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WEEK COMMENCING 24th September, 2017

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                         1st October        Trinity 16

9:15 am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden (Revd Toni Smith)

9:15am Harvest Festival at Isham   (Team)

10:30am Harvest Festival at Pytchley (Team)

11:00am Harvest Festival at Orlingbury (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Revd Toni Smith)

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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Mon 25th Sept – 9:30am – 10:45am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

Sat 30th Sept: 10am – 12pm Macmillan Coffee Morning Great Harrowden church

Sat 30th Sept: 7:30pm Bel Canto Choir concert at Pytchley Church

Future Dates

Sat Oct 14th: 3pm Songs of Praise at Great Harrowden Church

Tue Oct 31st: 5:30pm 5 Churches Light Party

Collect                                                                  Trinity 15

Lord God, defend your Church from all false teaching and give to your people knowledge of your truth, that we may enjoy eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.



Jonah 3: 10 – 4:11

10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

4 But this was very displeasing to Jonah, and he became angry. 2 He prayed to the LORD and said, “O LORD! Is not this what I said while I was still in my own country? That is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing. 3 And now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 And the LORD said, “Is it right for you to be angry?” 5 Then Jonah went out of the city and sat down east of the city, and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, waiting to see what would become of the city.

6 The LORD God appointed a bush,[a] and made it come up over Jonah, to give shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort; so Jonah was very happy about the bush. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the bush, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God prepared a sultry east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint and asked that he might die. He said, “It is better for me to die than to live.”

9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the bush?” And he said, “Yes, angry enough to die.” 10 Then the LORD said, “You are concerned about the bush, for which you did not labor and which you did not grow; it came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should I not be concerned about Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also many animals?”

Phillipians 1:21 – 2

21 For to me, living is Christ and dying is gain. 22 If I am to live in the flesh, that means fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which I prefer. 23 I am hard pressed between the two: my desire is to depart and be with Christ, for that is far better; 24 but to remain in the flesh is more necessary for you. 25 Since I am convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with all of you for your progress and joy in faith, 26 so that I may share abundantly in your boasting in Christ Jesus when I come to you again.

27 Only, live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that, whether I come and see you or am absent and hear about you, I will know that you are standing firm in one spirit, striving side by side with one mind for the faith of the gospel, 28 and are in no way intimidated by your opponents. For them this is evidence of their destruction, but of your salvation. And this is God’s doing. 29 For he has graciously granted you the privilege not only of believing in Christ, but of suffering for him as well— 30 since you are having the same struggle that you saw I had and now hear that I still have.


Matthew 20: 1-16                                The Laborers in the Vineyard

20 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage,[a] he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. 5

When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same. 6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’ 7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’

8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’ 9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.[b] 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.[c] 11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’ 13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?[d] 14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’[e] 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”[f]


Today 24 Sept. Harvest Festival at Great Harrowden. Even if you haven’t brought any food, you are welcome to stay for lunch – there’s sure to be enough.

Friday 29th September Macmillan  Coffee Morning Pytchley School 9-11am

Saturday 30th September. Great Harrowden is participating in the Macmillan Biggest Coffee Morning 10am – 12noon. Please support this, if you can and donations of cakes for the day would be very welcome. Thank you.

Monday 2nd October Harvest Supper Pytchley Village Hall

Future Dates. Saturday 14th October – 3pm – Songs of Praise at Great Harrowden.

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:

Harvest Lunch on Sunday 1st October in Little Harrowden Church, starting at 12 noon. Tickets £10 from Linda on 01933 680378.

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.

Little Harrowden Church Harvest Auction will take place on Sunday, 8, October at 11:30am, after the service. Everyone is invited.

Please pray:

  • For Reuben Bell, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
  • For our churches during the interregnum.
  • For those who have lost their lives in the M5 collison, those fighting for their lives and the family members of all.
  • For those who have lost their lives in the Mexico earthquake, for those trying to rebuild their lives and for the emergency services trying to rescue people who may still be trapped.

Proverb: “We may throw the dice, but the Lord determines how they fall.” Ch 16 Vs 3


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