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SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY        Sunday 10th December                  Advent 2
No Service at Little Harrowden due to Christmas Lunch
9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Revd. Martin Walker)
9:15am Holy Communion Service at Pytchley (The Rector)
11:00am Holy Communion Service at Orlingbury (The Rector)
11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Revd. Martin Walker)
4:00pm Christingle Service at Isham (The Rector & 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, Alf Lossau, Janet Johnson, Pam Buckby, and all in need of healing.
Future Dates
Mon Dec 11 4pm Christingle Service at Great Harrowden
Sun Dec 17: 6pm Carol Service at Little Harrowden Church
Sun Dec 24: 4pm Pop-up Nativity at Little Harrowden Church
6pm Carols by Lamplight at Great Harrowden Church
Collect                                                                   Advent 1
Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Isaiah 64: 1-9                                                                      
64 [a]Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,
    that the mountains would tremble before you!
2 As when fire sets twigs ablaze
    and causes water to boil,
come down to make your name known to your enemies
    and cause the nations to quake before you!
3 For when you did awesome things that we did not expect,
    you came down, and the mountains trembled before you.
4 Since ancient times no one has heard,
    no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
    who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.
5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,
    who remember your ways.
But when we continued to sin against them,
    you were angry.
    How then can we be saved?
6 All of us have become like one who is unclean,
    and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;
we all shrivel up like a leaf,
    and like the wind our sins sweep us away.
7 No one calls on your name
    or strives to lay hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us
    and have given us over to[b] our sins.
8 Yet you, Lord, are our Father.
    We are the clay, you are the potter;
    we are all the work of your hand.
9 Do not be angry beyond measure, Lord;
    do not remember our sins forever.
Oh, look on us, we pray,
    for we are all your people.
1 Corinthians 1:3-9 (NIV)                                                                          
3 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5 For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6 God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7 Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8 He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Matthew 13:24-37 (NIV)                          The Parable of the Weeds
24 Jesus told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. 26 When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.
27 “The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’
28 “‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.
“The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’
29 “‘No,’ he answered, ‘because while you are pulling the weeds, you may uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’”
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast
31 He told them another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. 32 Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.”
33 He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into about sixty pounds[a] of flour until it worked all through the dough.”
34 Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. 35 So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet:
“I will open my mouth in parables,
    I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.”[b]
The Parable of the Weeds Explained
36 Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
37 He answered, “The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man.
Old money!  Are you wondering what to do with your old £1 coins and old £5 notes?  Wonder no more.  Great Harrowden treasurer will be happy to receive them in the church collections.
Christingle Services:
Little Harrowden Church – today at 4pm
Isham Church – Sunday 10th December at 4pm
Great Harrowden Church – Monday December 11th 4pm
Pytchley Church – Sunday 17th December at 4pm
A warm welcome awaits everyone who would like to attend any of these services.
Please be aware that lead thieves may be working in our area.  So please be vigilant and if you see anyone suspicious on our church roofs please contact the police as soon as possible.
A Nativity Night will take place at Little Harrowden Church on Monday, December 18th starting at 6:00pm. People are invited to spread Christmas cheer by coming dressed as a nativity character or in a Christmas theme. Hot dogs and spiced punch will be served and children can meet Father Christmas while everyone joins in with carol singing. All invited.
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