NEWS IN THE PEWS ‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.’ Psalm 127.Vs.1
SERVICES: Sunday 11th March Lent 4
9:00am Mothering Sunday Family Service at Isham (The Rector)
10:00am Mothering Sunday Family Service at Little Harrowden (Carolynne)
11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden (The Rector)
11:00am Mothering Sunday Family Service at Pytchley (Lay led)
11:00am Mothering Sunday Family Service at Orlingbury (Lay led)
SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 18th March Lent 5
9:00am BCP Said Holy Communion Service at Isham (The Rector)
10:30am Benefice Holy Communion Service at Great Harrowden (The Rector)
2:00pm – 3:30pm Sunday JAM at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
4:00pm Evensong at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
9:30am – 10:45am (term time) 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.
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Collect Lent 4
God of love, passionate and strong, tender and careful: watch over us all the days of our life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
• Today each church is choosing their readings. Below are the Lectionary readings for Mothering Sunday.
Exodus 2:1-10 (NRSV) Birth and Youth of Moses
2 Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. 2 The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him three months. 3 When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. 4 His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.
5 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. 6 When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. “This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,” she said. 7 Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” 8 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Yes.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed it. 10 When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, [a] “because,” she said, “I drew him out[b] of the water.”
Colossians 3:12-17 (NRSV)
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[a] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[b] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[c] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
John 19:25-27 (NRSV
Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, “Woman, here is your son.” 27 Then he said to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
A Quiz Night, in aid of the Isabel Baker Foundation, will take place on Saturday 14th April at Isham Cricket Club at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and include a cold supper. Six people maximum in each team. Licensed bar & raffle. Please contact Helen Clark 07543 471996 for tickets.
Lent lunches are taking place at Little Harrowden Church at 12 noon on Saturdays until (and including) 31st March. Everyone is invited to pop along and enjoy lunch in exchange for donations to charity.
Step into Spring – a concert for the Benefice will take place on Sunday, April 28th at St Peter’s Church, Isham at 4:00pm. Please let churchwardens know if you are interested in taking part and mark the date in your diary.
Milk Bottle Tops of any colour can be left in Great Harrowden Church porch or give to anyone who attends the church. They will be used to help raise money for the granddaughter of a local lady, who has been chosen to attend the World Scout Jamboree in America 2019.
Pytchley Church Heritage Trust have organised for Neil Lyon to give the Sir Peter Crane Memorial Lecture at All Saints Church, Pytchley on Saturday, 17th March at 11:00am (coffee served from 10:30am) followed by lunch. Neil, a local historian, will give an overview of the ups and downs facing Northamptonshire’s 100 country houses over the last 140 years. Tickets cost £12 and are available from Mike Walsh 01536 790 984, Mark Goodman and Rosemary Eady.
Mobile Library Isham – Wednesday, February 28th was the last day for this service. Anyone who still has books is asked to return to their nearest library. Thanks are given to everyone who has supported the valuable service over the years.
• For baby Ollie, that his operation is successful and for the healing of his grandparents, for Alexandria, that her treatment will be successful, for Janet Johnson and all in need of healing.
• Give thanks to God that Alf Loussau has been transferred for rehabilitation.
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