The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 29th November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 29th November 2020

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 29th November 2020:  Advent Sunday

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Belinda Forbes, Bishop John Holbrook and Will Beattie.
  • Pray too for the souls of the recently departed, Noel Witts and Peter Ratcliffe                                                                 Our only morning service today is on Zoom at 11.00 am but at 6pm we have the first of our special Advent Compline services from South Luffenham with a brief presentation looking at the Advent themes of darkness and light in the poetry of Thomas Hardy.
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  • For the reading this Sunday you will find them on the service sheet for the Zoom meeting it is Mark
  • Ch, 13 v. 24 – 27
  • Sunday, 6th December, Holy Communion will be celebrated at Duddington Church at 9.30am, and the Zoom Service will come from Barrowden at 11am. Compline at 6pm will come from Barrowden Church with a short presentation to consider darkness and light in the music of Bach.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30am., with Compline on Thursdays and Sundays at 6pm.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

  • Look out for our Church Spire which will be lit from Advent Sunday onwards.
  • Service in Church next Sunday, 6th December at 11am led by Ann.
  • Our Village Advent Windows will begin on Tuesday 1st December, starting with Janet, 7 Back Lane.

 

 

THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION:

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We have all heard children say enthusiastically, “I can’t wait”. Perhaps we say it too even though we are grown up! At this time of year children are getting excited about Christmas and all that it brings but during the past few months we have learnt a great deal about waiting. We have waited for the various Covid 19 declarations, we have waited for the end of restrictions and waited for the vaccine.

 

Perhaps one good thing is that probably not many of us will be queuing for Christmas presents and food and will have more space to reflect on what is really important, not just at this time of year but for our general needs. Waiting is an occupation that can bring benefits!  Many of us will remember the advertisement for the first credit card. The advert stated that “Access takes the waiting out of wanting”. We don’t like to wait for anything and much of our culture now is based on the idea that we can have it all and we can have it now!

 

The world often seems to be a very dark place with sadness and confusion reigning. Today we begin the season of Advent which is when the church waits to welcome Christ into the world once more. As we wait for that time which is unknown, we need to be working for God’s kingdom so that when Christ does come we will not be sitting around wasting time.

 

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, may we remember this Advent that we are children of the light. May we wake up each day ready to take up the tasks of the day. And may our sleep be the restoring and health-giving rest that comes from tasks well done. Amen. (John Sentamu).

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

THE CHURCH SERVICE FOR 29TH NOVEMBER 2020

THE CHURCH SERVICE FOR 29TH NOVEMBER 2020

WFB Morning Zoom Service Advent 1 29th Nov 11:00am

Reading:  Mark. ch. 13 v 24-37

 
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Advent Compline Services 6,00pm on Sunday Evenings

Advent Compline Services 6,00pm on Sunday Evenings

Advent Compline Services

       
 

The Season of Advent.

The season of Advent is dominated by the themes of light and darkness.  To mark the season, you are most welcome to join us on Zoom for Compline on a Sunday evening at 6pm for the beautiful evening service of Compline. At the end of each short service, there will be an 8 minute presentation of the Advent themes of darkness and light as found in the arts. 

The first of the 4 Sundays is coming up: 29th November. 

Advent begins this Sunday.  Sunday Morning Services will continue as allowed in church and on Zoom at 11am

However, to mark this season of preparation for Christmas we are offering the short evening service of Compline at 6 pm on Zoom each Sunday evening.

The service will include a short 8 minute reflection on the powerful themes of light and dark in Advent as expressed in various genre:

 

November 29th                  The Poetry of Thomas Hardy

December 6th                     The Music of J S Bach

December 13th                  The Plays of Shakespeare

December 20th                  The Art of Holman Hunt.

 

If you would like an invitation to the Zoom Service, then please contact me at chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com

Christopher Armstrong

Priest-in-Charge

Sunday 22nd November 2020:  Christ the King

Sunday 22nd November 2020:  Christ the King

 Sunday 22nd November 2020:  Christ the King

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  • Our only service today is on Zoom at 11.00 am.
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  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursdays at 6pm and Sundays in Advent beginning on 29th November.
  • Readings 

    Eph. 1. 15 – end  Matt.  25. 31 – end 

All these weekday services are available on the Daily Prayer App. which is free.

Do join us as we pray for God’s world, our nation, those whom we love and one another.

 

 

Martin Beattie is inviting you to the scheduled Zoom meetings.

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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 22nd November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 22nd November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 22nd November 2020:  Christ the King

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Noel Witts and Will Beattie.
  • Our only service today is on Zoom at 11.00 am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursdays at 6pm and Sundays in Advent beginning on 29th November.
  • There are still 3 copies of The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh’s Advent book still available. If you would like a copy (£12.99) please let The Priest-in-Charge know on 01572 748634 or armstrong60@yahoo.com.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

South Luffenham Church is open for private prayer every day from 10-4.

