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WEEK COMMENCING 20th November, 2016
SERVICES THIS SUNDAY 20th November 1 before Advent

8.00 am BCP Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)
10.00am 5 Churches Together Communion at ORLINGBURY (Rector)
27th November Advent Sunday

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd Toni Smith)
9:15am Holy Communion & Sunday School at Little Harrowden (Rector) 11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Rector)
4:00pm Christingle Service at Great Harrowden (Team)
6:00pm Benefice Advent Service at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)
4:00pm Cup Cakes & Fizz at Isham (Team)
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.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to the Rector (01933 678225)
Or email: [email protected]
(underscore between names) by Thursday evening each week.
Mon 21st Nov: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church
Tues 22nd Nov: 7.30pm Orlingbury PCC at 7a The Green.
Wed 23rd Nov: 7.30pm Little Harrowden PCC at the Vicarage
Fri 25th Nov: Wedding rehearsal at Great Harrowden Church
Sat 26th Nov: 2.00 pm Wedding at Little Harrowden Church

Future dates
Mon 28th Dec: 7.30pm Pytchley PCC at 3a Isham Road
Thurs 1st Dec: OOAPS Christmas Lunch at Isham Cricket Club

Collect 1 before Advent/Christ the King
Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet: who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Colossians 1: 11-20
We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God.
He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,
for through him God created everything
in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
Everything was created through him and for him.
He existed before anything else,
and he holds all creation together.
Christ is also the head of the church,
which is his body.
He is the beginning,
supreme over all who rise from the dead.
So he is first in everything.
For God in all his fullness
was pleased to live in Christ,
and through him God reconciled
everything to himself.
He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth
by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

Luke 23:33-43
When they came to a place called The Skull, they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice. The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!” But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”
And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”


Carol Singing at Kettering Hospital: Karan Harris is getting together a group of people to sing for the patients on Thurs 22nd December about 6pm. This is much appreciated and has been requested again by the hospital so if you can help with the singing please contact Karan (01536 790391) or [email protected]

Special Service. A service for people with learning disabilities and their families and supporters will be held at St Mark’s Wellingborough on 2pm on Sunday November 27th. The service will last about 30 minutes and will consist of songs, a Bible story and some prayers and there will be refreshments afterwards. Please do encourage anyone you know who might enjoy this act of worship to come along. Families with children and adults are all welcome.

A Christmas Market will be held in Orlingbury Village Hall on Sunday 27th November. Arrive at 1pm when Father Christmas will arrive! No need to have lunch first, bacon rolls and mince pies for sale, with free mulled wine.

Posadas will be blessed and sent out on Sunday 27th November to travel around most of our villages during Advent – each afternoon the Posada is delivered to the next family who arrange the knitted figures of the nativity tableau in their home and read the story book, and then take it on to the next family the following afternoon. If you would like to have the Posada at your house one night please ask for your name to be added to the list on a day that suits you – ask a churchwarden who has the list in your village church.

A Christmas Concert at Great Harrowden Church with the Virtuosi Gus Band Ensemble will take place on Sunday 4th December at 2.30pm. Let’s start the Festive season with music, mulled wine and perhaps a first mince pie.
Tickets £10 (inc refreshments) from Chris Staff (01933 678629), Jane Smith (01933 677380) or [email protected]

A Christmas Tree Festival is being held at Isham from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December – do come and enjoy a church full of Christmas Trees. Refreshments will be served in the village hall. More decorated trees would be welcome!! The weekend ends with a short carol-singing session round the trees at 5pm.

Christingle Services are being held at Great Harrowden on 27th November, Little Harrowden on 4th December, Isham on 11th December and Pytchley on 18th December. All these magical family services take place at 4pm.

Winter Glory is an encouraging day conference for ladies only – it’s on 4th February at Kettering Conference Centre and Karan Harris (01536 790391) will organise tickets for anyone who would like to go with her.

Humour is a gift: from London – An old Cockney lady who attended Mission services regularly could not be persuaded to receive the sacrament, always protesting that she wasn’t good enough. Finally convinced that there wasn’t a qualification she knelt at the rail and on receiving the wine raised the glass heavenwards and said: “Your very good ‘ealth.”

Please pray:
• For Emma Toone & Neal Gibson as they prepare for the wedding.
• For all in need of healing.
• For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
• For all those involved in the New Zealand earthquake.
• For the citizens of Mosul, Aleppo, Raqqa, and all living with the threat of violence.

Proverb: “A person with good sense is respected; a treacherous person walks a rocky road.” Ch.13, v15.

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