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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

 

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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.

 

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