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WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

Sunday services for Sunday 1st August  Trinity 9

 

9.a0 am Duddington church                      Morning Worship (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                      Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service from Barrowden                                    (CA)

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 8th August Trinity 10

 

9.30am South Luffenham Church                          Holy Communion  Canon Tim Alban-Jones

11.00am Barrowden Church                                     Holy communion    (CA)

12.00am Barrowden church                                           Zoom                               (CA)  

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 15th August  Trinity 11

9.30am Tixover Church                                     Holy Communion  (Revd. Brian McAvoy)

11.00am Morcott Church                                   Morning Service  ( CW)

3.00pm  South Luffenham Village Green      Songs of Praise.

 

Sunday Services for the 22nd August ,12th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am South Luffenham Church         Holy Communion (Rev James Saunders)

11.00 am.  Zoom Service.                         Ann Robinson from home

 

 

Sunday Service for Trinity 13.

Benefice service

10.00 am Tixover Church                              Holy Communion

 

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 1st August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 1st August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

Sunday 1st August 2021: Trinity IX

 

  • Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin, Derek Barker and Sussie Clements. Pray too for the departed, including Jim Cunningham.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at South Luffenham at 9.30 am with Canon Tim Alban- Jones and at 11 am in Barrowden and on Zoom.
  • Please remember in your prayers George Bradshaw who is to be baptised at 12 noon in Barrowden Church on 8th August. Remember too his parents and godparents.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 8th August 9.30 Holy Communion (Canon Tim Alban-Jones).
Sunday 15th August 3pm Songs of Praise on Parish Field (behind village hall)- please note change of venue.

‘Still Time’ in Church Fridays 10.30-11am.  Anyone from the Benefice is welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer. 

 

 

MEDITATION:    Picking Gooseberries

 

There comes a time when we have to act. It’s now or never if anything is to be saved from a disappointing crop. The day is bright; the fruit is dry; the freezer is waiting so there can be no excuses. Gloves are useless in spite of the dangers. It’s a bare-handed job for all our sophistications.  Nevertheless, it is a daunting task. It’s not the backache so much as the attack from thorns. Is the harvest really worth it? To bloodied hands the bush surrenders its riches.

 

Am I doing the right thing or is this project too selfish? What else would benefit but the freezer for a while? The birds, certainly. The occasional beautifully hollowed-out fruits are the evidence but it’s few and far between. Perhaps the birds are feeding elsewhere on lower-hanging fruits. Nature has a way of safe-guarding itself. What a marvel it is!  Alleluia’s can be heard among the fruit-bushes, interspersed by calloused cursing.

 

The crop is small, poor. Has it not been fed sufficiently? Have I planted my bushes too close together to satisfy a summer greed? Has the pruning been deficient?

 

The larger fruits are to be found deep inside the bush, well protected by that crown of thorns. I aim for those, but they are not ideal as their weight brushes the floor to coat them in mud. Yet deep down, beyond the painful thorns there is glory. Has this harvest been worthwhile?

 

Another Crown of Thorns in a different season reminds us of His enduring value. Pain and glory intermingled. Picking gooseberries: a meditation for the undecided.

 

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 1ST AUGUST 2021

Sunday services for Sunday 1st August

Trinity 9

 

9.a0 am Duddington church                      Morning Worship (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                      Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service from Barrowden                                    (CA)

Readings. 2.Samuel. 11..26 – 12. 13a  Eph. 4. 1 – 16  John 6. 24 -35

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

GOODBYE

GOODBYE

Goodbye!

 

We will be leaving the Welland-Fosse Benefice at the end of October 2021 after 5 years of entertaining and enjoyable ministry among you all. We have been so fortunate to live in such an idyllic spot and mix with very welcoming folk.

I was appointed by the bishop for what was essentially a caretaker role – a part-time post – to allow me to recover some of the joys of pastoral ministry after what was a long and mainly administrative time in Lancashire.  How different things are down here! No wailing sirens, little in the way of torrential rains, the absence of racial division or grinding poverty. It has been a valuable time to take stock of life and the Church of England in its present manifestation. The Covid pandemic has complicated our plans. Without that we may have retired a year or so earlier but now the time seems ripe. We can slip away after the fun of harvest and before most of us start to think about the excitement of Christmas.

Some of you will know that one of my favourite poets is R.S.Thomas. I am drawn to him for his often-bleak view of God but also his unquenchable faith. This poem, ‘The Bright Field’ is well known and has been lying on my prayer-desk in Barrowden Church for months now. It is beginning to shout at me:

I have seen the sun break through
to illuminate a small field
for a while, and gone my way
and forgotten it. But that was the
pearl of great price, the one field that had
treasure in it. I realise now
that I must give all that I have
to possess it. Life is not hurrying

On to a receding future, nor hankering after
an imagined past. It is the turning
aside like Moses to the miracle
of the lit bush, to a brightness
that seemed as transitory as your youth
once, but is the eternity that awaits you.

Many of you have executed that ‘turning aside’ to discover at leisure something richer in your lives. Now it is our turn. We have plans to devote more time to the family, to travel a little and to enjoy a house and garden which we can really call our own.

Life at Barrowden Rectory has been a delight. Taming the garden, immersing ourselves in the routine of the countryside and the village network has been tonic not toil. Every parsonage house is porous and we have been privileged to enjoy the company of many callers within its walls.

So now we must turn aside lest we forget the vision of that ‘brightness which seemed as transitory as your youth once’ but is now ready to be reclaimed.

Thank you for your company. It won’t be forgotten. We are only moving into Stamford and will look forward to continuing our friendship with many of you for some time to come.

 

Christopher Armstrong

Sunday 25 July 2021

WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

WELLANDFOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2021

Sunday services for Sunday 1st August  Trinity 9

 

9.a0 am Duddington church                      Morning Worship (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                      Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service from Barrowden                                    (CA)

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 8th August Trinity 10

 

9.30am South Luffenham Church                          Holy Communion  Canon Tim Alban-Jones

11.00am Barrowden Church                                     Holy communion    (CA)

12.00am Barrowden church                                           Zoom                               (CA)  

 

Sunday Services for Sunday 15th August  Trinity 11

9.30am Tixover Church                                     Holy Communion  (Revd. Brian McAvoy)

11.00am Morcott Church                                   Morning Service  ( CW)

3.00pm  South Luffenham Village Green      Songs of Praise.

 

Sunday Services for the 22nd August ,12th Sunday after Trinity

9.30am South Luffenham Church         Holy Communion (Rev James Saunders)

11.00 am.  Zoom Service.                         Ann Robinson from home

 

 

Sunday Service for Trinity 13.

Benefice service

10.00 am Tixover Church                              Holy Communion

 

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday25th July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday25th July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday25th July 2021:  Trinity VIII (St. James’ Day)

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Sylvia Martin, Derek Barker, Sussie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams. Pray too for the departed, including Peter Holland and Jim Cunningham.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am with Compline on Thursday at 6pm
  • Next Sunday we are in church at Duddington at 9.30am and in Barrowden/on Zoom at 11am. Please bring a mask to church as there is so much uncertainty and wariness among people still.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:.

Sunday 25th July 9.30 Holy Communion (CA) 
Sunday 8th August 9.30 Holy Communion (Canon Tim Alban-Jones).
Sunday 15th August 3pm Songs of Praise on the Village Green.

 

MEDITATION

 

Cardinal Basil Hume was a Benedictine monk who lived at Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire until his preferment as Cardinal Archbishop. Those who remember him will picture a slim, agile figure with a quiet sense of humour who chose his words carefully. He was born into a Catholic family from Newcastle where his four brothers and sisters would ensure that he was well grounded and rounded. He was drawn to the religious life but that monastery in Ampleforth ran a busy boarding school catering for boys and girls.  During the term, life was hectic for Basil as he taught languages and history throughout the school as well as being a housemaster and coach of the school’s 1st XV rugby team. He had quite a workload professionally, on top of which he had to maintain the discipline of a monk.  Nevertheless, Basil enjoyed life, recording simple pleasures like being taken out to tea in Thirsk by parents of pupils or fishing in the lakes.

 

Today, Sunday, is St. James’ Day. It’s not often we have a saint’s day on a Sunday, but it does allow us an opportunity to contemplate the saintly life. The life of Cardinal Hume is as good an example as any as it is almost contemporary with ours. What were the marks of saintliness in his life?

