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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 30th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 30th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 30th May 2021:  Trinity Sunday

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams ,John and Tricia Williams 
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline at 6pm on Thursday.
  • Sunday 30th May, we are in church at Morcott for the Benefice Communion Service at 10am. There will be no Zoom service on that day.

 

BARROWDEN:

Sunday 6th June 11 am Morning Worship, please advise Kay if attending.

Open Gardens 12th and 13th June.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 13th June 9.30am Morning Worship (AR).

Sunday 27th June 9.30am Holy Communion (CA).

‘Still Time’ (a time for silent prayer) in South Luffenham Church on Fridays from 10.30-11am.  All are welcome to pop in for a few moments of stillness. 

 

MEDITATION:

By Carolyn Welch 30th May

 

“Thy will be done” is part of our most important prayer, but how often do our prayers turn on our personal needs and wants as we perceive them – our spiritual ‘intent’ given over to achieving a better position in this physical world?

Let us, in imagination, return to England, October 1642. The times are disordered. Entrenchment in politics and religion has widened the gap between king and a good many of his people – now polarized, neither gives way and the situation descends into that particularly tragic armed conflict – civil war.  Amid all the bustling tension, all the blustering rhetoric to steel nerves and resolve, an officer stands before his soldiers as they ready for battle and prays aloud:

“Thou knowest, Lord, how busy this day I must be: if I forget thee, do not forget me”.

It is moving to note what the prayer is not about – it is not to claim God for his side; not for a righteous cause over all others; not for victory; not for the enemy’s destruction; not for his own safety, glory and success.  Leaving aside all other issues and knowing he will be absorbed and overwhelmed by events, he asks for one essential thing – that his God should remain with him, whatever.

Jacob Astley’s prayer at the battle of Edgehill has been justly remembered to this day – striking in what it leaves out as well as what he clearly desires above all else.

 

 

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 23rd May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 23rd May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 23rd May 2021:  Pentecost

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams. Pray too for the departed.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Next Sunday, 30th May, we are in church at Morcott for the Benefice Communion Service at 10am. There will be no Zoom service on that day.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 23rd May 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).

Sunday 13th June 9.30am Morning Worship (AR).

Sunday 27th June 9.30am Holy Communion (CA).

‘Still Time’ (a time for silent prayer) will resume in South Luffenham Church on Fridays from 10.30-11am starting on 4th June. All are welcome to pop in for a few moments of stillness. 

 

MEDITATION: ‘A Terrible Week’

We all have ‘um, terrible weeks, but I was seriously afflicted last week.

 

First it was the computer – the bane of my life.  It was poorly and I had been warned but on Wednesday it gave up the ghost. Yes, I was expecting it but it died maliciously, knowing that there was urgent work on board for the magazine editor – she who must be obeyed.  I scampered to the computer shop only to find that yes, they could help but at significant cost.  Never mind, it had to be done.  However, the transfer of my urgent data would take 10 days – in Germany! I could already hear the editor screaming!  

There was a way around the problem of course: compose the whole lot again. So that is what I did, inching my way around the new and baffling recesses of the new computer networks and at the same time having a mega-sulk at all the free time for the garden which I was missing.  At least it kept the editor off my neck.

 

So that took until Friday. At 10 am, having put away all malicious thoughts about hammers and laptops, I resolved to do the washing-up, basking in a glow of generosity.  Unfortunately, no hot water came from the relevant tap on demand. Frantic calls to the landlord eventually resulted in a boiler man who came late on Friday but the problem was beyond him. So, we were destined to have a weekend with no hot water.  It felt like the end of the world or at least the hight of the blitz. Oh, the agonies of greasy dishes and shaving in cold! Luckily Zoom worship insulates us from odd smells and non-designer-stubble so, with huge relief I made it to Sunday night and a glass of wine.

 

On Monday at 8am another boiler expert arrived, this time a woman who instantly fixed the problem to a round of undiluted gratitude and utility-alleluias. Life could return to near-normal again – after the obligatory lock-up in the bathroom to re-gain the sensual effects of hot water.

