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Bowland Benefice Pews News 19 September 2021

Bowland Benefice

Pews News 19 September 2021

16th Sunday of Trinity

Readings:

Wisdom of Solomon 1: 16-2:1, 12-22; James 3: 13-4: 3, 7-8; Mark 9: 30-37

 What’s going on this week

Today’s services:

Upton Snodsbury

10.30am Benefice Service of Holy Communion

Peopleton

3.00pm Baptism of Lucy Annabel Wakeman

Next Sunday’s services:

9.30am at White Ladies Aston

Service of Holy Communion

10.30am at Upton Snodsbury

Songs of Praise

11.00am at Peopleton

Service of Holy Communion

Also today

11.00am during a Service of Holy Communion in Fladbury

Mary Gisbourne is being admitted as a Mothers’ Union Member.

Loving Lord,

We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.

We pray for families around the world.

Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.

Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Our prayer of blessing for Lucy and her Mum and Dad, Jenny and Stephen, as she is brought to church in Peopleton this afternoon for Baptism:

May God’s joy be in your heart Lucy

and God’s love surround your living,

each day and night

and wherever you roam.

May you know God’s presence

in growing and learning,

in joy and sorrow,

in friendship, in solitude,

in beginnings and endings,

may God keep you and bless you

all the days of your life. Amen.

We send best wishes for the future to Kit and Kirsten married in Peopleton last Saturday 12 September. May they have joy, good health and happiness in their  life together.

Harvest time

Living in the countryside as we do in our rural villages, watching the changing seasons, the colours changing around us and changing fields, Harvest Festivals, I feel sure, hold a special thrill and magic for us all!

This year, once again in the Bowland Benefice, we can enjoy a ‘proper’ celebration in person! Please look out in each village as to what produce can be donated. I am sure church notice boards will have details.

The services are planned as follows:

3 October

10.30am Upton Snodsbury

6.00pm White Ladies Aston

10 October

11.00am Peopleton

31 October

11.00am Broughton Hackett

 

Pointers for thought and prayer for the week

As we think of harvest, the miracle of growth and nature’s bounty which we can see all around us, let us remember all those in this country and across the world who are not so fortunate.

Those suffering hunger and deprivation as a result of human conflict, man’s greed, ignorance and the global warming that we are causing.

 

Help us to open our eyes and hearts to the plight of so many and do what we can to help. – perhaps just a tin of beans donated to the local foodbank.

Whatever will be welcomed.

 

Father, as we celebrate this season of thanksgiving, we give thanks for the blessings of food, provision and nourishment.

Please grow in us a harvest for the world.

Come sow a seed of hope within our souls Lord, that we may yield goodness, patience and kindness in abundance.

Sow a seed of peace in our lives Lord, that we might bear the fruits of forgiveness, compassion and righteousness.

Come sow a seed of love in our hearts Lord, that others would reap the blessings of family, friendship and community.

May each seed of hope, peace and love grow within us into a harvest that can be feasted on by everyone.   Amen.

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