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NEWS IN THE PEWS

WEEK COMMENCING 4th September, 2016

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY 11th September Trinity 16

9.15am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

9.15am Family Service & Baptism at Isham (Rector)

10.30 am Family Service at Little Harrowden (Team)

11.00 am Family Service & Baptism at Great Harrowden (Rector)

11.00 am Patronal Holy Communion at Orlingbury (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.
8.00 am Friday Morning Prayer at Great Harrowden.

Please forward any items for inclusion in this news sheet to the Rector (01933 678225)
Or email [email protected] AND [email protected]
(underscore between names) by Thursday evening of each week.
Diary
Tues 6 Sept: 10.30am Coffee & Chat at 3 Isham Road, Pytchley
Wed 7th Sept: 1.15pm Open the Book rehearsal at Little Harrowden church
7.00 pm Great Harrowden PCC at 119 Vicarage Farm Road
Thurs 8th Sept: 7pm Routz at Pytchley Church
Fri 9th Sept: 5pm Friday Family Fun at Pytchley Church
Sat 10th & Sun 11th Sept: 1.30-5.00pm Scarecrow Festival in Little Harrowden

Future dates
Messy Church, Monday 12th Sept, 3.45-5.15pm at Great Harrowden Church
Isham Harvest Supper & Beetle Drive, Friday 23rd Sept, 7pm in village hall
Little Harrowden Harvest Lunch, Sunday 2nd Oct, 12 for 12.30pm in church
Orlingbury Harvest Lunch, Sunday 2nd Oct, 12.30pm in village hall
Pytchley Harvest Supper, Monday 3rd Oct, 6.30pm in village hall
Memorial Service for Briony St John, Sun 9th October, 2.30pm at Pytchley Church

Collect Trinity 15
God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit upon your Church in the burning fire of your love: grant that your people may be fervent in the fellowship of the gospel that, always abiding in you, they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service; 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.

Philemon 1-21
This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy. I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your house. May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
I always thank my God when I pray for you, Philemon, because I keep hearing about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all of God’s people. And I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ. Your love has given me much joy and comfort, my brother, for your kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.
That is why I am boldly asking a favour of you. I could demand it in the name of Christ because it is the right thing for you to do. But because of our love, I prefer simply to ask you. Consider this as a request from me—Paul, an old man and now also a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus. I appeal to you to show kindness to my child, Onesimus. I became his father in the faith while here in prison. Onesimus hasn’t been of much use to you in the past, but now he is very useful to both of us. I am sending him back to you, and with him comes my own heart.
I wanted to keep him here with me while I am in these chains for preaching the Good News, and he would have helped me on your behalf. But I didn’t want to do anything without your consent. I wanted you to help because you were willing, not because you were forced. It seems you lost Onesimus for a little while so that you could have him back forever. He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord.
So if you consider me your partner, welcome him as you would welcome me. If he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me. I Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it, and I won’t mention that you owe me your very soul! Yes, my brother, please do me this favour for the Lord’s sake. Give me this encouragement in Christ. I am confident as I write this letter that you will do what I ask and even more!

Luke 14: 25-33
Now large crowds were travelling with him; and he turned and said to them, ‘Whoever comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and even life itself, cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry the cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not first sit down and estimate the cost, to see whether he has enough to complete it? Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation and is not able to finish, all who see it will begin to ridicule him, saying, “This fellow began to build and was not able to finish.”
Or what king, going out to wage war against another king, will not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to oppose the one who comes against him with twenty thousand? If he cannot, then, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks for the terms of peace. So therefore, none of you can become my disciple if you do not give up all your possessions.

NOTICES

A Scarecrow Festival will be held in Little Harrowden on Sat/Sun 10/11th September, 1.30pm-5pm. Raffle, Tombola, Lucky Dip, Treasure Hunt, Afternoon Teas etc. The theme will be nursery rhymes so it will be great fun!!

An Autumn Clean will take place at Great Harrowden from 10am on Saturday 10th September to tidy up the church and churchyard. Many hands make light work! Bring garden tools if you can work in the churchyard and some simple food for lunch if you’re around then.

Bible Reading and Tasting Club! Gillian is going to run this on 2nd Thursday of each month, 7.30pm at 7 The Paddocks, Orlingbury. She says it would be good if you could let her know if you can come to ensure there’s enough to taste! Intrigued? Go along and discover more!

A Macmillan Coffee Morning will be held on Saturday 1st October, 10am-12noon at Great Harrowden Church. Bring a friend, enjoy company and coffee and raise money for this excellent cause. Cakes needed please!

Ride & Stride is a great opportunity to visit churches all over the country, some of which are normally closed. 9.30am-5pm on Saturday 10th September. Walk, cycle or drive – funds raised to be split 50:50 between your church and the Historic Churches Society which gives our churches grants towards repairs.

Visiting preacher: at the 5 Churches Together Communion on 18th September (10am) Janette O’Neill, CEO of USPG (now Us) is coming to speak to us about this wonderful charity that has been doing Christian work for so many years. Please make every effort to attend this service – anyone in her position should be interesting to listen to!!

Humour is a gift: Comment from churchgoer: “Our pastor’s sermons always have a happy ending. The moment they’ve ended everyone feels happy.”

Please pray:
• For children starting at a new school or college, and for students moving on to further education or their first job.
• For all in need of healing.
• For all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.

Proverb: “The glory of the young is their strength; the grey hair of experience is the splendour of the old.” Ch 20, Vs29

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