BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 25TH JULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE 25TH JULY 2021

Sunday Services for  the 8th Sunday after Trinity.

 

 

 

9.30 am  South Luffenham Church                                     Holy communion (CA)

11.00 am Zoom  from home                                                                                      (CA)

Readings :   2 Sam. 11. 1 – 15   Eph. 3.  14 – end  John 6. 1 – 21

 

Weekday 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.  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    

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE18TH jULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY THE18TH jULY 2021

Sunday Services for the Seventh Sunday after Trinity.

 

9.30 am  Tixover                                   Holy communion (CA)

11.00 am Morcott church                    Holy communion  (CA)

11.00 am Zoom Service   from home                                   (CA)

Readings :        2 Sam. 7. 1 – 14a     Eph. 2. 11 – end      Mark 6. 30 – 34  53 – end

 

Weekday 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
Unity. Sunday 11th July 2021

Unity. Sunday 11th July 2021

Unity.

Sunday 11 July 2021: Barrowden and Zoom.

‘God’s plan… to unite all things in Christ’. Ephesians 1.10.

A young curate once asked Archbishop Ramsey what he should preach about. “Preach about God and preach about 20 minutes”, was the archbishop’s reply. So, it is God today, not Wimbledon or cup finals, though both might get a mention!

Unity

Our scripture passage this morning (Eph. 1. 3 – 14) pours out of Paul as if he were an excited and breathless young child telling us something special. In the original Greek, the whole passage is just one sentence! And this message is important: Christ is the unifying factor for the whole world. All things find their home and meaning in and through Christ!

I have a grandson who is similarly seized by his passion for litter-picking. It is almost an obsession if it were not for his wide-ranging knowledge of the recycling process. From an early age he would rush around the garden, or the park or the aircraft picking up litter, especially cigarette stubs. All went into the litter bin. It was hard work taking him for a walk!

St. Paul is also passionate to show us that all things belong ‘in Christ’: not just male and female, black and white. His vision is greater than that. This vision covers heaven and earth, the natural world (where we are just realising our responsibilities). But it goes even further. He is talking about the internal harmony of us humans – the sins we love and hate simultaneously – but also the greatest test of harmony, the relationship between God and humanity – a unity which has been sliding away from us in the past century.

There is an irony in all of this.  Paul was writing this letter to the Ephesian Church from Rome where he was in prison. He must have been seized by this vison of unity in his prison cell. He knew much about the Roman world and how it had brought together many warring cities, states and nations. He was proud of his Roman citizenship and realized that Rome and the Pax Romana was actually creating the unity to which he was being directed. If fallible Roman Emperors could bring about such change, then the power of Christ and his Church could achieve even more!

 

Our Vocation

This is some agenda! It certainly needs divine intervention to address it – and that is what we have but God has called us to attend to it as well as himself.

‘Christ has no other hands but your hands to do his work today.

No other hands but your hands to guide men on their way.

No other lips but your lips to tell them why he died;

No other love but your love to win them to his side’. (St. Theresa)

And how do we do it?  Well, step by step would be a start.

I used to regularly visit the ecumenical centre of Taizé in France which is visited by thousands of enquiring young people each year from all over the world. There are few rules but visitors must attend worship 3 times a day. As the crowds approach the rather ugly hanger-like church, young people hold placards in a variety of languages urging silence.  The church is called The Church of Reconciliation and the dominant element in the worship is silence. Perhaps that is where we should start, in silence, seeking God’s direction or affirmation.

There is an excitement in the way Paul writes about this calling. It matches the excitement of Emma Raducanu, the A level student who was a wildcard player at Wimbledon this year.  Although she withdrew, her sheer delight in being chosen was obvious.

We did not choose God; God chose us and sometimes our delight matches that choice. Joy is infectious. It is a response to our calling and makes our work of reconciliation easier.

Through our baptism, says St. Paul, we are both holy and blameless. How does that work?  Well, holiness suggests difference, the difference which following Christ inevitably brings. As one bishop neatly put it, ‘It’s not that Christianity makes good men better but whether it can make bad men holy’. But who can be blameless in this world?  It relates to sacrifice: only the best being offered to God. Aiming for that in all departments of our life will help us in our calling as reconcilers. 

 

Reconciliation

So, our calling is to be reconcilers in different directions. I have spent some time baby-sitting in the last few weeks.  Some of us are gifted in this way; others are not! I hugely admire the way a mother or grand-mother manages to distract a grumpy child back to happiness, reconciled to itself.

Think if you will of the reconciling work of Marcus Rashford. He used his influence to speak truth to power by encouraging the Prime Minister to extend the provision of free school meals during the COVID crisis.  Each of us is in a position of influence too.  How will you use your influence to encourage reconciliation? It may be in the direction of the green agenda, race relations, healing family rifts, engagement in regional politics or acting as an evangelist, bringing someone closer into the reach of God’s caring hand. We all have this responsibility as Christians. It is both a privilege and a challenge.

The work of unity is too important to be left to the clergy or politicians. It must involve us all, at whatever level we can reach. Amen.

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

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR 11TH JULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR 11TH JULY 2021

Services for Sunday the Sixth Sunday after Trinity.

 

 9.30 am South Luffenham Church                              Holy communion (CA)

11.00am Barrowden Church                                          Holy Communion (AR)

11.00am  Zoom Service from Barrowden Church                                        (CA)

Readings : 2 Samuel. 6.  1- 5 12b – 19    Eph.1. 3 – 14  Mark 6.  14 – 29

 

Weekday 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 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?

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 4TH JULY 2021

BENEFICE SERVICES FOR SUNDAY 4TH JULY 2021

Sunday services for the  Trinity 5.

 

9.30 am  Duddington Church                                              Holy communion ()

11.00  am Barrowden Church                                               Morning Worship  (AR)

11.00   am  Zoom Service  from Barrowden Church         Morning Worship (AR)       

 

Readings :   1 Samuel 5.  1 – 5  9 – 10 2 Cor.          12. 2 – 10   Mark 6 . 1 – 13

Weekday 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 SUNDAY SERVICES FOR JULY 2021

WELLAND FOSSE SUNDAY SERVICES FOR JULY 2021

Church services for Sunday 4th July 2021 

Trinity 5

9.30am  Duddington church                                       Holy communion (CW)

11.00 am Barrowden Church                                       Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am  Zoom from Barrowden Church                  Morning worship (AR)

 

Church Services for July 11th  2021

Trinity 6

9.30am  South Luffenham Church                           Morning Worship (AR)

11.00am Barrowden Church                                       Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00am Zoom  from Barrowden Church                                                    (CA)

 

Sunday Services for July 18th 2021

Trinity 7

9.30am Tixover Church                                                   Holy Communion (CA)

11.00am  Morcott Church                                                 Holy Communion  (CA)

11.00am Zoom      from home                                          Morning Worship  (AR)

 

Sunday Services for July 25th 2021

Trinity 8   

9.30am  South Luffenham Church                                   Holy communion  (CA)

11.00am  Zoom   from home                                             Morning Worship  (CA)      

 

Weekday 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 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

 

See wellandfosse.org for much more information, including contact details for

The Very Rev Christopher Armstrong and the churchwardens