 

THIS WEEK’S MEDITATION:

Above the dome of the Old Bailey stands Lady Justice, her hands outstretched with a sword in one and a balance in the other; a symbol of justice in our land – justice without fear or favour. 

Today is the final Sunday before Advent and the end of the Christian liturgical year. Next week we descend into the darkness of Advent and preparations for a very different Christmas.  The gospel for today is the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats in which Jesus castigates those who just don’t see the need in others, be they hungry, thirsty, sick, naked or in prison. It’s a judgement on us all. So often we don’t see the need in others. 

 

Justice is not just a matter of dishing out punishments but restoring balance to God’s world. For most of us, we will be spared those negative decisions of fines and prison-sentences but all around us are opportunities to help re-balance lives: lives of bereavement, neglect, loneliness, sadness, sickness, incompetence, fear, addiction or plain exhaustion.

 

We have received the gift of life.  Do we keep it to ourselves or can we find ways of sharing that gift with others?  To adopt the former will only bring frustration and bitterness, as the Jews found out in the wilderness as they tried to hoard the manna (Exodus 16.20). To share the gift with others brings enrichment as the widow’s cruse shows us (2 Kings 4. 1 – 7).

 

Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down,

shaken together, running over, will be poured into your lap.”

(Luke 6.38)

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 15th November 2020:

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 15th November 2020:

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 15th November 2020:  The 2nd Sunday Before Advent.

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby and those whose operations have been postponed again.
  • Zoom services continue today at 11.00 am.
  • Next week there will be only one Zoom Service at 11 am as a result of Lockdown 2.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and now Fridays at 8.30am.  Compline will be restarted on Thursdays at 6pm from 12 November as well as Sundays in Advent beginning on 29th
  • The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh’s Advent book is still available, based on the poetry of R.S.Thomas. If you would like a copy (£12.99) please let The Priest-in-Charge know on 01572 748634 or armstrong60@yahoo.com.

 

MORCOTT:

During lockdown St Mary’s continues to be open for private prayer on Sundays only 10am-4pm.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our Church remains open for private prayer every day from 10-4.

Sally hopes to post a video on the Benefice website – Mark Waik carrying out the Act of Remembrance, on our behalf, at 11am on 11th November. 

Thank you from Rutland Foodbank – We have the most donations ever to be collected this week! Please search for Rutland Foodbank on the Internet as they will soon be posting a ‘Christmas list’.

MEDITATION:

Much of this week has been spent in remembering and commemorating with Remembrance Sunday and then the solemn Remembrance at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. Alongside that was the commemoration of 100 years since the unveiling of the Cenotaph and the burial of the Unknown Soldier. All events which we need to be aware of and encourage our young people to understand.

 

We build up memories throughout our lives. Some we treasure and keep to ourselves for those private moments when perhaps we just need a time of reassurance. Others we are only too willing to share! The sentence often dreaded by children, “I remember when I was your age…!” springs to our lips. There are some memories which are places where we do not want to go because they are dark spaces. Whatever the memory it is important because it is part of who we have become.

Memories can become distorted as we grow older and for some memory seems to be kept locked up inside. We have seen the disturbing photos this week of those who are losing the memories and cannot be visited by those who can help them to understand the strange world in which they find themselves.

 

The thief on the cross next to Jesus asked him to remember him when he was in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus replied, “I promise”. God sees, as we hear in the hymn, “the meanest sparrow fall unnoticed in the street”. He knows each one of us and knows what has made the memories within us, the shared ones and the private ones. Above all he cares for each one of us and asks only that we remember his great love.

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

TALK FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2020

TALK FOR REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY 8TH NOVEMBER 2020

Talk:

Remembrance Sunday this year, along with most of the rest of the way of life at the moment, is very different. This can clearly be seen in this church where there are only six of us but throughout the country people will be making their own memorial and thinking of those who gave their lives in the two world wars and other conflicts. This year we are also aware of the NHS many of whose workers have a given of themselves in the battle against the coronavirus.

This year, in spite of everything, we have seen the 75thcommemoration of VE and VJ day. I found myself very moved by the veterans talking about their experiences, projected on to the walls of Horse Guards Parade. And there was Robin Rowland who lives in South Luffenham speaking about his time in Kohima. And there was pride on all their faces but also much pain.

