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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

Sunday 1st March 2020:  Lent I

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

Pray too for the departed: Peter Leach and Ted Bailey.

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.

If anyone still needs The Lent Book, ‘#Live Lent, Care for God’s Creation’, please contact your parish book agent, a warden or the Priest-in-Charge.   Are you signed up to the Benefice website? The first Lent Blog post – our equivalent of ‘thought for the day’ – is there, to be followed by one a week for the six weeks of Lent. All are written by lay people across the Benefice and linked to the #LiveLent themes.

BARROWDEN:

  • Tuesday, 3 March: Lent lunch in St Peter’s 12 noon – 2.00 pm. Delicious homemade soup and rolls.  All proceeds from donations to go to 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.

MORCOTT:

The March issue of the Parish Magazine is on its way, thanks to a new volunteer. Have you given Eric your £5 subscription yet?

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

  • Mon 2 Mar 10.45-12 noon. Pick up a free coffee, tea or hot choc from the Coffee Connect van, The Boot carpark, then join us for cake in the village hall!
  • Ted’s Funeral – Tuesday 3 March at 11.30am in Church.
  • Next Sunday 9.30 am Family Communion.
  • Friday 13 March Lent Lunch 12-1.30 in the Village Hall.
  • Mr Keith’s community event in the village hall, Fri 20 Mar 7.30pm £11.
  • Advance notice: church spring-clean/churchyard tidy on Mon 6 April from 2pm
  • ‘Still Time’ each Monday 5.30-6pm in Church. Why not join us during Lent?

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

Ash Wednesday 2020.The Benefice Service, Barrowden

Ash Wednesday 2020.The Benefice Service, Barrowden

Ash Wednesday 2020.The Benefice Service, Barrowden

“When you fast…wash your face.” Mt.6.17.

 

Contrary to Scripture?

In a few moments, we will kneel at the altar rail for the Imposition of Ashes.  Will we be disobeying scripture by doing so?  On first reading the wearing of ashes is being outlawed by St. Matthew. Why then are we doing it?

Matthew was a Jew who was called by Jesus from the tax office to follow him.  He knew the Jewish tradition inside out, including their pattern of fasting which – as we have heard – was very public: standing on the street corners with long prayers, looking miserable and a bit scruffy. It was these empty gestures which Jesus criticised yet he didn’t come to abolish but to fulfil the Law.  And we too are called to fulfil the Jewish law, including the call to repentance and we will do so with Christ, in Christ, through Christ, and in the company of one another.

The Jews in Jesus’ day wore ash on their heads but attitudes were soon to change in the church. After the resurrection and the growing popularity of the Christian church, the Romans were very edgy about this new group. The cross was a dangerous sign to be wearing and could result in arrest or worse. So the Christians adopted a secret sign – the fish – the Greek for which was an acrostic for Jesus: ‘Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour’. We can find it today on Christian pottery and in the catacombs. It was only after Christianity became legal with the Emperor Constantine that the cross became popular – and so it remains to this day, or almost so. It reminds us of the hope into which we are baptised and in which we stand together, with that invisible cross on our foreheads. Ash Wednesday is one of those principal days in the Christian Year when we are called to stand together. This cross reminds us that we are dust but dust destined for glory. It is still a gathering point for revolution.  We only have to reflect upon the fate of Christians in China, Russia or Pakistan.

 

Spartacus.

There is strength in numbers, however we identify with each other.

Just before the birth of Jesus, the Romans had to tackle a revolution in their own ranks led by a gladiator called Spartacus.  The Romans were desperate to stamp this out so rounded up their gladiators and demanded that Spartacus identify himself. Otherwise they would all be put to death. He did. He stood up and acknowledged his name. But then, so did others, all of whom were called Spartacus, until the whole hillside was bristling with men called Spartacus. It’s an inspiring story and one beloved of revolutionaries. That story has been immortalized not just in film but in an overture by Saint Saens. It has a dark, brooding start in a minor key but then gathers to a finale with crashing percussion, brass and trumpets.

 

Hypocrites?

And so Christ’s will is for us to carry through Lent identifying with him and with each other to the glorious finale which is Easter Day.  Jesus used the word ‘hypocrite’ to describe those who faked their fast.  The word means actor, pretender, dissembler. And we can fall under that criticism too if we are not prepared to see this journey through.

A hypocrite would not change. He or she would carry on just as before. But the cross calls us to repent or change direction; to take on board the way of the cross. It is never too late. Normally one has to change and change again; to keep on following the cross, with the support of Christ and one another. Newman said, ‘To live is to change and to be perfect is to change often’.

This cross of dust reminds us of our mortality. It also reminds us of that invisible cross of baptism which – like Spartacus – binds us together in glory.

Amen.

