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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 19th September 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 19th September 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

Sunday 19th September 2021: Trinity XVI

 

 

  • Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Barry Broughton.
  • Please remember in your prayers Paul Elwys from South Luffenham who is to be Confirmed in Peterborough Cathedral on 10 October.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline is on Thursday at 6 pm.
  • Next Sunday, 26 September, we are in church at South Luffenham, 11.00 am and also on Zoom.
  • Face Masks: up until now we have encouraged people to wear face masks in church but with the break between infections and hospitalization, the immunization rate and the space and airiness of our churches we invite you now to wear a mask or not, as you feel most comfortable. The Covid restrictions on the Holy Communion service will continue.
  • The county Council, working with Leicestershire, are busy housing Afghan refugees in our area. They have asked us to hold fire on further donations as the critical need at the moment is detached housing.  If you can help for at least a year, please visit the government website for refugees.

 

BARROWDEN: 2 October, 10 – 12 noon: a garage sale of books at Barrowden Rectory: theology, spirituality, history, reference, novels and some rare books. Most items 50p. 50% of proceeds to benefice funds.

 

MORCOTT:   there will be a ‘Pandemic Recovery Service of Remembrance’ for 3.00 pm on Sunday 17 October.  

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:  Sunday 26 Sep 11 am, Harvest Festival followed by Harvest Lunch in the Village Hall (tickets £10 from sally@saltlane.com).

Meditation.

 

Our green bushy garden has been adopted by a wonderful local cat. We’ve named him Willum. Willum is sleek and lean, stealthy and independent. We enjoy his presence immensely: all the benefits of a pet, and none of the work or bills! There’s a great sense of silence about Willum. He sits and looks, perfectly poised to move. We’re fascinated by his ‘otherness’. What’s going on in his mind? We aren’t sure. Is he simply focused on catching mice? What else does he think about? Scientists tell us we should be wary of interpreting him in terms of human thoughts and behaviour – of ‘anthropomorphism’.

 

Studying God’s behaviour can be harder than Willum-watching. After all, we can’t see God. We think we know something about Him from His creation – including the scriptures (a special sort of evidence) and our own personal revelations (about which we should be cautious, because we can so often be mistaken). Jesus helps us get a handle on what He’s like. He sets a model for our lives.

 

In the book of Genesis, the writer tells us we’re made in God’s image. But that sometimes reinforces our tendency to reduce God to human-size, just as we do with Willum, whereas in the book of Isaiah it says. ‘…my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord’.

 

Note to self. Must use Willum as a memory-aid to keep track of the amount of God-watching I do this week. What’s He up to?

 

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 12th September 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 12th September 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

Sunday 12th September 2021: Trinity XV

 

  • Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Barry Broughton.
  • Please remember in your prayers Paul Elwys from South Luffenham who is to be Confirmed in Peterborough Cathedral on 10th
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. No compline this week.
  • Next Sunday (19th Sep) we are in church at Morcott, at 11am and also on Zoom. Tixover have their Harvest Festival at 5pm in the presence of the High Sheriff.
  • Face Masks: up until now we have encouraged people to wear face masks in church but with the break between infections and hospitalization, the immunization rate and the space and airiness of our churches we invite you now to wear a mask or not, as you feel most comfortable. The Covid restrictions on the Holy Communion service will continue.
  • 2nd October, 10 – 12 noon: a garage sale of books at Barrowden Rectory: theology, spirituality, history, reference, novels and some rare books. Most items 50p. 50% of proceeds to benefice funds.

 

Barrowden:

Sunday 12th September 11 am. non Eucharist Café style  Harvest service.

Harvest lunch following service from 12.15 pm. [names should already be in to Kay Bagshaw]

On Tuesday 14 September there will be a meeting for stewards and potential stewards at 4 pm in church.

 

South Luffenham:

Sunday 12th September service in church at 9.30am

Sunday 26th September Harvest Festival at 11am – children will be most welcome.

Harvest Lunch at 12.30pm on 26th Sep in the Village Hall – tickets £10 from sally@saltlane.com

 

 

Meditation.

