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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday25th July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday25th July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday25th July 2021:  Trinity VIII (St. James’ Day)

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Sylvia Martin, Derek Barker, Sussie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams. Pray too for the departed, including Peter Holland and Jim Cunningham.
  • 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 Duddington at 9.30am and in Barrowden/on Zoom at 11am. Please bring a mask to church as there is so much uncertainty and wariness among people still.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:.

Sunday 25th July 9.30 Holy Communion (CA) 
Sunday 8th August 9.30 Holy Communion (Canon Tim Alban-Jones).
Sunday 15th August 3pm Songs of Praise on the Village Green.

 

MEDITATION

 

Cardinal Basil Hume was a Benedictine monk who lived at Ampleforth Abbey in North Yorkshire until his preferment as Cardinal Archbishop. Those who remember him will picture a slim, agile figure with a quiet sense of humour who chose his words carefully. He was born into a Catholic family from Newcastle where his four brothers and sisters would ensure that he was well grounded and rounded. He was drawn to the religious life but that monastery in Ampleforth ran a busy boarding school catering for boys and girls.  During the term, life was hectic for Basil as he taught languages and history throughout the school as well as being a housemaster and coach of the school’s 1st XV rugby team. He had quite a workload professionally, on top of which he had to maintain the discipline of a monk.  Nevertheless, Basil enjoyed life, recording simple pleasures like being taken out to tea in Thirsk by parents of pupils or fishing in the lakes.

 

Today, Sunday, is St. James’ Day. It’s not often we have a saint’s day on a Sunday, but it does allow us an opportunity to contemplate the saintly life. The life of Cardinal Hume is as good an example as any as it is almost contemporary with ours. What were the marks of saintliness in his life?

 

Firstly, there was a thirst for God and the things of God. He went to church as a child and in his busy professional life he found time – made time – to pray and worship. In one of his later books Basil talks about the tension between the desert and the marketplace. For a saint, it must be the quiet pull of the desert for prayer.

 

Secondly there is stability. Monastic communities can be raw, just like family relationships can go sour. Benedictine monks take a vow of stability, never to leave their home community, however joyful or painful it may be. Is this value of stability relevant to us today?

 

Thirdly, there is obedience and for Basil, there were always conflicting loyalties: to the pupils in his charge; to his monastic brothers; to the Abbot of the Community and then to the wider church when asked to leave the delights of the Yorkshire countryside for a frantic existence at Archbishop’s House, Central London. For him, this was God’s will and there was a pattern to it: the pattern of service.

 

Fourthly, Hume was fearless in following the path of the gospel, even though it was often compromised. He would not be bullied by either CND or the conservative hawks over the nuclear deterrent and he was very happy to stand up to the Home Office over the imprisonment of innocent citizens.

 

Finally, his whole world view was influenced by the magnetic force of God. A previous headmaster of Ampleforth College was attending the annual Headmaster’s Conference. One headmaster talked about the way his school prepared its pupils for life. The Ampleforth headmaster was heard to retort, sotto voce, ‘How fascinating. At Ampleforth we always seek to prepare our boys for death’.

 

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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday18 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday18 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday18 July 2021:  Trinity VII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Sylvia Martin, Margaret & Derek Barker, Sussie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane 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 South Luffenham at 9.30 am and on Zoom at 11 am. Please bring a mask to church as there is so much uncertainty and wariness among people still.
  • On Wednesday 21st at 11 am in Barrowden Church there will be a preliminary meeting for all those adults who are thinking about the short confirmation course this summer. All welcome. No need to book.

 

MORCOTT:

Looking ahead, the next (August) service will be led by lay people, so will not be holy communion. 

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Services in South Luffenham Church: Sunday 25th July 9.30 am Holy Communion (CA).
Sally is looking for donations of good condition children’s books for a children’s box at the South Luffenham Community Library. Please email sally@saltlane.com if you have any that she can collect. 

 

MEDITATION: By a parishioner.

 

The mustard seed is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree.’ Mat 13 v 32

 

 

I recently had to make some decisions about my own faith journey. In my musings, in a very simplistic way, I compared the course of faith to the lifecycle of a plant.’

