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WEEK COMMENCING 17th July, 2016
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY 17th July Trinity 8
8.00am BCP Communion at Isham (Rector)

10.00am 5 Churches Together Communion at Pytchley (Rector)
6.00 pm Deanery Choral Evensong at St. Barnabas, Wellingborough

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 24th July Trinity 9

9.15am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd Quentin Chandler)

9:15am Holy Communion & Sunday School at Little Harrowden (Rector)
11am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Revd Quentin Chandler)

NO Service at Great Harrowden or Pytchley
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]
(underscore between names) by Thursday evening of each week.

Mon 18th July: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church.
Wed 20th July: 9.30am End of Term service at Pytchley Church
9.30am End of Term service at Isham Church
Sun 24th July: 12.30pm Quentin’s Farewell Lunch at Pytchley Church
Wed 27th July: 12 noon Funeral of Paul Lewis (62) at Little Harrowden Church
Future dates
Holiday Club dates: 22nd – 26th August, 2016
Collect Trinity 8
Almighty and everlasting God, we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern both our hearts and our bodies in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments; that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever; we may be preserved in body and soul; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Nehemiah 2: 17-20, 4: 7-9, 21-23
King Artaxerxes helps Nehemiah to return to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls.

I said to the people of Jerusalem, “You know very well what trouble we are in. Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire. Let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem and end this disgrace!” Then I told them about how the gracious hand of God had been on me, and about my conversation with the king. They replied at once, “Yes, let’s rebuild the wall!” So they began the good work.

But when Sanballat and his allies heard of our plan, they scoffed contemptuously. “What are you doing? Are you rebelling against the king?” they asked. I replied, “The God of heaven will help us succeed. We, his servants, will start rebuilding this wall. But you have no share, legal right, or historic claim in Jerusalem.”

When Sanballat and his allies heard that the work was going ahead and that the gaps in the wall of Jerusalem were being repaired, they were furious. They all made plans to come and fight against Jerusalem and throw us into confusion. But we prayed to our God and guarded the city day and night to protect ourselves.

We worked early and late, from sunrise to sunset. And half the men were always on guard. I also told everyone living outside the walls to stay in Jerusalem. That way they and their servants could help with guard duty at night and work during the day. During this time, none of us—not I, nor my relatives, nor my servants, nor the guards who were with me—ever took off our clothes. We carried our weapons with us at all times, even when we went for water.

Luke 10: 38-42
While they were on their way Jesus came to a village where a woman named Martha made him welcome. She had a sister, Mary, who seated herself at the Lord’s feet and stayed there listening to his words.

Now Martha was distracted by her many tasks, so she came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to get on with the work by myself? Tell her to come and give me a hand.’

But the Lord answered, “Martha, Martha, you are fretting and fussing about so many things; only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen what is best; it shall not be taken away from her.’

Pokemon Go churches

CHANGE OF PLAN – next Sunday 24th July there will only be 3 services in the benefice as so many people want to attend one of Quentin’s last services. But please note that farewell cards, gifts and speeches WILL NOT be done at any of the services but only when we all gather together at the Farewell Lunch at Pytchley from 12.30pm. Please bring food and drink to contribute to a sumptuous general buffet for everyone to share to make it a really special occasion for Quentin who has been so helpful in this benefice for several years as well as doing a full-time job in the diocese.

Congratulations to Sarah Bertram who overcame her nerves to abseil 150 feet successfully down the tower of Peterborough Cathedral – that’s real bravery!

A Deanery Choral Evensong will be held Sunday 17th July at 6pm at Revd Christine’s church, St. Barnabas in Wellingborough. There will be a combined choir of people from churches in the area so it will be a lovely service. There will be no Evensong at Little Harrowden that evening .

The funeral of Briony St John, (26yrs) from Pytchley is taking place in France on Monday 18th July.

Holiday Club: the organisers really need to know how many children to cater for – so please can you encourage everyone to send in their application forms if they haven’t done so yet!

Pitsford Challenge: Earls Barton Church are organising a fun day for all ages on Sunday 4th September. You can raise funds for your church or charity or just do it for fun. You can walk, run or cycle along various routes. Entry £6 for over 16’s, Family £15. Email [email protected], tel. Helen 07775 708771 or Jill 01604 810051. Why not organise a group from your church to go?
A Scarecrow Festival will be held in Little Harrowden on Sat/Sun 10/11th September – for entry details see leaflet or contact churchwardens.

The Church Urban Fund is a C of E charity worth supporting. It works through Near Neighbours to bring people together and break down the barriers that keep people apart. They have some wonderful stories of people going beyond toleration of each other’s beliefs to an active celebration of our life together.
• In Hyson Green in Nottingham the Salaam-Shalom Kitchen has been bringing Jewish and Muslim people together to get to know each other and to support those who need a hot meal in their neighbourhood.
• UK Butterflies in Bradford, a group of Eastern European and Bangladeshi women, who have come together to run a Parent and Toddler group, cook and eat sessions, and job search workshops. They started with suspicion of each other but now offer each other active practical support and advice.
• In Birmingham we have seen Somali and Eritrean women coming together to develop mutual support and a hub for developing micro enterprises to develop employment skills and tackle social needs.

Humour is a gift: from Ireland: “Father,” asked the village reprobate, “What would be this sciatica that I read about?” The parish priest saw his chance, “Ah,” he replied, “You may well ask. A most painful and incurable infliction and it comes of loose living and bad ways. Those get sciatica who neglect their religious duties, and go after the drink, and lead lives of dissipation.”
“I am very grateful to you, Father,” the reprobate replied, “and I am glad to know about the sciatica, for I have just read how his Lordship the Bishop is suffering from a serer attack of it.” The Tablet

Please pray:
• For wisdom for our new prime minister and her team as they take up the challenge of leading our country into a new future.
• For all who have been affected by the recent lorry tragedy in Nice, including those who have had to deal with the carnage.

Proverb: “When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability.” Ch 28, Vs2


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