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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.

Note this is a new Benefice Zoom Account with the ID: 251 867 5293

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/2518675293?pwd=UCs3RXBXaEp6SHdic2tjSUFWSzIwQT09

 

Meeting ID: 251 867 5293

Passcode: 1234

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

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

READINGS AND SERVICES FOR ALL SAINTS DAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2020

READINGS AND SERVICES FOR ALL SAINTS DAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2020

Sunday 1st November (All Saints’ Day):

 

                                9.30 am Duddington Church  Transition service  with local sculptor Michael Moralee

                                11.00 am                                   Zoom Service including a dialogue with Michael Moralee

 

READINGS.

Ist November  All Saints Day.  1.John 3. 1 – 3   Matt. 5. 1 – 12

BCP. Rev. 7. 2 – 4 ( 5-8) , 9 – 12.   Matt. 5. 1 – 12.

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 25th 1st November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 25th 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

 

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READINGS AND SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2020

READINGS AND SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2020

Services for the last Sunday after Trinity

  11.00am         Barrowden   Church              Harvest Festival                    

                                              11.00 am:                                                          Zoom Service

 

Note this is a new Benefice Zoom Account with the ID: 251 867 5293  Passcode 1234

 

Readings for the last Sunday after Trinity.

    St Luke ch 12 v 16-23

BSP:     Eph. 5. 15 – 21  Matt. 22. 1 – 14

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2020

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

Church Services

for OCTOBER 2020

          

 

                4th October:  9.30am         Duddington Church           Transition Service                   

                                         11.00 am:       Zoom Service

                11th October   9.30am        South Luffenham Church.   Harvest Festival

                                         11.00 am:     Zoom Service

                18th October     9.30               Tixover  Church                      Transition Service

                                         11.00 am:        Zoom Service

                25th October  11.00am         Barrowden   Church              Transition Service                    

                                         11.00 am:       Zoom Service

                1st November   9.30am       Duddington Church               Transition Servcice                   

                                          11.00 am:  Zoom Service

At the time of writing, the form of service is yet to be confirmed by the Church Wardens but I hope we will be able to move back to a shortened form of Holy Communion in most churches during the month.

Martin Beattie is inviting you to the scheduled Zoom meetings.
Note this is a new Benefice Zoom Account with the ID: 251 867 5293
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 251 867 5293
Passcode: 1234
 
The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 18th October 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 18th October 2020

 

 Sunday 18th October 2020:  Saint Luke’s Day

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 11am.
  • Next week, the service will be Holy Communion at Barrowden Church with Zoom at 11am.
  • 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
  • Next Sunday, 25th October, the clocks go back at 2am.
  • Stop Press! 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.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our Church is open 10-4 daily. The flower arrangements are still looking fantastic!

 

The Foodbank tubs will be collected on Wednesday morning this week and there is still space for a few more offerings. Thank you.         

 

MEDITATION

Wherever we look at the moment there seems to be chaos. “Chaos” means “a state of total confusion with no order” according to the Cambridge dictionary. There is dissension amongst politicians, businesses are in jeopardy and people are fearful of the future. To add to all that the nights will soon be longer and there is the winter looming. It appears to be a very bleak outlook. And it can be if we let it!

 

We can be overwhelmed by the situation in which we find ourselves and it is perhaps the uncertainty which is the most frightening aspect of our present circumstances. We are not keen on change and we certainly don’t like being unable to plan and make decisions which we know will be honoured at the right time. One of the areas which I am studiously ignoring is Christmas. What will it be like? We don’t know and will have to wait, another thing which we are often not very good at!

 

So what is there that can ease the overwhelming problems? There are all the clichés which are trotted out but which are not of any great help. But there are sights around us which defeat the chaos. I have watched in awe the tree outside my window come into bud, flower, berries redden and now the leaves falling. And the seasons will be around next year in due time.

 

Even if everything changes there is one sure constant. The hymn states, “Thou, whose almighty word, chaos and darkness heard and took their flight.” God knows the chaos and darkness which exists and weeps with us in the hours of loneliness and uncertainty and is there for each one of us if we take him at his word. The prayer I gave in September but which is still so relevant.

 

Prayer: Walk with us, Lord, as we journey through the darkness of uncertainty. May we find light and joy and love to guide us in your path. Amen.  

 

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