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NEWS IN THE PEWS
CHRISTMAS DAY 2018
Tuesday 25th December 2018 Christmas Day

9:00am Holy Communion at Isham
(The Rector)
9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden
(Revd John Seaman)
SERVICES NEXT WEEK Sunday 30th December 2018
First Sunday of Christmas WHITE
11:00am Benefice New Year Covenant Service at Pytchley
(The Rector)
Sunday 6th January 2019
The Epiphany WHITE
9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden
(The Rector)
9:00am Family Service at Isham
(Lay-led)
11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden
(Lay-led)
11:00am Come and Worship Service at Orlingbury
(Lay-led)
11:00am Family Service at Pytchley
(Lay-led)

Collect
Lord Jesus Christ, your birth at Bethlehem draws us to kneel in wonder at heaven touching the earth: accept our heartfelt praise, as we worship you, our Saviour and our eternal God. Amen

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 9.2-7
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.

New Testament Reading Titus 2.11- 4(NIV)
11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. 12 It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, 13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, 14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good.

Gospel Reading Luke 2: 1-14 (NIV)
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while[a] Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

Notices:

Important Christmas dates
Morning Prayer will be held at Little Harrowden Church at 9:15am on Christmas Eve and at 9:15am on New Year’s Day and nothing in between.
The last Wednesday Holy Communion before Christmas was on the 19th December and it will resume again on Wednesday 9th January.
Revd Toni will have her post Christmas break from 31st Dec – 5th January
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.

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.

Please pray for:
• for Bob Oldfield
• Janet Johnson
• for Alan Skinner’s wife Barbara.
• for Jules Guilfoyle.
• Please pray for the families and all those who are undergoing new treatment, especially Pam King, Josephine and Lucy that God will give them the strength and peace to get through this difficult time.
• For the family and friends of Alexandria Shepherd in mourning following her funeral on Friday.
• For all those in need of healing
• For the couples getting married at Isham Church this December, Naomi Gostelow & Alexander Robinson (21st) and Shelley King and Curtis Chambers (29th)

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. Amen

ST MARY’S, LITTLE HARROWDEN
ALL SAINTS, GREAT HARROWDEN
ST MARY’S, ORLINGBURY
ALL SAINTS, PYTCHLEY
ST PETER’S, ISHAM
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‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Psalm 127.Vs.1

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