 

Why do I tell you this – and whyever did you get this far? It struck me that my misfortunes were a small parable of redemption – being re-united with those things which we yearn for and have painfully missed. That is why we Christians celebrate the Eucharist, giving thanks for the opportunity of being re-united with God – and mysteriously one another – whatever our circumstances might be.

 

Our forebears managed without computers and hot water, but we have grown used to these luxuries. Acceptable as they are, computers or hot water are not essential to our humanity and neither, as a human race, can we expect them. With God however, we find our fulfilment in Him. He is our creator and to be separated from him makes us slightly less than fully human. That is why we celebrate The Eucharist: the thanksgiving for unity with God through Christ.

 

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 16th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 16th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 16th May 2021:  Easter VII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams. Pray too for the departed, including Peter Bowser.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Next Sunday, 23rd May, we are in church at South Luffenham, 9.30am, Barrowden and Zoom at 11 am.
  • Last week, a bucket collection was held for the DEC India Appeal and £72 was raised. Thank you so much!
  • ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Compline Series at 8pm provides an opportunity for quiet prayer together for the development of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Join us and representatives of all 5 parishes at this candlelit service: Monday at Tixover, Tuesday at Barrowden, Wednesday at Duddington, Thursday at South Luffenham, Friday at Morcott and Saturday at Barrowden. Please wear a mask.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

APCM’s Wednesday 19th May 6.30pm in Church.

Sunday 23rd May 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).

Church is open daily from 10am-4pm.

 

 

MEDITATION: ‘Line of Duty’

Just before ‘Line of Duty’ falls away from our memories and we can begin to sleep easier in our beds, it’s worth a moment to reflect on some of the qualities to be found in the major characters. All three – Detective Inspector Steve Arnott, Detective Inspector Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings – are flawed and yet they are expected to search out and eradicate ‘bent coppers’. That is the responsibility laid upon them by the Home Secretary and society. For us viewers it is quite obvious with spine-chilling intensity that they do their level best to battle the odds against their own temptations and the obstacles thrown in front of them by the villains and sometimes their own colleagues in the force. Broken marriages, money problems, an inappropriate fling or an explosive temper are all part of being human yet add to the frustrations of achieving the goal. No wonder those colourful expletives are sometimes heard: “Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the wee donkey!” The tension all adds to the excitement of life. But there is only tension if we acknowledge our weaknesses and at the same time set ourselves a goal. Like the violin string, the tension creates the attraction, the fun, the exhilaration.

 

No one is perfect. Life involves muddle and compromise even though we have a clearly stated goal, to live as Christ would have us live. And as we try to create the circumstances for a Christian community in our churches, we do well to remember the frailty of our leaders.  My favourite apostle is Peter: always getting it wrong yet it was Peter who was appointed the rock man on which The Church was founded.

 

 

Now is the time to appoint our new wardens and PCC members.  We are not looking for perfection, just the willingness to serve – the service which brings great joy.

 

            “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.” Luke 17.10.

 

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 9th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 9th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 9th May 2021:  Easter VI

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements and Jane Williams. Pray too for the departed, including Peter Bowser.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Thursday 13th is Ascension Day. The Eucharist will be celebrated at South Luffenham, 7.30pm.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at Tixover, 9.30am, Morcott at 11 am and on Zoom at 11 am.
  • Last week, a bucket collection was held for the DEC India Appeal and £125 was raised. Thank you so much!
  • ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Compline Series, starts Friday 14 May at Morcott Church, 8pm –an opportunity for quiet prayer together for the development of God’s Kingdom here on earth. Join us and representatives of all 5 parishes at this candlelit service. Please wear a mask. Compline will be held each night – apart from Sunday – at 8pm around the benefice until Pentecost, 23rd See Parish Magazines for venues. South Luffenham is the venue for 15th May at 8pm.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 9th May 9.30am Holy Communion (CA).
Thursday 13th May 7.30pm Ascension Day Communion (CA).
Sunday 23rd May 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).
APCM’s Wednesday 19th May 6.30pm in Church.
Church is open daily from 10am-4pm.

