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.
Looking ahead, the next (August) service will be led by lay people, so will not be holy communion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.’
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
See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for
The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens