For our prayers:

The Commissary Bishop, Rob Wickham. The Dean, Anthony Cane.

The Cathedral Church of St Thomas The Dean, Anthony Cane. and Residentiary Canons, Kathryn Percival, Nick Ralph, Anthony Rustell and Jo Spreadbury.

Licensed Clergy, Catherine Edenborough. PtO Clergy, Sarah Chapman, Lyn Comerford, Anthony Kemp, Angela Tilby & Ian Woodward.

Readers, Kitty Price and Bob Thomas.

IDWAL, Sunyani Diocese, +Festus and St Anselm’s Cathedral, Dean Timothy.

Havant Deanery:St John the Baptist Purbrook, St Alban, West Leigh. Churches Together: St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church

Schools: Portsmouth High School, St Alban’s, West Leigh.

Residential Care Homes: Gorseway, Oak View.

The Sick:   

Christopher, Elizabeth Noble, Heidi, Jean White, June Stowell, Kathy Byrom, Marshall, Molly, Sally Ann Lane, Sylvia Dyke, Mags Hymas, Cyrena, Mark Evans, Jay Saunders, Barbra Gardner, Sally Joad, Karen West, Alan Barratt, Audrey Sambles.

The recently departed:

Years Mind:

Peggy Greenfield, John Crawford, Marjorie Parslow, Charles Ogden, Raymond Giles.


Readings for next week, 26th September, The Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity

Esther 7:1-6,9,10, 9:20-22, (Psalm 124), James 5:13-end, Mark 9:38-end


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St Andrew’s, St Mary’s, & St Peter’s

Priest in Charge: Revd Dr Jenny Gaffin

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Associate Priest: Revd Deborah Curram

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Reader: Mrs Sue Moss

Tel: 9246 7277. Email:


This week:


8am Morning Prayer on Facebook and YouTube

9.15am Holy Communion, St Peter’s

10.30am All Age Service, St Mary’s

11am Holy Communion, St Andrew’s

Tuesday: 7pm Compline, Facebook

Wednesday: 2pm Holy Communion, St Andrew’s

10am Storytime on Facebook

While face masks are no longer mandatory we do ask that you wear a mask in church to protect the health and well being of other worshippers. Please do not attend church if you are showing any Covid symptoms.


Sunday morning reflection, pewsheet and hymns.

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Sunday, 19th September, The Sixteenth Sunday after Trinity

The Collect

Lord of Creation, whose glory is around and within us; open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Proverbs 31:10-end

A capable wife who can find?
She is far more precious than jewels.
The heart of her husband trusts in her,
and he will have no lack of gain.
She does him good, and not harm,
all the days of her life.
She seeks wool and flax,
and works with willing hands.
She is like the ships of the merchant,
she brings her food from far away.
She rises while it is still night
and provides food for her household
and tasks for her servant-girls.
She considers a field and buys it;
with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.

She girds herself with strength,
and makes her arms strong.
She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
Her lamp does not go out at night.
She puts her hands to the distaff,
and her hands hold the spindle.
She opens her hand to the poor,
and reaches out her hands to the needy.

She is not afraid for her household when it snows,
for all her household are clothed in crimson.
She makes herself coverings;
her clothing is fine linen and purple.
Her husband is known in the city gates,
taking his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them;
she supplies the merchant with sashes.
Strength and dignity are her clothing,
and she laughs at the time to come.
She opens her mouth with wisdom,
and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
She looks well to the ways of her household,
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children rise up and call her happy;
her husband too, and he praises her:
‘Many women have done excellently,
but you surpass them all.’
Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.
Give her a share in the fruit of her hands,
and let her works praise her in the city gates.

James 3:13 – 4:3,7-8a

Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Mark 9:30-37

They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Post Communion Prayer

Almighty God, you have taught us through your Son that love is the fulfilling of the law: grant that we may love you with our whole heart and our neighbours as ourselves; through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.

St Andrew’s, St Mary’s & St Peter’s Information

Memorial services and funerals:

Margaret Evan Hughes’s funeral service: Tuesday 21st September, 12 noon, St Mary’s

Paul Clothier’s memorial service: Sunday 26th September, 2pm, St Mary’s.