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  1st MARCH 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  1st MARCH 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  1st March 2020

All are Welcome at any of our Services

across the Benefice this Sunday, Lent 1

 

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

 

Readings : Gen. 2. 15-17;  3. 1-7  Matt. 4. 1-11  BCP.Gen 3. 1-6  Matt. 4. 1-11

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

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.Sunday 23rd February 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.Sunday 23rd February 2020

The Sunday Next Before Lent

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

Pray too for the departed: Peter Leach, Ted Bailey and Leonard Garton.

Remember also in your prayers our sheep farmers who start lambing this week.

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

Ash Wednesday is on 26 February.  The Benefice Service is at Barrowden, 7.30pm. Please come so that we can begin Lent together.

BARROWDEN:

Tuesday, 3 March: Lent lunch in St Peter’s 12 noon – 2.00 pm.  Delicious homemade soup.  All proceeds from donations to go to Shelter.

Date for your diary: 23 April– Open Day at Red Kite House, Barrowden, 10 am – 4.00 pm.  Silk scarves, cake and produce stall.  £5 to include tea and cake.  Proceeds from entrance fee and raffle to be donated to church funds.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Monday 2nd March 10.45-12 noon. Coffee Connect van. Pick up your free coffee, tea or hot choc from the van in The Boot car park then join us for cake in the village hall!

Ted’s Funeral – Tuesday 3rd March at 11.30am in Church.

Next Sunday 6 pm Evening Prayer.

Friday 13th March Lent Lunch 12-1.30 in the Village Hall.

Mr Keith’s community event in the village hall.  Friday 20th March 7.30pm £11.

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

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

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  23RD FEBRUARY 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  23RD FEBRUARY 2020

All are Welcome at any of our Services

across the Benefice this Sunday  1 before Lent

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

Readings :   2. Pet. 1. 16-end   Matt. 17 . 1-9

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong    AR. = Mrs. Anne Robinson : Reader

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayer s and Notices. 16th February 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayer s and Notices. 16th February 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 16th February 2020: 2rd Before Lent

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Brian, Joe, Pat Simmonds, Ray Kilsby, Christine Garland, Barry Broughton and Robin Rowland.

Pray too for the departed: Peter Leach, Ted Bailey and Evelyn Bramley.

In our wider prayers we remember the Deanery of Daventry and its Rural Dean, Mary Garbutt.

Our Lent book, ‘Care for God’s Creation’ is now available, £1.99. Ask your wardens or Parish Book Agent for a copy today as Lent begins on 26 February.

Ash Wednesday is on 26 February.  The Benefice Service is at Barrowden, 7.30pm. Please come so that we can begin Lent together.

BARROWDEN:

There will be a Lent lunch in St Peter’s on Tuesday, 3 March from 12 o’clock with delicious homemade soup.  All proceeds to go to Shelter.

 

Date for your diary: 23 April– Open Day at Red Kite House, Barrowden, 10 am – 4.00 pm.  Silk scarves, cake and produce stall.  £5 to include tea and cake.  Proceeds from entrance fee and raffle to be donated to church funds.

 

MORCOTT:

We thank Tanya for playing the organ again, in Astrid’s absence. Tanya is also selling this year’s Lent book at £2.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Next Sunday Holy Communion 9.30am.

Still Time every Monday 5.30-6pm in Church.

Advance notice – RCC coffee van to visit South Luffenham on the 1st Monday of each month. More details to follow.

 

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

 

 

PLEASE TAKE THIS HOME TO RECYCLE

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  16TH FEBRUARY 2020

CHURCH SERVICES: SUNDAY  16TH FEBRUARY 2020

All are Welcome at any of our Services

across the Benefice this Sunday 2 before Lent

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

Readings:  Rom. 8. 18-25  Matt. 6. 25-end   BCP. 2.Cor. 11 19 -31  Luke 8. 4-15

CA = The Very Reverend Christopher Armstrong,  AR = Anne Robinson : Reader

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. 9th February 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. 9th February 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 9th February 2020: 3rd Before Lent

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Barry Broughton, Brian, Joe, Pat Simmonds, Ray Kilsby, Christine Garland, Christine Behets, Ted Bailey and Robin Rowland.

Pray too for the departed: Peter Leach, Shelagh Aley and Evelyn Bramley.

In our wider prayers we remember the Deanery of Daventry and its Rural Dean, Mary Garbutt.

Our Lent book, ‘Care for God’s Creation’ is now available, £1.99. Ask your wardens or Parish Book Agent for a copy today as Lent begins on 26 February.

BARROWDEN:

There will be a Lent lunch in St Peter’s on Tuesday, 3 March from 12 o’clock with delicious homemade soup.  All proceeds to go to Shelter.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Next Sunday Morning Worship at 9.30am

Still Time – Mondays 5.30-6pm in Church

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

PLEASE TAKE THIS HOME TO RECYCLE