 

Ask yourself…

Am I a seed? Just starting out in faith, unsure what I will become and hiding in the dark, maybe lying dormant until the right conditions make me send out spindly roots and tentative shoots.

Am I forming strong roots? Studying, asking questions, reaching into the depth of the soil for nutrition to help me grow.

Am I a tiny seedling? Starting to stick my head over the parapet, standing up for faith principles, seeking the light and learning more each day.

Am I leaves and stem? Taking in carbon dioxide and sunlight to grow tall and strong, assured and faithful.

Am I a flower bud? Slowly unfurling, showing promise of good things to come. 

Am I a flower? In the full bloom and glory of faith – confident and bright, attracting the attention of people around me.

 

At every stage after germination a plant’s growth and development need the right conditions:

Fertile soil and nutrients – reading the Bible and an enquiring mind,

Sunlight – the fellowship of fellow Christians,

Water – regularly topped up in worship,

The invisible, yet essential, process of photosynthesis – the power of the Holy Spirit.

 

And, of course, the flower makes the seeds for the next generation of believers.

‘The grass withers, the flower fades; but the word of our God will stand forever.’ Isaiah 40 v8    

 

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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday11 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.  Sunday11 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices.

 Sunday11 July 2021:  Trinity VI

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Sussie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane Williams. Pray too for the departed. especially Peter Holland.
  • 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 Tixover at 9.30 am, Morcott at 11 am and on Zoom also at 11 am.

 

South Luffenham:
Sunday 11th July Morning Worship  (AR).
Sunday 25th July Holy Communion ( CA).

‘Still Time’ every Friday 10.30-11.00 am in Church. Anyone is free to join us for a few minutes of silent prayer. 

 

MEDITATION:

There is probably a danger in listening to the radio when driving because, unless you are concentrating on the programme  (not a good idea!), quite a bit is missed. I was listening to something the other day and it was about the meetings which had occurred on Zoom or Teams. It was stated that there were problems of having meetings in this way because people were not meeting face to face and there was something lost.

 

We have lost the personal touch recently and most of us have greatly missed it. There is little that is more heart-warming than hearing your name called in greeting and friendship. It is so easy to become isolated and lonely. Many people are still finding it difficult to be around others and we need to be aware of where this isolation is felt.  A phone call is a good start to making someone feel better.

 

Before the pandemic, we took our social occasions for granted because they were always with us! We met for coffee (or something stronger!), for meals, to go to the theatre or cinema without thought. We gathered for parties and for church services without thought but we have all felt the deprivation of human contact. Hopefully, it will make us more aware of others and the great gift that friendship and being together brings. We need our quiet time, but we need to be with others too.

 

Jesus met many people, and he went to parties enjoying being with others. He had his faithful band of friends where love was given and received. In the confirmation service the amazing words: He has called you by name are said. God knows each one of us and calls our name in greeting and in love. We need friends on earth, but they will not always be there. God is always there, ready to call us by name in greeting.

 

God bless

 

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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 4 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 4 July 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 4 July 2021:  Trinity V

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Derek & Margaret Barker, Sussie Clements, Judith Piggott, Jane Williams, John and Tricia Williams. Pray too for the departed. especially Julia Stokes.
  • 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 South Luffenham at 9.30am and 11am in Barrowden and on Zoom.

 

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 11th July Morning Worship  (AR)
Sunday 25th July Holy Communion  (CA) 

‘Still Time’ every Friday 10.30-11.00. All welcome to join us for silent prayer. 

 

 

MEDITATION: Wimbledon

 

Is there another Eden in South-West London, where the grass is forever green, the colours subdued, the behaviour genteel and the fruits of the earth (mainly strawberries) are to be found in abundance? Why, there is even a firmament which covers the earth and divides the rain above from the sweating grass and the perspiring competitors below! There are the beasts of the earth – big cats who have been here before – who command great reverence and substantial fees, in contrast to the poorly-seeded who may get trampled underfoot.

 

For Wimbledon, we can substitute Wembley, Twickenham, Ascott, Wentworth, Cowes or even your own family or back garden. No site is quite perfect and certainly the inequalities of life are magnified at Wimbledon, but it is entertaining for all that.

