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NEWS IN THE PEWS
WEEK COMMENCING 17th September, 2017
 
SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 24th September Trinity 15
 
9:15 am Holy Communion and Sunday School at Little Harrowden
(Revd John Seaman)
 
9:00am Holy Communion at Isham (NOTE EARLIER TIME) (Revd John Seaman)
 
10:30am Holy Communion at Pytchley (NOTE EARLIER TIME) (Revd Toni Smith)
 
11:00am Harvest Festival & bring and share lunch at Great Harrowden (Team)
 
No Service at Orlingbury
 
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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Diary
Mon 11th: 9:30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
3:45pm Messy Church Great Harrowden 3.45pm
Sat 16th: 10-4pm Isham Scarecrow Festival with refreshments and BBQ in Village Hall – continues Sunday.
 
Future Dates
Sun 24th Sept – Presentation to Jane Smith after Harvest Festival at Great Harrowden, followed by ‘bring and share’ lunch
Fri 29th Sept: 9am-11am Macmillan Coffee Morning, Pytchley School
Sat 30th Sept: 10am – 12pm Macmillan Coffee Morning Great Harrowden church
Bel Canto Choir concert at Pytchley Church in aid of church funds
Mon 2nd Oct 6.30pm Harvest Supper at Pytchley
Sat Oct 14th: 3pm Songs of Praise at Great Harrowden Church
Tue Oct 31st: 5:30pm 5 Churches Light Party
 
Collect Trinity 14
Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence: give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in 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
Genesis 50: 15-21 (NRSV) Joseph Forgives His Brothers
15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” 16 So they approached[a] Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, 17 ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 Then his brothers also wept,[b] fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. 21 So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.
 
 
Romans 14: 1-12 (NRSV) Do Not Judge Another
14 Welcome those who are weak in faith,[a] but not for the purpose of quarreling over opinions. 2 Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. 3 Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. 4 Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord[b] is able to make them stand.
5 Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. 6 Those who observe the day, observe it in honor of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honor of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honor of the Lord and give thanks to God.
7 We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. 9 For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister?[c] Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister?[d] For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.[e] 11 For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall give praise to[f] God.”
12 So then, each of us will be accountable to God.[g]
 
Matthew 18: 21-35 Forgiveness
21 Then Peter came and said to him, “Lord, if another member of the church[a] sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven[b] times.
 
23 “For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. 24 When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents[c] was brought to him; 25 and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. 26 So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ 27 And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. 28 But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii;[d] and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ 29 Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ 30 But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. 31 When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. 32 Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. 33 Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ 34 And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. 35 So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister[e] from your heart.”
 
NOTICES
 
Sunday 24th September – Bring and Share Lunch Come and say farewell to Jane Smith after the 11am service at Great Harrowden – all welcome.
 
Please note: Services will begin earlier at Isham and Pytchley to allow people to attend the bring and share lunch at Great Harrowden – please see the front page of NIP.
 
Beetle Drive- 20th October 2017 6pm at Broughton Church
On Friday 20th October Sarah Osborne is holding a Beetle Drive at Broughton Church to raise money for APEC (action on PreEclampsia). Sarah is running the London Marathon in April 2018 and hopes to raise money for this good cause. Tickets are on sale from Sarah or Fran £6 per adult, £4 per child and include pizza, soft drinks and nibbles.
There will also be one of Bob and Margaret Oldfield’s famous raffles!
If you are unable to make the night and wish to donate to Sarah, you can do so at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sarah-osborne36
 
Songs for an Autumn Evening – with Anna Burgon & Tony Edwards on Saturday 23rd September in Little Harrowden Church. Choral and organ music for all tastes. Tickets £10 available from Linda on 01933 680378.
 
Harvest Lunch on Sunday 1st October in Little Harrowden Church, starting at 12 noon. Tickets £10 from Linda on 01933 680378.
 
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.
 
Little Harrowden Church Harvest Auction will take place on Sunday, 8, October at 11:30am, after the service. Everyone is invited.
 
Pytchley Harvest Supper Mon 2nd Oct 6.30pm Harvest Supper at the Village Hall
 
Please pray:
• For Reuben Bell, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
• For our churches during the interregnum.
• For those seeking aid and rebuilding their lives following Hurricane Irma.
 
Proverb: “Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep you mouth shut.”
Ch 10 Vs 19
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