 

MEDITATION: Compline

 

Do you long for company in these dreary and isolating times? Or calm amid the clamour of domestic life?

 

The short service of Compline might be your answer. Compline is the last service in the monastic routine, ‘completing’ the day. Often it was held in a monastic dormitory in candlelight. Archaeologists have discovered scorch marks on dormitory walls where monks have been overtaken by sleep. The connection between prayer and sleep is an important one.  It is difficult to meditate under pressure. Relaxation in prayer is important for it is not just what we say or long for but what God might be saying to us, for us to ‘hear’.

 

The beauty of Compline is its quietness. It is unhurried, calm, prayerful with silence providing the space for godly thoughts to emerge. Yet there is also structure: there is the slow rhythm of the service. There is one another. It is so encouraging to be able to pray in the company of others. The silence takes on a greater depth and yet the company provides an alertness for prayer to be focussed: prayer in silence or shared.  During the pandemic, I for one have enormously valued the company of others during our smaller Zoom services.

 

This week – during the time between Ascension Day and Pentecost – ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ begins. It is a world-wide movement of prayer which began 5 years ago to encourage more people to come to know Jesus Christ. We shall be participating this year by holding Compline by candlelight around our 5 churches at 8 pm every night except Sunday from 14 – 22 May.

 

If you haven’t experienced Compline before, then why not give it a try?  The service lasts about 15 minutes. There is no sermon and no singing for most of us – just the chance to relax into a prayerful atmosphere to be carried along by the gentle rhythm of the service and caressed by the silence in a place ‘where prayer has been valid’.

 

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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 2nd May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 2nd May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 2nd May 2021:  Easter V

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Jean Bowser; Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements and Jane Williams. Pray to for the departed, including Peter Bowser.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at South Luffenham, 9.30am and on Zoom at 11 am
  • The Rev. Dr Sam Wells (Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields) is giving the first Peckard Lecture for Peterborough Cathedral on Zoom, 6 May at 7.30pm. Book via the Cathedral Website. He is very good and worth £7!

 

MORCOTT: the church will be open for prayer every day from 1st May.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 9th May 9.30am Holy Communion (CA).

Thursday 13th May 7.30pm Ascension Day Communion (CA).

Sunday 23rd May 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).

APCM’s WEDNESDAY 19th MAY 6.30pm in Church.

Church is open daily from 10am-4pm.

 

MEDITATION:

Time is a very strange concept, isn’t it? During the various degrees of lockdown time has become even more extraordinary and often quite difficult for many. We use many phrases about time; take your time, as we rush to get everything done; don’t waste time as we enjoy a few idle moments; time will heal as we suffer and Benjamin Franklin said time is money.

 

However, we look at time it is important to all of us and even more significant is what we do with it. At the beginning of the first lockdown I made a list of all the things I could do in the enforced interval; I think I can cross one thing off! What are we supposed to do with time? I’ll leave each one of you to answer that question!

 

W.H.Davies wrote a poem called Leisure which epitomises time. Here is part of it:

“What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

 

Many of us during recent times have spent more time appreciating the beautiful natural world around us. We often need to spend time simply being and there are often times when we need something beyond ourselves. When life is difficult there is an answer. The writer of Hebrews wrote (Hebrews ch 4 v 16):  Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

 

Let us come to God who is always with us.

 

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 25TH APRIL 2021

BENEFICE NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 25TH APRIL 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 25 April 2021:  Easter IV

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Margaret and Derek Barker, Jean Bowser, Suzie Clements Sylvia Martin and Jane Williams. Pray to for the departed, including Peter Bowser.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at Duddington, 9.30am, Morcott at 11am and on Zoom at 11 am
  • The Rev. Dr Sam Wells (Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields) is giving the first Peckard Lecture for Peterborough Cathedral on Zoom, 6 May at 7.30pm. Book via the Cathedral Website. He is very good and worth £7!

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Morning Worship in Church, led by Ann, at 9.30am on Sunday (25th April).