 

However, the game is the thing. At Wimbledon it must be terrifying for the unseeded to come up against the big cats early in the championship. The warm-up is gentle but when the game begins in earnest, the shots must be bewildering to the novice. How does anyone place a lob so accurately in the corner or the cross-shot at such an acute angle or the drop shot so controlled?

 

Without the game, the unseeded will not learn, and the constraints of the ground will continue to be frustrating. Engagement is critical for growth.

 

As at Wimbledon for the non-seeded, so with all of us in whatever situation we find ourselves: playing games, taming the garden, the children, the spouse, the pet. If we don’t engage, we shrink.  So it is with God, to release the metaphor. He has placed us here. He provides us with the court ‘and it was very good’. But it does have constraints and there are some rules, even though the lines seem to be increasingly blurred. He surrounds us with supporters, family, fellow pilgrims. They urge us on, but we have to engage. To turn our backs upon God is to ignore the game, the joy of life. He will exercise us and surprise us with those amazing shots. His game is tantalising, mystifying, sometimes infuriating. However challenging, such engagement separates us from the animal kingdom: we stand upright to respond to that divine challenge. At the end of the day, what else is there to play for?

 

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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

Welland- Fosse Prayers and Notices Sunday June 27th 2021

Welland- Fosse Prayers and Notices Sunday June 27th 2021

Welland- Fosse Prayers and Notices

Sunday June 27th 2021

Trinity IV

 

  • 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: Julia Stokes and Maurice Wilkinson.
  • Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8am with Compline on Thursday at 6pm.
  • Services on Sunday 4th July: Duddington 9.30 am.
  • Barrowden and Zoom 11 am.

 

South Luffenham: “Still Time” (a time for silent prayer) in South Luffenham Church on Fridays from 10.30 to 11am. All are welcome to pop in for a few moments of stillness.

 

Meditation

I wonder how many times a day we ask questions? Children will ask countless questions and we all know how it starts with one question and leads to “But why?” so many times until patience runs out and the reply is “Just because it is!” Questions are a means of learning and sometimes lead to stories to explain a point. Children generally love a story, especially at bedtime and there is no shortage of wonderful books for them. “The Gruffalo” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” are two of them.

 

Story-telling has been around for as long as humankind with the first known written story about a thousand years before the Old Testament. It was written on clay tablets in the writing style of ancient Sumer and was known as The Epic of Gilgamesh. It was the story of a two part god and one part man who carried out great feats. Many of the first stories were passed down through the oral tradition and would be told round the fires by the elders of the village. The custom of story-telling is very much ingrained in humanity.

 

Jesus told many stories which have become well known. The story of the Good Samaritan and the Prodigal Son have such impact about helping others regardless of who they are and forgiving the failings of others. Many find this very difficult and yet we are not fault free! In the prayer that Jesus taught us we say, “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us”. It is sometimes very hard to do that but it is possible if we try to follow Christ.

 

God bless

 

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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

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.

 

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The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

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.

 

 

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The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 23rd May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices Sunday 23rd May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 23rd May 2021:  Pentecost

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements, Judith Piggott and Jane 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, 30th May, we are in church at Morcott for the Benefice Communion Service at 10am. There will be no Zoom service on that day.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

Sunday 23rd May 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).

Sunday 13th June 9.30am Morning Worship (AR).

Sunday 27th June 9.30am Holy Communion (CA).

‘Still Time’ (a time for silent prayer) will resume in South Luffenham Church on Fridays from 10.30-11am starting on 4th June. All are welcome to pop in for a few moments of stillness. 

 

MEDITATION: ‘A Terrible Week’

We all have ‘um, terrible weeks, but I was seriously afflicted last week.

 

First it was the computer – the bane of my life.  It was poorly and I had been warned but on Wednesday it gave up the ghost. Yes, I was expecting it but it died maliciously, knowing that there was urgent work on board for the magazine editor – she who must be obeyed.  I scampered to the computer shop only to find that yes, they could help but at significant cost.  Never mind, it had to be done.  However, the transfer of my urgent data would take 10 days – in Germany! I could already hear the editor screaming!  

