SERVICES THIS WEEK

Sunday, 23rd July
Trinity 6

​​9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship Higham Ferrers
10.15 a.m. Family Mass & Godly Play   Higham Ferrers








During the week at St. Mary's ​​

Monday 10 a.m. - Noon. "Toddle In"
for Mums & Tots (Bedehouse)
7.00 p.m. Celtic Mass & Meditation

​​ Wednesday 9.30 a.m. Mass
           
              Thursday​     10.30 a.m. Mass

Sunday 30th July
Trinity 7

9.00 a.m. Family Mass  Chelveston
9.00 a.m. Morning Worship Higham Ferrers
10.15 a.m. Family Mass & Godly Play   Higham Ferrers




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This week
OUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN ASKED FOR:     
Tim Maguire, Madge Boxall, Cynthia Hobson, Ettie Green, Daniel Boxall,George Wagstaff, Derek Brawn, Emily:Morris, Cyril Sturgen, Andrew Britchford, Russel Charles Ewan, Michael Paynton, Darren Robinson, Lynn Wesby,Stephen Pack, Noreen Holmes, Terry Broughton, Gerald Sanders, George Howlett, Annette Norman.

Chelveston: Jo Emerson, Michael Smith, Diana Wright, Tony Spicer, Janet Morris, Geoff and Muriel Palmer, Michael Stephenson.

YEAR'S MIND ANNIVERSARIES:
Fred William Parker, Frances Mary Groome, Ernest Nicholas Wright, Clifford (Cliff) Pladdys, Frank Morris, Joan Lacey, Leonard Nowell Wilson, Doreen Curtis, Kenneth Youle, Ella York, Maureen Veronica Kilsby,
Barbara Winifred Lumbers, Jean Ann Lewis, Richard Farey, Fred Groome, William John Blake, William Ainge, Georg~ Hendry, William Sidney Knight, Freda Jolley, Christopher Michael George Francis, Gwendoline Burton, Clara Cox, May Jackson, Thomas John (Jack) Holmes.
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   

 
 COLLECT OF THE DAY
Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body ofthe Church is governed and sanctified, hear our prayer which we offer for all your faithful people, that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth to the glory of your name, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns, with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRSTREADING Isaiah 55.10-13
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it.
For you shall go out in joy, and be led back in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall burst into song, and all the trees ofthe field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall be to the Lord for a memorial, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

SECOND READING Romans 8.1-11
There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesu has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do: by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and to deal with sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, so that the just requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things ofthe Spirit. To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God's law - indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not.have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. But if Christ is in you, though ~he body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness. If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through his Spirit that dwells in you.

GOSPELACCLAMA TlON
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
I am the light of the world, says the Lord.
Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life. Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.

GOSPEL Matthew 13.1-9,18-23
Jesus went out of the house and sat beside the sea. Such great crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat there, while the whole crowd stood on the beach. And he told them many things in parables, saying: "Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seeds fell on the path, and the birds came and ate them up. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and they sprang up quickly, since they had no depth of soil. But when the sun rose, they were scorched; and since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and brought forth grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. Let anyone with ears listen!"
"Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what is sown in the heart; this is what was sown on the path. As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet such a person has no root, but endures only for a while, and when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, that person immediately falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the lure of wealth choke the word, and it yields nothing. But as for what was sown on good soil, this is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields, in one case a hundredfold, in another sixty, and in another thirty."

POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Grant, a Lord, we beseech you, that the course of this world may be so peaceably ordered by your governance, that your Church may joyfully serve you in all godly quietness, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.