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CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 27th May 2018

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 27th May 2018

 

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this

Trinity Sunday

 9.30 am South Luffenham Church:   Holy Communion (CA )
11.00 am Barrowden Church:               Holy Communion (CA)

Readings: Romans 8. 12-17 John 3. 1-17

CA =The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong

BENEFICE ROUNDERS MATCH MAY 20TH 2018

BENEFICE ROUNDERS MATCH MAY 20TH 2018

THE ROUNDERS MATCH WAS HELD AT BARROWDEN CRICKET FIELD.

IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL DAY AND EVERY PARISH ENTERED A TEAM

THERE WAS A BARBECUE AND BAR

EVERYBODY HAD A ENJOYABLE DAY WITH SOME EXCELLENT CATCHES RUN  OUTS AND LONG HITS

BARROWDEN WERE THE WINNERS .

THANK YOU TO EVERYBODY WHO MADE IT POSSIBLE, UMPIRES, COOKS , BAR TENDERS, AND BARROWDEN CRICKET CLUB FOR THE USE OF THEIR CLUB HOUSE.

 

 

Barrowden Batting
Barrowden Batting

 

The Tixover Team
The Tixover Team

 

What a hit
What a hit

 

Will he make it?
Will he make it?

 

The Morcott Team
The Morcott Team

 

The presentation
The Presentation
CHURCH SERVICES – SUNDAY 20th May 2018

CHURCH SERVICES – SUNDAY 20th May 2018

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this

Day of Pentecost

                                              • 9.30.am South Luffenham Church:    Morning Praise (AR)
•                                              11.00 am Barrowden Church:                Morning Praise (AR)
•                                                9.30 am Tixover Church:                      Holy Communion (CA) (BCP)
•                                               11.00am Morcott Church                       Holy communion (CA)

Readings:Acts 2.1=21 John 15.26-27, 16.4b-15 BCP. Acts 2.1-11 John 14. 15-31a

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong AR = Mrs Ann Robinson, Reader
BCP = Book of Common Prayer

BARROWDEN CHURCH – TREASURER RETIRES

BARROWDEN CHURCH – TREASURER RETIRES

Angus Kennedy has retired after many years as treasurer to the Barrowden Parochial Church Council

At the Sunday Service on 12thMay 2018, the Parishioners offered their sincere thanks for his many years of stalwart service.

Angus Kennedy-  Presentation on the occasion of his retirement
Angus Kennedy- Presentation on the occasion of his retirement
BARROWDEN CHRISTIAN AID WEEK SATURDAY 12TH MAY

BARROWDEN CHRISTIAN AID WEEK SATURDAY 12TH MAY

This year St Peter’s Church, Barrowden decided to hold a

BIG BREKKIE

as part of the fundraising for Christian Aid.

It took place at in Dovecote Close, Barrowden on Saturday morning 12th May 2018

The weather was good and everybody was able to enjoy their brekkie in the garden .

Thanks to everyone involved

Thanks to the helpers
Thanks to the helpers

 

 

Five Myths about Prayer as preached 7th May at Morcott

Five Myths about Prayer as preached 7th May at Morcott

Five Myths about Prayer

As  preached on 7 May at Morcott –background reading for the  Spring Study Group on The Lord’s Prayer

 

In the winter of 1871 The Prince of Wales fell ill from Typhoid. It was assumed he caught it in Scarborough during a hunting party.  His health declined and a committee including the Archbishop of Canterbury and The Prime Minister William Gladstone decreed that the nation should pray for the Princes recovery on the next Sunday, 10 December.  The following week the prince’s health took a turn for the better and in February 1872 a grand service was held in St. Paul’s Cathedral to give thanks for his recovery led by the queen herself.

We are approaching a period of special prayer in the life of Our Church: Rogation-tide, Christian Aid Week, The Archbishops’ Novena of Prayer which began on Ascension Day (Thursday) and a spring study group on The Lord’s Prayer starting on 21 May. So this morning I want us to think a bit about prayer and especially 5 myths which are commonly held about prayer.

Before we get into the 5 myths, just what is prayer?  Let me offer you a simple definition: prayer is seeking union with God. I had a conversation recently about holding people in our prayers.  I do a lot of that but what exactly am I doing?  If we hold onto that definition of prayer as ‘seeking union with God’ we can test it by exploring these 5 myths.

 

Firstly, there is the myth of the slot-machine God. This God is supposed to answer our prayers on demand.  It is a mechanical and random exercise.  We don’t always win because God seems to be biased against the user and in favour of the casino.  What is more, we seem to be guessing the answer to our prayers as if we knew what God’s will might be.  This sort of prayer to the slot-machine God put us at the centre of concern and not God.  Are we really seeking union with God or just displaying our selfishness?

 

Secondly, there is the ‘health and wealth’ myth – the expectation that God wants the best for us.  Well of course he does!  He wants us to have life in abundance (Jn. 10.10)! If we’re not careful, this is a prayer for material blessings and only one response is acceptable to us.  This seems to be a prayer to baby Jesus associated with Christmas presents and ignores the suffering Christ on the cross. Jesus too prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane that the cup of suffering would be taken from him.  It wasn’t; but the cross allowed us all to see and participate in a more abundant life.

Life takes many twists and turns.  We can only say, with Jesus, ‘nevertheless, not my will but thine be done’. How do we see the hand of God in all of it?