Zoom Coffee on Monday 26th April at the new time of 3pm. Email sally@saltlane.com or phone 01780 729515 for details. 

Church is open every day from 10am – 4pm.

 

MEDITATION: The Brick

The bricklayer laid a brick on a bed of cement.

Then, with a precise stroke of his trowel spread another layer.

And without a by-your-leave, laid on another brick.

The foundation grew visibly.

The building rose, tall and strong, to shelter people.

 

I thought Lord of that brick buried in the darkness at the base of the big building.

No one sees it, but it accomplishes its task, and the other bricks need it.

Lord, what difference whether I’m on the roof-top or in the foundations of your building, as long as I stand faithfully at the right place?

 

Michel Quoist

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 18TH APRIL 2021

BENEFICE NOTICES FOR SUNDAY 18TH APRIL 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 18 April 2021:  Easter III

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Jean and Peter Bowser; Sylvia Martin and Jane Williams.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings and especially for potential wardens to emerge in Barrowden where the current wardens are due to retire after many years faithful service. A limit of 6 years maximum has now been placed on warden’s service in Barrowden.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Friday 23rd is St. George’s Day. Holy Communion (BCP) at 12 noon in Barrowden Church.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at South Luffenham at 9.30am and in Barrowden and on Zoom at 11 am
  • The Rev. Dr. Sam Wells (Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields) is giving the first Peckard Lecture for Peterborough Cathedral on Zoom, 6 May at 7.30pm. Book via the Cathedral Website. He is very good and worth £7!

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

The Church is open every day from 10am to 4pm.

Holy Communion by Extension this Sunday (April 18th) at 9.30am in Church.
Next Sunday (April 25th) at 9.30am in Church, Morning Worship led by Ann.

 

MEDITATION:  “The Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21)

Bardsey Island – long-inhabited sacred place; often called the ‘burial ground of twenty thousand saints’; steeped in the spiritual intent of many pilgrims through the ages.

Making the arduous journey in devotion and faith would surely bring some encounter with God – some outward, objective sign of presence. But let us come in our imagination to where pilgrim poet RS Thomas stands, bemused; prompted to turn his attention inward:-

“……… Am I too late? / Were they too late also, those / first pilgrims? / He is such a fast /

God, always before us / and leaving as we arrive…….

……… Was the pilgrimage / I made to come on my own / self, to learn that in times / like these and for one like me / God will never be plain and / out there, but dark rather and / inexplicable, as though he were in here?”

London – long-inhabited metropolis, steeped in power and everything of this world – where lives easily slip into ruin.

Here we find poet Francis Thompson: ill, addicted to laudanum and in despair; down and out; alone and homeless. In our imagination, let us come to where he tries to rest, sleeping rough under a bridge, staring into cold darkness – and, making his inner cry, experiences a vision of Christ walking towards him over the wintry river.

 

But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)

Cry: – and upon thy so sore loss

Shall shine the traffic of Jacob’s ladder

Pitched between Heaven and Charing Cross,

Yea, in the night, my Soul, my daughter,

Cry – clinging Heaven by the hems;

And lo, Christ walking on the water

Not of Gennesareth, but Thames!

 

 

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 11 April 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 11 April 2021

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 11 April 2021:  Easter II.

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Jean and Peter Bowser; Sylvia Martin and Jane Williams.
  • We give thanks for the long life of Philip, Duke of Edinburgh: for his humour, energy and devotion to duty in the service of The Queen, country and Commonwealth.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings and especially for potential wardens to emerge in Barrowden where the current wardens are due to retire after many years faithful service. A limit of 6 years maximum has now been placed on warden’s service in Barrowden.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at South Luffenham and Tixover at 9.30am and on Zoom at 11 am
  • The Rev. Dr Sam Wells (Vicar of St. Martin in the Fields) is giving the first Peckard Lecture for Peterborough Cathedral on Zoom, 6 May at 7.30pm. Book via the Cathedral Website. He is very good and worth £7!

