The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 20 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 20 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 20 June 2021:  Trinity III

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Sussie Clements, Judith Piggott, Jane Williams, John and Tricia Williams. Pray too for the departed.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am with Compline on Thursday at 6pm
  • Next Sunday we are in church at 11am in Barrowden and on Zoom.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM
Sunday 27th June 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).
‘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

The gardener, complete with knee pads, rocked back on his haunches and wiped his brow.  Now was the time to strike up a conversation. He was planting border dahlias – the love of his life – but this was new territory for him.

 

He had been a gardener at The Priory for 40 years, man and boy. In that time, the gardening team had only been reduced by one, such was the store which the sisters placed upon their garden and its produce. But three years ago the sisters were forced to sell their old building with its mature gardens and move further up the hill to new territory where a purpose-built priory is now inhabited.

“It broke my heart” said the gardener ruefully. But he didn’t look downcast.  He did not have the zeal to

plan a new garden but he was happy to do the ordinary things once more. By the nature of the soil, the absence of weeds and the order of the new greenhouse he was clearly doing the ordinary things extraordinarily well.

 

To say farewell to a garden after pouring 40 years of love and energy into it must be a heart-breaking experience yet here was this lovely man – brim-full of experience, skill and enjoyment – still willing to give me tips on how to control mares-tail or recall the losing battles he’s had over ground-elder and bindweed.

There is the whiff of mystery here. Experience, wisdom, sacrifice, service, delight in new growth and enjoyment in observing the appreciation of others: is this how God works?

 

God’s plans are regularly upstaged – by loss, tragedy, sin – but still he perseveres with us. The old garden on the other side of the wall has been left in the hands of others but there is a carry-over in terms of expertise, endeavour, wisdom, the desire to please – and a few free cuttings no doubt. The design may have changed to accommodate necessity or fashion, but the love and gentle attention given so that we might take joy in it is never in doubt.

 

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 13 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 13 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 13 June 2021:  Trinity II

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Derek and Margaret Barker, Suzzie Clements, Judith Piggott, Jane Williams, John and Tricia Williams. Pray too for the departed.
  • Pray too for those PCC’s preparing for their Annual Meetings and also those who are making plans for the future with a new team.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am with Compline on Thursday at 6pm
  • Next Sunday we are in church at 9.30 am in South Luffenham and at 11 am in Barrowden, with Zoom.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:
Sunday 13th June 9.30am Morning Worship (AR).
Sunday 27th June 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).
‘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. 
The library is back in the Village Hall on Fridays 11am -12 noon.

MEDITATION: Winners and Losers

 

This coming week will see the start of the long-delayed European Cup.  I can almost hear some yawning at the thought, but others will be fixed to their football screens which will raise the spirits of many in the country in this challenging climate.

 

But there will be winners and losers. Powerful athletes will be reduced to tears in defeat whilst others will enjoy the victory parade.  Does it always have to be that way? Are we shackled to a binary world where some are winners whilst others have to be losers? 

 

Some would have it no other way.  I well remember a cabinet minister pouring scorn on the Church’s General Synod for sitting in concentric circles to seek agreement rather than antiphonally, like the House of Commons, where it is a direct fight to the bitter end.

 

We can read off many patterns of living from the pages of The Bible, but the overall message is one of value for each living thing.  ‘God saw everything that he had made and it was very good’. (Genesis 1.31). Jesus said that he had come that we have not just life but life in abundance. (John 10.10). The scriptures certainly recognize life as triumph mingled with tragedy and it comes to a climax with the picture of Jesus on the cross – a tragedy out of which fullness of life for all emerges.

 

History continues to emerge, and it seems that it is a case of two steps forward and one step back. The Church makes its own halting contribution but sometimes with its own interests at heart.  One of my favourite hymns suggests that ‘we make His love too narrow’. I certainly accuse myself of that whilst Jesus tells us to love our enemies.

 

We can all look beyond self-interest. It is not easy. And The Church must look to where the Spirit of God is stirring beyond its own borders as together we strive to build the Kingdom of God with the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, goodness, gentleness, self-control.

