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WEEK COMMENCING 10th December, 2017


SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY        Sunday 17th December                   Advent 2

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd. Martin Walker)

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

4:00pm Christingle & Tea Service at Pytchley  (The Rector & Team)

4:00pm Nativity & Carols at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)

6:00pm Carol Service at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)

Weekday Services

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

[email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.

Please pray:

  • For Reuben Bell, Alf Lossau, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.

Future Dates

Mon Dec 18: 5pm Nativity Night at Little Harrowden Church

Sun Dec 24: 4pm Pop-up Nativity at Little Harrowden Church

6pm Carols by Lamplight at Great Harrowden Church

Collect                                                                Advent 2

Almighty God, purify our hearts and minds, that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour we may be ready to receive him, who is our Lord and our God. Amen

Isaiah 40:1-11(NIV)                                  Comfort for God’s People

40 Comfort, comfort my people,

says your God.

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,

and proclaim to her

that her hard service has been completed,

that her sin has been paid for,

that she has received from the LORD’s hand

double for all her sins.

3 A voice of one calling:

“In the wilderness prepare

the way for the LORD[a];

make straight in the desert

a highway for our God.[b]

4 Every valley shall be raised up,

every mountain and hill made low;

the rough ground shall become level,

the rugged places a plain.

5 And the glory of the LORD will be revealed,

and all people will see it together.

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

6 A voice says, “Cry out.”

And I said, “What shall I cry?”

“All people are like grass,

and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.

7 The grass withers and the flowers fall,

because the breath of the LORD blows on them.

Surely the people are grass.

8 The grass withers and the flowers fall,

but the word of our God endures forever.”

9 You who bring good news to Zion,

go up on a high mountain.

You who bring good news to Jerusalem,[c]

lift up your voice with a shout,

lift it up, do not be afraid;

say to the towns of Judah,

“Here is your God!”

10 See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power,

and he rules with a mighty arm.

See, his reward is with him,

and his recompense accompanies him.

11 He tends his flock like a shepherd:

He gathers the lambs in his arms

and carries them close to his heart;

he gently leads those that have young.

2 Peter 3.8-15a (NIV)

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.[a]

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.[b] That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.

14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him.


Mark 1:1-8 (NIV)                         John the Baptist Prepares the Way

1 The beginning of the good news about Jesus the Messiah,[a] the Son of God,[b] 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

“I will send my messenger ahead of you,

who will prepare your way”[c]—

3 “a voice of one calling in the wilderness,

‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

make straight paths for him.’”[d]

4 And so John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River. 6 John wore clothing made of camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with[e] water, but he will baptize you with[f] the Holy Spirit.”


Join Looking Glass Theatre in another festive pantomime at Isham Village Hall. Encounter the Beast and his quest to become Prince Trueheart once more. Meet Fairy Rosenud, Clothida, Custard and many more in this exiting, new adaptation. An interactive performance in traditional pantomime style filled with songs, actors, puppets and audience participation. Tickets on sale now!

Beauty and the Beast

Isham Village Hall

22nd December 2017


Refreshments Raffle

Tickets £6.00 from Mandy Stokes 01536 723 819

Christingle Services:

  • Isham Church –today at 4pm
  • Great Harrowden Church – tomorrow, Monday December 11th 4pm
  • Pytchley Church – Sunday 17th December at 4pm

A warm welcome awaits everyone who would like to attend any of these services.

Please be aware that lead thieves may be working in our area.  So please be vigilant and if you see anyone suspicious on our church roofs please contact the police as soon as possible.

A Nativity Night will take place at Little Harrowden Church on Monday, December 18th starting at 6:00pm. People are invited to spread Christmas cheer by coming dressed as a nativity character or in a Christmas theme. Hot dogs and spiced punch will be served and children can meet Father Christmas while everyone joins in with carol singing. All invited.

Crib Service 4pm at Pytchley with REAL SHEEP!








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