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WEEK COMMENCING 22nd January, 2017

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                  29th January                      Epiphany 4

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

10:00 am Café Church at Little Harrowden (Team)

10:30am Oasis at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

11:00am Celtic Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

11:00am Songs of Praise & Bacon Baps at Orlingbury (Gillian Walton)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                    5th February                   4 before Lent

9:15am Family Service at Isham (Team)

9:15 am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (Rector)

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (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.

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(underscore between names) by Thursday evening each week.


Mon 30th Jan: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

2pm Churchwardens Meeting with Archdeacon at Lt Harrowden Church

7.00pm Marriage Preparation Course (4) at the Vicarage

Tues 31st Jan: 7.30pm Christianity Explored Course (3) at 36 Lowick Close

Wed 1st Feb: 1.15pm Open the Book Rehearsal at Little Harrowden Church

7pm Joint PCC with Revd Charlie Nobbs at Pytchley School Hall

Thurs 2nd Feb: 12.30pm OOAPS Lunch at Isham Cricket Club

1.45pm School Candlemas Service at Pytchley Church

Sat 4th Feb: 7pm 4th February Festival at Orlingbury Village Hall (see below)

Future dates

Fri 17th Feb: 6pm-9pm Beetle Drive with Fish & Chips supper at Little Harrowden church

Fri 24th Feb: 7.30pm Italian Evening at Pytchley Village Hall

Collect                                                              Ephiphany 4

God our creator, who in the beginning commanded the light to shine out of darkness: we pray that the light of the glorious gospel of Christ may dispel the darkness of ignorance and unbelief, shine into the hearts of all your people, and reveal the knowledge of your glory in the face of 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.

Malachi 3:1-5

“See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.

But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the LORD will have people who will bring offerings in righteousness, and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the LORD, as in days gone by, as in former years.

‘So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud labourers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the foreigners among you of justice, but do not fear me,’ says the Lord Almighty.

Luke 2: 22-40

When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”

Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. For my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all people, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother marvelled at what was said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.


Diocesan Pioneer & New Initiatives Officer – the national church is putting much thought and energy into helping local churches to spread the gospel message and to grow in numbers and strength. Peterborough Diocese has appointed Revd Charlie Nobbs to work across the diocese helping churches with this and he is coming to meet us at the Joint PCC this week – so please can ALL PCC members come and hear about his work and how he can help our churches.

Lent Courses: this year it has been decided that Pilgrim Courses will be used – The Eucharist at Little Harrowden/Finedon and Church & Kingdom at the other three. Lent courses will take place as follows:

Mondays, 2pm at 1A Winston Drive, Isham (starting 6th March)

Wednesdays, 7.30pm at 44a Allen Road, Finedon (starting 8th March)

Thursdays (starting 2nd March): 2pm at 12 Furnace Lane

7.30pm at Garden House, Rectory Lane, Orlingbury

4th February Festival will take place on Saturday 4th February at 7pm in Orlingbury Village Hall. Live music, quiz, raffle, bar – in aid of Home Farm Trust. Tickets £10 inc. Supper from Alan & Pat Waller 01933 677717

Benefice Communion Service with Bishop John – this will take place at 3pm on Sunday 19th March and may include Confirmation. It would be good to have a combined Benefice Choir for this occasion!

Bishop’s Roadshows – Bishop Donald is doing another series of roadshows to help parishes ‘to be alive and joyful, to grow and to flourish’. We are all encouraged to attend. Please email [email protected] if you decide to go so they have some idea of numbers likely to attend. If you missed the one at Kettering there are still 3 others:

February 4th Towcester Racecourse, London Road,Towcester  NN12 6LB

April 29th Greetham Valley Golf Course, Wood Lane, Greetham, Oakham.

May 6th Northampton Cricket Club, Abington Avenue, Northampton NN1 4PR

Further details about directions and timings etc. are on the diocesan website

Humour is a gift: A lady describing the small attendance at her church said: “When the preacher says ‘Dearly Beloved’, I blush.”.

Please pray:

  • Give thanks for the safe arrival of John & Heather Tailby’s new baby grandson Rex.
  • For all in need of healing.
  • For the family and friends of Ken Alexander (LH) who died suddenly this week, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For our prison service as it tries to sort out its problems, and for all who work in prisons.


Proverb: “A hothead starts fights; a cool-tempered person tries to stop them.” Ch.15, v18.

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