Remembrance is not a glorification of war but thanks for the bravery of sacrifice. The poppy is used as a symbol of that gratitude as a flower of freedom and hope. They grow best on broken ground. After the poem that has become so familiar to us, ‘In Flanders’ Fields’, was published anonymously in ‘Punch’, women in France began making poppies and cornflowers (which also grew in the fields) to decorate the war graves. A lady called Madame Guerin saw something greater and campaigned to have the poppy accepted as a symbol of remembrance but she had no success in France. She continued her crusade and took it to London. The poppy now unites men and women in Britain like nothing else.

In our reading Jesus knows that he is on course to his death. He knew that he was not the warrior leader which so many of his contemporaries were expecting. That was not God’s way. Jesus told the disciples that the best and only way was the way of love. The disciples were his friends, in spite of everything that they had said and thought and everything that they would do before his resurrection; Peter would deny knowing him and the others would run away. Jesus still loved them and they loved him but that love would be tested over and over again. They would be called upon to lay down their lives but in the full knowledge that Jesus had laid down his life not only for them but also for each one of us. We need to cultivate the friendship of Jesus and it requires hard work. We need to listen to him and follow what he asks us to do. We may not be asked to lay down our lives for others but we need to support those who are.

One of the veterans of World War 1, Harry Patch, said:

I don’t think it is possible to truly explain the bond that is forged between a soldier in the trenches and his fellow soldiers. There you all are, no matter what your life in civvy street, covered in lice, desperately hungry, eking out the small treats – the ounce of tobacco, the biscuit. You relied on him and he on you, never really thinking that it was just the same for the enemy. But it was. It was every bit as bad.’

The opposite of war is peace and the opposite of remembering is forgetting. Only through remembering will peace be achieved. The service at the Cenotaph in London is very different this year with crowds banned and only about 26 people allowed but the symbolism will not be lost. I had forgotten that the meaning of ‘cenotaph’ is an empty tomb. There was another empty tomb near Jerusalem two thousand years ago. After a humiliating, brutal death which he endured as an innocent man, Christ had risen, as we sing every Easter. It is that empty tomb which gives us hope in the knowledge that eternal life can be ours. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the cenotaphs could be a sign of world wide peace and signify the resurrection for everyone?

I’d like to read a poem written by Nick Fawcett. He had visited the war graves in Flanders and found one which had his name on it. He wrote afterwards:

How did you feel that morning

When the call up papers came through?

Did your blood run cold or excitement take hold

At the thought that your country needs you?

 

How did you feel that morning

When the time came to set off from home?

Did you conquer your fears or break down in tears

With the loved ones you’d soon leave alone?

 

How did you feel that morning

When you first set foot in the trench?

Did you brush it aside or wish you could hide

From the horror, the carnage, the stench?

 

How did you feel that morning

When they sent you over the top?

Did you shout with relief or in sheer disbelief

Vainly pray the nightmare would stop?

 

How did you feel that morning

When the bullets started to fly?

Did you think even then that you might cheat death again

Or did you know you were going to die?

 

How did you feel that morning

As the life blood slipped slowly away?

Did you try to make sense of these crazy events

Or with one final breath try to pray?

 

How do I feel this morning

In the face of such slaughter and sorrow?

Do I just stand aghast as I think of the past

Or give all for a better tomorrow?

Only by all of us playing our part will everlasting peace be found.

Prayer:

Lord of peace, send us out to be beacons of peace in a dark world of conflict.

Make us instruments of peace for whoever we meet and wherever we go, in the name of the Prince of Peace.

Amen.

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.   Sunday 8th November 2020:

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.   Sunday 8th November 2020:

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 8th November 2020:  Remembrance Sunday.

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby and those whose operations have been postponed again.
  • Zoom services continue today at 10.55am.
  • Next week there will be only one Zoom Service at 11 am as a result of Lockdown 2.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and now Fridays at 8.30am.  Compline will be restarted on Thursdays at 6pm from 12 November as well as Sundays in Advent beginning on 29th
  • The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh’s presentation on  S.Thomas will now be on Zoom at 2pm on 12 November. If you would like an invitation – or to order the Advent book – please let The Priest-in-Charge know on 01572 748634 or chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

  • Although we will not be holding services in Church this month we will still be open every day for private remembrance and prayer. 
  • Thank you to the people who have offered to decorate their window for Advent. We now have volunteers for every day. Look out for details nearer the time. 
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Thanks to Sue and Janet for the Remembrance flowers

This Week’s Meditation: Hope:  In the last few weeks the fields around us have turned from gold to brown as the farmer puts in the plough and the autumn sun glints off the mouldboard smoothness.  Other fields have turned further, from brown to green as next year’s crop asserts its new life.

