READINGS AND SERVICES FOR ALL SAINTS DAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2020

READINGS AND SERVICES FOR ALL SAINTS DAY 1ST NOVEMBER 2020

Sunday 1st November (All Saints’ Day):

 

                                9.30 am Duddington Church  Transition service  with local sculptor Michael Moralee

                                11.00 am                                   Zoom Service including a dialogue with Michael Moralee

 

READINGS.

Ist November  All Saints Day.  1.John 3. 1 – 3   Matt. 5. 1 – 12

BCP. Rev. 7. 2 – 4 ( 5-8) , 9 – 12.   Matt. 5. 1 – 12.

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 25th 1st November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 25th 1st November 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 

 Sunday 1st November 2020:  All Saints’ Day.

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Zoom services continue today, 11am., with the sculptor Michael Moralee.
  • Next week, Remembrance Sunday, the services will be at Barrowden (HC) at 8 am, South Luffenham at 9.30am, Duddington at 10am with Morcott and Barrowden at 10.55 am, including the Zoom Service.
  • Monday 2nd November is All Souls’ Day. There will be a short service in Barrowden Church at 2pm when we shall remember those who have gone before us in the faith.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.30am. Compline will be suspended until Advent when it will be held on Sundays at 6pm starting 29th
  • The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh is coming to Barrowden Church at 2pm on 12 November to talk about the poet R.S.Thomas – the subject of her new book which is also a literary guide through Advent. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day, priced £12.99. Please let Kay Bagshaw (01572 748797) know if you wish to come. Please wear a face mask.

 

MORCOTT:

Our next service is Remembrance Sunday 8 November in church starting at 10.55hrs, led by the Churchwardens. Please ring Jane on 747157 to ‘book’ your place so we can ensure social distancing, though we hope to accommodate all who want to come. There will be music, but no singing.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

South Luffenham Church is open daily 10-4.

 

If you would like to decorate your window for our village Advent Calendar please email sally@saltane.com

Remembrance Sunday service in Church next Sunday at 9.30am – all available places have now been reserved.

The South Luffenham village collection box can be found outside the gate of 27, The Street.

I thank you on behalf of the Foodbank for your continued support.

 

       shopping list:

·         Coffee

·         Dried potato (smash type)

·         Jam

·         Small bags of sugar ( Due to the weight of items people have to carry)

·         Tinned potatoes

·         Small sponge puddings

·         UHT Juice

·         Tins of Custard

·         Shaving gel

·         washing up liquid

·         Non- Bio washing capsules (For families with young children)

·         Toilet rolls

MEDITATION

 

Who are the saints that we celebrate today?  In the famous Ghent Altarpiece painted by Van Eyck in 1432 we can see a wide range of worshippers gathered round the Lamb of God.  There are the usual suspects: hermits, virgins, angels, ordinary faithful men and women – even a few bishops.   But if we look carefully, there are also some surprises: crusaders, philosophers and Muslims. How wide can this category of saint be stretched?

 

I remember a very embarrassing moment during an earnest discussion among senior clergy in the northwest of England.  It was about providing support for the very poor, of which there are many in that area.  The priest presenting his ideas implied that even the Muslims were God’s people and thus deserving of support.  He then left the room.  The presiding bishop was shocked by his final throwaway remark and said so forcibly. 

 

The bishop was wrong.  He was a godly man, devoted to the scriptures but Jesus – in those very scriptures – told a parable about our wider vision.  In Matthew chapter 21, two brothers are told to go and work in the vineyard by their father.  One said he would and then didn’t. The other said he wouldn’t, then changed his mind and went. Which one did the will of the father, asks Jesus.

 

I prefer to interpret God’s call to follow him in the widest of ways.  The Beatitudes (Matthew Ch. 5. 1 – 12) suggests that those who are blessed are those who carry out God’s will and not those that merely pay lip-service to it. So philosophers, military and people of all creeds and none are to be found doing God’s will, knowingly or unknowingly.  That is what the Ghent Altarpiece suggests to us. And those who kneel in front of it – or any altar today – will, with God’s grace, see that we are not alone in paying homage to The Lamb of God in all spheres of life. Those are the saints; those who do the will of God; those who see the work of the Lord in the hands of others. May they all be encouraged, blessed, valued in their work.