This weekend our hearts and minds turn towards the celebration of harvest.  It is not difficult to do in this benefice as the farmers are still working late into the night to beat the declining weather. In a city parish, it is much more challenging to get into the mind of those who produce our food.

 

But am I right in thinking that there is an assumption about harvest, that ‘all will be safely gathered in’, as the hymn states? I feel that there is an arrogance within us, that all will be done as normal on our behalf. The media pundits and the prophets are casting doubt upon the reliability of harvest – not just in this benefice but around the world – because of climate change.

 

Some minds and many more hopes are looking towards Glasgow and the COP26 climate conference which begins in November. Will the world leaders be able to agree on global limitations on noxious gas emissions before it is too late?

I am heartened to realize that COP26 stands for the 26th annual “Conference of the Parties”. Now that realization has rather shaken me.  I am not a placard-waving firebrand nor a clinically emasculated politician but I am a member of the human Party and a concerned Christian member of that Party. So I have a voice and a prayer to contribute. My voice is for the welfare of my children and grandchildren who will suffer far more than me if we cannot rapidly re-order our lives. And my prayer finds echoes in the first line of this morning’s psalm, “O Lord our governor, how glorious is your name in all the world.” (Psalm 8). The psalm goes on to proclaim that the creator’s work is majestic in spite of the puny nature of human kind.  Our stewardship is not so good. We could do better. 

 

But what will we do? Justin Welby has cut down on travel, on red meat and an official car. Whatever we do will be small but sacrificial …and inconvenient….but it all adds up.

 

 

 

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 5thSeptember 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 5thSeptember 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

Sunday 5thSeptember 2021: Trinity XIV

 

  • Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Barry Broughton
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
  • Next Sunday we are in church in South Luffenham at 9.30 am, Barrowden (café-style Harvest Festival) at 11 am and on Zoom.
  • Face Masks: up until now we have encouraged people to wear face masks in church but with the break between infections and hospitalization, the immunization rate and the space and airiness of our churches we invite you now to wear a mask or not, as you feel most comfortable. The Covid restrictions on the Holy Communion service will continue.
  • ‘Ride and Stride’, 11th Sponsor forms via churchwardens or www.rhcpt.co.uk
  • 2nd October, 10 – 12 noon: a garage sale of books at Barrowden Rectory. Most items 50p. 50% of proceeds to benefice funds.

 

Barrowden:                         

On Tuesday 14 September there will be a meeting for stewards and potential stewards at 4 pm in church.

 

South Luffenham

We have two people (Paul cycling and Tim walking) for Ride and stride. Please support them with                    sponsorship if you can.

There will be a service in Church at 9.30am on Sunday 12th September.

Our Harvest Festival Service will be at 11am on Sunday 26th September. Followed by a two course lunch in the village hall. Tickets are £10 available by emailing sally@saltlane.com

 

 

Meditation.

It was of course a wonderful holiday – a family re-union in Portugal, the base for some of our family members. But it did have its challenges. Face-masks were one; baby-sitting was another. And the two combined – pushing a buggy over uneven cobbles up Lisbon hills in temperatures of 30 degrees AND wearing a face-mask calls for some dedication. Thank God we have our babies when young and energetic!

            That was one challenge, a physical challenge. I seemed to be wheezing from the very moment I got out of bed in those high temperatures.  However, it was not the most serious challenge. That came later.

In order to chase Pokémon (don’t ask!) and to have some exercise on terra firma – as opposed to splashing about in our rather nice pool – I took the grandchildren for a stroll around the local vineyard. For me it was a comforting experience, seeing those black merlot grapes almost ready for picking. For the kids, it was unbridled fun. How do they run in such high temperatures?!  During a break in the Pokémon hunt, I was walking hand-in-hand with the grandson, aged 10, when – out of nowhere – he said that it seemed unfair that some people in the world had no water whilst others enjoy swimming pools full of it.