BARROWDEN: There is a Book of Condolence for the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in St. Peter’s Church, Barrowden available for messages of sympathy.   The Church is open from 10 am. to 4 pm. every day.  Please bring your own pen if possible.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:
The next service in Church is on Sunday 18th April at 9.30am (Communion by Extension led by Ann).
Coffee Zoom Monday 12th April at 3.30pm.  Email sally@saltlane.com or phone 01780 tHE729515 if you would like the details. 
Our Church will be open for private prayer every day from 10am to 4pm. Please pop in to have a look at the Easter flower arrangements. (Thank you to the Flower Arrangers).

 

MORCOTT:  There is a Book of Condolence available for the Duke of Edinburgh in the church porch should anyone wish to sign. 

 

LOW SUNDAY MEDITATION:

The Anglican Lectionary calls this the Second Sunday of Easter. I’ve always known it as Low Sunday. There are many popular explanations for the name. A quick Google search will come up with a few.

For more than twenty years I sang in a church choir. Easter meant immersion at the heart of a rich pattern of liturgy. On Low Sunday we were given a rest. During that time, the Passion story always felt relevant, personal, profoundly real. Last year Easter disappeared. I was in a state of shock and can remember almost nothing about it.

 

For the following year, Government required us to abstain from the activity which makes us who we are; to accept that the virtual is a substitute for the material; to face the stark reality of grief.

 

As I reflect on Easter 2021, I’m struck by the similarity between restriction for the common good and the meaning of Christ’s passion. Easter confronts us with sacrifice. We begin to trust and hope in the things which we can’t actually experience. We believe that though night is a time for tears, joy comes in the morning.

 

Today’s lectionary’s readings offer both challenge and encouragement. Though I’m still exhausted by recent events, everything is possible if I follow the one who has already risen.

 

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

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

CHURCH NOTICES FOR EASTER SUNDAY 4TH APRIL 2021

CHURCH NOTICES FOR EASTER SUNDAY 4TH APRIL 2021

Church Notices

EASTER DAY

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 4 April 2021:  Easter Day.

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey; Jean and Peter Bowser; Sylvia Martin and Jane Williams.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings and especially for potential wardens to emerge in Barrowden where the current wardens are due to retire after many years faithful service. A limit of 6 years maximum has now been placed on warden’s service in Barrowden.
  • Today, we are back in church! South Luffenham at 9.30 am and Barrowden at 11 am (with Zoom).
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • Next Sunday we are in church at Duddington, 9.30am, Morcott at 11 am and on Zoom at 11 am.
  • ‘The Lord is Risen. He is risen indeed, Alleluia’!  A Happy Easter to you all from the ministers and wardens in the benefice.

 

MORCOTT:

The church is open all day on Easter Sunday for private prayer. Please follow Covid rules. 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM
There are still spaces available out our Easter Sunday Service (Communion by Extension led by Ann) in Church at 9.30am. Please email sally@saltlane.com or phone 01780 729515. 
There is a large wooden cross outside Church – ready for you to decorate with flowers. 
Easter Egg Windows Sunday and Monday around the village. Mini chocolate eggs for children on the Village Green.
Our Church will be open for private prayer every day from 10am to 4pm. Please pop in to see the fantastic Easter flower arrangements. (Thank you to the Flower Arrangers).

 

The Meditation: Cracking Easter

The sale of Easter Eggs will have soared in the last few days and rightly so. Eggs have become a fashionable symbol of new life, which is at the core of our Easter celebrations. A bottle of Gin doesn’t quite hit the mark. I’ve tried to find a bottle for a close friend, but her favourite tipple is out of stock.  It will have to be an Easter Egg after all.

 

Easter Eggs are very attractive, very accessible but – in my experience – they can be disappointing.  What promises to be an egg full of luxury chocolates is found to be enclosing a cellophane pack of disappointment. Cracking eggs is easy; finding satisfaction is illusive.

