Prayer & Preaching 4th August



  1. : a change in form or appearance
  2. : an exalting, glorifying, or spiritual change

What’s your transfiguration trigger?

The sunset or sunrise that catches you off guard and you relax as you experience Gods creation. The feel-good film that gives the corners of your mouth a lift to match that of your heart as you are taken out of the everyday. Seeing a friend you haven’t seen for years, or singing a song you sang as a child, physical events that take you out of the mundane and into the amazing!

Next week the Book Club meets to discuss The Shack, the story of one man’s transfiguration from despair to joy, from rejection to acceptance. But as with so much in our lives, the message of The Shack takes time. I read it in 2007 when it was first published and I just didn’t get it. In 2019 I am where God wants me to be to understand, I have been transfigured.

After 4 years in this Benefice my clothes aren’t dazzling white, and my face hasn’t changed, but I have. Thank you.

Father in heaven, whose Son Jesus Christ was wonderfully transfigured before chosen witnesses upon the holy mountain, and spoke of the exodus he would accomplish at Jerusalem; give us strength so to hear his voice and bear our cross that in the world to come we may see him as he is; 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 Danise Rosales

And those who have recently died and their loved ones:
Joan Deverell and John Guard

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 (9.30am) Eric Eyre’s sermon theme will be “Changing Negatives into Positives”.  At West Wittering (10.00) Sarah Manouch’s sermon theme will be’Happy to be a Nobody’  There is no Little Nick’s at Itchenor this Sunday.

Sunday 4th August
Commemoration of the Transfiguration
Daniel 7. 9-10, 13-14; 2 Peter 1. 16-19; Luke 9. 28-36
Romans 6. 19-end; Mark 8. 1-10a
Genesis 50. 4-end; 1 Corinthians 14. 1-19

Sunday 11th August
8th Sunday after Trinity
Genesis 15. 1-6; Hebrews 11. 1-3, 8-16; Luke 12. 32-40
Romans 8. 12-17; Matthew 7. 15-21
Isaiah 11. 10-end of 12; 2 Corinthians 1. 1-22