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WEEK COMMENCING 1st October, 2017
SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 8th October Trinity 17
9:15 am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd Martin Walker)
 
9:15am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)
 
10:00am Harvest Festival at Little Harrowden (Carolynne Adam)
 
11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Revd Toni Smith)
 
11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Revd Martin Walker)
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 2nd 9:30am – 10:45am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
 
Future Dates
Sat Oct 14th: 3pm Songs of Praise at Great Harrowden Church
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
 
Collect Trinity 15
Lord of creation, whose glory is around and within us: open our eyes to your wonders, that we may serve you with reverence and know your peace at our lives’ end, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
 
Ezekiel 18: 1-4 25-32
18 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 What do you mean by repeating this proverb concerning the land of Israel, “The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge”? 3 As I live, says the Lord GOD, this proverb shall no more be used by you in Israel. 4 Know that all lives are mine; the life of the parent as well as the life of the child is mine: it is only the person who sins that shall die.
25 Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair? 26 When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. 27 Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. 28 Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die. 29 Yet the house of Israel says, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” O house of Israel, are my ways unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?
30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, all of you according to your ways, says the Lord GOD. Repent and turn from all your transgressions; otherwise iniquity will be your ruin.[c] 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed against me, and get yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 For I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, says the Lord GOD. Turn, then, and live.
 
Philippians 2:1 – 13 Imitating Christ’s Humility
2 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, 2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. 5 Let the same mind be in you that was[a] in Christ Jesus,
6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God
as something to be exploited,7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,
being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death—even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Shining as Lights in the World
12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; 13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
 
Matthew 21: 23-32 The Authority of Jesus Questioned
23 When he entered the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him as he was teaching, and said, “By what authority are you doing these things, and who gave you this authority?” 24 Jesus said to them, “I will also ask you one question; if you tell me the answer, then I will also tell you by what authority I do these things. 25 Did the baptism of John come from heaven, or was it of human origin?” And they argued with one another, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will say to us, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ 26 But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ we are afraid of the crowd; for all regard John as a prophet.” 27 So they answered Jesus, “We do not know.” And he said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.
The Parable of the Two Sons
28 “What do you think? A man had two sons; he went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ 29 He answered, ‘I will not’; but later he changed his mind and went. 30 The father[a] went to the second and said the same; and he answered, ‘I go, sir’; but he did not go. 31 Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.
 
NOTICES
Pytchley Harvest Supper Monday 2nd October Village Hall 6.30pm
 
Little Harrowden Church Harvest Auction will take place on Sunday, 8, October at 11:30am, after the service. Everyone is invited.
 
Jane & Dick Smith were truly overwhelmed by the generous farewell gift of a holiday in Norfolk. Many, many thanks to all who contributed. You will be seeing a letter of thanks from Jane in Connect 5.
 
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
 
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.
 
Humour is a gift: The Reverend Billy Graham tells the story of the time when he arrived in a small town to preach. Wanting to post a letter, he asked a small boy where the post office was. When the boy told him, Graham thanked him and said: “If you come to church this evening, you can hear me telling everyone how to get to heaven.” The boy replied, “I don’t think I’ll bother, you don’t even know your way to the post offce.”
 
Please pray:
• For Reuben Bell, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
• For our churches during the interregnum.
 
Proverb: “Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.” Ch 16 Vs 3
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