SOUTH LUFFENHAM CHURCH MONDAYS 5.30 TO 6.00PM

SOUTH LUFFENHAM CHURCH MONDAYS 5.30 TO 6.00PM

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

 

‘Still Time’ – Mondays 5.30-6pm

 

in South Luffenham Church

– a time to pop in for as long as you like for quiet prayer for our Church and community.

 

In South Luffenham we pray, this week, for everyone who lives on Cutting Lane.

This week we pray for people who are ill or in pain. We give thanks for the expertise of medical professionals.

St Mary’s development – we pray for decisions to be made to move the plans forward.

 

In the wider world we pray for leaders to make fair and just decisions.

We pray for the created world, thinking of little things we can change that will make a difference.

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 19th January 2019

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 19th January 2019

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 19 January 2020: Epiphany I

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Brian, Joe, Pat Simmonds, Ray Kilsby, Honor Harris, Christine Garland, Christine Behets, Robin Rowland, Peter Leach, Ted Bailey and Ann Fowler.

In our wider prayers we continue to remember the Deanery of Brackley and its Acting Rural Dean, Archdeacon Richard Ormston. We pray also for those who have lost their homes through fire or flood.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts on 18 January. We shall mark it on 26 January with an address by Dame Mary Tanner at South Luffenham, 9.30 am and at Barrowden, 11 am.

BARROWDEN:

More intercessors required!  If you would like to help in this way – with training – please speak to Christopher or Daphne Lovering.

 

MORCOTT:

The parish magazine will continue in 2020, thanks to a new volunteer. £5 for the year – the subscription form will be in the February issue.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

TOMORROW 11am. Toddlers and Teas event. This will be at the end of the usual Stay and Play session so young and old alike in the village can share a cuppa and cake and have a chat. Margaret Miles, the High Sheriff of Rutland will also be there! Could you think of someone you could pick up and bring along?

Next Sunday 9.30 am Holy Communion with guest preacher Dame Mary Tanner.

‘Still Time’ every Monday 5.30-6pm in Church

TIXOVER:

Please come to our Candlemas (300 candles) on February 2nd at 5.00pm.

Wine and Tixover Hospitality.

 

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

strong and the churchwardens

 

PLEASE TAKE THIS HOME TO RECYCLE

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 19TH JANUARY 2020

All are Welcome at any of our Services

across the Benefice this Sunday Epiphany 2

9.30 am South Luffenham Church Morning Praise (AR)
11.00am Barrowden Church Morning Praise (AR)
11.00am Morcott Church Holy Communion ( tba)
9.30 am Tixover Church Holy Communion (tba)

Readings:1 Co. 1.  1 – 9  John  1.29 – 42  BCP.  Rom. 12. 6 – 16a  John 2. 1 – 11

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong,

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 12TH JANUARY 2020

All are Welcome at  our Services

in the Benefice this Sunday The Baptism of Christ

9.30 am South Luffenham Church Family Communion (CA)
11.00 am Barrowden Church Family communion (CA)

Readings:  Acts 10. 34 – 43   Matt. 13 – end.

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong, AR=Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 5TH JANUARY 2020

All are Welcome at any of our Services

across the Benefice this Sunday, Christmas 2

8.00 am Barrowden Church Holy Communion (CA) BCP
9.30 am Duddington Church Holy communion (CA)
11.00 am Morcott Church Holy Communion (CA)
6.00 pm South Luffenham Church Evensong       (BCP)(AR)

 

Readings : Eph.1. 3 -14 John 1 (1-9) 10 – 18.  BCP. 2 Cor. 8. 9. john 1. 14 – 18

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong AR= Mrs Anne Robinson (Reader)
BCP= Book of Common Prayer

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 5th January 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 5th January 2020

 

 Sunday 5th January 2020:  Christmas II

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Brian, Joe, Pat Simmonds, Ray Kilsby, Honor Harris, Christine Garland, Christine Behets, Robin Rowland and Ann Fowler.

Pray too for the departed, including Mrs. Chapman from South Luffenham.

In our wider prayers we continue to remember the Deanery of Towcester and its Rural Dean, Paul McLeod. We pray also for those who have lost their homes through fire or flood.

BARROWDEN:

More intercessors required!  If you would like to help in this way – with training – please speak to Christopher or Daphne Lovering.

The Barrowden Strollers meet at 2.30pm today outside the pub.

MORCOTT:

Next service is 19 January, led by Rev Roy Seden.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Thank you to everyone for the fantastic flower arrangements in Church at Christmas.

Next Sunday 9.30 Family Communion.

Still Time in Church every Monday 5.30-6pm.

 

 

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

strong and the churchwardens

STILL TIME SOUTH LUFFENHAM CHURCH MONDAYS 5.30 -6.00pm –

STILL TIME SOUTH LUFFENHAM CHURCH MONDAYS 5.30 -6.00pm –

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

 

‘Still Time’ – Mondays 5.30-6pm

 

 

In South Luffenham Church – a time to pop in for as long as you like for quiet prayer for our Church and community. Or join in from the comfort of your own home. Email sally@saltlane.com for the weekly focus.

