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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.

 

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 21 March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 21 March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 21 March 2021:  Lent V. Passion Sunday

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, 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. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation to Compline,, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com
  • ‘Just the Job’: the next session starts at 7pm on Monday 29 March with ‘The Medics’.
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent starts at 6pm. This week, our own Simon Aley, a lawyer, will talk about the virtue of Justice. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service, beattie@btinternet.com.
  • Coming up: Maundy Thursday Walking Meditation, 1st April 6pm on YouTube; Good Friday Meditation, 2 pm on Zoom via Martin Beattie.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:
Our Church will be open for private prayer every day from 10 – 4 pm.

Coffee Zoom Meeting Monday 22nd March at 3.30pm.

If you would like to come to the 9.30am service on Easter Sunday at South Luffenham please email sally@saltlane.com.

  For the other services in the Benefice on  Easter Day including the 11.00 am at Barrowden  see the April services published early so people can plan ahead.

 

This Week’s Meditation: A Murmuration of Starlings

 

It is a sight of exquisite and unexplainable beauty to see these birds gyrate across the sky at any time of day but perhaps especially at dusk. They are going home. The bulking black volume which attracts the eye suddenly mutates into a retreat which catches the rays of the dying sun and glints like steel until they turn again and become transparent. Never static, the tracery turns again. A hard edge is seen until it melts into the most delicate shape and is gone.

 

Today is Passion Sunday – two Sundays before Easter – and the shape of the cross comes into clearer focus as Lent dies away and the events of Good Friday loom large. We begin once more to feel its shadow fall across us; the glint of the hard edge of mortality reminds us of the death of the God who came to save us and the Man in whom we place our hopes.  Like the murmuration, the meaning, the shape and the work of the cross are not entirely clear. At one moment it is a sign of hope – our only hope – and in another moment a repulsive sign of torture. It is illusive. The hard edge cuts through the dust which we throw up to escape from God yet on other occasions it appear as a sight of breath-taking beauty with its thousand spangled lights reminding us on eternity.

 

The Cross: a mystery; a revelation; our only hope. Amen.

 

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 14 March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 14 March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 14 March 2021:  Lent IV. Mothering Sunday

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Janette Saunders, 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. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation to Compline,, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel end this week: Tuesday at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at simon@oakhamteam.org.uk
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. It continues on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15 March. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 15 March: ‘The Historians’. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent starts at 6pm. This week, Canon Philip Gray, a Yorkshireman will talk about the virtue of Prudence. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our Church will be open every day from 10-4.

Look out for details of services in Church from April onwards! 

 

MEDITATION:

This morning a man on the radio was talking about the benefits of nature during the lockdown. He had appreciated it so much more recently and ended by stating that in a couple of weeks the swallows would arrive and all would be well with the world. I wouldn’t go that far but I’m sure we all appreciate what he meant. This weekend is Mothering Sunday when mums will (hopefully!) receive presents. Many of these will be bunches of daffodils and I have very much enjoyed seeing first the snowdrops, then the crocus and now the daffodils

 

Because of Covid 19 we have lost much of the orderliness of everyday life. We have had to learn new ways of living and communicating (a steep learning curve for some of us!) but Zoom, Teams and Facetime have all become part of our lives. Whether this will continue remains to be seen. There is something very sobering about having to show love through a screen when all that is really wanted is a hug and physical contact. This will be especially poignant on this special Sunday for many people.

But we have also learnt to show love in different ways. Blowing kisses has come back into life, along with waving and virtual hugs. Voices too show how we are feeling. Love is important to each one of us and is precious. Mother love is usually the first love we know but that develops and expands as we grow.

 

The most enduring love is that which Christ has for each one of us, unchanging and constant. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” That is what Jesus did and gave the command that we should love one another. Love comes in many forms. May love be in each of your lives.

 

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 7th March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 7th March 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

Sunday 7th March 2021: Lent 3

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Janette Saunders and Jane Williams. Will Beattie is now out of ICU and doing well.
  • Today the Zoom service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation to Compline, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com
  • Studies in Mark’s Gospel continue this week: Tuesday at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at simon@oakhamteam.org.uk.
  • “Just the Job”: An entertainment for our five parishes. It continues on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15th March. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for five minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 15th March: ‘The Historians’. Each session lasts 45 minutes. Join us by emailing Martin Beattie at beatie@btinternet.com.
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent starts at 6pm. This week, Canon Michael Wedgeworth, ex Methodist, will talk about the virtue of Temperance. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.
  • ‘Prayers for Patience in Lent 2021’ available at the back of church or in the porch. Help yourself.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

  • Our Church will be open for private prayer every day from 10-4.
  • Hopefully Compline will be zoomed from our Church at 6pm on Sunday. 
  • Coffee Morning Zoom at 11am on Monday 8th March.  It should be possible to phone into this if you don’t have internet.   Details from sally@saltlane.com or tel: 01780 729515.

 

MEDITATION:

To Keep a True Lent by Robert Herrick

 

Is this a fast, to keep
The larder lean
And clean
From fat of veals and sheep?

Is it to quit the dish
Of flesh, yet still
To fill
The platter high with fish?

Is it to fast an hour,
Or ragged to go,
Or show
A downcast look and sour?

No: ’tis a fast to dole
Thy sheaf of wheat
And meat
Unto the hungry soul.

It is to fast from strife
From old debate
And hate;
To circumcise thy life.

To show a heart grief-rent;
To starve thy sin,
Not bin:
And that’s to keep thy Lent.

 

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 February 2021

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

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

Sunday 28 February 2021:  Lent II

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders and Jane Williams. Will Beattie is now out of ICU and doing well.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation to Compline, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com.
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel continue this week: Tuesday at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at simon@oakhamteam.org.uk.
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. It continues on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 1 March. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 1 March: ‘The Lawyers’. Each session lasts 40 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com.
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent starts at 6pm. This week, Penny Graysmith, a Prison Chaplain on Guernsey, will talk about the virtue of Hope. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.
  • ‘Prayers for Patience in Lent 2021’ – available at the back of church or in the porch. Help yourself.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Our church will be open every day from 10-4.00 pm.

 

MEDITATION:

Life has been difficult for so many during the past year and then we get to Lent! Many people feel that they must give up something which will make life even harder. The chocolate left over from Christmas (if there was any!) has been hastily demolished and no longer figures on the shopping list; chocolate eclairs have also disappeared!

 

The idea of giving things up is to share in the temptations that Jesus suffered in the desert all those years ago and to remember what he gave up for us. But increasingly there is the idea that it is also helpful to take things up rather than give them up. During the lockdowns many people have taken up new activities and many have spent more time helping others. In our own localities there has been a great surge of care for those around us.

 

There is also the giving up which means resignation or despair, and this too has become evident during the last few months. The mental health concerns have increased and the long-lasting effects of being isolated will be apparent for several years to come. The care which has been shown will I hope continue into the future to help those who will find the opening up of life difficult too.

 

We can remember that Jesus took up the cross and carried it after being beaten and scorned. He gave up his life in a horrific way. His taking up and giving up was for us and was cruel in the extreme. Our taking up and giving up is small in comparison but important.

 

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 21 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 21 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 21 February 2021:  Lent I

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders and Jane Williams. Will Beattie is now out of ICU and doing well.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel continue this week: Tuesday at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at simon@oakhamteam.org.uk.
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. It continues on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 1 March. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 1 March: ‘The Lawyers’. Each session last for 40 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent starts at 6pm. This week, Stephen Brown, a Church Times columnist, will talk about the virtue of charity. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.
  • ‘Prayers for Patience in Lent 2021’ – available at the back of church or in the porch. Help yourself!

 

BARROWDEN: Only 1 week left to re-join the 200 Club. Big prizes to be won!  Please contact Les Wilkinson, 4 Redland Close; les.j.wilkinson@gmail.com.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Our church will be open every day from 10-4.00 pm.

Coffee Zoom on Monday afternoon at 3.30.  Email sally@saltane.com for details.

 

MEDITATION:

Oh God, not Lent again! We’ve been locked down for a year and now we’re being asked to purge ourselves some more! No wonder you’re unpopular! Oh yes, we know about starting something new in Lent but lockdown either won’t allow that or we feel so lethargic.

 

As you can hear, not all your disciples are placid.  I am grumpy – and it’s not surprising. You will also know that some of your most devout worshippers get fed up with you. Can’t you sort out your creation? I’ve joined the ranks of your critics. I am totally fed up.”

 

My child, I understand your frustrations; I spend most of my time sitting on my hands and wandering how daft you all are! I had to stand and watch the abuse in the Garden of Eden, the grumbling in the wilderness from my chosen people, even though it was a road map to freedom. You ignore my prophets and all that – and more – was before I put my foot down.

 

Then, as a callow youth I had to exercise patience with those fumbling fools in The Temple, the stupidity of my chosen disciples and – when I most needed some comfort in the dock – there was just no one to hold my hand. Really!  It’s all in print. Read it again if you will.  And you complain about frustration!?

 

I do understand how you feel, my dear child. But try to grasp the long view of life. You can’t see it yet, but I can.  You are a link in a chain, a cog in a wheel, a brick in the foundations, a ripple in the ocean of life. Something greater is emerging which will meet all our dreams, yours and mine. Together we are building out a better world but you cannot be expected to see it all now. Your resilience is a vital part of this new kingdom – built on my own footprint – and I am relying on you to play your small part. Don’t let me down.“

 

God.

