NEWS IN THE PEWS Sunday 6th January 2019
The Epiphany WHITE
9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden
9:00am Family Service at Isham
11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden
11:00am Come and Worship Service at Orlingbury
11:00am Family Service at Pytchley
Sunday 13th January 2018
The First Sunday after Epiphany WHITE
9:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley
10:00am Family Service at Little Harrowden
11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury
4:00pm Cupcakes & Fizz at Isham
No Service at Great Harrowden – to join others
Wednesday Holy Communion will resume again on Wednesday 9thJanuary.
9:15am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Morning Prayer at Little Harrowden
9:30am – 10:45am (term time) Mon Little Fishes carer and tots group at Little Harrowden.
Creator of the heavens, who led the Magi by a star to worship the Christ-child: guide and sustain us, that we may find our journey’s end in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Old Testament Reading Isaiah 60: 1-6 (NIV)
60 “Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lordrises upon you.
2 See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lordrises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
3 Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
4 “Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
5 Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
6 Herds of camels will cover your land,
young camels of Midian and Ephah.
And all from Sheba will come,
bearing gold and incense
and proclaiming the praise of the Lord.
New Testament Reading Ephesians 3.1-12 (NIV)
3 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4 In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5 which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to God’s holy apostles and prophets. 6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
7 I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace given me through the working of his power. 8 Although I am less than the least of all the Lord’s people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11 according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Gospel Reading Matthew 2: 1- 12 (NIV)
2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a]from the east came to Jerusalem2 and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”
3 When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.4 When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:
6 “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for out of you will come a ruler
who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]”
7 Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared.8 He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”
9 After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was.10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.12 And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.
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Reverend Toni and Cliff say a huge thank you for all the cards and gifts people around the benefice kindly gave them for Christmas.
Church humour…things children say:
“Our Father, Who does art in heaven,
Harold is His name.
A little boy was overheard praying:
“Lord, if you can’t make me a better boy, don’t worry about it.
I’m having a real good time like I am.”
Please pray for:
for Bob Oldfield
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
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 Lordbuilds the house, those who build it labour in vain. Psalm 127.Vs.