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SERVICES THIS SUNDAY 9th April Palm Sunday

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)
9:45am Walk of Witness from Pocket Park followed by
10:00am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)
10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Rector)
SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 16th April Easter Sunday

7:30am BCP Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

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

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

11:00am Family Holy Communion at Pytchley (Rector)

11:00am Family Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Revd Toni Smith)

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.

Mon 10th – Fri 14th April: 10am-5pm Prayer Labyrinth in Orlingbury Church
Mon 10th April: 2pm Lent Course (6) at 1 Ryehill Close, Isham
7.30pm Short Reflection Service at Orlingbury Church
Tues 11th April: 7.30pm Compline with Taize Music at Great Harrowden Church
Wed 12th April: 10am onwards Drop-in Prayer Walk in Little Harrowden Church
7.00pm Compline Service at Little Harrowden Church
Thurs 13th April: 7.30pm Maundy Thursday Communion at Lt Harrowden Church
Fri 14th April: Good Friday Services – Isham & Little Harrowden at 10am,
Pytchley at 10.30am, Great Harrowden at 2pm – see notices for details
Sat 15th April: 12 noon Lent Lunch at Little Harrowden Church
Collect Palm Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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 118: 19-24
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
that I may enter through them
and give thanks to the LORD.
This is the gate of the LORD;
the righteous shall enter through it.
I thank you that you have answered me
and have become my salvation.
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the chief cornerstone.
This is the LORD’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day that the LORD has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

Matthew 21: 1-11
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.”
This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet:
“Say to Daughter Zion,
‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted,
“Hosanna to the Son of David!”
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
“Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?”
The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”

Routz would like to welcome Year 6 pupils to the next meeting and all secondary school pupils new to our villages are welcome too. Thursday 20th April, 7.00 – 8.30pm at Isham Cricket Club. The only thing we take seriously is your FUN

Holy Week Services:
Monday at Orlingbury, a short Reflection Service at 7.30pm
Tuesday at Great Harrowden there will be Compline at 7.30pm
Wednesday at Little Harrowden Compline at 7pm. There will also be a Drop-in Prayer Walk in LH church that day – do come and visit it at your leisure.
Orlingbury will also have a Prayer Labyrinth in church for people to visit during the week – it will be there 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

On Maundy Thursday there will be Holy Communion at Little Harrowden Church. Revd Toni Smith will be taking the service and will wash the feet of Mary and anyone else who would like to take part as this ritual is part of Maundy Thursday.

On Good Friday Isham Church has Family Stations of the Cross at 10am, Little Harrowden has a family service at 10.00am and Pytchley church has a Hot Cross Buns Service at 10.30am. There will be a ‘Last Hour at the Cross’ at Great Harrowden church at 2pm for those who prefer a more reflective service.

On Easter Sunday there are Family Communion Services at all our churches apart from Great Harrowden which has a BCP Communion Service followed by breakfast and boiled eggs. I guess Easter Eggs might feature somewhere in each church or village!

Isham – If you would like the name or names of loved ones read out at the Easter morning communion service please would you write them on the sheet at the back of the church or tell your churchwarden (Doreen or William).

The final Lent Lunch this year will be held at 12noon at Little Harrowden church on Saturday 15th April. Our grateful thanks go to all those who have organised and supported Lent Lunches and raised so much money for charity.

Unwanted pillowcases? Pillowcases are extremely useful to refugees who can use them to carry their possessions as well as stuffing them with straw or other materials to use to rest on. Gillian Walton is collecting them for a charity so if you have any surplus ones please drop them off at her new bungalow at the top of Norlinton Close (right hand side) in Orlingbury.

Rabbit/Guinea Pig hutches for sale: Mary has 2 hutches, 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: A little boy asked his father if he could have a bike. His father had to say no but added, “If you pray hard you may have a little brother to play with soon.” The little boy did pray but soon tired of it. Eventually his father took him upstairs and showed him not one but two little brothers with whom he could play. “Now aren’t you glad that you prayed for a little brother?” he said.
“Yes,” said the boy doubtfully, “but aren’t you glad I stopped praying when I did?”

Please pray:
• For Janice Forrester (hip op), Hazel Lossau, baby Rex Tapp, Barbara Skinner, Jenn Kennworthy, and all in need of healing.
• For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
• For wisdom for all international leaders at this volatile time.

Proverb: “If you search for good, you will find favour; but if you search for evil, it will find you!” Ch.11, v27.

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