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Parish Communion        Christmas Day      Friday 25/12/2020

O come all ye faithful

Revd Stuart Kersley

The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Lighting of the Advent Ring

Invitation to Confession
Hear the words of the angel to Joseph: ‘You shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins’.  Therefore let us see the forgiveness of God through Jesus the Saviour of the world.
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.

Almighty God, you have given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through 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

Old Testament Reading:
Isaiah52: vv 7–10 Dennis Cowdrey
Epistle: Hebrews 1: vv 1–4 Jenny Cowdrey

Gospel: John 1: vv 1–14 Revd Stuart Kersley
Gospel Acclamation
Alleluia, alleluia.  The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory.  Alleluia.

Revd Stuart Kersley

Affirmation of Faith
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

The Peace

Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given, and his name shall be called the Prince of Peace. 
The peace of the Lord be always with you
And also with you.

Music for reflection

Preparation of the Table
Wise and gracious God, you spread a table before us; nourish your people with the word of life and the bread of heaven.

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.

All glory and honour be yours always and everywhere, mighty creator, ever-living God.  We give you thanks and praise for your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ, who for love of our fallen race humbled himself, was born of the Virgin Mary by the power of your Spirit, and lived as one of us.
In this mystery of the Word made flesh you have caused his light to shine in our hearts, to give knowledge of your glory in the face of Jesus Christ.  In him we see our God made visible and so are caught up in the love of the God we cannot see.  Therefore with all the angels of heaven we lift our voices to proclaim the glory of your name and sing our joyful hymn of praise:

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.

Great is the mystery of faith:
Christ has died; Christ is risen; Christ will come again.

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…

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.

Agnus Dei
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.

God’s holy gifts for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy, Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

At the altar, the priest says:
The body of Christ, keep you in eternal life.  Amen.
The blood of Christ, keep you in eternal life.  Amen.

Music during Communion

Post Communion Collect
God our Father, whose Word has come among us in the Holy Child of Bethlehem: may the light of faith illumine our hearts and shine in our words and deeds; through him who is Christ the Lord. Amen


The Blessing
Christ, who by his incarnation gathered into one things earthly and heavenly, fill you with peace and goodwill and make you partakers of the divine nature; 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 peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Closing Hymn: Joy to the world

Comfort and Joy Logo 1080

Carols for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany

Over the last few weeks our church choir at St Mary, Storrington have been preparing carols for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany seasons.  
The singing voices for the carols have been prepared individually by the choir in the comfort and safety of their homes.
By the power technology, all the voice parts are brought together and blended to form our choir singing together.    
Our warmest wishes to those in our parish and afar from Storrington Church Choir.
Please click here for a link to the Carol Sheet containing all the words of the Carols.


Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes 


Joy to the world, the Lord is come! 

Silent night, holy night 

Away in a manger 

O little town of Bethlehem 

O come all ye faithful 



The First Nowell 
Of the Father's heart begotten 


Please find below the website, login and password for view of Laurence Hardy’s funeral service.

Service order for
Laurence Carey Hardy

Service Date

13-Nov-20 at 2:00

Service Chapel

Kingswood - Worthing







Live Webcast & Watch Again

Please send this username and password exactly as above to family and friends. You can login to our website at any time to view a test connection (and we strongly recommend you do this) but you'll only be able to view the Live Webcast approx. 5 mins before the service start time. Please be aware this is a public building and the timing of the Live webcast is semi-automated to allow for services running early or late – please use your discretion if you can see activities not applicable to the service you are here to watch. Once the service has finished, it will take us up to 3 working days to get the 28-day Watch Again onto the website.

Remembrance Hymn

Our church choir have prepared a hymn and an anthem for Remembrance Sunday, recorded individually in the safety of their homes to create this singing together hymn, broadcast at our online and gathered services on Sunday 8th November.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come:

This hymn written by Isaac Watts, based on Psalm 90, with strong themes on assurance, promise and hope. 

The hymn reminds us that God is eternal and forever with us in our earthly lives, which sometimes can be troubled and stormy, and promises the great joys of “our eternal home”.  We are reminded that God is timeless in comparison to our own human mortality; we are here for a moment, but God’s time is eternal – “A thousand ages in thy sight”, and, more poignantly, for today’s remembrance theme, “Time like an everlasting stream bears all its sons away”.   We will remember them. 

God our help in ages past 

He came singing love:

This short anthem is written by Colin Gibson, a teacher and writer living in New Zealand.  This music arrangement for choir is by Geoff Weaver.   

Using song as a metaphor for life, the text of this anthem suggests that each of us can help love, faith, hope and peace to flourish in our world through living them out in our lives. 

He came singing love 

Message from Stephen Bloxham - Remembrance Sunday 2020 – Remember at home 


This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and current restrictions in England, the Royal British Legion have suggested that you can observe the Act of Remembrance at home, rather than attend a local service.

Churches Together in Britain and Ireland have produced an Order of Service for a Service of Remembrance at home.   This service includes preparation for the two-minute silence, readings, prayers, and music; including a link to music from our choir at St Mary, Storrington.    

Service of Remembrance at home – Order of Service  

As part of your Act of Remembrance at home, you might like to colour in a Poppy Appeal Remembrance Poppy poster to display in your window. 

Poppy poster to colour in 

Poppy poster already coloured 

If you are on social media, such as Twitter or Facebook, you can follow #RememberAtHome for further information. 

For more information about the Royal British Legion and how to make a donation to the 2020 Poppy Appeal – 

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.  


Over the past fortnight, our choir have put together a harvest hymn, We plough the fields and scatter, from the comfort and safety of their homes.  Choir members sing their voice parts individually and send them on to be edited and blended together with other voices in our choir.  Singing together in a new way for now.
The hymn was broadcast yesterday at our gathered church and online zoom harvest services.

Stephen Bloxham


Funerals – we commend to God’s nearer keeping ...

7 April

Kathleen Irene Rosoman (96 years)

24 April

William John Gordon Rowlands (92 years)

27 April

Hugh Bowen Francis (84 years)

4 May

Sylvia Humphrey (82 years)

20 May

Donald “Don” Charles Sherwood (92 years)

26 May

Joyce Chacksfield (86 years)

26 May

Rosina Gladys Mayne (99 years)

8 June

Doronee Felicia Monypenny of Pitmilly (77 years)

8 June

Patricia Suter (84 years)

18 June

Violet Jean Mary Nunn (78 years)

22 June

Genevieve Vivienne Lavinia Geary (70 years)

13 July

Veronica Brook (78 years)

16 July

Hazel Olive Hammond (87 years)

30 July

Patricia Susan Davis (73 years)


Interment of ashes only:

29 April

Derek Frank Stoner (91 years)

29 June

Maureen Phyllis Stoner (89 years)

31 July

Elsie Florence Greenfield (98 years)

1 August

John Warren Dillow (93 years)