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WEEK COMMENCING 19th November, 2017


SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 26th November Christ the King

9:15am Holy Communion & Sunday School at Little Harrowden (Revd Graham Bell)

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (The Rector)

No Service at Orlingbury due to Christmas Bazaar 1pm Village Hall

11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Graham Bell)

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.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to
[email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.
Please pray:
• For Reuben Bell, Alf Lossau, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
• The family and friends of Geraldine Royales, former Isham resident, who died on Nov 8th.
Future Dates
Sun Nov 26: 9:15am Little Harrowden Church Sunday School meet at LH School
Sun Nov 26: 1pm Christmas Market at Orlingbury Village Hall
Sun Dec 3: 4pm Christingle at Little Harrowden Church
Sun Dec 17: 6pm Carol Service at Little Harrowden Church
Sun Dec 24: 4pm Pop-up Nativity at Little Harrowden Church

Collect Second Sunday Before Advent

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen


Zephaniah 1 7, 12- 18 NIV
7 Be silent before the Sovereign LORD, for the day of the LORD is near.
The LORD has prepared a sacrifice; he has consecrated those he has invited.

12 At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps and punish those who are complacent, who are like wine left on its dregs, who think, ‘The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.’
13 Their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. Though they build houses, they will not live in them; though they plant vineyards, they will not drink the wine.”

14 The great day of the LORD is near— near and coming quickly. The cry on the day of the LORD is bitter; the Mighty Warrior shouts his battle cry.
15 That day will be a day of wrath— a day of distress and anguish, a day of trouble and ruin, a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and blackness—
16 a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers.

17 “I will bring such distress on all people that they will grope about like those who are blind, because they have sinned against the LORD.
Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like dung.
18 Neither their silver nor their gold will be able to save them on the day of the LORD’s wrath.”

In the fire of his jealousy the whole earth will be consumed,for he will make a sudden end of all who live on the earth.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 (NIV) The Day of the Lord
5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV) The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


Old money! Are you wondering what to do with your old £1 coins and old £5 notes? Wonder no more. Great Harrowden treasurer will be happy to receive them in the church collections.

Former Isham resident Geraldine Royales has died. She passed away on 8th November at Kettering General Hospital. Anyone who knew Geraldine is asked to pray for her and her family and remember her for her kindness and thoughtfulness. She lived for many years in Isham, before spending her last remaining months with her daughter Katie in Barton Seagrave. She will be remembered by her many friends in Isham with great affection.

A planning meeting for the Benefice Epiphany Concert (Jan 6th) will take place on Thursday 22nd November at 17, Grange Road. Those taking part are asked to let there parish representative know. Anyone interested in coming will be made most welcome. The meeting will start at 7.30pm

Please be aware that lead thieves may be working in our area. So please be vigilant and if you see anyone suspicious on our church roofs please contact the police as soon as possible.

Orlingbury’s Christmas Market takes place in the village hall next Sunday, November 26 and will be opened by Father Christmas at 1:00pm.

Sunday Jesus And Me (JAM), a church group for children and their adults at Little Harrowden Church will take place today at the earlier time of 2pm – 3pm starting next Sunday, November 19th.

Little Harrowden Christmas Tree festival will take place next weekend the 25th/26th November between 11am and 5pm ending with a Songs of Praise at 5pm on Sunday 26th. All are welcome to browse the trees and/or attend the service.

Christingle Service Great Harrowden will take place Monday, December 11th at 4pm. Everyone is invited to attend, in particular we hope our regular congregation will come along and support this event.

There will be no Evensong held at Little Harrowden Church today due to Remembrance Evensong taking place last week.


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