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WEEK COMMENCING 15th October, 2017

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                         22nd October       Trinity 19

9:15am Holy Communion and Sunday School at Little Harrowden

(Revd Toni Smith)

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


11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Revd Martin Walker)


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


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


4:00pm Cupcakes & Fizz at Isham (Team)

Weekday Services

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

9.15 am. Wednesday, Holy Communion at Little Harrowden.

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[email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.

Institution of Revd Toni Smith as Rector of these parishes

Thursday, October 26th

7:00pm Institution of Revd Toni Smith Holy Communion Service at Pytchley           (Bishop John)

Collect                                                                 Trinity 18

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us your gift of faith that, forsaking what lies behind and reaching out to that which is before,

we may run the way of your commandments and win the crown of everlasting joy; 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

Exodus 32: 1-14 NIV                                       The Golden Calf

32 When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods[a] who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.”

2 Aaron answered them, “Take off the gold earrings that your wives, your sons and your daughters are wearing, and bring them to me.” 3 So all the people took off their earrings and brought them to Aaron. 4 He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, “These are your gods,[b] Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.”

5 When Aaron saw this, he built an altar in front of the calf and announced, “Tomorrow there will be a festival to the LORD.” 6 So the next day the people rose early and sacrificed burnt offerings and presented fellowship offerings. Afterward they sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.

7 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. 8 They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’

9 “I have seen these people,” the LORD said to Moses, “and they are a stiff-necked people. 10 Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.”

11 But Moses sought the favor of the LORD his God. “LORD,” he said, “why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand? 12 Why should the Egyptians say, ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people. 13 Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: ‘I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.’” 14 Then the LORD relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

Matthew 22: 1-14 NIV               The Parable of the Wedding Banquet

22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”


The Institution of Revd. Toni Smith will take place on Thursday 26 October at All Saints’ Pytchley, starting at 7pm with a Holy Communion service led by Bishop John. Everyone is welcome.

Sunday Jesus And Me (JAM) takes place later today, from 4.00pm – 5.00pm at Little Harrowden Church. JAM is an afternoon group for children and their adults. Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information contact Carolynne Adam on 01933 673 492.

Evensong take place today at 6.00pm at Little Harrowden Church, everyone is welcome.

Men’s breakfast will take place on Saturday, 28th November at 8.45am in St Mary’s Little Harrowden. Please let Jerry [email protected] know if you can attend.

Shoebox Appeal – We are doing something slightly different this year. You can choose whether you fill a self-decorated shoebox for a family or for an elderly person. Please take time to look at the website for more information: Information leaflets can also be collected from Pytchley, Isham, Redwell and Oakway schools or any of the five churches. Please drop off your filled boxes, or if you don’t have a shoebox, your bagged donations, together with your £2 postage donation, to any of the benefice schools or churches before Wednesday, November 8.

5 Churches Light Party – Pytchley Church will be hosting a Light Party, which everyone in the Benefice is invited to attend on Tuesday, 31ST October at 5:30pm. People are encouraged to bring a carved heart pumpkin to the service, where a light tea will be provided.


Mon 16th 9:30am – 10:45am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

Future Dates

Tue Oct 31st: 5:30pm 5 Churches Light Party

Sat Nov 11th: 2pm Christmas Bazaar at Little Harrowden Church

Sun Nov 26: 1pm Christmas Market at Orlingbury Village Hall

Please pray:

  • For Reuben Bell, Barbara Freeman, Ivy Rule, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
  • Give thanks for Reverend Toni Smith and pray for her as she prepares to become our new rector.


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