 

Firstly, there was a thirst for God and the things of God. He went to church as a child and in his busy professional life he found time – made time – to pray and worship. In one of his later books Basil talks about the tension between the desert and the marketplace. For a saint, it must be the quiet pull of the desert for prayer.

 

Secondly there is stability. Monastic communities can be raw, just like family relationships can go sour. Benedictine monks take a vow of stability, never to leave their home community, however joyful or painful it may be. Is this value of stability relevant to us today?

 

Thirdly, there is obedience and for Basil, there were always conflicting loyalties: to the pupils in his charge; to his monastic brothers; to the Abbot of the Community and then to the wider church when asked to leave the delights of the Yorkshire countryside for a frantic existence at Archbishop’s House, Central London. For him, this was God’s will and there was a pattern to it: the pattern of service.

 

Fourthly, Hume was fearless in following the path of the gospel, even though it was often compromised. He would not be bullied by either CND or the conservative hawks over the nuclear deterrent and he was very happy to stand up to the Home Office over the imprisonment of innocent citizens.

 

Finally, his whole world view was influenced by the magnetic force of God. A previous headmaster of Ampleforth College was attending the annual Headmaster’s Conference. One headmaster talked about the way his school prepared its pupils for life. The Ampleforth headmaster was heard to retort, sotto voce, ‘How fascinating. At Ampleforth we always seek to prepare our boys for death’.

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 25TH JULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 25TH JULY 2021

Sunday Services for  the 8th Sunday after Trinity.

 

 

 

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                     Holy communion (CA)

11.00 am Zoom  from home                                                                                      (CA)

Readings :   2 Sam. 11. 1 – 15   Eph. 3.  14 – end  John 6. 1 – 21

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday18 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday18 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday18 July 2021:  Trinity VII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Sylvia Martin, Margaret & Derek Barker, Sussie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams. Pray too for the departed.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am with Compline on Thursday at 6pm.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at South Luffenham at 9.30 am and on Zoom at 11 am. Please bring a mask to church as there is so much uncertainty and wariness among people still.
  • On Wednesday 21st at 11 am in Barrowden Church there will be a preliminary meeting for all those adults who are thinking about the short confirmation course this summer. All welcome. No need to book.

 

MORCOTT:

Looking ahead, the next (August) service will be led by lay people, so will not be holy communion. 

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Services in South Luffenham Church: Sunday 25th July 9.30 am Holy Communion (CA).
Sally is looking for donations of good condition children’s books for a children’s box at the South Luffenham Community Library. Please email sally@saltlane.com if you have any that she can collect. 

 

MEDITATION: By a parishioner.

 

The mustard seed is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree.’ Mat 13 v 32

 

 

I recently had to make some decisions about my own faith journey. In my musings, in a very simplistic way, I compared the course of faith to the lifecycle of a plant.’

 

Ask yourself…

Am I a seed? Just starting out in faith, unsure what I will become and hiding in the dark, maybe lying dormant until the right conditions make me send out spindly roots and tentative shoots.

Am I forming strong roots? Studying, asking questions, reaching into the depth of the soil for nutrition to help me grow.

Am I a tiny seedling? Starting to stick my head over the parapet, standing up for faith principles, seeking the light and learning more each day.

Am I leaves and stem? Taking in carbon dioxide and sunlight to grow tall and strong, assured and faithful.

Am I a flower bud? Slowly unfurling, showing promise of good things to come. 

Am I a flower? In the full bloom and glory of faith – confident and bright, attracting the attention of people around me.

 

At every stage after germination a plant’s growth and development need the right conditions:

Fertile soil and nutrients – reading the Bible and an enquiring mind,

Sunlight – the fellowship of fellow Christians,

Water – regularly topped up in worship,

The invisible, yet essential, process of photosynthesis – the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

And, of course, the flower makes the seeds for the next generation of believers.

‘The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.’ Isaiah 40 v8    

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE18TH jULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE18TH jULY 2021

Sunday Services for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.

 

9.30 am  Tixover                                   Holy communion (CA)

11.00 am Morcott church                    Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service   from home                                   (CA)

Readings :        2 Sam. 7. 1 – 14a     Eph. 2. 11 – end      Mark 6. 30 – 34  53 – end

 

Weekday services : 

  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
Unity. Sunday 11th July 2021

Unity. Sunday 11th July 2021

Unity.