 

How then do we crack God to find that promised joy and delight? Well we don’t. Rather it is God who has to crack us. God is the unmoved mover whose power lies in and beneath all life as we know it and yet He seems to struggle to speak to us directly. True, we sometimes hear him loud and clear; we feel his direct touch; we see his influence all around. But then He disappears; He becomes illusive; He even disappoints.

 

Could this be because God can’t get access to us – or we won’t allow it? We can be pretty closed up, inaccessible – the fashionable term is self-sufficient. God of course could wield the heavenly sledge-hammer to break us open but that is not in his nature. Yes, He is all-powerful – or so we believe – but forcing himself upon us would not be consistent with the God of Love and neither is there much evidence that He worked that way in the past. Rather, He bides his time. He shares his gifts with us; He gives us all the rope we need (sometimes to hang ourselves); He even gives his own life for us on the cross and crowns it with resurrection. He is all gift. And so He waits. ‘The Hound of Heaven’ waits. He waits for us to respond, which is what worship is all about. It is why our ancestors built our beautiful churches, to house his worship. And still He waits – and when we concede and cracks appear – when we respond – there is joy in heaven as He pours into our broken lives the balm of contentment. Happy Easter!

 

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 28 March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 28 March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 28 March 2021:  Palm Sunday.

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Susie Clements, Pip Clements, Sylvia Martin and Jane Williams.
  • Pray too for our PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings and especially for potential wardens to emerge in Barrowden where the current wardens are due to retire after many years faithful service. A limit of 6 years maximum has now been placed on warden’s service in Barrowden.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am.
  • ‘Just the Job’: the last session of the season starts at 7pm on Monday 29 March with ‘The Medics’. Join us via Martin Beattie.
  • Maundy Thursday Walking Meditation, 1st April 6pm on YouTube.
    This is the Link:   https://youtu.be/XCsL94iGxYE
  • Good Friday, 2nd April, a Meditation on Zoom, 2 – 3 pm. Invitations from Martin, beattie@btinternet.com
  • Easter Day: Holy Communion at South Luffenham, 9.30am and at Barrowden, 11 am (with Zoom). Please book your place with the wardens for social distancing purposes.
  • The final Compline of the season is on Easter Sunday at 6pm. This week, The Bishop of Peterborough will talk about the virtue of Faith. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service, beattie@btinternet.com

 

BARROWDEN

If you would like to attend the Church Service in Barrowden on Easter Day, please contact Kay on kareen.bagshaw@btinternet.com, 01572 748797.

 

MORCOTT

The Great Morcott Bake-off is announced: make some Hot Cross Buns and submit one to Rutland Gourmet for judging on Saturday 3 April by 3pm. Children 16 and under; Adults classes. Prizes! See posters and Morcott’s website for details.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

Our Church will be open for private prayer every day from 10 – 4.00 pm.
Palm Crosses will be available from the Village Green or delivered to your door if you contact me: sally@saltlane.com Tel 01780 729515
If you would like to come to the 9.30am service on Easter Sunday at South Luffenham please email sally@saltlane.com, 01780 729515.

 

MEDITATION 

I can remember playing Follow the Leader when I was younger. It is a good game if the leader is adventurous, but it can become very boring and then the game folds as people drop out. Children manage to stomp off and begin to do their own thing. We follow the example of people who inspire us, and this can be exciting or depressing, depending on how quickly we can reach the heights of aspiration.

 

Much of our lives are full of following orders and rules and we have certainly had plenty to follow in the past few months. Most of us follow the laws happily knowing that most of them are to protect not only ourselves but also others; to keep us all safe and able to live a stable life. At work we probably follow certain conventions to keep the business flowing.

 

However, there are occasions when following may be very difficult. The disciples found this as Jesus made his way to Jerusalem, knowing that he was going to his death. On Palm Sunday which we remember today the disciples thought that their justification for following Jesus had finally happened. They followed him into the city as the people welcomed him as a king. Five days later the same crowd shouted for his death.

 

Jesus never promised that following him would be an easy journey, but the rewards of love, compassion and eternity are overwhelming. If we have the courage to follow him as leader! Have you?

 

God bless.

 

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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens