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WEEK COMMENCING 17th December, 2017


SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY        Sunday 24th December            Christmas Eve

3:00pm Crib Service at Isham (Team)

4:00pm Carols around the crib at Pytchley (Team))

4:00pm Christmas Celebration Party at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton))

4:00pm Pop-up Nativity Crib Service at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam))

6:00pm Carols by Lamplight at Great Harrowden (Revd John Seaman))

7:00pm Nine Lessons and Carols Service at Isham (The Rector)

11:30pm Midnight Holy Communion at Orlingbury (The Rector)

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.

Please pray:

  • For Reuben Bell, Alf Lossau, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.

Future Dates

Mon Dec 18: 6pm Nativity Night at Little Harrowden Church

Wed Dec 20: 6:30pm Queens Arms, Orlingbury – Carol Singing around Orlingbury

Sun Dec 24: 4:00pm Little Harrowden Church Pop-Up Nativity, each family will be given the gift of a nativity book – children invited to dress up!

Sun Dec 24: 6:00pm Carols by Lamplight at Great Harrowden Church

Collect                   Advent 3

God for whom we watch and wait, you send John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us the courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 Isaiah 61:1-4, 8- end (NIV)       The Year of the Lord’s Favor

61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.

They will rebuild the ancient ruins
and restore the places long devastated;
they will renew the ruined cities
that have been devastated for generations.

“For I, the Lord, love justice;
I hate robbery and wrongdoing.
In my faithfulness I will reward my people
and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Their descendants will be known among the nations
and their offspring among the peoples.
All who see them will acknowledge
that they are a people the Lord has blessed.”

10 I delight greatly in the Lord;
my soul rejoices in my God.
For he has clothed me with garments of salvation
and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness,
as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up
and a garden causes seeds to grow,
so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness
and praise spring up before all nations.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 (NIV)                                                                          


16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

John 1:6-8, 19-28 (NIV)                                                    

There was a man sent from God whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah

19 Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders[a] in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20 He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”

He said, “I am not.”

“Are you the Prophet?”

He answered, “No.”

22 Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”

23 John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’”[b]

24 Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25 questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”

26 “I baptize with[c] water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27 He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”

28 This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.


Tonight (Sunday) Carol Service 6:00pm Little Harrowden – All Welcome

Join Looking Glass Theatre in another festive pantomime at Isham Village Hall. Encounter the Beast and his quest to become Prince Trueheart once more. Meet Fairy Rosenud, Clothida, Custard and many more in this exiting, new adaptation. An interactive performance in traditional pantomime style filled with songs, actors, puppets and audience participation. Tickets on sale now!

Beauty and the Beast, Isham Village Hall, 22nd December 2017

7.30pm,r efreshments and a raffle.

Tickets £6.00 from Mandy Stokes 01536 723 819

Christingle Services:

  • Pytchley Church – Today, Sunday 17th December at 4pm

A warm welcome awaits everyone who would like to attend any of these services.

To raise funds for charity, members of Little Harrowden Church are asking people to pin just one Christmas card meant for all to the notice board in church in exchange for making a donation (on what you would have spent on sending cards to all) to a charity, yet to be chosen. People are asked to place donations in the stocking provided.

Carol singing around Orlingbury in aid of Cransley Hospice- Wednesday 20th December. Meet at 6.30pm on The Green ending  8.30ish at the Queen’s Arms for a hot supper. All welcome- just wrap up warm and bring a torch.

A Nativity Night will take place tomorrow, Monday 18th December, at Little Harrowden Church starting at 6:00pm. People are invited to spread Christmas cheer by coming dressed as a nativity character or in a Christmas theme. Hot dogs and spiced punch will be served and children can meet Father Christmas while everyone joins in with carol singing. All invited.

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