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

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

Sunday 29th March 2020

 Lent V. Passion Sunday.

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ann Fowler, Archdeacon Gordon Steele and Barry Broughton.
  • Pray too for the soul of Ellen Doran (Barrowden/London).
  • In our wider prayers we remember the Deanery of Greater Northampton and its Rural Dean, Beverley Hollins.
  • Don’t forget our very own daily Lent Blog which can be accessed via the Benefice website, wellandfosse.org
  • If you have now received your stewardship form, please consider prayerfully how you might respond. We hope our campaign can be completed by Easter Day.
  • The clocks go forward one hour at 2 am on Sunday!

 

PASSION SUNDAY MEDITATION

“Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.”

During any national emergency many people cry out to God and the streamed services are being viewed by many more than normally go to church. The Director General of the BBC Sir John Reith once said, “I do not like crises, but I like the opportunities which they supply”.

Today is the beginning of the Passion of Christ, the lead into his death and the resurrection. His death was one of the cruellest which mankind has thought of. The events which transpired during this time were certainly a crisis for the disciples who ran away and denied knowing Jesus but out of all the horror came the joy of peace and everlasting life.

At the moment, life is hard and for some perhaps there is no light at the end but for all of us the love of God is there. Continue burning the candles as a symbol of hope

And however you are feeling, know that prayers are being offered for all of us.

PRAYER

Loving Lord, we cry out to you. Hear our prayer for ourselves and for all those who are ill and hurting in whatever way. We know that you weep with us and wrap us in your love. Amen.

Ann Robinson

 

DUDDINGTON: Look out for Village WhatsApp.

MORCOTT: The Good Neighbour scheme should be up and running this weekend. Look for a Leaflet through your letterbox. 

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

PASSION SUNDAY 2020 SERMON _ LEGO

PASSION SUNDAY 2020 SERMON _ LEGO

Passion Sunday 2020

Lego

We have a very active grandson, currently under lockdown with his younger sister.  Joshua loves practical challenges and aged nine – revels in Lego.  He has inherited his collection from parents and uncles in a variety of boxes so it is not clear to him which instructions he should be following, which picture to copy.  Truth to tell, he loves to embellish the design anyway, giving vent to his creative imagination. 

All of this is fine until his sister brushes by and – accidentally – knocks over this fantastic creation.  Then there is war in the playroom: tears, scraps and a dark mood descends until a more positive moment arrives when re-building can commence. But how will Joshua re-build?

 

Coronavirus

Children’s play explores real life in miniature but few of us would have expected real life to arrive in the form of this current crisis.  It is almost unimaginable. We are now leaning to live a new sort of life. For how long, who knows?  But in the here and now, life is rapidly changing and so have our expectations.  This is a global change. We have heard how smog is lifting from China, pollution is dispersing over Italy and the canals of Venice are becoming cleaner.  And values are shifting. We look forward to an unexpected phone call; we ache for a daily walk; a tour round the garden brings greater pleasure.

At the same time as this terrible pandemic is being fought with all its practical implications and sad consequences, we are all trying to grasp its meaning at a different level. Moral, financial, spiritual as well as physical re-calibration is happening. The Prime Minister is talking about morality; new initiatives are springing up across the Benefice; we are all exploring a different register in our lives: a spiritual level.

 

Suffering

Passion Sunday marks the start of the run-in towards Easter. Some churches on Passion Sunday distribute nails to bring home the message of suffering on the cross. For the meaning of ‘passion’ is not just fired-up emotion but ‘suffering alongside’ as we believe that Jesus came to do: to share our lives and lead us in a more positive direction. It was costly, just as so many NHS staff are sacrificially serving us all at the present time.  One man working in the Respiratory Department at Papworth Hospital with relations in one of our villages is not allowed to go home to his family for fear of infecting the patients.

The gospel reading for Passion Sunday describes the death of one of Jesus’s close friends, Lazarus (John 11. 1 – 45). His sister Martha rips into Jesus, saying that Lazarus would not have died had Jesus visited sooner. We can see in Martha’s reaction so much of the panic which grips some folk in today’s crisis. But Jesus’ reply is instructive.  He moves the discussion into that deeper register and suggests to her that Lazarus, as a friend of Jesus, shares in that quality of life which we call eternal. It is not ended at death.

We are all taking our part in this Coronavirus prevention, foregoing many normal freedoms.  There is a growing sensitivity one to another; a greater sharing of burdens. This is Passion-tide when we share in the sufferings of Jesus as he approaches death. He also shares our sufferings. Eternal life is reciprocal: ‘He in us and we in Him’ (John 14.20). There will come a time for re-building but now is the time of shared suffering and suffering shared is suffering halved.

But how will we re-build this tumbled edifice? How will Joshua re-configure his Lego?  That lovely story of the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel chapter 37) give us a clue. Bones scattered and isolated is not a living entity. It is only when the Spirit comes that they join together and live. Will we bounce back in the same form after this crisis?  I hope not.  This time of isolation, suffering and reflection must suggest a different way to live. Amen.

 

Christopher Armstrong.

MOTHERING SUNDAY POSIES 22ND MARCH 2020

MOTHERING SUNDAY POSIES 22ND MARCH 2020

At the close of play tonight there were just 5 posies left in the church which represents a really powerful and relevant service to our community.  Thank you very much – and please thank your other helpers.