 

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

 

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READINGS AND SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2020

READINGS AND SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 25TH OCTOBER 2020

Services for the last Sunday after Trinity

  11.00am         Barrowden   Church              Harvest Festival                    

                                              11.00 am:                                                          Zoom Service

 

Note this is a new Benefice Zoom Account with the ID: 251 867 5293  Passcode 1234

 

Readings for the last Sunday after Trinity.

    St Luke ch 12 v 16-23

BSP:     Eph. 5. 15 – 21  Matt. 22. 1 – 14

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2020

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

Church Services

for OCTOBER 2020

          

 

                4th October:  9.30am         Duddington Church           Transition Service                   

                                         11.00 am:       Zoom Service

                11th October   9.30am        South Luffenham Church.   Harvest Festival

                                         11.00 am:     Zoom Service

                18th October     9.30               Tixover  Church                      Transition Service

                                         11.00 am:        Zoom Service

                25th October  11.00am         Barrowden   Church              Transition Service                    

                                         11.00 am:       Zoom Service

                1st November   9.30am       Duddington Church               Transition Servcice                   

                                          11.00 am:  Zoom Service

At the time of writing, the form of service is yet to be confirmed by the Church Wardens but I hope we will be able to move back to a shortened form of Holy Communion in most churches during the month.

Martin Beattie is inviting you to the scheduled Zoom meetings.
Note this is a new Benefice Zoom Account with the ID: 251 867 5293
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 251 867 5293
Passcode: 1234
 
The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 18th October 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 18th October 2020

 

 Sunday 18th October 2020:  Saint Luke’s Day

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby, Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
  • Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 11am.
  • Next week, the service will be Holy Communion at Barrowden Church with Zoom at 11am.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8.30am. Compline will be suspended until Advent when it will be held on Sundays at 6pm starting 29th
  • Next Sunday, 25th October, the clocks go back at 2am.
  • Stop Press! The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh is coming to Barrowden Church at 2pm on 12 November to talk about the poet R.S.Thomas – the subject of her new book which is also a literary guide through Advent. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day, priced £12.99. Please let Kay Bagshaw (01572 748797) know if you wish to come. Please wear a face mask.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Our Church is open 10-4 daily. The flower arrangements are still looking fantastic!

 

The Foodbank tubs will be collected on Wednesday morning this week and there is still space for a few more offerings. Thank you.         

 

MEDITATION

Wherever we look at the moment there seems to be chaos. “Chaos” means “a state of total confusion with no order” according to the Cambridge dictionary. There is dissension amongst politicians, businesses are in jeopardy and people are fearful of the future. To add to all that the nights will soon be longer and there is the winter looming. It appears to be a very bleak outlook. And it can be if we let it!

 

We can be overwhelmed by the situation in which we find ourselves and it is perhaps the uncertainty which is the most frightening aspect of our present circumstances. We are not keen on change and we certainly don’t like being unable to plan and make decisions which we know will be honoured at the right time. One of the areas which I am studiously ignoring is Christmas. What will it be like? We don’t know and will have to wait, another thing which we are often not very good at!

 

So what is there that can ease the overwhelming problems? There are all the clichés which are trotted out but which are not of any great help. But there are sights around us which defeat the chaos. I have watched in awe the tree outside my window come into bud, flower, berries redden and now the leaves falling. And the seasons will be around next year in due time.

 

Even if everything changes there is one sure constant. The hymn states, “Thou, whose almighty word, chaos and darkness heard and took their flight.” God knows the chaos and darkness which exists and weeps with us in the hours of loneliness and uncertainty and is there for each one of us if we take him at his word. The prayer I gave in September but which is still so relevant.

 

Prayer: Walk with us, Lord, as we journey through the darkness of uncertainty. May we find light and joy and love to guide us in your path. Amen.  

 

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

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2020

THE WELLAND-FOSSE BENEFICE CHURCH SERVICES FOR OCTOBER 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice.