 

As soon as the harvest is over the farmers are busy ploughing and sowing, confident that nature’s new year will work its magic and produce our food once more. There is an expectation that nature can be depended upon. Yes, a few weeds might also appear but a fine crop of corn is expected. St. Paul puts this process under the microscope and reports that the crop which is to be will look nothing like the seed which is being sown. It comes to life in a completely new form.

 

So it must have been with those young men and women who risked all for what they hoped would be a better future for us all. They sacrificed their freedom as individuals so that we might enjoy a greater freedom in the future.  (That is precisely what the government is urging us all to do in this latest lockdown: restraining ourselves for a better tomorrow.)

 

Of course we might have doubts: doubts about the quality of next year’s crop; doubts about the defeat of CORVID -19 – just as those young soldiers may have had doubts about the chance of victory.

 

Some of us might be airily optimistic but hope rests on more than a whim. Hope rests on the nature of God who brings victory out of suffering. For Christians, hope turns on the resurrection of Christ who brings surprising new life out of a grisly death. In the Lord’s Prayer we hope for daily necessities (“give us this day our daily bread”) and universal redemption (“thy kingdom come”). The trials that beset us now are as nothing to the life which is to come, both now and hereafter if we place our hope in Christ.

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices 1st November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices 1st November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 

 Sunday 1st November 2020:  All Saints’ Day.

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Zoom services continue today, 11am., with the sculptor Michael Moralee.
  • Next week, Remembrance Sunday, the services will be at Barrowden (HC) at 8 am, South Luffenham at 9.30am, Duddington at 10am with Morcott and Barrowden at 10.55 am, including the Zoom Service.
  • Monday 2nd November is All Souls’ Day. There will be a short service in Barrowden Church at 2pm when we shall remember those who have gone before us in the faith.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.30am. Compline will be suspended until Advent when it will be held on Sundays at 6pm starting 29th
  • The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh is coming to Barrowden Church at 2pm on 12 November to talk about the poet R.S.Thomas – the subject of her new book which is also a literary guide through Advent. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day, priced £12.99. Please let Kay Bagshaw (01572 748797) know if you wish to come. Please wear a face mask.

 

MORCOTT:

Our next service is Remembrance Sunday 8 November in church starting at 10.55hrs, led by the Churchwardens. Please ring Jane on 747157 to ‘book’ your place so we can ensure social distancing, though we hope to accommodate all who want to come. There will be music, but no singing.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

South Luffenham Church is open daily 10-4.

 

If you would like to decorate your window for our village Advent Calendar please email sally@saltane.com

Remembrance Sunday service in Church next Sunday at 9.30am – all available places have now been reserved.

The South Luffenham village collection box can be found outside the gate of 27, The Street.

I thank you on behalf of the Foodbank for your continued support.

 

       shopping list:

·         Coffee

·         Dried potato (smash type)

·         Jam

·         Small bags of sugar ( Due to the weight of items people have to carry)

·         Tinned potatoes

·         Small sponge puddings

·         UHT Juice

·         Tins of Custard

·         Shaving gel

·         washing up liquid

·         Non- Bio washing capsules (For families with young children)

·         Toilet rolls

MEDITATION

 

Who are the saints that we celebrate today?  In the famous Ghent Altarpiece painted by Van Eyck in 1432 we can see a wide range of worshippers gathered round the Lamb of God.  There are the usual suspects: hermits, virgins, angels, ordinary faithful men and women – even a few bishops.   But if we look carefully, there are also some surprises: crusaders, philosophers and Muslims. How wide can this category of saint be stretched?

 

I remember a very embarrassing moment during an earnest discussion among senior clergy in the northwest of England.  It was about providing support for the very poor, of which there are many in that area.  The priest presenting his ideas implied that even the Muslims were God’s people and thus deserving of support.  He then left the room.  The presiding bishop was shocked by his final throwaway remark and said so forcibly. 

 

The bishop was wrong.  He was a godly man, devoted to the scriptures but Jesus – in those very scriptures – told a parable about our wider vision.  In Matthew chapter 21, two brothers are told to go and work in the vineyard by their father.  One said he would and then didn’t. The other said he wouldn’t, then changed his mind and went. Which one did the will of the father, asks Jesus.

 

I prefer to interpret God’s call to follow him in the widest of ways.  The Beatitudes (Matthew Ch. 5. 1 – 12) suggests that those who are blessed are those who carry out God’s will and not those that merely pay lip-service to it. So philosophers, military and people of all creeds and none are to be found doing God’s will, knowingly or unknowingly.  That is what the Ghent Altarpiece suggests to us. And those who kneel in front of it – or any altar today – will, with God’s grace, see that we are not alone in paying homage to The Lamb of God in all spheres of life. Those are the saints; those who do the will of God; those who see the work of the Lord in the hands of others. May they all be encouraged, blessed, valued in their work.

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens