The following Ad Clerum from Bishop Martin was sent to me and all clergy. I share with you an extract regarding the ‘state of the nation’.
The state of the nation
The decision to prorogue Parliament has heightened tensions and division in national life. How should we respond as the Church of England?
Our primary contribution is one of prayer that seeks wisdom, truth, and respect for each other, at every level of national life, in what we do and say. I therefore ask that in every service conducted in our churches this coming Sunday there should be specific prayers offered for this nation, for the Queen, the government, all who bear the responsibility of public office, and the future welfare of every citizen and those who are domiciled here. Please pray for your local MP and all who represent the people of Sussex in Parliament.
I also commend the State Prayers that are in the Book of Common Prayer. The following words from the prayer for the High Court of Parliament has been used by previous generations in many such circumstances. It gives us a good outline of what we believe and what we seek:
“That all things may be so ordered and settled by their endeavours, upon the best and surest foundations, that peace and happiness, truth and justice, religion and piety, may be established among us for all generations”.
Our second contribution is that we have a legitimate responsibility to expect from those in public office the standards of conduct in legislative policy, debate and decision that will contribute to recovering a sense of national unity. This is easy to say but difficult to deliver: we all know that.
We look to the Prime Minister, his cabinet and his advisers to steady the nerve of the nation with temperate and prudent action. But at the local level, our own words and attitude can also contribute to a calm and constructive handling of the difficult times we are facing
Come, Holy Ghost.
Anoint and cheer our soiled face with the abundance of thy grace.
Keep far our foes, give peace at home: where thou art guide, no ill can come.
With thanks for our apostolic partnership.
Not only at our main Sunday morning acts of worship, but most particularly at our Benefice Wholeness and Healing Sunday service at SJC, Birdham, 7pm we will pray intently. Please join in prayer.
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. Amen
We continue to pray for:
Clemmie, Michael Palmer, Ellen Chapman, Kris Tippen, Debbie, Robert Bowen-Colthurst and Tony Johnson
And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Anne Emck ,Trevor Hurrell and John Pickard
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
At Birdham (9.30am) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be’WWJD?’. At West Wittering (9.00) Jonathan Swindells’ sermon theme for Little Witterings will be “Shaped in Clay” and at 10.00 his sermon theme will be ‘You knit me together – discipleship’. Itchenor (11.00) Michael Chater’s sermon theme will be ‘Making the best.’
6.00 Wellness & Healing Birdham
Sunday 8th September
12th Sunday after Trinity
Luke 14. 25-33
2 Corinthians 3. 4-9; Mark 7 31.-37
Sunday 15th September
13th Sunday after Trinity
Luke 10. 23b-37