 

That is an exciting vision which looks beyond our own narrow interests.  After all, without an opposition, our great teams would have no game at all.  There is value in those who challenge us and they should not be rubbished just because they wear a different strip.

 

The big question is, ‘In what do we put our trust’? Victory is often fleeting. What can sustain us in the long term?

I write this on the day when The Duke of Edinburgh would have been 100. The Queen sets us a remarkable example in her attitude to losing ‘her strength and stay’. Through her grief we can see that she is focussed on a greater victory: ‘that all will be well and all manner of things shall be well’.

 

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 6 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday 6 June 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday 6 June 2021:  Trinity 1

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Derek Barker, Suzie Clements, Judith Piggott, Jane Williams, John and Tricia 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, 13th June, we are in church at South Luffenham at 9.30 am with the Zoom Service at 11am.
  • The wardens meet on 8 June at 7.30pm in Barrowden Church.
  • Duddington holds its APCM on 10 June in church at 11 am.
  • Barrowden invites you to their Open Gardens on 12 & 13 June.
  • Congratulations to Annabelle Holland for raising over £500 for Christian Aid during several mammoth walks!

 

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. 

The library will be back in the Village Hall from this week on Fridays 11am -12 noon.

 

MEDITATION: by Vince Cross

 

Before the Lord’s Prayer in many services the invitation runs:  ‘Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us…’

 

So have you ever suffered from ‘imposter syndrome’? This is the idea that at some point in an activity we catch ourselves thinking: ‘Am I a hypocrite or what!  Of all people, I have no right to be talking with authority on this subject, no right to tell other people what to do, no right to have been gifted by God with these particular blessings. I am not worthy!’

 

Many of us will have experienced a loss of confidence. If you play sport, it’s probably a familiar feeling. You think too much about what you’re doing, and the putt goes wide. You look down, and you fall off the wire. Ditto with playing a musical instrument. You think you might play a wrong note, and lo and behold, you actually do. You remember an unkind comment a work colleague has made, and suddenly you’re crippled in the process of a simple task you’ve done a thousand times before.

 

As Christians we know we’ve all ‘sinned and fallen short’. But we also know we’re God’s unique creation and we’re special to him. He ‘gets’ what makes us tick but loves us nonetheless, and so we can confidently pray ‘Our Father’, in the knowledge that God will never reject us. He will uphold us in the jobs he has for us to do. He will indeed keep our feet from falling.

 

 

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

BENEFICE SERVICE FOR SUNDAY 30TH MAY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICE FOR SUNDAY 30TH MAY 2021

  • Sunday 30th May 2021
  • TRINITY SUNDAY

10.00 am Morcott Church                                                        Holy Communion  (CA)(AR)

There is no Zoom service this week

 

Readings :  Isa. 6. 1 – 8  rom. 8. 12 – 17  John 3. 1 – 17

 

  • Week day services
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom
WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

Services for  the first Sunday after Trinity  June 6th

Trinity 1

 

9.30 am Duddington Church                                         Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Barrowden Church                                         Morning Worship  (AR)

11.00 am Zoom from Barrowden Church  (AR)

 

Sunday services for the second Sunday after Trinity June 13th

Trinity 2

 

9.30 am South Luffenham Church                                   Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am Zoom Service                                                        Morning Worship  (CA)

 

Sunday services for the third Sunday after Trinity 20th June

 Trinity 3.

 

9,30am Tixover church                                                  Holy Communion   (CA)

11.00 am Morcott Church                                              Holy Communion    (CA)

11.00am  Zoom Service                                                   Morning Worship     (AR)

Trinity 3.

