Why is it that ‘rough sleepers’ always seem to choose ‘Choir practice night’ to pitch up in church?
Well, there he was sat in pew listening to the choir practice, a young man in his late twenty’s. His cloths clean – his finger nails filthy. His face had that particular type of tan achieved by spending many days walking in all weathers. With flickering hazel eyes sparking in that weathered face it soon became clear that here was a very agitated and confused young man.
“You shouldn’t get mud on someone’s carpet – should you, should you?’ It’s not good is it. It isn’t good is it, I mean to get mud on someone’s carpet. Can you tell it isn’t good? Getting mud on someone’s carpet isn’t good, is it?”
That must be why there was a pair of shoes neatly placed in the porch.
We’ve let Keith stay overnight in the church – there was nowhere in the area where he could have gone… ‘no room at the inn of state provision’ if you will. Hopefully, today he’ll have help to bring a little balance back to his mental wellbeing. Pharmacological therapies do work.
Where he’ll eventually end up no one knows. Keith, like an increasing number of young people is finding it just too hard to cope with how the modern world works. We probably should expect to have more Keith’s visit our chocolate box churches in the coming years.
Can we let them stay – should we? What do you think? Answers can be found at the back of Matthew’s Gospel… 25:31-46.
God, our judge and saviour, teach us to be open to your truth and to trust in your love, that we may live each day with confidence in the salvation which is given through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We continue to pray for:
Conor Jones, Ian Gray and family, Carole Richardson, Robert Shippam, Elisabeth Ropner, Janet & David Drake, Peter Barnett, Snowdrop and Ian Chrismas .
And those who have recently died and their loved ones.
Anthony Rigby and Geoffrey Dove
If you know of anyone who needs our prayers or would appreciate a visit, please let the Rector or the Parish Administrator know.
At the main service at Birdham (9.30am) Jim Mould’s sermon theme will be “Why bother?”. At West Wittering (10.00) Jonathan Swindells’ will be presiding and preaching . At Itchenor (11.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be “Harvest, you can’t have too much of a good thing!”
The Ministry Team are only too happy to talk through aspects of their Sermon.
There will be 8.00 BCP Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor.
There will be Evensong at West Wittering at 6.00.
Wednesday 18th October Luke the Evangelist Holy Communion at West Wittering
Sunday 15th October – Trinity 18
Isaiah 25. 1-9; Philippians 4. 1-9; Matthew 22. 1-14
1 Corinthians 1. 4-8; Matthew 22. 34-end
Proverbs 3. 1-18; 1 John 3. 1-15
Sunday 22nd October – Trinity 19
Isaiah 45. 1-7; 1 Thessalonians 1. 1-10; Matthew 22. 15-22
Ephesians 4. 17-end; Matthew 9. 1-8
Proverbs 4. 1-18; 1 John 3. 16-4.6