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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 31 May 2020:  Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 31 May 2020:  Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 31 May 2020:  Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Bishop John and his wife and Janette Saunders (all with Coronavirus), Barry Broughton and Derek Barker.
  • We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus.
  • Why not join us via Zoom for Morning Prayer each day at 8.30am – or Compline on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm? Our prayers have never been more vital!  If you wish to join, download Zoom on your computer and obtain the Daily Prayer App on your mobile phone and email Simon Aley (sialey@aol.com) who will send you an invitation to the group.
  • Sunday worship is at 10am, presenting a service with music and brief address.  Join us in the usual way via Simon’s email address.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

Janet has found a recipe for Goosenargh cakes, a shortbread traditionally made for Whitsun in the north of England. Look out for her biscuits on The Village Green on Sunday! Thank you Janet. 

Thank you, too, for ongoing Foodbank donations – another three tubs this week. Please email me if you would like me to collect anything from your doorstep – sally@saltlane.com

 

TODAY’S MEDITATION

Plants left on the windowsill in this hot weather are in danger of baking – as are young plants in the ground.  I have just revived some precious runner-bean plants which have been left for more than a day without water. With water they flourish!  It is a miracle how those limp specimens change their nature when given water to drink!

So God acts in our world to bring out the best in us and in his creation. He acts mostly through normal channels to provide for us.  Where would be without water?  However, water is not one of the symbols of the Holy Spirit commonly used in the bible.  The Spirit is normally depicted as breath (critical for life) or wind (with violent effects) or fire (which both warms and purifies). All of these symbols were present at that first Pentecost. But we identify water with baptism and new life because water was so scarce in the Middle East where Christianity was born. If you were close to water, then there was a chance of survival.

What aids our survival today?  We are in the middle of a drought which is not too critical for us in Rutland – unless you are a farmer.  We are also in the middle of a pandemic, so water is essential for washing our hands, as is clean air. And the air is clearer now than it has been for years everywhere in the world.  This change has come at some cost both financially and in human life.  What will we passionately wish to hang onto in the ‘new normal’ when it comes?  What vehicle brings the unifying power of God closer to us? How will your life-style change to allow God’s Holy Spirit greater access to you?

 

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 24 May 2020:  Easter VII

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 24 May 2020:  Easter VII

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 24 May 2020:  Easter VII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Bishop John and his wife and Janette Saunders (all with Coronavirus), Barry Broughton and Derek Barker.
  • We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus.
  • Why not join us via Zoom for Morning Prayer each day at 8.30am – or Compline on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm? Our prayers have never been more vital!  If you wish to join, download Zoom on your computer and obtain the Daily Prayer App on your mobile phone and email Simon Aley (sialey@aol.com) who will send you an invitation to the group.
  • Sunday worship is at 10am, presenting a service with music and brief address.  Join us in the usual way via Simon’s email address.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM

Thank you, once more for the Foodbank donations – 4 boxes collected this week! 

 

Today’s Meditation:

 

ASCENSION

 

Many of you will remember the sketch by John Cleese, Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbet about class in 1966 about looking down on and looking up to other people (probably not politically correct now). There has always been a sense that anyone who is above us either at work or in other hierarchical institutions somehow has power and authority. We talk about “putting someone on a pedestal”.

Jesus had appeared to his disciples after the Resurrection but this was not a situation which could continue. He had been with them and now it was time to leave. He took some of them onto the Mount of Olives and there ascended away from them, a sign of divinity.

 

The disciples could have been bereft once again at the loss but Jesus had told them that he would not leave them comfortless and until the Holy Spirit came to help them. The disciples were energized because Jesus was their friend as well as their King.

 

We, too, may be feeling bereft at this time; tensions in families and loneliness and despair for others. Jesus is still a friend and is with us as he was with the disciples, waiting for us and willing to comfort us.

 

Loving Lord, we look for you in heaven and wait for you on earth. Give to all who wait for you, the joy of approaching you, King but friend and by our side. 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 10th May 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 10th May 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 10 May 2020:  Easter V

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Bishop John and his wife and Janette Saunders (all with Coronavirus), Barry Broughton and Derek Barker.
  • Pray too for the souls of the departed, including Sandy Scotney.
  • We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus.
  • Why not join us via Zoom for Morning Prayer each day at 8.30am – or Compline on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm? Our prayers have never been more vital!  If you wish to join, download Zoom on your computer and obtain the Daily Prayer App on your mobile phone and email Simon Aley (sialey@aol.com) who will send you an invitation to the group.
  • From 17 May, Sunday worship will move from 8.30am to 10am, presenting a short 20 minute service with brief address. Join us in the usual way via Simon’s email address.
  • Bored – like the rest of us? How about something lighter in the middle of the week? Quiz? A course? Art or photograph meditation? Favourite poem and why? Please respond to the Priest-in-Charge, Tel. 01572 748634.

 

MORCOTT: Well done everyone who celebrated VE Day 75 with Operation Bunting Up – we strung some along the churchyard wall – and at 3pm tea parties. It is good to see the benches in the churchyard used for reflection, and that people have taken some of the prayers pinned to the noticeboard in the church porch. We hope to have a Foodbank Box in the church porch soon.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Another thank you – three tubs of food collected for the Rutland Foodbank this week.

We celebrate the anniversary of two baptisms – James (Jay and Michael’s son) was baptised a year ago on Tuesday and Joan’s grandson Oscar two years ago on Wednesday. 

Last Sunday we put out colouring sheets of flags and bunting for people to use in their VE Day decorations. This Sunday we will be giving away sunflower seeds – Seeds of Hope – help yourself, from the green, if you are passing on Sunday. 

