NEWS IN THE PEWS
On Sunday December 2nd Year C begins
SERVICES THIS WEEK Sunday 9th December 2018
Second Sunday of Advent PURPLE
9:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley
10:00am Family Service at Little Harrowden
11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury
4:00pm Cupcakes & Fizz Christingle at Isham
No Service at Great Harrowden
3:45pm for 4:00pm Monday 10th December Christingle Service at Great Harrowden
SERVICES NEXT WEEK Sunday 16th December 2018
Third Sunday of Advent PURPLE
10:30am Benefice Holy Communion at Isham
3:00pm – 4:30pm Sunday JAM & Sunday School Christmas Party
at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
6:00pm Christmas Carol Service at Little Harrowden
No Evensong at Little Harrowden
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.
Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and savior we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God. Amen
Old Testament Reading Malachi 3:1-4 (NIV)
“I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.
2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.
New Testament Reading Philippians 1: 3-11 (NIV)
3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. 8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.
Gospel Reading Luke 3:1-6 (NIV)
3 In the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar—when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, Herod tetrarch of Galilee, his brother Philip tetrarch of Iturea and Traconitis, and Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene— 2 during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.
5 Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain and hill made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight,
the rough ways smooth.
6 And all people will see God’s salvation.’”[a]
Sunday 16th December: The nativity night service advertised as taking place at Little Harrowden in Connect 5 next Sunday was published in error. The event is not taking place this year. However, all are invited to join in with festivities at a Carol Service taking place at 6pm.
The funeral of Alexandria Shepherd, will take place on Friday 14th December at 1pm at the Nene Valley Crematorium in Wellingborough followed by a memorial service in St Mary’s Church, Finedon at 2pm.
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.
The Charity Christmas Card Board will be on display in Little Harrowden Church again this year, people are invited to display one card meant for all in exchange for a donation. All donations will be given to the Day Light Centre.
As Reverend Toni recovers from the operation on her foot she is hoping to cover the services as planned and will inform churchwardens of any mid-week changes.
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 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 who are preparing for her funeral on Friday.
• For Reverend Toni and Chris Staff who have both recently had operations on their feet.
• For Kristy’s mum, Barbara Ward, as she recovers from her knee operation.
• And 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
It was the night before Christmas 1818, in the little village of Oberndorf, Austria. Joseph Mohr, the vicar, had just read the Christmas passage from Luke chapter 2, when a few verses inspired by the reading came into his mind. It would be pleasant, he thought, if they could be used at the Christmas Eve service, and so he called on the organist and handed him the verses.
Franz Gruber, the organist, thereupon composed a tune to which the verses could be sung and that was how one of the greatest Christmas carols – Silent Night – was created.
That evening, the organ broke down but, not to be outdone, the vicar and the organist sang the hymn as a duet. There the story might have ended had it not been for the organ. When the instrument had been repaired, the organist sat down to test it and played the tune composed by Gruber. He liked it and asked for a copy, which he took back to his home town. There a ladies’ choir added it to their repertoire and it was included when they sang in other towns as well.
Gradually it became known by more and more people and it increased in popularity until today it must surely be the most frequently sung Christmas carol. Moreover, it is sung, not only in the language in which it was first written, but it has been translated into others too, so that, all over the world, people are united at Christmas in singing Silent Night in their own language.
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