Newsletter 16th January

‘Transform the poverty of our nature…’

As contemporary Christians we are not particularly comfortable in speaking our pains, our doubts and our anger before God. Lament leaves us more than a little uneasy. So, I was surprised that, again this week at Morning Prayer, I heard myself saying ‘We lament’ as I prayed out of the ‘lamentable’ goings on in No 10 Downing Street…

Unlike the Jewish community (think of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, speaking his pain and confusion to God), we have lost a certain sense of lamentation, and this has been, in the words of one scholar, “a costly loss.”

Lament isn’t about blame. Nor seeking after retribution. In a very real way, it’s an honestrecognition before God that sometimes life just stinks! I guess you might say it’s a way to get it off our chest so we can get on with the challenge of living our lives in ways that don’t stink!It recognises the poverty of human nature and the power of God’s grace…

Do consider joining with those who pray together on-line, morning and evening, as Harbour Churches. Here are the links:  8am Morning Prayer        9pm Evening Prayer
Orders of service are available under the Useful Links menu

We meet again this Sunday as a church family via Zoom. If you wish to receive Holy Communion, there will be an in-person said service (BCP) at 9am @ St. Peter and St. Paul,West Wittering. Please wear your mask and follow Covid safety guidelines if attending.

Zoom has proved itself a great way to know Jesus and make him known. Do take this opportunity to share the link to this on-line service with others.

Harbour Churches 10am Sunday Zoom Service


Prayer Matters

Please continue to pray for:
Charlie Gray, Johanna Morrish, Eloise, baby Elijah, Margaret Eyre, Katherine Paintain, Sheila, Chris, Tony Allen, Anna, Ros O’Brien, John Hopkins, Revd John Williams.

We thank God for the lives of:
Joy Watts, Andrew Pitt, Gill Fenning and Dermott Wright.


Collect for the season of Epiphany

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.


We return to inperson worship from Sunday 23rd January.
Here are the opportunities we have to gather together in prayer and praise:

8am BCP Holy Communion @ W Wittering & Itchenor
9am ‘Littles’ @ Itchenor
10am One Church + HC @ Birdham
6pm Evening Prayer @ W Wittering


Other ways we can be the church being good news:

Afghan Refugee hosts:  Contact Revd Bruce 514129 to find out how you can support this significant initiative by the Transform Team
Alpha: Starts up again Jan 22nd. Contact Claire 07762 125699
Foodbank Collections: From next Sunday at St James, Birdham