NEWS IN THE PEWS
SERVICES THIS 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
SERVICES NEXT WEEK Sunday 30th December 2018 First Sunday of Christmas WHITE
11:00am Benefice New Year Covenant Service at Pytchley
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.
Eternal God, as Mary waited for the birth of your Son, so we wait for his coming in glory; bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen
Old Testament Reading Micah 5: 2-5a (NIV)
2 “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
though you are small among the clans[a] of Judah,
out of you will come for me
one who will be ruler over Israel,
whose origins are from of old,
from ancient times.”
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned
until the time when she who is in labor bears a son,
and the rest of his brothers return
to join the Israelites.
4 He will stand and shepherd his flock
in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God.
And they will live securely, for then his greatness
will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And he will be our peace
when the Assyrians invade our land
and march through our fortresses.
We will raise against them seven shepherds,
even eight commanders,
New Testament Reading Hebrews 10: 5-10 (NIV)
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:
“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
but a body you prepared for me;
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings
you were not pleased.
7 Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
I have come to do your will, my God.’”[a]
8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9 Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Gospel Reading Luke 1: 39-45 (NIV)
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
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.
New Year Benefice Covenant Service: Please note the time is 11:00am.
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
Monday 24th December 2018 Christmas Eve
3:00pm Crib Service at Isham
4:00pm Crib Service at Pytchley
6:00pm Nine lessons and Carols by Lamplight at Great Harrowden
7:00pm Nine Lessons and Carols at Isham
(Archdeacon Richard Ormston)
11:30pm Midnight Holy Communion at Orlingbury
Tuesday 25th December 2018 Christmas Day
9:00am Holy Communion at Isham
9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden
(Revd John Seaman)
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