WEEK COMMENCING 31st December, 2017
NEWS IN THE PEWS
SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY Sunday 7th January The Baptism of Christ
9:00am Holy Communion at Little Harrowden ( The Rector)
9:00am Family Service at Isham ( Team)
11.00am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)
11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury ( Team)
11:00am Family Service at Great Harrowden (Team)
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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- For Reuben Bell, Alf Lossau, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
Collect Christmas 1
God in Trinity, eternal unity of perfect love: gather the nations to be one family, and draw us into your holy life through the birth of Emmanuel, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen
Isaiah 61:10 62:3
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
Galatians 4: 4-7
4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our[a] hearts, crying, “Abba![b] Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.[c]
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. 17 When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.
Jesus Is Named
21 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
Look for the Good
In the New Year, let’s resolve
to get less stressed, upset, and anxious
about things over which we have no control.
Let’s have a narrower focus on our lives,
loving and helping our family and friends,
making our community a better place to live,
to create peace and contentment.
In the New Year, let’s resolve
to pay less attention to depressing stories
on TV, in magazines and newspapers,
and to stop focusing on what we want
that we haven’t got,
instead of appreciating
the many blessings we do have.
In the New Year, let’s look for the good.
We may have to search
through a mass of negative media,
but the good is there,
all around us.
I wish for you a New Year filled with good,
engulfed in serenity and happiness!