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WEEK COMMENCING 16th April, 2017
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY 23rd April Easter 2
9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Archdeacon)

9:15am Holy Communion & Sunday School at Little Harrowden (Rector)

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

11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Archdeacon)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Rector)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 30th April Easter 3

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd John Seaman)

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

11:00am Celtic Communion at Great Harrowden (Revd John Seaman)

11:00am Morning Prayer at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

11:00am Praise and Bacon Baps at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)
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: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true there is life and joy.” Ch.13, v12.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to the Rector (01933 678225)
Or email: [email protected] by Thursday evening each week.

Sun 23rd April: 12.15pm Pytchley APCM (Annual Church Meeting) in Church
Mon 24th April: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
7.00pm Isham APCM (Annual Church meeting) in the Village Hall
Tues 25th April: 10.30am Funeral of Olive Thompson (101) Gt Harrowden church
7.20pm Christianity & OT Explored at 36 Lowick Close
Thurs 27th April: 7.30pm Little Harrowden APCM in church
7.30pm MU meeting in Pytchley Church

Future Dates
Wed 3rd May: 1.15pm Open the Book rehearsal
Thurs 4th May: 7.00pm Great Harrowden PCC at 36 Lowick Close

Collect Easter 2
Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; 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.

Acts 2: 14, 22-32
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Israelites, listen to this: Jesus of Nazareth was a man accredited by God to you by miracles, wonders and signs, which God did among you through him, as you yourselves know. This man was handed over to you by God’s deliberate plan and foreknowledge; and you, with the help of wicked men, put him to death by nailing him to the cross. But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible for death to keep its hold on him. David said about him:
‘“I saw the Lord always before me.
    Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
    my body also will rest in hope,
because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
    you will not let your holy one see decay.
You have made known to me the paths of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence.”

Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it.

John 20: 19-31 
When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”

But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord.” But he said to them, “Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.”

A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.”
Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.”

Now Jesus did many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book. But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that through believing you may have life in his name.

Routz Youth Group would like to welcome Year 6 pupils to their meetings this term, and all secondary school pupils new to our villages are welcome too. For information and programme details please contact Zoe Robinson, 01933 402800, The only thing we take seriously is your FUN !

The Mothers Union will be meeting at Pytchley Church at 7.30pm on Thursday 27th April – Karan Harris will be talking about being a volunteer at the Chaplaincy at Kettering General Hospital. All welcome, it will be a very interesting discussion.

A Ladies Tapas Evening will take place at the Overstone Arms, Pytchley at 7.00pm on Wednesday 10th May. The last one was very enjoyable to do come – tickets are £13 (to include a charitable donation) from Karan Harris 07761 593101 or Julie Wykes. 01536 799744

New Icon for Isham: On May 14th at Isham Church in memory of Paul, I am having the St Peter Icon blessed by the Rev’d Canon Lesley McCormack, a friend and colleague of Paul’s.  It has been painted for St Peter’s Church so I do hope you will be able to share this occasion with me.   Barbara Gatenby.

Unwanted pillowcases? Pillowcases are extremely useful to refugees who can use them to carry their possessions as well as stuffing them with straw or other materials to use to rest on. Gillian Walton is collecting them for a charity so if you have any surplus ones please drop them off at her new bungalow 32 Norlinton Close in Orlingbury.

A Starburst Conference for anyone working with children in our churches will be held on Saturday 13 May 10am to 4pm at All Saints’ Primary School
Boughton Green Road Northampton NN2 7AJ. It will be a very encouraging day. £10 per person, but under 18s attend free. Bring your own lunch, drinks provided. Keynote Speaker: Penny Fuller, the National Methodist Church & Community Coordinator, plus a huge choice of practical workshops, including: All-age Worship; Bible study with Bishop John; Bibliologue; Faith in the Family; Participation; Prayer Ideas; The Reluctant Leader; Storytelling; Boys into Men; Toddler Groups; Tweenagers and the Golden Ticket; Crafts. Book on-line at: [email protected]

A Holy Land Tour is being led by Bishop Donald in May 2018 – there is a brochure at the back of church giving a lot of detail about the itinerary etc. It is well worth doing at least once in your life as it gives you an insight into the landscape and history of Israel and Christianity.

The Bishop’s final Roadshow for 2017 is on May 6th at Northampton Cricket Club, Abington Avenue, Northampton NN1 4PR. If you would like to go please contact [email protected]

Humour is a gift: Sign outside small rural church: Come early and get a back seat.

Please pray:
With thanksgiving for the diamond wedding anniversary of Alphonse & Hazel Lossau on Monday 24th April.
For all in need of healing.
For the family and friends of Olive Thompson, and all who are grieving.
For reasoned and honest discussion during the General Election campaign.

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