 

Thirdly, there is ‘feeding the meter’ God.  Regular prayer is critical and if we miss out on an opportunity then we think the lights will go out. Such regularity in prayer is important but it can be mechanical or superstitious, rather like professional footballers running on to the field and making the sign of the cross for good luck. Professor David Wilkinson of Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’ fame talks about taking his family to Yorkshire for a Christmas break.  The cottage had a very thirsty electric meter and demanded a daily run to the bank and a convenient chair next to the meter so that the place could be kept warm.  However, they soon discovered that the oven was on a separate circuit so they basked in free heat for the rest of the holiday!  This is not like a God with whom we can have a personal relationship but rather a robot.  A union with such a robot is dehumanizing.

 

Then fourthly, there is making ready for a miracle.  I once went to an evangelical church in a carpet factory to observe what went on.  After a great deal of hype and emotion, the leader called people forward to be healed.  A blind student went up and a great fuss was made in prayer.  The result? Nothing – except for one distraught woman.  Sometimes in our prayers we ask God to break the very laws of nature he has established.  Why should he do that for one person?  How can God manage the expectation of the Norfolk holiday maker praying for fine weather and the Suffolk farmer wanting rain for his crops?  Surely, we seek a union with God whose presence must be predictable, reliable and generous?

 

Finally, ‘prayer doesn’t change anything’.  Billy Graham used to say that God answered his prayers except on the golf course!  If the laws of nature are immutable and nothing can change then there is no point in praying or even getting up in the morning!  We can’t change anything!

A simple scientific observation will tell us that this is not true. When water cools it actually contracts until it gets down to 4 degrees centigrade and then it expands, contrary to popular opinion. As we know to our cost this year, spring does not arrive on any given day. Humans are good at variation; the laws of nature are flexible and since the scientific revolution quantum theory and chaos theory have been discovered which have shown scientists that there is not so much predictability in the physical world as had been supposed.  It is an open system and it is here that God can work, in the variation and variety of life as we know it and much else that we don’t know about.  It is here that we come up against the mystery of God’s work which we must take into account as we seek a closer union with him.

 

We have explored 5 myths about the practise of prayer, mainly in connection with prayers of intercession.  This last myth – that nothing can be changed – leads us into the mystery of God and a whole new exploration of God in terms of listening, loving and waiting in simple adoration.

Jesus himself spent much time in prayer, often alone.  He taught his disciples to pray and encouraged his followers to pray. It was through prayer that Christianity first spread through the Mediterranean world like a blazing fire.  We too have the opportunity to work with that power for the glory of God. Amen.

2018 STUDY COURSE ON THE LORDS PRAYER

2018 STUDY COURSE ON THE LORDS PRAYER

The Welland Fosse Benefice.

Outline material for the Sunday sermons and discussion material for the

Monday House Group at Barrowden Rectory, 7.30 pm to 9.00pm. Please bring a bible with you to the house groups.  All are welcome.

“…in the prayer there is contained an epitome of the whole Gospel.” (Tertullian, 200AD)

Module 1: Sunday 20th and Monday 21st May

“Our Father, which art in heaven; hallowed be thy name.”  (Mt.6.9; Lk.11.2)

Whose father are we praying to?  What are the global implications of this prayer?  Who would you like to exclude?

Where is heaven today?  Have you experienced it?  And what about hell?  Is that a reality to you – or a nothingness as The Pope has recently implied?

How do we hallow the name of God in our daily lives? Can we make more room for God?

Module 2: Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May

                “Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as in heaven.” (Mt.6.10; Lk.11.2)

How passionate can we be about the coming of the Kingdom?  How do we develop that kingdom in our own lives and in the lives of others? How real is the kingdom to you now?  And what hopes do you have for the future kingdom?  How do we live with that tension?

Module 3: Sunday 3rd June and Monday 4th June

                “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Mt.6.11; Lk. 11.3)

After 3 petitions where God’s greatness is proclaimed, this seems a very basic request.

Who is ‘us’?  For whom and for what are we praying this petition? Why do both gospel writers repeat themselves, stressing ‘daily’ twice? How do we participate in the provision of bread and how do we share our daily bread with others?

Module 4: Sunday 10 June and Monday 11 June.

                “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted

to us;” (Lk. 11.4)

What is sin and how do we identify it? What value can we place upon that feeling of goodness when we have forgiven others?  Is our forgiveness dependent upon our willingness to forgive?

Module 5: Sunday 17 and Monday 18 June.

                “And led us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” (Mt.6.13)

Is temptation always seen as negative?  Has Pope Francis got it right that God would not tempt us into wrong-doing?  Who or what is ‘evil’?

 

 

 

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 13th May 2018

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY 13th May 2018

All are Welcome at any of our Services across the Benefice this Sunday

The 7th Sunday of Easter

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

                                                                        Readings:Acts 1. 15-17, 21-end John 17.6-19

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong AR= Mrs Anne Robinson (Reader)

TIXOVER ROGATION SERVICE SUNDAY 6th MAY

TIXOVER ROGATION SERVICE SUNDAY 6th MAY

ON SUNDAY MANY PEOPLE CAME TO TIXOVER TO PRAY FOR THE  CROPS AND FARM ANIMALS, TENDED BY OUR FARMERS.

Many had walked from their own Parishes. During the service we went round the Church yard viewing the green fields and animals and some of the crops, although this year they are about six weeks behind.

The weather was perfect and all prayed that it would be a successful season for crops.

Afterwards the Tixover renowned  hospitality, provided refreshment and drinks.

A selection of photographs are in the Gallery, click here to view