 

 

 

Services for the third Sunday after Trinity  27th June

Trinity 3

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                    Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                                                Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Zoom  from Barrowden church     

 

  • Week day services
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

 

 

 

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

Services for  the first Sunday after Trinity  June 6th

Trinity 1

 

9.30 am Duddington Church                                         Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Barrowden Church                                         Morning Worship  (AR)

11.00 am Zoom from Barrowden Church  (AR)

 

Sunday services for the second Sunday after Trinity June 13th

Trinity 2

 

9.30 am South Luffenham Church                                   Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am Zoom Service                                                        Morning Worship  (CA)

 

Sunday services for the third Sunday after Trinity 20th June

 Trinity 3.

 

9,30am Tixover church                                                  Holy Communion   (CA)

11.00 am Morcott Church                                              Holy Communion    (CA)

11.00am  Zoom Service                                                   Morning Worship     (AR)

Trinity 3.

 

 

 

Services for the third Sunday after Trinity  27th June

Trinity 3

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                    Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                                                Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Zoom  from Barrowden church     

 

  • Week day services
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

 

 

 

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

Services for  the first Sunday after Trinity  June 6th

Trinity 1

 

9.30 am Duddington Church                                         Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Barrowden Church                                         Morning Worship  (AR)

11.00 am Zoom from Barrowden Church  (AR)

 

Sunday services for the second Sunday after Trinity June 13th

Trinity 2

 

9.30 am South Luffenham Church                                   Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am Zoom Service                                                        Morning Worship  (CA)

 

Sunday services for the third Sunday after Trinity 20th June

 Trinity 3.

 

9,30am Tixover church                                                  Holy Communion   (CA)

11.00 am Morcott Church                                              Holy Communion    (CA)

11.00am  Zoom Service                                                   Morning Worship     (AR)

Trinity 3.

 

 

 

Services for the third Sunday after Trinity  27th June

Trinity 3

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                    Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                                                Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Zoom  from Barrowden church     

 

  • Week day services
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

 

 

 

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR JUNE 2021

Services for  the first Sunday after Trinity  June 6th

Trinity 1

 

9.30 am Duddington Church                                         Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Barrowden Church                                         Morning Worship  (AR)

11.00 am Zoom from Barrowden Church  (AR)

 

Sunday services for the second Sunday after Trinity June 13th

Trinity 2

 

9.30 am South Luffenham Church                                   Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am Zoom Service                                                        Morning Worship  (CA)

 

Sunday services for the third Sunday after Trinity 20th June

 Trinity 3.

 

9,30am Tixover church                                                  Holy Communion   (CA)

11.00 am Morcott Church                                              Holy Communion    (CA)

11.00am  Zoom Service                                                   Morning Worship     (AR)

Trinity 3.

 

 

 

Services for the third Sunday after Trinity  27th June

Trinity 3

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                    Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                                                Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Zoom  from Barrowden church     

 

  • Week day services
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

 

 

 

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR MAY 2021

WELLAND FOSSE BENEFICE SERVICES FOR MAY 2021

 

 

 

Sunday 2nd May 2021 

9.30 am Duddington Church                                              Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00am   Zoom Service                                                            Morning worship  (AR)

 

Sunday 9th May 2021

9.30am  South Luffenham Church                                     Holy  Communion   (CA)

11.00am  Zoom Service                                                              Morning Worship   (CA)

 

Thursday 13th May Ascension Day

7.30pm South Luffenham Church                                            Holy Communion   (CA)

 

Sunday 16th May

9.s0am Tixover Church                                                                 Holy Communion (CA)

11.00am Morcott church                                         Holy communion by Extension  (AR)

11.00am Zoom Service                                                                     Morning Worship  (CA)

 

Sunday 23rd May 

9.30am  South Luffenham Church                        Holy Communion by Extension  (AR)

11.00 am  Barrowden Church                                                           Holy Communion (CA)

11..00 am  Zoom  from Barrowden Chur                                 Morning worship        (CA)

 

  • Sunday 30th May 2021

10.00 am Morcott Church                                                        Holy Communion  (CA)(AR)

 

  • Week day services
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30 am., Contact Christopher at   chris.armstrong60@yahoo.com for an invitation.
  • Compline will be said on Thursday  at 6pm.  If you would like an invitation, contact Sally Smith. sally@saltlanecom

 

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.