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WEEK COMMENCING 8th October, 2017
SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                         15th October      Trinity 18
 
8:00 am BCP Said Communion at Isham (Revd Toni Smith)
 
10:00am Five Churches Together at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)
 
4:00pm – 5:30pm Sunday J.A.M at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)  
 
6:00pm Evensong at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
 
Weekday Services
 
9:15 am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Morning Prayer at Little Harrowden.
 
9.15 am. Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.
 
Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to
 
[email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.  
 
Diary
 
Mon 9th 9:30am – 10:45am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
 
Sat Oct 14th: 3pm Songs of Praise at Great Harrowden Church
 
Future Dates
 
Tue Oct 31st: 5:30pm 5 Churches Light Party
 
Sat Nov 11th: 2pm Christmas Bazaar at Little Harrowden Church
 
Sun Nov 26: 1pm Christmas Market at Orlingbury Village Hall
 
Please pray:
 
For Reuben Bell, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
Give thanks for Reverend Toni Smith and pray for her as she prepares to become our new rector.
Collect                                                                 Trinity 17
 
Almighty God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you: pour your love into our hearts and draw us to yourself, and so bring us at last to your heavenly city where we shall see you face to face; 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. A
 
Isaiah 5: 1-7 NIV                       The Song of the Vineyard
 
I will sing for the one I love
 
   a song about his vineyard:
 
My loved one had a vineyard
 
   on a fertile hillside.
 
He dug it up and cleared it of stones
 
   and planted it with the choicest vines.
 
He built a watchtower in it
 
   and cut out a winepress as well.
 
Then he looked for a crop of good grapes,
 
   but it yielded only bad fruit.
 
“Now you dwellers in Jerusalem and people of Judah,
 
   judge between me and my vineyard.
 
What more could have been done for my vineyard
 
   than I have done for it?
 
When I looked for good grapes,
 
   why did it yield only bad?
 
Now I will tell you
 
   what I am going to do to my vineyard:
 
I will take away its hedge,
 
   and it will be destroyed;
 
I will break down its wall,
 
   and it will be trampled.
 
I will make it a wasteland,
 
   neither pruned nor cultivated,
 
   and briers and thorns will grow there.
 
I will command the clouds
 
   not to rain on it.”
 
The vineyard of the LORD Almighty
 
   is the nation of Israel,
 
and the people of Judah
 
   are the vines he delighted in.
 
And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed;
 
   for righteousness, but heard cries of distress.
 
Philippians 3:4 – 14 NIV                                                          
 
 though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
 
If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.
 
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
 
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
 
Matthew 21: 33-end NRSV               The Parable of the Wicked Tenants
 
33 “Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watchtower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. 34 When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. 35 But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. 36 Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. 37 Finally he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ 38 But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.’ 39 So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. 40 Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?” 41 They said to him, “He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.”
 
42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the scriptures:
 
‘The stone that the builders rejected
 
   has become the cornerstone;[f]
 
this was the Lord’s doing,
 
   and it is amazing in our eyes’?
 
43 Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.[g] 44 The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.”[h]
 
45 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. 46 They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet
 
NOTICESLittle Harrowden Church Harvest Auction takes place today at 11:30am, after the service. Everyone is invited.
 
Shoebox Appeal – We are doing something slightly different this year. You can choose whether you fill a self-decorated shoebox for a family or for an elderly person. Please take time to look at the website for more information:
 
https://linktohope.co.uk/shoebox-appeal-2017 Information leaflets can also be collected from Pytchley, Isham or Little Harrowden schools or any of the five churches. Please drop off your filled boxes, or if you don’t have a shoebox, your bagged donations, together with your £2 postage donation, to  Isham or Pytchley schools or benefice churches before Wednesday, November 8th
 
5 Churches Light Party – Pytchley Church will be hosting The Benefice Light Party, which everyone in the Benefice is invited to attend on Tuesday, 31st October at 5:30pm. People are encouraged to bring a carved heart pumpkin to the service, where a light tea will be provided.
 
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