SERVICES THIS WEEK Sunday 16th December 2018
Third Sunday of Advent PURPLE
10:30am Benefice Holy Communion at Isham
3:00pm – 4:30pm Sunday JAM & Sunday School Christmas Party
at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
6:00pm Christmas Carol Service at Little Harrowden
No Evensong at Little Harrowden
SERVICES NEXT WEEK Sunday 23rd December 2018
Fourth Sunday of Advent PURPLE
9:00am Morning Worship & Sunday School at Little Harrowden
9:00am Holy Communion at Isham
11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden
4:00pm Nativity and Carols at Orlingbury
4:00pm Crib Service at Little Harrowden
No Service at Pytchley – to join others
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 will be on 19th December, 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.
God for whom we watch and wait, you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son: give us courage to speak the truth, to hunger for justice, and to suffer for the cause of right, with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Old Testament Reading Zeph 3.14- end (NIV)
Sing, Daughter Zion;
shout aloud, Israel!
Be glad and rejoice with all your heart,
15 The LORD has taken away your punishment,
he has turned back your enemy.
The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you;
never again will you fear any harm.
16 On that day
they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The LORD your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
18 “I will remove from you
all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,
which is a burden and reproach for you.
19 At that time I will deal
with all who oppressed you.
I will rescue the lame;
I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor
in every land where they have suffered shame.
20 At that time I will gather you;
at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes[e]
before your very eyes,”
says the LORD.
New Testament Reading Philippians 4: 4-7 (NIV)
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Gospel Reading Luke 3.7-18 (NIV)
7 John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? 8 Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 9 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
10 “What should we do then?” the crowd asked.
11 John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
12 Even tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what should we do?”
13 “Don’t collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
14 Then some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
He replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be content with your pay.”
15 The people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah. 16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with[a] water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with[b] the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.” 18 And with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the good news to them.
Bob Oldfield would like to say a big THANK YOU for the prayers, best wishes and sincere concern for his welfare whilst he receives treatment at Kettering General Hospital. He is improving each day and is quite cheerful at the moment. He would also like to thank all those who have visited him. Please keep him in your prayers.
He would also like to thank all those who attended Margaret’s funeral and for the support he received and the donations given to Cancer Research.
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.
The Charity Christmas Card Board will be on display in Little Harrowden Church again this year, people are invited to display one card meant for all in exchange for a donation. All donations will be given to the Day Light Centre.
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 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 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
• 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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NEWS IN THE PEWS
‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Psalm 127.Vs.1