 

 

In these extraordinary times, such symbols take on greater power and remind us all – as the archbishop said in his broadcast today – of the part which the Church down the ages has played in nurture but also witnessing to the source of all life.

 

God bless,

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 22nd. March

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 22nd. March

 

Lent 4, Mothering Sunday

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Ann Fowler and Barry Broughton.

Remember also in your prayers our sheep farmers who are working towards the end of lambing, and thank you that the lambs are mostly out and enjoying the sunshine and that hopefully the crops may be planted soon.  Give thanks for the spring flowers and songbirds brightening up the longer days.

 

In our wider prayers we remember the Deanery of Greater Northampton and its Rural Dean, Beverley Hollins.

 

Don’t forget our very own daily Lent Blog which can be accessed via the Benefice website, www.wellandfosse.org,

If you have now received your stewardship form, please consider prayerfully how you might respond.  We hope our campaign can be completed by Easter Day.

South Luffenham Church is open all day, every day, for private prayer.

 

A Thought and Prayer for Hard Times:

In this our first Sunday under restrictions due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we remember and give thanks for all mothers and remember those whose mothers are no longer with us, especially those who have lost their mothers just recently. We remember especially all those affected by this pandemic, which now is all of us but some more than others. You might want to use this short prayer to help pray in love for those who so desperately feel the need for love at this time.

May we who are merely inconvenienced remember those whose lives are at stake.

May we who have no risk factors remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health and making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.

May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home.

As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.   Amen.

Simon Aley, Ordinand.

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 March 2020

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

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 15th March 2020:  Lent III

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Ray Kilsby, Ann Fowler and Barry Broughton.

Remember also in your prayers our sheep farmers who are working towards the end of lambing.

In our wider prayers we remember the Deanery of Greater Northampton and its Rural Dean, Beverley Hollins.

Don’t forget our very own daily Lent Blog which can be accessed via the Benefice website, www.wellandfosse.org

If you have now received your stewardship form, please consider prayerfully how you might respond.  We hope our campaign can be completed by Easter Day.

 

We have received a letter from Bishop Donald regarding temporary guidance for hygiene concerning the current covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. These will be lifted when life returns to normal.

  • Those giving out books or papers as people enter church, must have hygienically clean hands, in the same way as the ministers of Communion.
  • Greetings at the door, at the peace, and after the service, should not involve touching or very close contact. The peace can be shared with a nod, a smile or with appropriate words. This will be easier if people stay in their places rather than crowding into narrow spaces.
  • The wine will not be offered at Holy Communion, but all the benefits of Communion are received when only bread is shared.

Please pray for all those affected in any way by this outbreak.

MORCOTT:

We thank the Rev Roy Seden for taking today’s service while Christopher is away. Thanks to those who attended church in Barrowden last Sunday to support the Williams family as their twins were baptised.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

  • Next Sunday – Mothering Sunday Holy Communion 9.30am.
  • Thank you to everyone who helped with, or supported, the lunch on Friday.
  • This coming Friday 30th March 7.30 – ‘Mr Keith’ community event in the village hall. £11.
  • Church Springclean and Churchyard Tidy April Monday 6th April 2pm.

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

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  15TH MARCH 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  15TH MARCH 2020

All are Welcome at any of our Services

across the Benefice this Sunday Lent 3

9.30 am South Luffenham Church 9.30 am Tixover Church
Morning Worship (AR) Holy communion BCP  (PJ)
11.00am Barrowden Church Morning Worship (AR)
11.00am Morcott Holy Communion (RS)

Readings:  Exodus 17. 1-7  John 4. 5 – 42  BCP   Num. 22. 21-31  Luke 11. 14 -28

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong, RS = Roy Seden

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE: PRAYERS AND NOTICES SUNDAY MARCH 8TH 2020

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE: PRAYERS AND NOTICES SUNDAY MARCH 8TH 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 8th March 2020:  Lent II

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Ray Kilsby, Barry Broughton and Robin Rowland.

Pray too for the departed.

Remember also in your prayers our sheep farmers who continue lambing in challenging weather.

In our wider prayers we remember the Deanery of Greater Northampton and its Rural Dean, Beverley Hollins.

Don’t forget our very own daily Lent Blog which can be accessed via the Benefice website, www.wellandfosse.org.

BARROWDEN:

  • Thanks to all who contributed and came to our Lent lunch which made over £370 for Shelter.
  • Saturday 14 March – Children’s Theatre Group in Barrowden Village Hall 2.30pm. An interactive water adventure, target age group 7 years +, £5.00 (under 18s) £8.00 (Adults).  Book with Sara on 01572 747628.
  • 23 April: please contact Carol if you can make a cake for the Open Day at Red Kite House.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

  • Next Sunday 9.30am Morning Praise.
  • This Friday – 13th March Lent Lunch 12-1.30 in the Village Hall – soup, quiche and baked potatoes!
  • ‘Still Time’ every Monday 5.30-6pm in Church. Why not try joining us during Lent?
  • Mr Keith’ community event in the village hall.  Friday 20th March 7.30pm £11.
  • Advance notice of church spring-clean and churchyard tidy on Monday 6th April from 2pm.

 

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

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  8TH MARCH 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  8TH MARCH 2020

All are Welcome at  our Services

in the Benefice this Sunday Lent 2

9.30 am South Luffenham Church Family Service  (CA)
11.00 am Barrowden Church Family communion with Baptism (CA)

Readings:  Gen. 12 1-4a  John 3. 1-17

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