Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – November 2019

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Midweek Communions are held weekly on Wednesdays, 9.30am at Heyford and Thursdays, 10am at Flore – all welcome. (No service at Heyford on 23rd October).

During November we shall be praying for people living in Church Street and Manor Walk in Heyford, Kings Lane and The Orchard in Flore, Main Street in Upper Stowe and the Apartments in Brockhall Hall

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)

 

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – November 2019

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends.

Once again, we enter November, and the season of remembrance. It begins with
All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day and moves on to Remembrance Sunday and
Armistice Day. As always, there are Remembrance Sunday services at war
memorials and churches across the benefice, with details elsewhere in this
magazine.

Towards the end of the month, we have our annual Service of Thanksgiving for a
Life on Sunday 24th November at All Saint’s Church in Flore, beginning at 3:30 PM. This is an opportunity to celebrate, remember and give thanks for the lives of loved ones who have died recently, or, indeed, not so recently. If there is anyone you would like us to remember especially during this service, then please give me a ring on the telephone number below and let me know their names.

Coincidentally, Saturday 9th November marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I remember visiting West Berlin in the early-80’s and going to see the Wall, an ugly scar on the landscape, and a stark reminder of a deeply divided humanity. And I remember the end of 1989 as a time of hope. With the Berlin Wall coming down, communism collapsing across Eastern Europe, and an end in sight to the tensions of the Cold War, surely this was the time for humanity to come together for the wellbeing of all. Sadly, my naive hopes were quickly dashed, as new hatreds, ideologies and jealousies arose to ensure humanity remained – and remains – as divided as ever.

But the fall of the Berlin Wall still inspires me as an example of the tremendous power of prayer. In the late-70’s, East German Christians – suffering under one of the most repressive regimes in the world – began to gather in churches across the country to pray for peace, and especially for a lessening of the tensions between East and West. The most significant of these prayer meetings was in Leipzig, which grew to such an extent that around 70,000 people gathered there for a prayer meeting in October 1989. A month later, when the Berlin Wall came down, the Communists had policemen on the streets and snipers on the roofs. They thought they were prepared for every eventuality, but they were not prepared for the power of prayer.

As we gather again to remember the fallen, what might we pray to change in our
world, our nation, our communities or our homes that would truly honour their
sacrifice?

Yours in Christ,

Stephen – 01327 344436

 

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – October 2019

Nether Heyford Parish Church of St. Peter and St. Paul

Dear Friends.

As I write this, we’re moving into Autumn, and the leaves on the lime trees in the churchyard here in Heyford are just beginning to change colour. At the same time, countless lime seeds are drifting into the Rectory like tiny little helicopters, the shape of the leaf and stalk cleverly designed to carry the seeds some distance away from the tree. Thousands of these seeds litter the Rectory drive, which is a bit of a nuisance in one way, and yet in another way, it’s a seasonal reminder of God’s reckless generosity.

This is the time of year when we celebrate the harvest across the churches and
primary schools in the benefice, giving thanks to God for his abundance. There’s a danger that we lose sight of the importance of the harvest in this day and age, when food can be sourced from all over the world and found on our supermarket shelves. In ancient times however, the abundance of the harvest – or the lack of abundance – could mean the difference between life and death, between having enough to eat and starvation. Little wonder that people worshipped God, and gave thanks for good, plentiful harvests.

We see ancient Israel’s attitude to the fruitfulness and abundance of the earth
throughout the Old Testament, and especially in the Psalms, many of which praise
God for his goodness. Harvest metaphors are common in the Bible, and often
feature in Jesus’ parables and stories. There are a couple of ideas that emerge from the Bible’s teaching on harvest. First, we’re to recognise that all the good things around us – our food and drink, flowers, trees and the amazing abundance of creation – are gifts we can value and enjoy. Secondly, all this created goodness is not ours to hoard or use selfishly. So in the churches, our collected harvest donations go to help local food banks and homeless shelters, to help overcome the surprising and depressing need to satisfy poverty and hunger here in the UK. As we celebrate God’s generosity, I pray that we might all take the opportunity to be generous in turn, sharing what we have, and helping those in need.

Yours in Christ,

Stephen – 01327 344436

 

Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul – Services – October 2019

NetherHeyfordChurchServicesOctober2019

Midweek Communions are held weekly on Wednesdays, 9.30am at Heyford and
Thursdays, 10am at Flore – all welcome. (No service at Heyford on 23rd October).

During October we shall be praying for people living in The Green in Nether
Heyford, for the Bliss Charity Primary School, for the shops, and for all the activities
in the Village Hall and the Baptist Church Rooms. In Flore, we pray for people living
on Hillside Road and Flore Hill. We pray for the Main Street and School Rooms in
Church Stowe, and for Manor Farm, the Old Coach House and Manor Cottage in
Brockhall.

Rev Stephen Burrow (Tel. 01327 344436)