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WEEK COMMENCING 15th January, 2017

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                 15th January                      Epiphany 2

8:00 am Holy Communion (BCP) at Isham (Rector)

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

4.00 pm Evensong at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                 22nd January                 Epiphany 3

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)


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

11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Rector)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Archdeacon)

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.

Proverb: “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” Ch.12, v18.

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Or email: [email protected]

(underscore between names) by Thursday evening each week.


Mon 16th Jan: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

2.00pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church

7.00pm Marriage Preparation Course (2) at Little Harrowden Church

Tues 17th Jan: 7.30pm Christianity Explored Course (1) at 36 Lowick Close

Wed 18th Jan: 10.30am-12noon Orlingbury Coffee Morning at Queen’s Arms

Thurs 19th Jan: 7.30pm Bible Study Group at 7 The Paddocks, Orlingbury

Future dates

Tues 24th Jan: 7.00pm Isham PCC at 8 The Sorrels

Wed 1st Feb: 7.00 pm Joint PCC with Diocesan Pioneer & New Initiatives Officer at Pytchley School hall.

Collect                                                       Ephiphany 2

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; 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.


Isaiah 49: 1-7

Listen to me, O coastlands, pay attention, you peoples from far away!
The Lord called me before I was born,
while I was in my mother’s womb he named me.
He made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of his hand he hid me;
he made me a polished arrow, in his quiver he hid me away.
And he said to me, ‘You are my servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.’
But I said, ‘I have laboured in vain,
I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity;
yet surely my cause is with the Lord, and my reward with my God.’

And now the Lord says, who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him, and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord,
and my God has become my strength—
he says, ‘It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.’

Thus says the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel and his Holy One,
to one deeply despised, abhorred by the nations, the slave of rulers,
‘Kings shall see and stand up, princes, and they shall prostrate themselves,
because of the Lord, who is faithful,

the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.’

John 1: 29-42                                                                                             

The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him. “There is the Lamb of God,’ he said, “who takes away the sin of the world. He it is of whom I said, “After me there comes a man who ranks ahead of me”; before I was born, he already was. I did not know who he was; but the reason why I came, baptizing in water, was that he might be revealed to Israel.’

John testified again: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven like a dove and come to rest on him. I did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize in water had told me, “The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is to baptize in Holy Spirit.” I have seen it and have borne witness: this is God’s Chosen One.’

The next day again, John was standing with two of his disciples when Jesus passed by. John looked towards him and said, “There is the Lamb of God!’ When the two disciples heard what he said, they followed Jesus. He turned and saw them following; “What are you looking for?’ he asked. They said, “Rabbi,’ (which means “Teacher’) “where are you staying?’

“Come and see,’ he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and spent the rest of the day with him. It was about four in the afternoon. One of the two who followed Jesus after hearing what John said was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. The first thing he did was to find his brother Simon and say to him, “We have found the Messiah’ (which is the Hebrew for Christ). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John; you shall be called Cephas’ (that is, Peter, “the Rock’).


A drone set off the alarm on Ecton church roof recently – it flew away and then returned. This is the latest way criminals do their research so please report anything like this immediately to churchwardens and police.

The Christianity Explored Course will begin on Tuesday 17th January – it is a good opportunity to think over what our Christian faith is all about. The course lasts 6 weeks, and for those who decide they would like to be confirmed there will be a 7th session – Bishop John will be leading a service in our benefice in the afternoon of Sunday 19th March and this can include confirmation if required.

Knit & Natter meets again on Monday 16th January, 2-4pm at Little Harrowden church for knitting, friendly chat and refreshments – all are very welcome – why not give it a try!

Sunday 29th Jan the Songs of Praise & Bacon will be at the usual time of 11am at Orlingbury – it’s an incorrect time in Connect 5.

Bishop’s Roadshows – Bishop Donald is doing another series of roadshows to help parishes ‘to be alive and joyful, to grow and to flourish’. We are all encouraged to attend. Please email [email protected] if you decide to go so they have some idea of numbers likely to attend. The dates and venues are: Jan 28th Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive,  Kett,  NN15 6PB

February 4th Towcester Racecourse, London Road,  Towcester  NN12 6LB

April 29th Greetham Valley Golf Course, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham.

May 6th Northampton Cricket Club, Abington Avenue, Northampton NN1 4PR

Further details about directions and timings etc. are on the diocesan website .

Nasty fake emails? Mary’s sister has just received one ostensibly from an older family friend saying she’s having a frustrating time and to email back. If you look in the header bar your reply goes to your contact’s correct email address followed by ‘via hotmail’. The danger is that this full address to reply to (inc. the ‘via hotmail’ bit) only shows up on a big computer BUT NOT on a phone – so TAKE CARE!

A new CofE Primary & a new CofE Secondary School: Peterborough Diocese Education Trust is bidding to run two out of the three schools proposed for the new development at Stanton Cross.  An important part of this process is to evidence that there is community support for such schools.  As many people as possible are needed to attend a Public Meeting to be held on 17th January, 7pm at St Katharine’s Church, High Street, Irchester NN29 7AA.  There is so much competition to get into Bishop Stopford School that it would be really beneficial to have another church secondary school in our area so please do try to attend this meeting – it’s not much notice but Government timescales are tight!

Humour is a gift: Queen Victoria was out one Sunday with her faithful servant John Brown. She noticed someone fishing from a boat on the Loch. “Fancy people doing that on the Sabbath,” she remarked. “But Ma’am, the Lord Jesus was in a boat on the Sabbath.” The Queen turned and replied sharply, “Two wrongs don’t make a right.”

Please pray:

  • For all in need of healing.
  • For all the family and friends of Michael Cooper (LH) who died this week, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For all working in the NHS.
  • For our politicians as they deal with new people and situations in a changing political landscape and a world of new tensions.
  • For all who are working to create peace in our world.


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