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NEWS IN THE PEWS

SERVICES THIS WEEK:   Sunday 24 th June 2018  4 after Trinity   GREEN 

9:00am Morning Worship and Sunday School at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam) 

9:00am Holy Communion at Isham (The Rector)

11:00am Family Service & Baptism at Great Harrowden (The Rector)

11:00am Café Church & Moring Worship at Orlingbury (Lay-led)

No service at Pytchley – to join with others

SERVICES NEXT WEEK   Sunday 1st July 2018   5 after Trinity    GREEN

9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (The Rector)

11:00am Family Service & Baptism at Isham (The Rector)

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Lay-led)

11:00am Family Animal Service at Pytchley (Lay-led)

11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden (Lay-led)

Weekday Services

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.

9.15 am Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.  Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to 

[email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.

Collect                                                                             

Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus you brought salvation to our wayward world: draw us into harmony with your will, that we may find all things restored in him, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

Old Testament Reading Isaiah 40:1-11 (NIV)

  Comfort, comfort my people,

    says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

    and proclaim to her

that her hard service has been completed,

    that her sin has been paid for,

that she has received from the LORD’s hand

    double for all her sins.

3 A voice of one calling:

“In the wilderness prepare

    the way for the LORD[a];

make straight in the desert

    a highway for our God.[b]

4 Every valley shall be raised up,

    every mountain and hill made low;

the rough ground shall become level,

    the rugged places a plain.

5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,

    and all people will see it together.

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

6 A voice says, “Cry out.”

    And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass,

    and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.

7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,

    because the breath of the LORD blows on them.

    Surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,

    but the word of our God endures forever.”

9 You who bring good news to Zion,

    go up on a high mountain.

You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]

    lift up your voice with a shout,

lift it up, do not be afraid;

    say to the towns of Judah,

    “Here is your God!”

10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power,

    and he rules with a mighty arm.

See, his reward is with him,

    and his recompense accompanies him.

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:

    He gathers the lambs in his arms

and carries them close to his heart;

    he gently leads those that have young.

New Testament Reading  Acts 13:14b-26 (NIV) 

14 From Perga they went on to Pisidian Antioch. On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and sat down. 15 After the reading from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.”

16 Standing up, Paul motioned with his hand and said: “Fellow Israelites and you Gentiles who worship God, listen to me! 17 The God of the people of Israel chose our ancestors; he made the people prosper during their stay in Egypt; with mighty power he led them out of that country; 18 for about forty years he endured their conduct[a] in the wilderness; 19 and he overthrew seven nations in Canaan, giving their land to his people as their inheritance. 20 All this took about 450 years.

“After this, God gave them judges until the time of Samuel the prophet. 21 Then the people asked for a king, and he gave them Saul son of Kish, of the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled forty years. 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’

23 “From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel the Savior Jesus, as he promised. 24 Before the coming of Jesus, John preached repentance and baptism to all the people of Israel. 25 As John was completing his work, he said: ‘Who do you suppose I am? I am not the one you are looking for. But there is one coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.’

26 “Fellow children of Abraham and you God-fearing Gentiles, it is to us that this message of salvation has been sent. 

Gospel Reading  Luke 1:57-66,80

57 When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. 58 Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy.

59 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, 60 but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”

61 They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.”

62 Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. 63 He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” 64 Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. 65 All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. 66 Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lord’s hand was with him.

Notices                                                                                

Reverend Toni’s bible study group will meet for the third time on Thursday, 28th June at 7:30pm at The Vicarage. The fortnightly course, held over 10 weeks, began on May 31st and will look at The Return of the Prodigal Son. 

Those wishing to attend are asked to contact Revd Toni either by email: [email protected] or call The Vicarage: OR just turn up.

A doggie welcome guaranteed!!!! PLEASE BRING YOUR BIBLE. 01933 678225.

Mens breakfast will be held in Little Harrowden Church on Saturday, June 30 at 8:45am, please let Jerry Adam know if you plan to attend for catering purposes:  Women’s breakfast will take place at Carolynne’s house, 17 Grange Road, Redhill Grange at the same time. Please email 

Carolynne if you plan to attend. 

The 5 Churches Holiday Club takes place between 23rd – 27th July. Forms are available in each church or from your local school.

The funeral of Gladys Freeman, formerly of Little Harrowden, who died on 9th June aged 93, will be held on Tuesday June 26th at Little Harrowden Church at 2pm followed by burial.

Please pray:  

• For the family and friends of Gladys Freeman who died two weeks ago. For Joy Burton’s brother Malcolm and for all the family, Doreen Dicks, Janet Grundy, Janet Johnson and all those known to us personally who need God’s healing touch.

• For continued support to be given to Hazel and Alf Lassou.

ST MARY’S, LITTLE HARROWDEN

ALL SAINTS, GREAT HARROWDEN

ST MARY’S, ORLINGBURY

ALL SAINTS, PYTCHLEY

ST PETER’S, ISHAM

Church Website:  www.5churches.co.uk

NIP online: https://5churches.co.uk/newsletter/

‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labour in vain.’

                                                                                                                                                     Psalm 127.Vs.1

Reverend Toni’s Summer break is from 

Tuesday 14th August until Tuesday 28th August.

 

  

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