All Saints’ Day Hymn
Our church choir have prepared a hymn for All Saints’ Day, recorded individually in the safety of their homes to create this singing together hymn, broadcast at our online and gathered services on Sunday 1st November.
At this time of year, we give thanks for those people who have been like lights to us, both those who lived long ago, and those living now. We ask for help to shine like lights ourselves to help others. As the autumnal night draws in and it starts to feel wintry, we are reminded that God is with us in dark and difficult times, when we are sad or ‘in the dark’. The Bible calls Jesus the “Light of the World” and says that “the light shone in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it”.
You might like to light a candle at home when listening to this song as a reminder of Jesus, light of the world shining in the midst of the darkness.
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Funerals – we commend to God’s nearer keeping ...
Kathleen Irene Rosoman (96 years)
William John Gordon Rowlands (92 years)
Hugh Bowen Francis (84 years)
Sylvia Humphrey (82 years)
Donald “Don” Charles Sherwood (92 years)
Joyce Chacksﬁeld (86 years)
Rosina Gladys Mayne (99 years)
Doronee Felicia Monypenny of Pitmilly (77 years)
Patricia Suter (84 years)
Violet Jean Mary Nunn (78 years)
Genevieve Vivienne Lavinia Geary (70 years)
Veronica Brook (78 years)
Hazel Olive Hammond (87 years)
Patricia Susan Davis (73 years)
Interment of ashes only:
Derek Frank Stoner (91 years)
Maureen Phyllis Stoner (89 years)
Elsie Florence Greenﬁeld (98 years)
John Warren Dillow (93 years)
For the Online Zoom Service click here.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Saturday, 31st October 2020
A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.
As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! He slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.
The angry driver then jumped out of the car, grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting, 'What was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. Why did you do it?'
The young boy was apologetic. 'Please, mister...please, I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do,' He pleaded. 'I threw the brick because no one else would stop...'
With tears dripping down his face and off his chin, the youth pointed to a spot just around a parked car. 'It's my brother, 'he said 'He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up.'
Now sobbing, the boy asked the stunned executive, 'Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair? He's hurt and he's too heavy for me.'
Moved beyond words, the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump in his throat. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair, then took out a linen handkerchief and dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts.
A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. 'Thank you and may God bless you,' the grateful child told the stranger.
Too shook up for words, the man simply watched the boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home.
It was a long, slow walk back to the Jaguar. The damage was very noticeable, but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door.
He kept the dent there to remind him of this message: 'Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw a brick at you to get your attention!'
God whispers in our souls and speaks to our hearts. Sometimes when we don't have time to listen, He has to throw a brick at us. It's our choice to listen or not.
Give ear and hear my voice, Listen and hear my words.
~ Isaiah 28:23
Thought for the week from Jacquie Peal
Last Sunday I had the privilege of Presiding at the 8.00 am Holy Communion service so John came with me and we decided to take the rest of the day off -–something we very rarely do on a Sunday. We thought it would be nice to have a peaceful walk on the Downs with Bracken so off we set.
Well! I don't think I have ever seen so many parked cars, people, dogs, bicycles and horses in one short mile in all my life, several of them completely forgetting to "socially distance"! Eventually we were able to turn off the main path and things became a lot more peaceful. Then, being closer to the "dip" side of the Downs, and therefore to the thermals, we began to see the birds: kites, buzzards, a sparrowhawk, kestrels, wheatears, linnets, goldfinches, etc, etc, etc. An amazing number and variety – again, in one short mile! NEVER AGAIN will we walk the Downs on a Sunday morning if we can help it, but didn't it just turn out right in the end?
My Grandfather used to say, "if God doesn't give you what you asked for, he'll give you something better". We wanted a peaceful walk – and what we got was beautiful birds. Thank you, loving Father for the beauty of your world and for your love for each one of us.
With love to all, Jacquie xxx
PS With apologies, “Thought for the Week” will be a bit late next week.
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WELCOME TO ST MARY’S ….. The Church is now be open on Thursday mornings (9.30am – 12.30pm) for private prayer, and on Sundays at 8am for Holy Communion and at 10am for the Parish Communion Service.
We need to continue with all the health and safety measures of hand sanitising on entry, keeping a 2m distance and having to sit where designated, and no singing or afterChurch coffee. Also, it is now compulsory to wear a face covering as we are indoors.
Message from Kathryn:
Dear friends, I am pleased to be able to let you know that the church will be open for Sunday 8am Holy Communion and 10am Parish Communion. Church will be a bit different as we will all have to keep to the health and safety measures of hand sanitising on entry, keeping a 2m distance and so having to sit where designated, and no singing or after church coffee. Also you may wish to wear a mask as we are indoors. It will be great to see you in reality, rather than on the screen!
With love and prayers, Kathryn
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Please note that telephone numbers should be prefixed with 01903.
