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WEEK COMMENCING 2nd April, 2017

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

NO Taize Service at Great Harrowden

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 9th April Palm Sunday

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)
9:45am Walk of Witness from Pocket Park followed by
10:00am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)
10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Rector) with REAL donkey!

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.
Sun 2nd April: Orlingbury APCM (Church Annual Meeting) at Orlingbury Church
Mon 3rd April: NO Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church (school holidays)
2pm Lent Course (5) at 1A Winston Drive, Isham
2pm Knit & Natter at Little Harrowden Church
Tues 4th April: 10.30am Coffee & Chat at 10 High Street, Pytchley
Wed 5th April: 7.00pm Great Harrowden APCM (Annual Church Meeting)
in church
7.30pm Lent Course at 44a Allen Road, Finedon
Thurs 6th April: 12.30pm OOAPS lunch at Isham Cricket Club
2.00pm Lent Course (6) at 12 Furnace Lane
7.20pm Christianity Explored cont. at 36 Lowick Close
7.30pm Lent Course (6) at Garden House, Rectory Lane, Orlingbury
Sat 8th April: 12 noon Lent Lunches at Isham Village Hall and LH Church

Collect Lent 5
Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; 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.

John 11: 1-45
Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ But when Jesus heard it, he said, ‘This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.’ Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ Jesus answered, ‘Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, ‘The Teacher is here and is calling for you.’ And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.’ When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, ‘Take away the stone.’ Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, ‘Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead for four days.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Unbind him, and let him go.’
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
Routz would like to welcome Year 6 pupils to the next meeting and all secondary school pupils new to our villages welcome too. Thursday 20th April, 7.00 – 8.30pm
at Isham Cricket Club. The only thing we take seriously is your FUN

On Palm Sunday there will be a real live donkey in Pytchley Church during the Family Service at 10.30am – all welcome. Little Harrowden will meet at the Pocket Park at 9.45am to walk to church for a Family Service at 10am. Isham will meet at school at 9am to walk to church for a Family Communion in church at 9.15am

Holy Week Services: Monday at Orlingbury, a short Reflection Service at 7.30pm
Tuesday at Great Harrowden there will be Compline at 7.30pm
Wednesday at Little Harrowden Compline at 7pm. There will also be a Drop-in Prayer Walk in LH church that day – do come and visit it at your leisure.
Orlingbury will also have a Prayer Labyrinth in church for people to visit during the week – it will be there 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

On Good Friday Isham Church has Family Stations of the Cross at 10am, Little Harrowden has a family service at 10.00am and Pytchley church has a Hot Cross Buns Service at 10.30am. There will be a ‘Last Hour at the Cross’ at Great Harrowden church at 2pm for those who prefer a more reflective service.

On Easter Sunday there are Family Communion Services at all our churches apart from Great Harrowden which has a BCP Communion Service followed by breakfast. I guess Easter Eggs might feature somewhere!

The final Lent Lunches this year will be held at 12noon at Little Harrowden church on Saturdays 8th and 15th April, and at Isham Village Hall 12.00-1.30pm on 8th April.

Rabbit/Guinea Pig hutches for sale: Mary has 2 hutches, one double decker on long legs so you don’t have to bend over, and one that goes on the lawn.

Humour is a gift: Notice outside Warwickshire church: ”Pray, do not park here.”

Please pray:
• For Hazel Lossau, baby Rex Tapp, and all in need of healing.
• For those whose lives were badly affected by the Westminster tragedy.
• For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
• For a refreshing holiday for our school staff and pupils.

Proverb: “Only the wise can give good advice; fools cannot do so.” Ch.15, v7.

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