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NEWS IN THE PEWS, SERVICES THIS WEEK: Sunday 26th August 2018, 13th Sunday after Trinity GREEN 

9:00am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd Cannon Margaret Johnson)

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

11:00am Celtic Holy Communion at Great Harrowden

(Revd Cannon Margaret Johnson)

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

No service at Pytchley – to join others

SERVICES NEXT WEEK Sunday 2nd  September 2018, 14th Sunday after Trinity GREEN                                                                                                                                                                                                            

9:00am Family Service at Isham (Lay-led)

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

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

11:00am Family Service at Pytchley (The Rector)

11:00am Pet Service on Orlingbury Green (church if wet) (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 followed by refreshments.  

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to

[email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.

Collect                                                                             

Almighty God, you search us and know us: may we rely on you in strength and rest on you in weakness, now and in all our days; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Old Testament Reading   1 Kings 8:22-30(NIV)

22 Then Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in front of the whole assembly of Israel, spread out his hands toward heaven 23 and said:

“LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth below—you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way. 24 You have kept your promise to your servant David my father; with your mouth you have promised and with your hand you have fulfilled it—as it is today.

25 “Now LORD, the God of Israel, keep for your servant David my father the promises you made to him when you said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to sit before me on the throne of Israel, if only your descendants are careful in all they do to walk before me faithfully as you have done.’ 26 And now, God of Israel, let your word that you promised your servant David my father come true.

27 “But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! 28 Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy, LORD my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day. 29 May your eyes be open toward this temple night and day, this place of which you said, ‘My Name shall be there,’ so that you will hear the prayer your servant prays toward this place. 30 Hear the supplication of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive.

New Testament Reading   Ephesians 6:10-20 (NIV)

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Gospel Reading   John 6:56-69 (NIV)

56 Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in them. 57 Just as the living Father sent me and I live because of the Father, so the one who feeds on me will live because of me. 58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Your ancestors ate manna and died, but whoever feeds on this bread will live forever.” 59 He said this while teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.

60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”

61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit[a] and life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe.” For Jesus had known from the beginning which of them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has enabled them.”

66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him.

67 “You do not want to leave too, do you?” Jesus asked the Twelve.

68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God.”

Notices and prayers continued over the page                                                                             

Outing to Peterborough Catherdral: Members of Little Harrowden Church are organising a trip to take place on Saturday, October 20th and invite everyone across the Benefice to join them. Numbers are required URGENTLY so that

transport can be booked. Please let Carolynne Adam [email protected] or the churchwardens know.

September 7th Beetle Drive in Gt Harrowden church at 6.30pm starting with jacket potato supper.  Adults £6 children £4.  Bring your own drinks. Fun for all.  Come on your own or bring friends/family – all welcome.

 For tickets please contact Sharon on 07771 800068 or email [email protected]

Ride & Stride, Saturday 8th September, Little Harrowden Church is open all day for refreshments. Morning Coffee: 10am – 12pm, Lunch: (soup&roll) 12pm – 2:00pm, tea & cake: 2:00pm – 6:00pm. Everyone welcome.

The congregation at Orlingbury would like to invite everyone to join them for lunch in Orlingbury Village Hall after the benefice holy communion service led by Bishop John on September 16th. There will be a salad buffet lunch and organisers would be extremely grateful if anyone can contribute a bowl of salad or a pudding for 20. If you plan to attend or can help please contact Gillian or Jan by Friday, Sept 7th to enable them to finalise planning.

Are you ready to be confirmed?                                                                      

So far we have 4 adults and 11 young people going forward for confirmation. I am also waiting for forms to come in for baptised youngsters who want to learn about Holy Communion, with the view of receiving prior to confirmation.

Eucharistic training – Would YOU like to assist at Holy Communion?

 PLEASE send names ASAP to Rev’d Toni if you are interested.

Connect 5 delivery: A volunteer is needed to help deliver to the even house numbers in Main Sreet, Little Harrowden, once a month. If you can help, please contact Sue Taylor: 01933 675766 

Please pray:  

• For Hazel and family following the loss of her husband Alf, and give thanks for the care he received whilst he was in the care home. 

• Frank Stanley (Pytchley), Janet Johnson, and all those in need of healing.

• Please pray for the families and all those who are undergoing new treatment that God will give them the strength and peace to get through this difficult time, remembering Alexandria.

• Pray for our government and their responsibilities concerning Brexit. That they will have the humility to listen to one another and a good solution will be found for the UK and the EU.

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.

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

Reverend Toni returns from holiday on Weds 29th Aug

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