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WEEK COMMENCING 14th August, 2016

 SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                   14th August                          Trinity 12

9.15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

9.15am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

10.30am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)

11.00 am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden   (Revd Toni Smith)

 11.00 am Family Communion & Baptism at Orlingbury (Rector)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                 21st August                       Trinity 13

8.00am Holy Communion BCP at Isham (Rector)

10.00 am 5 Churches Together Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

6.00 pm Evensong at Little Harrowden (Gillian Walton)


Weekday Services

9:15 am Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, Morning Prayer at Little Harrowden.

9.15 am. Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

8.00 am Friday Morning Prayer at Great Harrowden.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to the Rector (01933 678225)

Or email [email protected] AND [email protected].com

(underscore between names) by Thursday evening of each week.


Wed 17th Aug: 6.00 pm Faith Supper & PCC meeting at Great Harrowden church

Thurs 18th Aug: 10.30am-12noon Coffee & Chat at Queen’s Head, Orlingbury

Fri 19th Aug: 5pm Wedding rehearsal at Isham Church

Future dates

Holiday Club dates: 22nd – 26th August, 2016

Memorial Service for Briony St John, Sun 9th October, 2.30pm at Pytchley Church

Collect                                                                       Trinity 12

Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray and to give more than either we desire or deserve: pour down upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid and giving us those good things which we are not worthy to ask but through the merits and mediation of 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.


Hebrews 11:29 – 12:2

By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched round them for seven days. By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawn in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and ill-treated –the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy that was set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


Luke 12: 49-56

‘I came to bring fire to the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! I have a baptism with which to be baptized, and what stress I am under until it is completed!  Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but rather division!  From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three; they will be divided:

father against son
and son against father,
mother against daughter
and daughter against mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.’


He also said to the crowds, ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, “It is going to rain”; and so it happens.  And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, “There will be scorching heat”; and it happens.  You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?



From Quentin: Jeanette, John-Mark, Joanna and I would like say a big “thank you” to everyone for such a special farewell.  We were bowled over by the lovely things people said, the many good wishes and the excellent food.  It was a very positive end to our time with the Benefice and we will remember you all with great affection. Thank you too for the cards and the kind gifts you gave us, we’ll buy something specific for our new home that we can look at and think of the five churches and the happy times we have shared.  We have greatly valued the way you have given us a home base for the five years I have worked for the Diocese, and the love and support we have received from you.  We wish you every blessing and we will continue to remember you in our prayers.

A Scarecrow Festival will be held in Little Harrowden on Sat/Sun 10/11th September – for entry details see leaflet or contact churchwardens. The theme will be nursery rhymes so plenty of ideas to be had!!

Margaret Pridmore, Joanna, Kenny and family thank everyone who came to Jumbo’s funeral and raised over £900 for his beloved Pytchley. They have been overwhelmed by the kindness and love shown at this time.

Pytchley PLEASE NOTE – there has been a change to your service on 28th August – this will now be a family service + baptism, not a communion service.

Holiday Club Service: because the Sunday after the Holiday Club is bank holiday this year it has been decided to hold the usual Family Service at 12 noon on Friday 26th August – it will be followed by complimentary cream cakes and tea! Although it’s not a Sunday I would like to urge you to please make every effort to attend this service to show your support for the many people involved in running the Holiday Club and to hear about what the children have been doing.

Holiday Club needs cakes for refreshments (inc. flapjacks, tarts etc) + CLEAN 4 pint milk plastic bottles + lids, egg boxes, yogurt pots, cereal boxes,  kitchen roll holders. Please give them to Karan or anyone involved in the Holiday Club! Or take them to Pytchley Church.

Launde Abbey Amble: raise funds for Launde Abbey and your own charity on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 28th by taking part in a 50:50 fundraising walk around the beautiful countryside near Launde. Long or short walks.  For information tel 01572 717254 or email: [email protected].

Raising funds for Cynthia Spencer Hospice – why not take part in a sponsored cycle ride on Sunday 25th September, starting from Holdenby House. Our hospices provide the most wonderful service so please consider supporting this local one. Information and application forms can be found at

Humour is a gift: A lady left a note in her will that she should be cremated – and her ashes scattered over Harrods to ensure that her daughter visited her at least twice a week.

Please pray:

  • For all children being baptised and for the parents as they bring up their children in the Christian faith.
  • For all preparing to get married.
  • For all in need of healing.
  • For the family and friends of Betty Hollands (Isham) who died this week, and for all who are grieving, lonely or anxious
  • For everyone trying to prevent terrorist attacks and keep us safe.


Proverb: “Young people who obey the law are wise; those who seek out worthless companions bring shame to their parents.” Ch 28, Vs7


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