There was a way around the problem of course: compose the whole lot again. So that is what I did, inching my way around the new and baffling recesses of the new computer networks and at the same time having a mega-sulk at all the free time for the garden which I was missing.  At least it kept the editor off my neck.

 

So that took until Friday. At 10 am, having put away all malicious thoughts about hammers and laptops, I resolved to do the washing-up, basking in a glow of generosity.  Unfortunately, no hot water came from the relevant tap on demand. Frantic calls to the landlord eventually resulted in a boiler man who came late on Friday but the problem was beyond him. So, we were destined to have a weekend with no hot water.  It felt like the end of the world or at least the hight of the blitz. Oh, the agonies of greasy dishes and shaving in cold! Luckily Zoom worship insulates us from odd smells and non-designer-stubble so, with huge relief I made it to Sunday night and a glass of wine.

 

On Monday at 8am another boiler expert arrived, this time a woman who instantly fixed the problem to a round of undiluted gratitude and utility-alleluias. Life could return to near-normal again – after the obligatory lock-up in the bathroom to re-gain the sensual effects of hot water.

 

Why do I tell you this – and whyever did you get this far? It struck me that my misfortunes were a small parable of redemption – being re-united with those things which we yearn for and have painfully missed. That is why we Christians celebrate the Eucharist, giving thanks for the opportunity of being re-united with God – and mysteriously one another – whatever our circumstances might be.

 

Our forebears managed without computers and hot water, but we have grown used to these luxuries. Acceptable as they are, computers or hot water are not essential to our humanity and neither, as a human race, can we expect them. With God however, we find our fulfilment in Him. He is our creator and to be separated from him makes us slightly less than fully human. That is why we celebrate The Eucharist: the thanksgiving for unity with God through Christ.

 

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 16th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices  Sunday 16th May 2021

The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices

 Sunday 16th May 2021:  Easter VII

 

  • Please remember in your prayers those who are sick: Ray Bailey, Sylvia Martin, Margaret and Derek Barker, Suzie Clements, Judith Piggott 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.
  • Next Sunday, 23rd May, we are in church at South Luffenham, 9.30am, Barrowden and Zoom at 11 am.
  • Last week, a bucket collection was held for the DEC India Appeal and £72 was raised. Thank you so much!
  • ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ Compline Series at 8pm provides 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: Monday at Tixover, Tuesday at Barrowden, Wednesday at Duddington, Thursday at South Luffenham, Friday at Morcott and Saturday at Barrowden. Please wear a mask.

 

SOUTH LUFFENHAM:

APCM’s Wednesday 19th May 6.30pm in Church.

Sunday 23rd May 9.30am Communion by Extension (AR).

Church is open daily from 10am-4pm.

 

 

MEDITATION: ‘Line of Duty’

Just before ‘Line of Duty’ falls away from our memories and we can begin to sleep easier in our beds, it’s worth a moment to reflect on some of the qualities to be found in the major characters. All three – Detective Inspector Steve Arnott, Detective Inspector Kate Fleming and Superintendent Ted Hastings – are flawed and yet they are expected to search out and eradicate ‘bent coppers’. That is the responsibility laid upon them by the Home Secretary and society. For us viewers it is quite obvious with spine-chilling intensity that they do their level best to battle the odds against their own temptations and the obstacles thrown in front of them by the villains and sometimes their own colleagues in the force. Broken marriages, money problems, an inappropriate fling or an explosive temper are all part of being human yet add to the frustrations of achieving the goal. No wonder those colourful expletives are sometimes heard: “Jesus, Joseph, Mary and the wee donkey!” The tension all adds to the excitement of life. But there is only tension if we acknowledge our weaknesses and at the same time set ourselves a goal. Like the violin string, the tension creates the attraction, the fun, the exhilaration.

 

No one is perfect. Life involves muddle and compromise even though we have a clearly stated goal, to live as Christ would have us live. And as we try to create the circumstances for a Christian community in our churches, we do well to remember the frailty of our leaders.  My favourite apostle is Peter: always getting it wrong yet it was Peter who was appointed the rock man on which The Church was founded.

 

 

Now is the time to appoint our new wardens and PCC members.  We are not looking for perfection, just the willingness to serve – the service which brings great joy.

 

            “We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.” Luke 17.10.

 

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 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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