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NEWS IN THE PEWS
On Sunday December 2nd Year C begins
SERVICES THIS WEEK Sunday 2nd December 2018
Advent Sunday PURPLE
9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (The Rector)
9:00am Family Service at Isham (Lay led)
11:00am Come & Worship at Orlingbury (Lay-led)
4:00pm Christingle Service at Pytchley (The Rector)
11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden (Lay led)
4:00pm Christingle Service at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)

SERVICES NEXT WEEK Sunday 9th December 2018 Second Sunday of Advent PURPLE
9:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (The Rector)
10:00am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (The Rector)
4:00pm Cupcakes & Fizz Christingle at Isham (Lay led)
No Service at Great Harrowden

Weekday Services
9:30am – 10:45am (term time) Mon Little Fishes carer and tots group at Little Harrowden.
9:15 am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Morning Prayer at Little Harrowden.
9.15 am Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden followed by refreshments.

Collect
Almighty God, as your kingdom dawns, turn us from the darkness of sin to the light of holiness, that we may be ready to meet you in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Old Testament Reading Jeremiah 33:14-16 (NIV)

14 “‘The days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.
15 “‘In those days and at that time
I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line;
he will do what is just and right in the land.
16 In those days Judah will be saved
and Jerusalem will live in safety.
This is the name by which it[a] will be called:
The LORD Our Righteous Savior.’

New Testament Reading 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13 (NIV)
How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy we have in the presence of our God because of you? 10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you again and supply what is lacking in your faith.
11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus clear the way for us to come to you. 12 May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you. 13 May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.

Gospel Reading Matthew 19:13-15 (NIV)
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
Notices:
Little Harrowden Angels, Carolynne Adam would like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped to knit the 190 angels, which were successfully distributed around the village on Wednesday evening. If you know someone who helped to knit, please pass on grateful thanks.

Confirmation: Change of plan. The benefice confirmation service planned for next year will now take place at Little Harrowden Church, as originally planned, on March 17th.

The Volunteer Medical Car Service helps the elderly and disabled get to a range of medical appointments such as, the GP, hospital, optician, dentist or any other medically connected appointment. If you would like help with this service call 01933 223 636 Mon- Fri 9am – 4pm. The service is also appealing for drivers who can spare days or hours.

Great Harrowden Church now has a new home for milk bottle tops! Finedon church is collecting them for Guide Dogs. People can leave them at GH church and Pat will see that they get to Finedon.

The funeral of Alexandria Shepherd, will take place on Friday 14th December at 1pm at the Nene Valley Crematorium in Wellingborough followed by a memorial service in St Mary’s Church, Finedon at 2pm.

Please note:
As Reverend Toni recovers from the operation on her foot she is hoping to cover the services as planned and will inform churchwardens of any mid-week changes.

Please pray for:
• for Bob Oldfield
• Janet Johnson
• for Carolynne’s mum, Joyce that she continues to improve.
• for Alan Skinner’s wife Barbara.
• for Jules Guilfoyle.
• Please pray for the families and all those who are undergoing new treatment, especially Josephine and Lucy that God will give them the strength and peace to get through this difficult time
• for Susan and John McGowan and their family at the sad loss of Alexandria.
• For Reverend Toni and Chris Staff who have both recently had operations on their feet.
• For Kristy’s mum, Barbara Ward, as she recovers from her knee operation.
• And for all those in need of healing

LORD you have said that when we pray for anything in your name, you will grant our request. In your mercy….hear these prayers in Jesus name

We Wait: An Advent Poem
By Brittany Longsdorf

As a child watches the window
for signs of first snow
we wait
for you
oh, infant Christ

We have stooped low at the river Jordan
with John the Baptist
plagued by uncertainties,
our world in turmoil,
tempest-tossed days

We have been righteously called out,
over-taxed, burdened,
found wanting
on our journey

We have knocked at the Inn,
found rejection,
uncommon hope,
deep warmth
in the unlikely places

We have gathered here
compassion and community
sifting through the darkness
for one white flake
one flurry of light
for the world

We are watching at the manger
we wait
for you
oh, infant Christ.

ST MARY’S, LITTLE HARROWDEN
ALL SAINTS, GREAT HARROWDEN
ST MARY’S, ORLINGBURY
ALL SAINTS, PYTCHLEY
ST PETER’S, ISHAM
Church Website: www.5churches.co.uk
NIP online: https://5churches.co.uk/newsletter/
‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Psalm 127.Vs.1

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