grand than the former temple I will journey through the Old Testament showing how God takes small people, small events to build into His greater purposes – Moses, Elijah with the widow, David and Goliath, Ruth gleaning how He has can use us.
Readings – 1 Kings c17v7-14; and 1 Corinthians c1 v26-31;

There will be no ‘Sofa Service’ this week and Morning and Night prayer will not be available during August.

We continue to name in our prayers:
Carrie Goddard, Charlie Gray, Johanna Morrish, Eloise and baby Elijah

We give thanks for the life of Ann Beazer.

The collect for this Sunday

Almighty and everlasting God,
you are always more ready to hear than we to pray
and to give more than either we desire or deserve:
pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy,
forgiving us those things of which our conscience
is afraid
and giving us those good things
which we are not worthy to ask
but through the merits and mediation
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.

PLEASE can we remind you to bring your own chairs for outdoor worship. The worship team spend at least an hour and a half before and after the service setting up and putting away all the equipment, we cannot be organising and sanitising seats as well. There have been several cases of Covid within the last two weeks of Track and Trace isolation in our own church family and while restrictions may not be mandatory the risks are still there even for double jabbed people. We are outside for worship because it is safer but hand sanitising and social distancing are still to be recommended. Please help us keep our church family safe, otherwise all our efforts will be wasted.