The Rectory Office is now open on Thursday mornings 10am - 12 noon
Those in need in body, mind and spirit: Jeannie Watten; Gabriella; Trevor Taylor; Bob Minter; Sara Harden; Mollie and Colin Williams; Roger Powell; Wendy Cliffe, Dorothy Gill, Penny; Laurence Hardy
Those who have died recently:
Rest eternal grant unto the, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.
Monday, 19 October Henry Martyn, 1812
Tuesday, 20 October 7.30 pm Deanery Synod at Steyning Church with the Bishop of Horsham
Wednesday, 21 October 10 am – 4 pm ‘Abraham’ Course at Chemin Neuf Community (see Notices)
Thursday, 22 October 9 am – 12.30pm Church open for private prayer
All Saints and All Souls
We will not be able to have our usual Service of Light, Hope & Remembrance this year but we will display in Church a board with all the names entered in our Book of Remembrance and of those whose funerals have taken place over the last three years. The board will be in Church and can be seen on Thursday, 29 October, Sunday, 1 November and Thursday, 5 November. If you wish to include an additional name on the board please inform Viv Stuart by 27 October at the latest.
Abraham (A course for those 70-ish plus)
A series of 5 days with the Chemin Neuf Community to look at the possibilities as we age. At The Priory, School Lane, Storrington RH20 4LN
10am – 4 pm Wednesdays 21 October, 4 November, 18 November, 2 December and 16 December.
Church of England phone line
The Church of England has a free phone line of comforting hymns, reflections and daily prayers, entitled ‘Daily Hope’. Just ring 0800 804 8044.
Kathryn would like all the congregation to spend some time in prayer at 10am on a Sunday morning, so that we are all praying together even though we are apart.
Please note the new links on the left hand side of this page beneath the 3 Heralds cover.
Please note also that we now have a new 'History' page, written by Martyn Freeman.
There is a change in format from this week.
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Parish Communion – All Saints, 1 November 2020
Welcome Revd Stuart Kersley
Hymn For all the Saints
Invitation to Confession
My brothers and sisters, as we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ in word and sacrament, let us call to mind and confess our sins.
Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us, forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. Amen.
Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent, have mercy upon you. Pardon and deliver you from all your sins, confirm and strengthen you in all goodness, and keep you in life eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.
Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer.
For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.
God of holiness, your glory is proclaimed in every age: as we rejoice in the faith of your saints, inspire us to follow their example with boldness and joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
First Reading: 1 John 3: vv1–3 Robin Lenharth or Alice
Alleluia, alleluia. The word of the Lord endures for ever. The word of the Lord is the good news announced to you. Alleluia.
Gospel: Matthew 5: vv1–12
Let us declare our faith in God.
We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
Prayers – Chrystalle Kersley
We are the body of Christ. In the one Spirit we were all baptised into one body. Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life. The peace of God be always with you.
And also with you.
Let us offer one another a sign of peace.
Preparation of the Table
Be present, be present, Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest; make yourself known in the breaking of bread. Amen.
Eucharistic Prayer E
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.
Father, you made the world and love your creation. You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be our Saviour. His dying and rising have set us free from sin and death. And so we gladly thank you, with saints and angels praising you, and saying:
Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
We praise and bless you, loving Father, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, and as we obey his command, send your Holy Spirit, that broken bread and wine outpoured may be for us the body and blood of your dear Son.
On the night before he died he had supper with his friends and, taking bread, he praised you.
He broke the bread, gave it to them and said:
Take, eat, this is my body which is given for you;
do this in remembrance of me.
When supper was ended he took the cup of wine. Again he praised you, gave it to them, and said:
Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.
So, Father, we remember all that Jesus did, in him we plead with confidence his sacrifice made once for all upon the cross. Bringing before you the bread of life and cup of salvation, we proclaim his death and resurrection until he comes in glory.
Jesus Christ is Lord:
Lord, by your cross and resurrection you have set us free. You are the Saviour of the world.
Lord of all life, help us to work together for that day when your kingdom comes and justice and mercy will be seen in all the earth. Look with favour on your people, gather us in your loving arms and bring us with St Mary and all the saints to feast at your table in heaven.
Through Christ, and with Christ, and in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory are yours, O loving Father, for ever and ever.
The Lord’s Prayer
Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us…
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Breaking of the Bread
We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.
Jesus, Lamb of God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins, have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world, grant us peace.
The ministers receive the sacrament
God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
God, the source of all holiness and giver of all good things: may we who have shared at this table as strangers and pilgrims here on earth be welcomed with all your saints to the heavenly feast on the day of your kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Closing Hymn (sung by the choir of St Mary’s Storrington, for audible version click here)
Lord, the light of your love is shining
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit be among you and remain with you always. Amen.
Go in the peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.