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WEEK COMMENCING 4th December, 2016

SERVICES THIS SUNDAY                    4th December                         Advent 2

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

10:30am Family Service at Pytchley (Team)

11:00am Family Service at Orlingbury (Team)

11:00am Holy Communion at Great Harrowden (Rector)

4:00pm Christingle & Baptism Service at Little Harrowden (Rector)

5:00pm Carols among the Christmas Trees at Isham (Rector)

SERVICES NEXT SUNDAY                   11th December                       Advent 3

9:15am Holy Communion at Isham (Rector)

9.15am Holy Communion at Pytchley (Revd Toni Smith)

11:00am Holy Communion at Orlingbury (Revd Toni Smith)

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

4:00pm Christingle Service at Isham (Rector & Team)

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.


Mon 5th Dec: 9.30am Little Fishes at Little Harrowden Church

7.00pm Ladies Night at Overstone Arms, Pytchley

Thurs 8th Dec: 7.30pm. Carol Singing with Salvation Army in Orlingbury pub.

7.30pm MU Christmas Anthology at Little Harrowden church

Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec: 2-4pm Nativity Weekend at Pytchley Church

Sun 11th Dec: 12.30pm Christmas Lunch at Little Harrowden Church

Mon 12th Dec: 3.45pm Messy Christmas at Great Harrowden Church

Collect                                                                 Advent 2

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Romans 15: 4-13

Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. Then all of you can join together with one voice, giving praise and glory to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore, accept each other just as Christ has accepted you so that God will be given glory. Remember that Christ came as a servant to the Jews to show that God is true to the promises he made to their ancestors. He also came so that the Gentiles might give glory to God for his mercies to them. That is what the psalmist meant when he wrote:

“For this, I will praise you among the Gentiles;
I will sing praises to your name.”

And in another place it is written,

“Rejoice with his people,
you Gentiles.”

And yet again,

“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles.
Praise him, all you people of the earth.”

And in another place Isaiah said,

“The heir to David’s throne will come,
and he will rule over the Gentiles.
They will place their hope on him.”


I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.


Matthew 3: 1-12

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, “The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.'”   Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey.


Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our ancestor’; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

“I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.”


Join the MU for a spot of festive singing, reading and eating on Thurs 8th December at Little Harrowden church – all welcome!

TODAY is your last chance to visit the Isham Christmas Tree Festival (11am-4.30pm) and/or to go to the GUS Ensemble Christmas Concert at 2pm at Great Harrowden Church (tickets on door £10)

Christingle Services are being held at Little Harrowden on 4th December, Isham on 11th December and Pytchley on 18th December. All these magical family services take place at 4pm. So tell your family and friends – several dates to choose from so if you can’t go to your own village church please go to one of the others on a date that suits you.

THANK YOU EVERYONE who filled a shoebox with Christmas presents for Operation Christmas Child – 231 boxes were sent this year!

Carol Singing at Kettering Hospital: Karan Harris is getting together a group of people to sing for the patients on Thurs 22nd December about 6pm. This is much appreciated and has been requested again by the hospital so if you can help with the singing please contact Karan (01536 790391) or [email protected]

The Spirit of Christmas Concert with the Sixties Club Band will be held at Pytchley Church on Wednesday 14th December at 7pm. Tickets from 01536 790744, churchwardens, and various other people! £6 adults/£1 child

A Nativity Weekend will be held at Pytchley Church on Sat 10th & Sun 11th Dec, 2-4pm each day with festive refreshments and lots of nativity sets etc.

A Nativity Evening will be held at Little Harrowden Church on Monday 19th December at 5pm – enjoy a film of the children’s nativity, lots of nativity sets, games, stalls and food – Christmas fun for everyone!

Daylight Centre: Little Harrowden PCC discussed the news that the Daylight Centre in Wellingborough is in urgent need of financial support. It is vital that they should not close and so we are proposing to make a small donation of £20 each month. The hope is that the other parishes will do the same so that we shall be sending £100 a month from this Benefice. The Rural Dean has asked that ten parishes should make this commitment, if you have any thoughts on this subject would you please let Mary or a member of the PCC know. There is also a box at the back of the church for contributions to the food bank, please would you make this part of your Advent giving this year.

On Remembrance Sunday I lost the silver celtic cross I wore on my robes – it had my poppy stem entwined in it. I led services at Isham & Great Harrowden so if anyone has seen it please could you tell me. Thanks, Mary.

Humour is a gift: notice outside a Birmingham church on November 18th – “Come this Sunday and avoid the Christmas rush.”

Please pray:

  • For all who bring up their children in the Christian faith following a baptism.
  • All in need of healing.
  • For the family and friends of Effie Wade and all killed in the Brazilian plane crash, and all who are grieving, lonely or anxious.
  • For those who face violence on a daily basis, especially children and those working in hospitals in cities under siege.

Proverb: “The Lord hates cheating, but he delights in honesty.” Ch.11, v1.




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