NEWS IN THE PEWS ‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.’ Psalm 127. Vs.1
SERVICES Sunday 29th April: Fifth Sunday of Easter
No service at Great Harrowden – to join with another church
9:00am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd Cannon Margaret Johnson)
10:00am for 10:30am Café Church at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Cannon Margaret Johnson)
4:00pm Sung Evensong at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)
SERVICES NEXT WEEK: Sunday 6th May: Rogation Sunday
9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (The Rector)
9:00am Family Service at Isham (Lay led)
11:00am Thanksgiving service at Great Harrowden (The Rector)
11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (The Rector)
11:00am Family Service at Pytchley (Lay led)
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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Risen Christ, your wounds declare your love for the world and the wonder of your risen life: give us compassion and courage to risk ourselves for those we serve, to the glory of God the Father. Amen
Evensong Readings: Isaiah 60:1-14 Revelation 3:1-13
Genesis 22:1-18 New International Version (NIV) Abraham Tested
22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
15 The angel of the LORD called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”
Acts 8: 26-40 (NIV) Philip and the Ethiopian
26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:
“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he did not open his mouth.
33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
Who can speak of his descendants?
For his life was taken from the earth.”[b]
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”  [c] 38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.
John 15:1-8 (NIV) The Vine and the Branches
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
Waendel Walk on Orlingbury Green St Mary’s Church runs the checkpoint on Orlingbury Green on Sunday, May 13th from 8.30am and until 3pm.
We will be serving hot and cold drinks, savories, delicious cakes and there will be a BBQ. Come and join us on The Green, meet the walkers, have morning coffee, lunch and tea!
Help on the day and cakes would be very welcome.
Contact Gillian Walton 01933 557410
Request from Julie Georgiou: My son is getting married in June and part of the tradition is the breaking of plates. If any one has any old or chipped plates they want to get rid of I would be happy to collect. Please message me on mobile 07789818291. Many thanks
• For Janet Johnson, Janet Grundy and all in need of healing. Prayers for their supportive husbands, family and friends.
• James Tarry and Ruth Walker who are getting married at Orlingbury Church on Saturday, May 5 and for Alan Ryan and Sarah Giordano who are getting married at Pytchley on Saturday, May 12.
Reverend Toni’s Easter Break is from Friday 27th April until Thursday 3rd May. Her Summer break is from Tuesday 14th August until Tuesday 28th August.
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