Church Services

for OCTOBER 2020

          

 

                4th October:  9.30am         Duddington Church           Transition Service                   

                                         11.00 am:       Zoom Service

                11th October   11.00am        South Luffenham Church.   Harvest Festival

                                         11.00 am:     Zoom Service

                18th October     9.30               Tixover  Church                      Transition Service

                                         11.00 am:        Zoom Service

                25th October  11.00am         Barrowden   Church              Transition Service                    

                                         11.00 am:       Zoom Service

                1st November   9.30am       Duddington Church               Transition Servcice                   

                                          11.00 am:  Zoom Service

At the time of writing, the form of service is yet to be confirmed by the Church Wardens but I hope we will be able to move back to a shortened form of Holy Communion in most churches during the month.

Martin Beattie is inviting you to the scheduled Zoom meetings.
Note this is a new Benefice Zoom Account with the ID: 251 867 5293
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 251 867 5293
Passcode: 1234
Welland Fosse Benefice is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
 
 
Time: Oct 11, 2020 10:30 AM London
 
 
 
 
 
The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 11th October 2020

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices. Sunday 11th October 2020

 

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.
Sunday 11th October 2020: Trinity XVIII

• Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Janette Saunders, Ann Hensby,
Belinda Forbes and Derek Barker.
• Zoom services continue throughout the week, including today, 11am direct from South
Luffenham Church (via wellandfossebenefice@gmail.com). Please bring a symbol of your
own harvest with you, either to the church or to the Zoom screen.
• Next week, the service will be at Tixover Church, 9.30am and then Zoom at 11am.
• From 16 October, Zoom Morning Prayer will be limited to Mondays and Wednesdays at
8.30am. From the same date, Compline will be suspended until Advent when it will be held
on Sundays at 6pm starting 29th November.
• Stop Press! The Rev’d Dr. Carys Walsh is coming to Barrowden Church at 2pm on 12
November to talk about the poet R.S.Thomas – the subject of her new book which is also a
literary guide through Advent. Copies of the book will be on sale on the day, priced £12.99.

SOUTH LUFFENHAM: Our flowers arrangers have been busy decorating the Church for harvest (I have
included a picture of just one to whet your appetite!) Why not pop in during the week to

 

                                                                          

 

 

This Week’s Meditation. Waiting

As individuals, we spend a decent part of our lives waiting. We wait for entry into shops, news of the
latest grandchild, our test results. But this weekend, the whole nation is waiting – waiting to find out
if the lockdown will affect us all. We don’t find ourselves in this position very often and this waiting,
longing comes upon us whether we are rich or poor, young or old; whether we live in the north, the
south or the midlands. We’re in it together,
Waiting is all about ‘not having’. We wait for the new garment to arrive in the post, the salary to
register in the bank statement or the opportunity for a hair-cut. We are waiting for something or
someone which will bring us closer to fulfilment but this weekend, in Rutland, we have freedom to
do almost what we like. We are waiting to see if we are about to lose that freedom!
This threat of lockdown will help us realize what we still have. There is currently much reflection in
the nation upon the precious things that we still have and faith is one of those elements essential to
life. Yet, we still wait. As Christians, we do not ‘possess’ God. If we think we do, it makes us look
very silly and unattractive. What we do wait for is a greater understanding of God and further
opportunities to put the teaching of Christ into action.
This weekend, we celebrate the hard-won harvest. (Don’t forget to bring your harvest symbol to the
11am Zoom Service!). It’s an opportunity to reflect upon God’s generosity to us. In this part of
Rutland, life is teeming with examples of the glory of God! Just outside my study window is a
clematis with a delicate light-purple flower still surviving the cooling climate. It’s God’s badge,
forged through the activities of clever horticulturalists no doubt. It reminds me of the presence of
God but God masked in nature. I long to see more evidence of His presence but that clematis – and
the church just beyond the wall – allows me to celebrate His presence in the here and now, with
waiting still in my heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

READINGS AND SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 11TH 0CTOBER 2020

READINGS AND SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 11TH 0CTOBER 2020

 

SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 11TH OCTOBER

11.00 am South Luffenham Church      Harvest Festival

    11.00am  Zoom Service          Harvest Festival       

             

READINGS FOR THE 18TH SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY

 

Exodus  32. 1 – 14   Ps. 106. 1 – 6. 19 – 23    Phil. 4.  1 – 9  Matt.22. 1 – 14

 

BSP:  Deut. 6. 4 – 9  Ps. 122   1 Cor. 1. 4 – 8  Matt. 22. 34 – end