SERVICES THIS WEEK


During the week at St. Mary's ​​

Monday 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
​10 a.m. to Noon. Toddle in for Mums & Tots- Bedehouse
5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer
7.00 p.m. Celtic Mass & Meditation
Tuesday 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer
Wednesday 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer
9.30 a.m. Mass
2 p.m. Tiny Tots
​3.30 p.m. Messy Church - Bedehouse
5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer
  Thursday​ 8.30 a.m. Morning Prayer    10.30 a.m. Mass
​5.00 p.m. Evening Prayer

Sunday 17th September
Trinity 14

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


Sunday 24th September
Trinity 15

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

​5.00 p.m. Harvest Evensong  Chelveston




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PILGRIM BREAKFASTS
for those looking to explore faith will recommence on Saturday 16th September, 9-11 am, and run to the end of October - speak with Debbie if you are interested to know more.
   
 
 
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, Terry Broughton, Gerald Sanders, George Howlett, Annette Norman, Richard Eady, Chris Clulow,
Miranda Robinson, Diocesan Director of Education

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

YEAR’S MIND ANNIVERSARIES:
Owen Martin, Harold Ernest Newell, Elsie Farey Pashler, Gertrude Letch, Rose Thorpe, Herbert Richard Pentlow, Clara Turner, William Sidney Percival, Leonard Harold Goodman, Gerard Kendall, Emma Eagle, Marjorie Farey Felce, John Millgate, Gerald Barker, Audrey Smith, George Trafford, Charles Edward Gomm, Louisa Parker, Donald York, Leonard Walter Batt, Louise Lilian Trafford, William Earl Fitzwilliam, Major Haig Powell, Ivy Hudson, Lily Hanson, Deborah Sargent, Philip Ward, Samuel Hubbard.
   

  
   
   

   
   
   
   
   
   
 
   
   
   

 
COLLECT OF THE DAY
      Almighty God, whose only Son has opened for us a new and living way into your presence, give us pure hearts and steadfast wills to worship you in spirit and in truth, through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

FIRST READING Genesis 50.15-21
Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?” So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died, ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.” But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God? Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today. So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

SECOND READING Romans 14.1-12
Welcome those who are weak in faith, but not for the purpose of quarrelling over opinions. Some believe in eating anything, while the weak eat only vegetables. Those who eat must not despise those who abstain, and those who abstain must not pass judgment on those who eat; for God has welcomed them. Who are you to pass judgment on servants of another? It is before their own lord that they stand or fall. And they will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make them stand.
Some judge one day to be better than another, while others judge all days to be alike. Let all be fully convinced in their own minds. Those who observe the day, observe it in honour of the Lord. Also those who eat, eat in honour of the Lord, since they give thanks to God; while those who abstain, abstain in honour of the Lord and give thanks to God.
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord's. For to this end Christ died and lived again, so that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
Why do you pass judgment on your brother or sister? Or you, why do you despise your brother or sister? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God. For it is written, "As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall give praise to God." So then, each of us will be accountable to God.

GOSPEL ACCLAMATION
Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia.
My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

GOSPEL Matthew 18.21-35
I know them, and they follow me.
Peter came and said to Jesus, “Lord, if another member of the church sins against me, how often should I forgive? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “Not seven times, but, I tell you, seventy-seven times.
“For this reason the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began the reckoning, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him; and, as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, and payment to be made. So the slave fell on his knees before him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the lord of that slave released him and forgave him the debt. But that same slave, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow slaves who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat, he said, ‘Pay what you owe.’ Then his fellow slave fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ But he refused; then he went and threw him into prison until he would pay the debt. When his fellow slaves saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken place. Then his lord summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. Should you not have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you?’ And in anger his lord handed him over to be tortured until he would pay his entire debt. So my heavenly Father will also do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

POST COMMUNION PRAYER
Lord God, the source of truth and love, keep us faithful to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, united in prayer and the breaking of bread, and one in joy and simplicity of heart, in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.