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Sunday, 1 April 2018
Easter day dawned dry and cool the first dry day for some time! The Celebration of the Eucharist at 10 am was a joyous service, with a Church beautifully decorated with flowers, and full of  people  wishing each other Happy Easter. The service included several well known Easter Hymns, and after the Sermon, 2 of the Junior Choristers received their Dark Blue Ribbons, congratulations to Maggie and James! During Communion the Choir sang 'Just as I am' in the setting by J.H.Maunder, and 'This Joyful Easter tide'. At the end of the service James and Maggie offered baskets of mini eggs to those leaving the Church.

It is our duty and our Joy to declare

Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed

At  7 pm on another very wet day the weather relented and we were able to light the new fire of Easter outside, Father Stephen blessed the fire and the new Pascal Candle inserting the pieces of incense to mark the wounds of Our Lord. He then lit the Candle, from which we all lit our own candles and processed into the Church. The Pascal Candle was places in its stand next to the Altar, and the Hymn of Exaltation was sung. Readings, starting with the story of the crossing of the Red Sea, were heard, and then the Congregation gathered at the Font to re-new their Baptism vows.
This was followed by the Eucharist, our first celebration of the resurrection in this Easter tide!

On thi
On this day of continuous pouring rain our Good Friday Devotions were from the Cross of Christ. Readings from the passion gospel were interspersed with Hymns and Anthems appropriate to the day. The service was followed by a Choir rehearsal at 'Russets' courtesy of Mr and Mrs Hrland. There were hot cross buns for tea! A photo of the Adult Choir members, and one Junior Chorister, Emily, was taken

We met at 7:30 on the evening of Maundy Thursday for the Eucharist and Gethsemane Watch.
This service, as is traditional, recalled and commemorated the events of Maundy Thursday, Jesus washing his disciples' feet, the instigation of the Eucharist, and the events of Jesus' arrest. The Choir sang the Ave verum corpus, setting by Sir Edward Elgar as the anthem.
At the end of the service, while the Choir sang a plainsong version of an Easter hymn, the Altar was striped of its clothes and left bare and the congregation moved silently away, or joined the Watch in the North Transept, where the Gethsemane Garden had been arranged.

Sunday, 25 March 2018
This morning we met at 10 am for the Palm Sunday Service, having managed to remember to change our clocks! We started the service with a reading of the Palm Gospel from St Mark, and then we processed outside and around the church to the singing of 'All Glory Laud and Honour' carrying our palm crosses and were greeted by members of the Sunday School, waving Palms and shouting Hosanna! We reentered the church for a reading of the Passion Gospel by Father Stephen and members of the congregation. Following the intercessions we celebrated the Eucharist.
During Communion James Bell sang 2 verses of 'All things Bright and Beautiful' as a solo from the Organ loft. The whole Choir then sang 'God so Loved the World' set by J Stainer.

After the Service we had our annual parish general meeting, for the first time in the Parish Rooms. This was well attended and there was lively debate about domestic arrangements and outreach to newcomers to the village. Many thanks were given for the continued work of Mrs Harland and Mrs Field as Church Wardens, and to all who contribute to the worship and family life of the Church here is Sidlesham.

Today we prepared ourselves for the events of Holy Week with a performance of 'Olivet to Calvary' by J.H. Maunder. This Edwardian Cantata on the events leading up to the Crucifixion was the subject of our Good Friday devotions last year. This year we sang the whole work as a performance, with a rehearsal in the afternoon. The performance started at 6 pm, and the Choir, supplemented by some visitors from other choirs were joined by 3 soloists. Sarah Amos (Soprano), Hilary Platts (Tenor) from St Mary's Choir and our good friend Peter Webster (Baritone) sang beautifully for us, Joanna Chivers-Gibb played and directed the whole event, and the audience received the performance with enthusiasm. A vote of thanks was given by Mary Coales. This successful evening was a suitable beginning to our Holy Week devotions.

Many thanks to all who took part.

Peter, Hilary and Sarah, our soloists

Sunday, 18 March 2018
For the second time in 2 weeks we came to Church through snow!! A cold east wind blew through the Churchyard as we came together at 10 am for Mattins. The Church was warm and welcoming despite its Lenten sparsity of decoration. We sang Psalm 51, and the Benedicite, setting by Lloyd, and the Jubilate in B flat by Stanford as the Canticles. Father Stephen's sermon took up the theme from the Gospel reading of the need for death to bring about resurrection, following on from the Gospel reading from St John. The corn seed comes to new life and produces a sheath of corn, The death of Jesus lead to the world wide church, with out it none of us would be at church, a great harvest from the one truly selfless act of Our Lord.

The Anthem was 'O Saviour of the World' in the setting by Arthur Somerville.

There was coffee after the service in the Parish Rooms.

NEXT SATURDAY A performance of J.H.Maunders Cantata OLIVET  TO CALVARY at 6 pm in Church.

Do come and listen!
 if you would like to sing, come at 3:30 for the rehearsal

Service Times

Services for the month are as follows:

First Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Family Service

Second Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Third Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Sung Mattins

Fourth Sunday in the Month
8:00am Holy Communion
10:00am Parish Eucharist

Other services and variations are listed in the Calendar Section on this page or in the Parish Magazine

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