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9:15am Family Service at Isham (Team)

9:15 am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (Rector)

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)
9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

9:15 am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

10:00am Café Church at Little Harrowden (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Revd Toni Smith)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Rector)

Weekday Services
8.30am Monday Morning Prayer at Great 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 the Rector (01933 678225)
Or email: [email protected]
(underscore between names) by Thursday evening each week.

Mon 6th March: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
12 noon Funeral of Karan Smith (39) at Kettering Crematorium
2.00pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church
2.00pm Lent Course (1) at 1A Winston Drive, Isham
Tues 7th March: 9.00-11.00 Coffee and Chat in Pytchley
Wed 8th March: 7.30pm Joint PCC at Little Harrowden Church
Thurs 9th March: 2.00pm Lent Course (2) at 12 Furnace Lane
7.30pm Lent Course (2) at Garden House, Rectory Lane, Orlingbury
7.30pm Lent Course at 44a Allen Road, Finedon
7.00pm Routz at Isham Cricket Club
Fri 10th March: 5pm Friday Family Fun at Pytchley School
Sat 11th March: 10.30am Jubilee Coffee Morning at Pytchley Church
12 noon Lent Lunches at Isham Village Hall and LH Church

Future dates
Mon 14th March: 3.45pm Messy Church at Great Harrowden Church
Sat 18th March: 9.30am Bishop’s Bible Day (see below)

Collect Lent 1
Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Psalm 32
Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the LORD.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
Therefore, let all the godly pray to you while there is still time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.
For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.
The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.
Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.”
Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.
So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Matthew 4: 1-11
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came and said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.’ But he answered, ‘It is written,
“One does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”’

Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written,
“He will command his angels concerning you”,
and “On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.”’

Jesus said to him, ‘Again it is written, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.”’ Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour; and he said to him, ‘All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written,
“Worship the Lord your God,
and serve only him.”’
Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

A Joint PCC is being held this Wednesday 8th March so the Benefice/Parish Profile can be presented to all PCC members. 7.30pm at Little Harrowden church.

The Lent Course at Little Harrowden is taking place on Thursday this week only because of the joint PCC.

A Café Church service will be held at Little Harrowden next Sunday 12th March, NOT a family service as in Connect 5 – but Café Church is for ALL AGES!

Confirmation Service: please note that the 5 Churches Together Service on 19th March will be held at 3pm in the afternoon at Great Harrowden and will include Confirmation as well as communion. Bishop John will be taking the service so please come and make this a special occasion for our two candidates, Scott Barber and Mark Dainty.

Lent Lunches will be held at 12noon at Little Harrowden church on Saturdays from 4th March to 15th April, and at Isham Village Hall 12.00-1.30pm from 4th March to 8th April.

‘The Fascinating History of Drayton House, Lowick’ is the subject of a talk to be given by Bruce Bailey FSA, a nationally recognised architectural historian, at Pytchley Church at 11am on Saturday 25th March, followed by lunch. Coffee will be served from 10.30am. This is being organised by Pytchley Church Heritage Trust – should be a very interesting morning! Tickets £12 (inc lunch & tea/coffee) from Mark Goodman, Mike Walsh, Pam Reynolds & Rosemary Eady.

Bishop’s Bible Day will be held on Saturday 18 March 2017, 9.30am-4pm at Northampton High School for Girls, Newport Pagnell Road, Northampton NN4 6UU. The theme is The Old Testament for the church and the world today. There are lots of interesting workshops on many different aspects of life today so please do think about going!

Rabbit/Guinea Pig hutches for sale: Mary has 3 hutches, one single and one double decker on long legs so you don’t have to bend over, and one that goes on the lawn.

Humour is a gift: Notice in a church bulletin: “We are pleased to note that there has been a change of mind by the Housing Department regarding a name for the new housing complex for the elderly. ‘St Peter’s Close’ did seem inappropriate.”

Please pray:
• For Mark Dainty following his baptism this Sunday.
• For all in need of healing.
• For the family and friends of Karan Smith (Pytchey connections) who died aged 39, and for all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
• For wisdom as we reflect on the issue of fake or exaggerated news.
• For the citizens of Mosul.

Proverb: “When the wicked arrive, contempt, shame, and disgrace are sure to follow.” Ch.18, v3.

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