 

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 14 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 14 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 14 February 2021:  The Sunday next before Lent

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders and Jane Williams.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith, sally@saltlane.com
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel begin again this week: Tuesday 9th February at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at simon@oakhamteam.org.uk
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. Starts on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15 February and fortnightly thereafter. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 15 February: ‘The Artists’. Each session last for 40 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com.
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent begins on 21st February at 6pm. The short service will be followed by an 8 minute presentation on each of the 7 Virtues given by visiting speakers. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

The church will be open daily from 10-4 for quiet time and private prayer. 

MEDITATION:

Valentine’s Day! Do you remember when as a teenager it was so important to have as many cards as possible and spend time trying to work out who they came from, with a lot of giggles? And the shame if everyone else got more! Fortunately, as we grow older these things cease to matter but we all need to feel loved.

 

During lockdown many of us have spent more time watching television and have possibly watched programmes which normally would not figure in our lives. Last week I watched Musicals: The Greatest Shows and to my surprise quite enjoyed it until a song from “Dear Evan Hansen” called “You will be found” was sung. I put down my knitting and listened captivated by the words:

Have you ever felt like nobody was there?

Have you ever felt forgotten in the middle of nowhere?

Have you ever felt like you could disappear?

Like you could fall, and no one would hear?

Well, let that lonely feeling wash away

Maybe there’s a reason to believe you’ll be okay

‘Cause when you don’t feel strong enough to stand

You can reach, reach out your hand

And oh, someone will coming running

And I know, they’ll take you home

Even when the dark comes crashing through

When you need a friend to carry you

And when you’re broken on the ground

You will be found

There is much talk about mental health and the impact that it has on lives and many people will recognize the sentiments expressed in this song, which almost sounds like a prayer. Sometimes when we feel broken the people around us are not enough to mend us. But if we put our trust in Christ, who suffered so much, he will find us and mend us and give us, not the love of the Valentine’s card, but deep, everlasting love. Perhaps we need to reach out a hand to let people know this!

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 7 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 7 February 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 7 February 2021:  2nd Before Lent

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders and Jane Williams.
  • Today, the Zoom Service will be at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., given that the pandemic still rages around us. Compline is on a Thursday at 6pm. If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith.
  • Studies in St. Mark’s Gospel begin again this week: Tuesday 9th February at 7.30pm. If you would like an invitation, please contact Simon Aley at simon@oakhamteam.org.uk
  • ‘Just the Job’ – an entertainment for our 5 parishes. Starts on Zoom, 7pm on Monday 15 February and fortnightly thereafter. It brings together 3 people with similar career backgrounds who share something of their work for 5 minutes after which we are invited to ask questions. On 15 February: ‘The Artists’. Each session last for 40 minutes. Join us by emailing our Zoom host Martin Beattie at mfn.beattie@btinternet.com
  • Compline on Sundays in Lent begins on 21st February at 6pm. The short service will be followed by an 8 minute presentation on each of the 7 Virtues given by visiting speakers. Martin Beattie is our host. Please contact him if you wish to join the Zoom service.

 

BARROWDEN:

Now is your chance to join the 200 Club for the next year! Valuable cash prizes each month.  Contact Les Wilkinson, 4 Redland Close.


SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our church is open from 10-4 every day for private prayer. 

‘Coffee Gathering on Zoom’ Monday at 3.30pm. Details will be sent via email. 


MEDITATION:

Captain Tom is dead. He was admitted to hospital last Sunday; prayers were asked for him by the red-top papers on Monday and he died on Tuesday. Not only was he a war hero but he entered the national biography in his hundredth year by completing a hundred laps of his garden before his big birthday and raising £39m for the NHS. His life was a shining example to all of us of whatever age right up to the end. But now Captain Tom is dead.

 

Of course we will all die sooner or later. It is the one certainty in life and we prepare for it from the moment we are born. How we prepare for it varies enormously and one of the significant factors in our preparations is whether or not we believe that anything follows after death.  People of faith will consider this, often with great care but for most of us, we enjoy life as much as we are able.

 

So what happened to the Daily Mail and The Sun’s request for prayers to support Captain Tom? Did they fall on deaf ears?  I don’t believe they did. It would not be fair to expect our prayers to be answered by Captain Tom living even longer.  There is only so much we human beings can stand. No. Our prayers were answered by the natural turn of events but also by much else besides. Captain Tom was a very positive person. I don’t know if he had any religious belief but that is irrelevant.  We are all children of a power beyond ourselves which people in the Judaeo-Christian tradition call God.  And one of Captain Tom’s regular sayings was, “Tomorrow you will maybe find everything will be much better than today”. Those prayers were answered by the knowledge of a good life well lived; by his family gathered around him at the end; by the nations expressing its gratitude and by a natural optimism for the future.  Thank you Captain Tom.

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