Have you ever wished that the earth would open and swallow you up?  This was one such moment. Of course, I coughed but that was not a satisfactory answer. We talked about taxing the rich to give to the poor. This Robin Hood idea appealed to this little boy who lived in France, after I explained who Robin Hood was.

This young lad is unschooled in Christian Ethics but nevertheless, the injustices in the world were already registering in his young mind.

Next time we walk together in the vineyard I will tell him the story of the labourers in the vineyard (Matthew ch.20) or the action event, The Cleansing of the Temple (John ch.2) He’ll like that!

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices 29 August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices 29 August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

29 August, 13th Sunday after Trinity

 

  • Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Paul Chapman and Carey Jones.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Compline is on Thursday at 6 pm.

 

BARROWDEN:

12 September 11.00 am: Harvest Service followed by Harvest Lunch in the Church.  If you would like to attend the lunch, please contact Kay on 748797, kareen.bagshaw@btinternet.com.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 12th September 9.30am. Morning Worship.
Sunday 26th September 11 am Harvest Festival followed by lunch in the village hall. 

‘Still Time’ in church 10.30-11am every Friday. All welcome

 

TIXOVER:

Can we remind everybody there is a Benefice Holy Communion at Tixover on Sunday at 10.00 am?

 

 

MEDITATION:

 

Recently, I’ve learned the phrase ‘borrowed landscape’, to mean a feature of garden design by which lovely glimpses of someone’s else’s property are afforded by clever use of gaps in walls and hedges.

 

Perhaps like me you sometimes harrumph when features of the Christian’s landscape of faith are borrowed by the Great Big World Out There.  Thinking back to July’s Euro Football, it was optimistically suggested Gareth Southgate might find ‘redemption’ from his unfortunate 1996 penalty miss. Harry Kane (or the referee) was hailed as England’s ‘saviour’ in the semi-final against Denmark. Do you share my discomfort? Are we justified in feeling that the popular Press’s colourful language approaches blasphemy?  Or are we over-sensitive – in their terms – ‘snowflakes’?

 

I suppose the first thing is that we Christians don’t have a monopoly on these phrases: they do have a wider use. In times of need, precious items go to pawnshops, and are then bought back when life is easier. A lottery ticket too may be ‘redeemed’. ‘Life-saving’ is something we appreciate as a good thing on the beach or at the swimming pool.

 

Perhaps, if we don’t want to lose our first call on faith-language, we’d better use it, and be better able to talk about what ‘redemption’ and ‘being saved’ means to us.

 

Which asks hard questions.  Do I have a sense of being ‘redeemed’?  And what do I think I’ve been ‘saved’ from exactly?  Can I find challenging contemporary ways to express ancient truths?

 

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 22 August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 22 August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices
Sunday 22 August: the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity

 

There will be a zoom service at 11.00 am.

There is a Holy Communion service at South Luffenham at 9.30am led by Rev James Saunders. Please note that if you are coming by car, The Boot Inn have very kindly given permission to use their car park. Please use this facility if you are able, to alleviate parking issues near Church. 

 

MEDITATION

 

I am not very musical. Ability in music has obviously missed my generation in the family as my dad’s cousin was a concert pianist and the whole of that side of the family were exceptionally gifted. I do enjoy listening to music especially Vaughan Williams and Gershwin and Wagner, but the composition and structure is a mystery to me!

 

At one point in my life, I was a Methodist. and it is said that Methodism was born in song and certainly the hymns written by John and Charles Wesley are very prolific and memorable. The question has also been asked as to why the devil should have all the best tunes!

 

Last Sunday we had a Songs of Praise in South Luffenham, and some of the hymns chosen were very evocative both in the tunes and in the words. We heard about the origin of some of them and many were written during times of hardship and distress. John Greenleaf Whittier wrote “Dear Lord and Father of mankind” as part of a poem.  He was a Quaker, and the worship is marked by quietness and stillness and music and singing plays little part in that form of worship. The hymn was set to music by Parry.  Perhaps the words of one of the verses would be a help to many.

 

Drop thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of thy peace;
the beauty of thy peace.

 

God bless

 

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 August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 15th August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices
Sunday 15th August 2021: Trinity XI

 

  • Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Muriel Elder, Sussie Clements and John Hickie.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
  • Today the Zoom service will be at 11.00 am.

 

MORCOTT

Service at 11.00 am.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

This Sunday (15th August) Songs Of Praise on the Parish Field (behind the Village Hall). Please join us for a good sing followed by tea and coffee in the Village Hall.

 

Next Sunday, 22nd August, there is a Holy Communion service at South Luffenham at 9.30am led by Rev James Saunders. Please note that if you are coming by car The Boot Inn have very kindly given permission to use their car park. Please use this facility if you are able, to alleviate parking issues near Church. There will also be a Zoom service at 11am

 

TIXOVER

Holy Communion at 9.30am. 

 

MEDITATION:

Because of the circumstances of the past eighteen months, it is a long time since I went to the sea. Living in a land locked county it is not easy to venture to the North Sea but last week I went to the Northumberland coast of my childhood and was reminded again of the power and beauty of the ocean. It brought back many memories of walking along a cold, deserted beach on Boxing Day with my parents and aunt and then with extended family as we introduced partners to this rite.

 

The sea has always fascinated me and has so many moods over which we have no control. It is different every time we visit, with the tides and the waves and the sky making a whole. Last week I saw the sea in many modes; crashing onto the rocks; lapping the sand; smooth and still. It can soothe and calm or disturb and shock.

Sometimes our lives can be like the sea. At times we feel peaceful and serene whereas at other times we feel disturbed and unhappy. None of us escapes the tragedies and distress of the life we live here on earth, but we can find peace.

 

The disciples were afraid when their little boat was being tossed about by the sudden storm which blew up on the Sea on of Galilee. Jesus was sleeping in the stern but awoke and calmed the waves. He does that in our lives if we let him. He will quieten our souls and give us peace. What about giving him the chance?

God bless.

 

 

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 8th August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 8th August 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

Sunday 8th August 2021: Trinity X

 

 

  • Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Muriel Elder and Sussie Clements.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
  • Next Sunday we are in church in Tixover at 9.30 am, Morcott t at 11 am and on Zoom. Please continue to wear face-masks. At 3 pm, South Luffenham is holding a Songs of Praise Service on the village green.
  • Please remember in your prayers George Bradshaw who is to be baptised at 12 noon in Barrowden Church today.  Remember too his parents and godparents.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

9.30am services at South Luffenham: The Boot Inn have very kindly given permission to use their car Park. Please use this facility if you are able in order to alleviate parking issues near Church. 

Sunday 8th August 9.30 Holy Communion (Canon Tim Alban-Jones).
Sunday 15th August 3pm Songs of Praise on Parish Field.
Sunday 22nd August 9.30 Holy Communion (Rev James Saunders).

 

MEDITATION

 

While working full time, I had the perfect excuse not to join the Mother’s Union. Even after joyful encounters with hospitable branches in South Africa, I was not motivated to belong. Decades later, I ‘handed myself in’, joined up and even attended meetings! The dedicated persistence, of that local leader, finally paid off. Gradually, a different perspective on the presence of God became real for me in the kind, generous, friendliness of those local saints.

So, why tell you this now?

Well, firstly, I’m struck by the presence of MU banners in some of our local churches. I wonder what I could learn about village life from their members. Next, the Church of England will remember Mary Sumner (Mothers’ Union Founder) on August 9th. Finally, the gospel reading for this Sunday morning (John 6: 35, 41-51) describes Jesus as the bread of life.

Globally, for over a century, the Mothers’ Union has shared the bread of life in worship together and practical help for families in diverse and often challenging circumstances. So, from Kwa Zulu to Rutland, let’s thank God for the Mother’s Union and all the global organisations which put bread on tables. Bread is such an everyday thing, yet it reminds us of all who work to produce food, to cook and serve it and those who we would love to see across the table rather than just through a screen.

 

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 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

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

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