Sunday 11 July 2021: Barrowden and Zoom.

‘God’s plan… to unite all things in Christ’. Ephesians 1.10.

A young curate once asked Archbishop Ramsey what he should preach about. “Preach about God and preach about 20 minutes”, was the archbishop’s reply. So, it is God today, not Wimbledon or cup finals, though both might get a mention!

Unity

Our scripture passage this morning (Eph. 1. 3 – 14) pours out of Paul as if he were an excited and breathless young child telling us something special. In the original Greek, the whole passage is just one sentence! And this message is important: Christ is the unifying factor for the whole world. All things find their home and meaning in and through Christ!

I have a grandson who is similarly seized by his passion for litter-picking. It is almost an obsession if it were not for his wide-ranging knowledge of the recycling process. From an early age he would rush around the garden, or the park or the aircraft picking up litter, especially cigarette stubs. All went into the litter bin. It was hard work taking him for a walk!

St. Paul is also passionate to show us that all things belong ‘in Christ’: not just male and female, black and white. His vision is greater than that. This vision covers heaven and earth, the natural world (where we are just realising our responsibilities). But it goes even further. He is talking about the internal harmony of us humans – the sins we love and hate simultaneously – but also the greatest test of harmony, the relationship between God and humanity – a unity which has been sliding away from us in the past century.

There is an irony in all of this.  Paul was writing this letter to the Ephesian Church from Rome where he was in prison. He must have been seized by this vison of unity in his prison cell. He knew much about the Roman world and how it had brought together many warring cities, states and nations. He was proud of his Roman citizenship and realized that Rome and the Pax Romana was actually creating the unity to which he was being directed. If fallible Roman Emperors could bring about such change, then the power of Christ and his Church could achieve even more!

 

Our Vocation

This is some agenda! It certainly needs divine intervention to address it – and that is what we have but God has called us to attend to it as well as himself.

‘Christ has no other hands but your hands to do his work today.

No other hands but your hands to guide men on their way.

No other lips but your lips to tell them why he died;

No other love but your love to win them to his side’. (St. Theresa)

And how do we do it?  Well, step by step would be a start.

I used to regularly visit the ecumenical centre of Taizé in France which is visited by thousands of enquiring young people each year from all over the world. There are few rules but visitors must attend worship 3 times a day. As the crowds approach the rather ugly hanger-like church, young people hold placards in a variety of languages urging silence.  The church is called The Church of Reconciliation and the dominant element in the worship is silence. Perhaps that is where we should start, in silence, seeking God’s direction or affirmation.

There is an excitement in the way Paul writes about this calling. It matches the excitement of Emma Raducanu, the A level student who was a wildcard player at Wimbledon this year.  Although she withdrew, her sheer delight in being chosen was obvious.

We did not choose God; God chose us and sometimes our delight matches that choice. Joy is infectious. It is a response to our calling and makes our work of reconciliation easier.

Through our baptism, says St. Paul, we are both holy and blameless. How does that work?  Well, holiness suggests difference, the difference which following Christ inevitably brings. As one bishop neatly put it, ‘It’s not that Christianity makes good men better but whether it can make bad men holy’. But who can be blameless in this world?  It relates to sacrifice: only the best being offered to God. Aiming for that in all departments of our life will help us in our calling as reconcilers. 

 

Reconciliation

So, our calling is to be reconcilers in different directions. I have spent some time baby-sitting in the last few weeks.  Some of us are gifted in this way; others are not! I hugely admire the way a mother or grand-mother manages to distract a grumpy child back to happiness, reconciled to itself.

Think if you will of the reconciling work of Marcus Rashford. He used his influence to speak truth to power by encouraging the Prime Minister to extend the provision of free school meals during the COVID crisis.  Each of us is in a position of influence too.  How will you use your influence to encourage reconciliation? It may be in the direction of the green agenda, race relations, healing family rifts, engagement in regional politics or acting as an evangelist, bringing someone closer into the reach of God’s caring hand. We all have this responsibility as Christians. It is both a privilege and a challenge.

The work of unity is too important to be left to the clergy or politicians. It must involve us all, at whatever level we can reach. Amen.