TODAY’S MEDITATION:

This is a time of bewilderment for us all. It gives birth to anxiety, fear, depression and worse. Such was the feeling among the friends of Jesus after the crucifixion as their hopes of a better life seem to be dashed. How should they now live their lives? How may we?

 St. John in today’s gospel (14.1 – 14) throws them a lifeline, reminding them that they already walked in the Jewish tradition. It told them which way to go but Jesus came and led them by the hand. He did not tell them the way from a distance; he led them by the hand and still does. Jesus is the Way.

And we are always searching for truth – at least truth which will fit into our world view. Moral values cannot be declaimed from pulpits or Downing Street rostrums. There is every danger that it will sound hollow. Rather it has to be lived, explored and acknowledged among us and that always demands change for no-one of us can encapsulate all truth. We need to give God wiggle-room! Jesus is the Truth.

And then there is life, even in the lockdown.  It’s not a matter of breadth but depth. We will know some of those events in our own lives which act like lightning conductors or scales falling from our eyes revealing life in all its fullness. Some last; Jesus walks with us forever. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

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 3rd May 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 3rd May 2020

he Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 3 May 2020:  Easter IV

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Gill Profit, Jeremy Bagshaw, Kay’s son and Janette Saunders (both with Coronavirus), Barry Broughton and Derek Barker.
  • Pray too for the souls of the departed, including Sandy Scotney.
  • We pray also for all those who put their lives in danger to serve others suffering from Coronavirus.
  • Why not join us via Zoom for Morning Prayer each day at 8.30am – or Compline on Mondays and Wednesdays at 7.30pm? Our prayers have never been more vital!  If you wish to join, download Zoom on your computer and obtain the Daily Prayer App on your mobile phone and email Simon Aley (sialey@aol.com) who will send you an invitation to the group.
  • Bored – like the rest of us?  How about something lighter in the middle of the week? Quiz? A course? Art or photograph meditation? Favourite poem and why? Please respond to the Priest-in-Charge, Tel. 01572 748634.

 

MEDITATION

We live in a beautiful part of the world and are privileged to be able to watch the lambs in Spring. Sheep are often mentioned in the Bible and the 23rd Psalm The Lord is my shepherd is such a comforting piece used at many services. Jesus used the picture of sheep in some of his stories and tells how the sheep would know the voice of their shepherd and would follow him only. In the confirmation service the words “He has called you by name” are so important.

 

In this strange time, God is not elsewhere; he is with us and cares what is happening to each one of us whether we are someone who can help others or whether we are alone. He has a plan for each one of us and will speak to us if we allow ourselves to listen to him. He calls us by name because each one of us is special to him and he cares. Do we listen to him to find out what he wants us to do or do we bombard him with words so that he does not get a word in?

 

Prayer: Loving Lord, help us to listen to you and find your will for us. Give us the strength to follow in your way. Amen.   Ann Robinson

 

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 5th April 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 5th April 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

Sunday 5 April 2020:  Palm Sunday.

Please remember in your prayers those who are sick:  Ann Fowler, Gill Profit, Jeremy Bagshaw (Kay’s son); Coronavirus) and Barry Broughton.

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

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

If you have now received your stewardship form, please consider prayerfully how you might respond.  (The Priest-in-Charge has just rediscovered his!).

There are limited number of Palm Crosses in circulation. Please contact your wardens.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

If you would like a Palm Cross delivering to your door please email sally@saltlane.com (if you haven’t  already done so).

If you are out for a walk on Good Friday there will hopefully be a wooden cross on the village green, for quiet contemplation. 

TIXOVER:

Please think of Margaret and Derek Barker.

 

Here is a short meditation extract for Palm Sunday but first you might want to click and watch this short Pam Sunday video – great for children of any age! Called Holy Moly! It goes on to tell the story of Maundy Thursday too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipAcuR-NiYc

You are in Jerusalem – a crowd is gathering. As you peer down the road you see them coming, men, women, a few children their sandals kicking up dust in the dry air. One man is riding, the donkey just a little small, so his long legs drag in the dust.  The stranger standing next to you points and yells, “There he is.”

Your eyes follow the line of his pointing finger. You ask, “On the donkey, is that Jesus on the donkey.”   The stranger nods. As they approach people around you cut palms from the trees and wave them. A chant rises from the watchers. “Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna, to the son of David.” Are you joining them or standing back and just watching?   A victorious king rides a donkey as he returns to his city. What victory is Jesus celebrating?   The little party passes directly in front of you. Your eyes are drawn to Jesus. He turns his head. Your eyes meet and hold their gaze.  What message are you receiving from Jesus? What would you like to tell him?  The moment is fleeting. He smiles and turns to someone else. In minutes the parade is over. Did you wave your flag?   As you watch the little band of people pass through the gates, you realize the sun has dropped even lower. They disappear from view. How are you feeling now? What will you tell your friends about this encounter?

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

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

Sunday 1st March 2020:  Lent I

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

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

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

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

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

BARROWDEN:

  • Tuesday, 3 March: Lent lunch in St Peter’s 12 noon – 2.00 pm. Delicious homemade soup and rolls.  All proceeds from donations to go to Shelter.
  • Saturday 14 March – Children’s Theatre Group in Barrowden Village Hall 2.30pm. An interactive water adventure, target age group 7 years +, £5.00 (under 18s) £8.00 (Adults).  Book with Sara on 01572 747628.
  • 23 April: please contact Carol if you can make a cake for the Open Day at Red Kite House.

MORCOTT:

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

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

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

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

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

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

The Sunday Next Before Lent

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

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

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

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

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

BARROWDEN:

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

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

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

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

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

Next Sunday 6 pm Evening Prayer.

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

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

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

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