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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.

Advent 

Hark the glad sound! the Saviour comes 

Christmas 

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 

 

Epiphany 

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

Website

https://www.obitus.com/

Username

Boko4037

Password

005916

Webcast:

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 – https://www.britishlegion.org.uk 

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

STORRINGTON REGISTERS

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)

For the Online Zoom Service click here.

 

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Sunday, 17th January 2021

 

Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Each day is a new day; …..begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.
Ralph Waldo Emerson



The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.
Proverbs 4:18

 

Extracted from Spiritual Thoughts 17/01/2011   

 

Thought for the Week - Jacquie Peal. 

January 13th 2021
For almost the first time since I started writing these little 'thoughts' I have just sat down with not a clue what to say to you all. It has been a week like no other: the Capitol invaded in order to prevent 'due process' for a change of President of the USA, Covid19 cases soaring out of control worldwide as new variants develop, and at the same time lockdown rules are being flouted even as people who have lost loved ones plead for sensible behaviour. Everything seems so dark, just when we want to start looking up as the miraculous inoculation programme gets under way.
But then, the inoculation programme IS getting going, there IS the beginning of a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, just 'a little candle flame, flickering small in our darkness'.
Those words are from a Christmas carol and, in a sense, that is what Christmas, Epiphany and Easter are all about. Remember those wonderful  opening words from St. John's gospel ......?
 "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it..... And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth."
Wonderful words of reassurance for a dark time,   "All things were made through him...The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it"
Yes, all things were made through him [not by him, please note!] - including Covid19 - he is on the job, keeping the light going, keeping us within the circle of his light, holding all humanity within his loving arms.
Our human race has been through far worse crises in the past with far fewer resources for coping with them and God has carried us through to a brighter and better time; he is not going to let us down now!
  "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." 
The darkness will never win; this is God's world and he loves it - and us.
 
Jacquie
 
 

 

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