The Welland-Fosse Benefice: Prayers and Notices
Sunday 8th August 2021: Trinity X
- Please pray for the sick including Jane Williams, Judith Piggott, Sylvia Martin and Derek Barker. Pray too for the departed, including Muriel Elder and Sussie Clements.
- Zoom Morning Prayer continues on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8.30am. Compline is on Thursday at 6pm.
- Next Sunday we are in church in Tixover at 9.30 am, Morcott t at 11 am and on Zoom. Please continue to wear face-masks. At 3 pm, South Luffenham is holding a Songs of Praise Service on the village green.
- Please remember in your prayers George Bradshaw who is to be baptised at 12 noon in Barrowden Church today. Remember too his parents and godparents.
9.30am services at South Luffenham: The Boot Inn have very kindly given permission to use their car Park. Please use this facility if you are able in order to alleviate parking issues near Church.
Sunday 8th August 9.30 Holy Communion (Canon Tim Alban-Jones).
Sunday 15th August 3pm Songs of Praise on Parish Field.
Sunday 22nd August 9.30 Holy Communion (Rev James Saunders).
While working full time, I had the perfect excuse not to join the Mother’s Union. Even after joyful encounters with hospitable branches in South Africa, I was not motivated to belong. Decades later, I ‘handed myself in’, joined up and even attended meetings! The dedicated persistence, of that local leader, finally paid off. Gradually, a different perspective on the presence of God became real for me in the kind, generous, friendliness of those local saints.
So, why tell you this now?
Well, firstly, I’m struck by the presence of MU banners in some of our local churches. I wonder what I could learn about village life from their members. Next, the Church of England will remember Mary Sumner (Mothers’ Union Founder) on August 9th. Finally, the gospel reading for this Sunday morning (John 6: 35, 41-51) describes Jesus as the bread of life.
Globally, for over a century, the Mothers’ Union has shared the bread of life in worship together and practical help for families in diverse and often challenging circumstances. So, from Kwa Zulu to Rutland, let’s thank God for the Mother’s Union and all the global organisations which put bread on tables. Bread is such an everyday thing, yet it reminds us of all who work to produce food, to cook and serve it and those who we would love to see across the table rather than just through a screen.
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for
The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens