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WEEK COMMENCING 22nd January, 2017

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                  22nd January                      Epiphany 3

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

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

11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Rector)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Archdeacon)

4:00pm Cup Cakes & Fizz at Isham (Team)

SERVICES NEXT 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)

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 23rd Jan: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

7.00pm Marriage Preparation Course (3) at the Vicarage

Tues 24th Jan: 7.00pm Isham PCC at 8 The Sorrels

7.30pm Christianity Explored Course (2) at 36 Lowick Close

Wed 25th Jan: 7.30pm Hymn Choosing meeting at 2 Dovecote Yard, Orlingbury

Thurs 26th Jan: 6.45pm Routz meet at Isham CC for visit to Veterinary Practice

Fri 27th Jan: 12noon Funeral of Michael Cooper at Little Harrowden Church

Future dates

Wed 1st Feb: 7.00 pm Joint PCC with Diocesan Pioneer & New Initiatives Officer at Pytchley School hall.

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

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


Collect                                                        Ephiphany 3

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; 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.

Isaiah 9: 1-4

But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation,
you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
as with joy at the harvest,
as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
and the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor,
you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Matthew 4: 12-23

When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali – to fulfil what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles – the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”   From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.”

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”

At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.


New type of service – why not come and find some peace in Pytchley at OASIS? This service will provide an opportunity for reflection, prayers and quiet time next Sunday 29th January at 10.30am in Pytchley Church – all welcome.

Sunday 29th Jan the Songs of Praise & Bacon will be at the usual time of 11am at Orlingbury – it’s an incorrect time in Connect 5.

Café Church will take place at Little Harrowden on Sunday 29th January at 10am. Family services, which take place on the second Sunday of the month, have reverted to a 10:00am start.

Men’s breakfast will take place at Little Harrowden Church at 8:45am on Saturday 28th January. Those wishing to attend need to email [email protected] Ladies breakfast will not be taking place.

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. The dates and venues are: Jan 28th Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive,  Kett,  NN15 6PB

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 .

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

Street Pastors, School Pastors & Prayer Pasters? An evening to enable people to learn more about these valuable forms of ministry will take place on Thursday 26th January, 7.30pm at the Kingdom Life Church, 9 Tower St, Northampton. For more information see or tel. 07748 724177.

Nasty fake emails? Mary’s sister has just received one ostensibly from an older family friend saying she’s having a frustrating time and to email back. If you look in the header bar your reply goes to your contact’s correct email address followed by ‘via hotmail’. The danger is that this full address to reply to (inc. the ‘via hotmail’ bit) does not show up on a phone – so TAKE CARE!

Humour is a gift: The late Dr Robert Runcie recalls: I remember encountering a lady in one of the parishes where I was bishop who had taken the scriptural phrase, “Drink ye all of this” to mean that when it came to her turn to take the chalice she should drain it completely.

Please pray:

  • All in need of healing.
  • For all the family and friends of Michael Cooper (LH) and Nancy Pridmore (Pyt) who died recently, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For those involved in the Italian avalanche and the incident in Melbourne, Australia, and all who are affected by disasters, natural or manmade.
  • For wisdom and understanding for the new leadership in the USA, on which so much in our world depends.
  • For the political situation in Northern Ireland.

Proverb: “Work hard and become a leader; be lazy and become a slave.” Ch.12, v24.



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