*** Evensong returns to St Mary’s in October!***

St Mary’s Hundred Club

This year the One Hundred Club has been running from September 2020 to the end of August 2021. The final draw has been made for August and winners have been informed. £600, representing 50% of total subscriptions, has been transferred to the church. The new season will run from September 2021 to August 2022. Subscription is £12/ticket for the year. New members are welcome.

Thank you for your continued support. Janet Coates-Jones Tel. No.: 023 93 119 200 or email:

Regular Giving to the churches: Parish Giving Scheme. To sign up to give regularly to the churches go to , Click “Find your parish” and then enter the following where it says “Parish Name”:

For St Andrew’s: type “Eastoke St Andrew” For St Mary’s: type “South Hayling St Mary” For St Peter’s: type “North Haying St Peter”

Foodbank – If you are able to donate any gifts of food to the foodbank it will be gratefully accepted via the vicarage. Please bear in mind that anyone who has any symptoms and has to self-isolate, although very kind, should not be contributing.

Traidcraft Stall – Jenny Owens continues to sell Traidcraft goods. If you’d like to purchase anything that’s usually available on the Traidcraft stall please phone her on 02392 465215 email her on

**NEW** to our Shop – £5 for a pack of 4 cards Candles made from Paschal candles, slightly scented – suggested donation £5

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Reflection Sunday 19th September 2021


“Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” Jesus’ instruction to us to become servants of all is one of the most famous, fundamental and challenging teachings of Christianity.

Before my ordination as deacon the bishop explained that at the point of ordination he would not just touch our heads gently with his hand, he would press down hard. We were to be put in our place as servants right from the outset!


I understood the bishop’s thinking just as I understood how the foot washing that traditionally takes place at the ordination of deacons modelled how we were to conduct ourselves in ministry. Yet his words and indeed today’s gospel also raised some uncomfortable questions. For those who live with privilege and power, whose assumption is that they will be in charge, the call to servanthood is radical and needs to be underlined. It’s a way of life that will transform their lives and the fortunes of those around them, instilling humility in all the best ways.


What, though, of those who live their whole lives being told their place and being kept firmly in it? What of the girls and women who have been taught from birth that they must constantly defer to the powerful men in their lives, and who have no practical, emotional or financial choice but to obey? What of the men and women living in poverty who have no opportunity to do other than serve rich masters and are told over and again that this is their lot in life? Is there not a danger that this call to servanthood will only distance them further from opportunities to speak up for their own needs, and deprive them of the will and justification to work to improve their lives?


Someone once sent me a postcard with a quote from Rebecca West that reads “I am called a feminist whenever I express sentiments that distinguish me from a doormat”. It’s a quote I often return to when, as so many women do, I am criticized for speaking my own truth and naming my own needs and perspective. There surely isn’t virtue in allowing people to walk all over us. There is surely health in constructive assertiveness?


What, then does servanthood mean for us as Christians? When I served (that word again!) as Bishop’s Chaplain I had a little glimpse of this. I enjoyed privileged access to the Bishop’s life and work – his emails, his home, his office. The Bishop used to joke that my job was to prevent him from stepping out in public with his flies down, and to an extent that was true both literally and figuratively. I worked with him on his sermons and speeches, was a sounding board on practical and pastoral matters, oversaw his office, did a lot of the behind the scenes work to help ensure that his ministry was exercised well. That was a form of servanthood of course, and it took place largely invisibly, but it was far from passive. I was no doormat. I was there precisely so that I could speak truth to power, challenging the Bishop when necessary, bringing the best of my insights to his ministry. Yet I did so knowing that like the intelligent fool in a Shakespearean tragedy, who sings songs, dances and tells the king the truth, there was risk in my role. The fool in King Lear disappears without trace having done his job well: Servanthood well exercised can be deeply costly.


So what of servanthood? What should we aspire to? My time as Bishop’s Chaplain taught me that as servants we are very distinguishable indeed from doormats. Very far from being passive, although discretion is invaluable we can and must at times be very vocal indeed, especially when there are matters of justice at stake. Servanthood is gentle, humble, accepting of proper authority; it puts the good first and self-interest last; it is also generously and constructively assertive, resilient, courageous, willing to risk all for God. May we have the courage to be mature, brave and good servants of Jesus Christ!