Here’s a lovely old saying… “Seven days without prayer makes one weak”

How time flies… is it really a year ago that we held our Week of Guided prayer? Here we are coming to the end of the Year of Vocation and looking back it has been another full and, we must hope, life giving time for Harbour Churches.

At our One Church service on Sunday 29th September, there is the invitation to join together as three churches with the one mission of ‘blessing our communities’, and reflect together on our deepening relationship with the Beckoning God, discovering how, out of that relationship, we are being called into new life and witness. There will be opportunities throughout the morning to reflect on how our service – the things we do – can only ever be an expression of that relationship when it is the gifts God give us are being shared.

However, next Sunday 22nd, St James and St Nicholas will be celebrating Harvest Festival at their main morning service (West Witterings is Sunday 6th October). It’s always a marker of time – the harvest. It speaks of natures seasons and of those timeless things… and a timeless tradition of parish churches up and down the land. Of course, in reality  it was the Victorians who ‘invented’ Harvest Festival to compensate for the loss of any real connection with the countryside and country ways with the industrialisation and urbanisation of England. How long this ‘new’ tradition can last as a meaningful act of worship – well, only time can tell! Nevertheless, a hearty rendition of ‘We plough the fields and scatter’ could be just the thing your family, friends, and neighbours need to gently reconnect them –  not only with their parish church, but also those deeper rhythms of life’s seasons which only find true expression in the prayers we offer…

 Who might we invite to Harvest Festival?

Jonathan, Rector

Collect
Almighty God, who called your Church to bear witness that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself: help us to proclaim the good news of your love, that all who hear it may be drawn to you: through him who was lifted up on the cross, and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.  Amen

We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Ellen Chapman, Kris Tippen, Debbie, Robert Bowen-Colthurst, Tony Johnson and Gerard

And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Trevor Hurrell and Pamela Buttress

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 Holy Communion at West Wittering and Itchenor

At Birdham (9.00am) Susan Monks’ sermon theme for Little Jimmies will be “Listening to God’s Call” and at 9.30 Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “Lost property”.  At West Wittering (10.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be ‘To Save, or be saved’ .

There will be Evensong at 6.00pm at West Wittering

Readings
Sunday 15th September
13th Sunday after Trinity
Morning
Luke 15.1-10
BCP
Hebrews 13. 1-6; Luke 10.23b-37
Evensong
Isaiah 60; John 6. 51-69

Sunday 22nd September
14th Sunday after Trinity
Morning
Luke 16. 1-13
BCP
Galatians 5. 16-24
Luke 17. 11-19

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