 

Flower Decoration Tips for Happy New Year 2020

‘Thank you to all the flower arrangers who made South Luffenham Church look so fantastic at Christmas!’

A special prayer for all the new year resolutions that God may give many blessings for them in the New Year.

In South Luffenham we pray, this week, for everyone who lives on Pinfold Close.

 

This week we pray for people who are ill or in pain. We give thanks for the medical professionals who help them and also for friends and neighbours who support them and keep them company.

 

St Mary’s development – we pray about plans for the future of the building.

 

At the start of the new working year we pray for those who work in the service industries and for everyone involved in our local schools.

 

In the wider world we pray for those who have lost their homes through fires or floods.

CHRISTMAS 1 BENEFICE SERVICE 29TH DECEMBER 2019

CHRISTMAS 1 BENEFICE SERVICE 29TH DECEMBER 2019

‘Give us Today our Daily Bread’

Christmas I Benefice Service, 29 December 2019.

Give us today Our Daily Bread.

                 

Jesus was born in Bethlehem, which means ‘House of Bread’.  So when Jesus responded to his disciple’s request to teach them to pray, this connection would doubtless have been in his mind.

Give us this day our daily bread’ is a phrase that will have been on the lips of millions around the world during this Christmas period especially.  For us who use it regularly, it trips off the tongue so easily but its implications are worth pondering.  I raise this issue because one of the many good things which have happened this year is our warden’s decision to publish a weekly sheet of prayers and notices, which you will have in your hand.  This has been well received almost universally, with some startling results. It does not come free or easily.  People, especially the editor, put themselves out weekly so that we can take these sheets away and one person at least is aware of the danger to conservation which such a project poses.

God gives us today and every day our daily bread through the industrial processes which produce our bread and all manner of basic goods which we depend upon.  We don’t give this activity a second thought until something goes wrong: a disastrous harvest, a strike, a public holiday. Occasionally – especially if this phrase is always on our lips – we might pause and think of those who don’t get their ‘daily bread’ and then we might wonder if God has failed.

 

God or us?  It could be both. Are we praying for the wrong things?  Does God disapprove of our appetite? IF so, why – and how might we modify our aims? As God – and this phrase in particular – is part of our world view, then we are sensitized to both the needs of others and the will of God.  So saying this prayer – and occasionally pausing to think it through carefully – does have important results.

 

The Purpose of Prayer.

 

If you slip off the ferry at Calais and head south-west through the Normandy countryside on the A28 past Rouen you will find the ancient abbey of Bec, which produced in the 11th century an archbishop of Canterbury, St. Anselm.  You can still see the ruined chapel where Anselm would have prayed and wrestled with God.  He wrote a powerful treatise on the possibility of God and of Prayer. It begins like this:

Come now little man,

                Turn aside for a while from your daily employment….

                …Free yourself for a while for God

                And rest awhile in him.”

                                Proslogion. Ch. 1.

 It’s printed out in full on the yellow card. Please take it away with you. Anselm suggests that even his monks need to give more time to their life of prayer.  Could this be a New Year’s Resolution for all of us?

By inference, Anselm suggests that the purpose of prayer is union with God.

When you did your courting, your aim was to get to know this wonderful other person in your life.  Prayer is just like that.  We begin by doing lot of talking and when we get to know the other person well, then we can risk saying nothing, just enjoying their company.  So it is with prayer but prayer is not just passive.  It requires both Mary the mystic and Martha the activist.  Some are attracted to one rather than the other but for most of us, we have to cope with both requirements if God is able to deliver our bread daily.

 

Clarity

Our Prime Minister said that prayer for him was like trying to pick up Virgin radio as he motors through the Chilterns.  It comes and goes. I’m sure he speaks for most of us in this respect but it is worth persevering and fiddling with the tuner, especially when things don’t appear to be working out.

Throughout the biblical record there are countless examples of prayer being answered and sometimes not answered.  Jesus says to us, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek and you will find.” (Mt.7.7). Perhaps the most glaring example of prayer not answered is Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying that the cup of suffering might pass him by.  It didn’t, we know. But in that prayer, Jesus added, ‘nevertheless, not my will but thine be done’.

That is a courageous phrase to add to our prayers, ‘nevertheless, thy will be done’.  Can we honesty say it by the beside of a suffering loved one? Would we not rather rail against God? Both are acceptable. God can cope but in the end, his will prevails and we have to adjust. What we are saying in both the anger and the accommodation is that we pray that our faith will stand the test.

My hope this coming year is that both Martha’s and Mary’s among us will become more passionate about prayer and the way we can assist God’s will in the answering of our prayers, supporting one another in crisis and rejoicing with one another in prayers answered. Amen.