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NEWS IN THE PEWS Sunday 30th December 2018
First Sunday of Christmas WHITE
11:00am Benefice New Year Covenant Service at Pytchley
(The Rector)
Sunday 6th January 2019
The Epiphany WHITE
 
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 Come and Worship Service at Orlingbury
(Lay-led)
11:00am Family Service at Pytchley
(Lay-led)
 
Important dates
 
Morning Prayer will be held at Little Harrowden Church at 9:15am on New Year’s Day
Wednesday Holy Communion 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.
 
Collect
God in Trinity, eternal unity of perfect love: gather the nations to be one family, and draw us into your holy life through the birth of Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
 
Old Testament Reading 1 Samuel 2.18-20, 26
18 But Samuel was ministering before the LORD—a boy wearing a linen ephod. 19 Each year his mother made him a little robe and took it to him when she went up with her husband to offer the annual sacrifice. 20 Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, “May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to[a] the LORD.” Then they would go home. 26 And the boy Samuel continued to grow in stature and in favor with the LORD and with people.
 
New Testament Reading Colossians 3.12-17 (NIV)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 
Gospel Reading Luke 2: 41-end (NIV)
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.
 
48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”
49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[f] 50 But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
51 Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. 52 And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.
 
Notices:
 
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.
 
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
 
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
 
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