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NEWS IN THE PEWS
‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.’ Psalm 127.Vs.1
 
SERVICES: Sunday 4th March Lent 3
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 Morning Worship & APCM at Pytchley (The Rector)
11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)
 
SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 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, with Bacon butties to start. (Lay led)
11:00am Mothering Sunday Family Service at Orlingbury (Lay led))
 
Weekday Services
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 3
Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us and to seek the perfection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
Exodus 20:1-17 (NRSV) The Ten Commandments
20 Then God spoke all these words:
2 I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; 3 you shall have no other gods before[a] me.
4 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the LORD your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, 6 but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation[b] of those who love me and keep my commandments.
7 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.
8 Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work. 10 But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and consecrated it.
12 Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
13 You shall not murder.[c]
14 You shall not commit adultery.
15 You shall not steal.
16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
 
1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (NRSV) Christ the Power and Wisdom of God
18 For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written,
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.”
20 Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. 22 For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, 23 but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, 24 but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
 
John 2: 13:22-end (NRSV) Jesus Cleanses the Temple
13 The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. 15 Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” 18 The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking of the temple of his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
23 When he was in Jerusalem during the Passover festival, many believed in his name because they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to testify about anyone; for he himself knew what was in everyone.
 
Notices
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 has 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.
 
Humour from The Vicarage: A leaflet passed around a theological college in Salisbury suggested the brilliantly original scheme of ‘Chain Vicars’. It read:
‘If you are unhappy with your vicar, simply have your churchwarden send a copy of this letter to six other churches who are also tired of their vicar. Then bundle up your vicar and send him/her to the church at the top of the list in the letter. Within a week you will receive 435 vicars and one of them should be all right. Have faith in this chain letter and do not break the chain. One church did and got their old vicar back.’
 
Please pray:
For Harvey Buckby and the family and friends of Pam Buckby (Little Harrowden), whose funeral took place on Tuesday.
 
For the family and friends of Denis Osborne, (Little Harrowden) whose funeral took place on Monday.
 
For Alexandria, that her treatment will be successful, Alf Lossau, Janet Johnson, and all in need of healing.
 
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