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WEEK COMMENCING 29th October, 2017

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                         5th November     Trinity 21

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

9:15:am Family Service at Isham (Team)

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

11:00am Baptism Family Service at Great Harrowden (The Rector)

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)


Weekday Services

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

[email protected] by Tuesday evening each week.


Please pray:

  • For Reuben Bell, Barbara Freeman, Ivy Rule, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
  • Give thanks for Reverend Toni Smith and pray for her and her husband Cliff as they enter a new period in their lives.
  • Amy and Sam Pallister and their father Danny for their onward Christian journey following their baptism today at Pytchley.

Collect                                                               Bible Sunday

God, the giver of life, whose Holy Spirit wells up within your Church: by the Spirit’s gifts equip us to live the gospel of Christ and make us eager to do your will, that we may share with the whole creation the joys of eternal life;

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.


Nehemiah 8: 1-4 , 5-6, 8-12                   (Isham & Great Harrowden)

8 1 all the people gathered together into the square before the Water Gate. They told the scribe Ezra to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had given to Israel. 2 Accordingly, the priest Ezra brought the law before the assembly, both men and women and all who could hear with understanding. This was on the first day of the seventh month. 3 He read from it facing the square before the Water Gate from early morning until midday, in the presence of the men and the women and those who could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive to the book of the law. 4 The scribe Ezra stood on a wooden platform that had been made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah on his right hand; and Pedaiah, Mishael, Malchijah, Hashum, Hash-baddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam on his left hand.


5 And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people, for he was standing above all the people; and when he opened it, all the people stood up. 6 Then Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God, and all the people answered, “Amen, Amen,” lifting up their hands. Then they bowed their heads and worshiped the LORD with their faces to the ground.


8 So they read from the book, from the law of God, with interpretation. They gave the sense, so that the people understood the reading.9 And Nehemiah, who was the governor, and Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who taught the people said to all the people, “This day is holy to the LORD your God; do not mourn or weep.” For all the people wept when they heard the words of the law. 10 Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions of them to those for whom nothing is prepared, for this day is holy to our LORD; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” 11 So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, “Be quiet, for this day is holy; do not be grieved.” 12 And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.


Colossians 3: 12-17                                     The New Life in Christ

12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[f] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[g] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.[h] 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


Matthew 24:30-35

30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. 31 And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

32 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So also, when you see all these things, you know that he[a] is near, at the very gates. 34 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.



All Souls Service, Thursday, November 2nd at Isham Church at 7:00pm.

Everyone is invited to this special service to remember loved ones they have lost.

Please enter the names of people you would like to me remembered along with the name of the person requesting on the sheets at the back of church.


Men’s breakfast will take place on Saturday, 28th November at 8.45am in St Mary’s Little Harrowden. Please let Jerry, [email protected], know if you can attend.


Shoebox Appeal – We are doing something slightly different this year. You can choose whether you fill a self-decorated shoebox for a family or for an elderly person. Please take time to look at the website for more information: Information leaflets can also be collected from Pytchley, Isham, Redwell and Oakway schools or any of the five churches. Please drop off your filled boxes, or if you don’t have a shoebox, your bagged donations, together with your £2 postage donation, to any of the benefice schools or churches before Wednesday, November 8.


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. The following

Recycling items for junk modeling, kitchen rolls, small bottles, egg boxes and CAKE for the grown ups!

Fairy lights

NAMED Sellotape dispensers

Leave at Pytchley Church or 3a Isham road

Future Dates

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

Thur 2nd Nov: 7:00pm All Souls Service at Isham

Sat Nov 11th: 2pm Christmas Bazaar at Little Harrowden Church

Sun Nov 26: 1pm Christmas Market at Orlingbury Village Hall






















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