The Church of England in Elsdon, Otterburn, Horsley & Byrness
17 January 2016
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from 18th to 25th January.
More than ever it is important for all the Christian denominations to stand, pray and work together against the evil in the world, but also to turn outwards towards the bigger issues that are facing humankind and creation.
The services this Sunday (‘Epiphany 2) are:
9.00 am - Parish Communion at St Francis, Byrness
11.00 am Parish Communion at St John the Evangelist, Otterburn
There will be a service of Communion at St John the Evangelist, Otterburn on Wednesday (20th) at 10.00 am
Bellingham Deanery Finance Committee meet on Thursday evening (21st) to begin a discussion on the challenging question of stewardship and funding the work of the church in this area. Please pray for those charged with this important task.
The Marriage of Dale Quincey and Emma Nicholson takes place next Saturday (23rd) at St John the Evangelist, Otterburn,at 11.00 am. We pray for them this week as they prepare for their marriage. (Pray also that we can get the heating fixed!)
Next Sunday’s services (24th January) are:
9.00 am Parish Communion at Holy Trinity, Horsley and
11.00 am Morning Prayer (BCP Mattins) at St Cuthbert’s, Elsdon
It is the turn of St John’s Otterburn to host the Group Service on Sunday 31st January at 11.00 am. We will be celebrating the festival of ‘Candlemas’ with a family communion.
Conversations around the Lord’s Prayer...
Monday evenings during Lent.
(All sessions begin at 7.30 pm in Otterburn Vicarage)
‘Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name’
An invitation to discover our place in the universe
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is heaven’
The Christian faith cannot be relegated to the realm of the spiritual or the margins of society.
Give us this day our daily bread
Just enough for each day, that others also may have enough
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
God’s grace to us and our obligation to others are inseparable
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
Our choices are eternally significant, not just for ourselves but for the well being of creation
For thine is the kingdom, the power and glory, for ever and ever
The prayer concludes with ‘worship’, which in word and deed is the secret of true happiness.
‘‘Redesdale Rites’ (web version)