The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Burton Latimer

Making the love of God known in our community


Welcome to our worship today

Sunday, 27th March 2022

The Fourth Sunday of Lent (Mothering Sunday)


8.30am – Holy Communion (Common Worship)

10.00am – Holy Communion (Common Worship)


This morning we welcome Revd Captain Paul Niemiec, who will be leading our worship.



Our Prayer List


Each week we pray for a different street: this week is Severn Court


We remember those who are ill or need our prayers at this time, especially: Anne-Marie Miller, Maggie Camps, Sandra Bennett, Alex, Jim and Diana Cole


We pray for the souls of those who have died:

Colin Painter


We remember those whose anniversaries of death are at this time:

Doug Batey


Contact details:



Mike Jones, telephone 01536 724860

Carol Sharman, telephone 01536725759 (weddings, baptisms and funerals)


Safeguarding Officer: Lucy Lorentzen, telephone: 07944597181

Website: or visit us on Facebook:



Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ’s sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


All        Amen


First Reading


2 Corinthians 5.16-21


16From now on, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view, we know him no longer in that way. 17So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.


This is the word of the Lord.

All        Thanks be to God


Gospel Reading


Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.
The Lord is a great God, O that today you would listen to his voice.
Harden not your hearts.

All        Praise to you, O Christ, King of eternal glory.


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to N.

All        Glory to you, O Lord.


Luke 15.1-3,11b-32


1All the tax collectors and sinners were coming near to listen to Jesus. 2And the Pharisees and the scribes were grumbling and saying, ‘This fellow welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ 3So he told them this parable: 11‘There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.” So he divided his property between them. 13A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and travelled to a distant

country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. 14When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. 16He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. 17But when he came to himself he said, “How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! 18I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.’” 20So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. 21Then the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.” 22But the father said to his slaves, “Quickly, bring out a robe – the best one – and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!” And they began to celebrate.


25Now his elder son was in the field; and when he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing. 26He called one of the slaves and asked what was going on. 27He replied, “Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has got him back safe and sound.” 28Then he became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and began to plead with him. 29But he answered his father, “Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends. 30But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fatted calf for him!” 31Then the father said to him, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”’


This is the Gospel of the Lord.

All        Praise to you, O Christ


Prayer after Communion


Lord God,
whose blessed Son our Saviour
gave his back to the smiters
and did not hide his face from shame:
give us grace to endure the sufferings of this present time
with sure confidence in the glory that shall be revealed;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All        Amen


We should like to thank everyone who contributes to our stewardship scheme, whether by standing order to our bank, through the Parish Giving Scheme or by regular giving through the plate.  We are grateful for your gifts.  If you would like to support us, please contact Charmaine Augustus for further information.


Prayer list: The names of those who are ill or in need of prayer will remain on the prayer list for three weeks.  However, we realise that some people may need to be on for longer and, if this is the case, please speak with Carol Sharman who will be happy to arrange this


Day trip to the National Memorial Aboretum Staffordshire on Thursday, 21st April, leaving from Meeting Lane at 10am.  The cost of the trip is £15 per person – to be paid to Bob Miller by 14th April.  Further details available Bob (01535725974)


Electoral Roll We are in the process of revising our Electoral Roll and there is a notice regarding this on the noticeboard at church. If you are already on it, there is no need to do anything.  If you are not sure as to whether or not you are a member, there is a list in church where you can check or you can email me and I can advise you.  If you are not already a member and would like to join, there are forms available at the back of church or I can email one out to you.  These must be returned to me by 1st April.


Easter Sunday – Following the 10 am service, you are all invited to join us for a celebratory drink and finger buffet.  An Easter Egg Hunt will take place after the service for “younger” members of the congregation.  A clipboard at the back of church has a list if you wish to contribute food.  All Health and Safety plus Covid care has been addressed. 

                                                                                                Thank you – Outreach Team



This Week

Morning Prayer is said each week in the Chapter House on Monday and Friday, at 9 am, and Evening Prayer is said on Thursday at 5 pm – all are welcome.


Tuesday – 10.30 am SMUFs at the Guiding Centre

Wednesday – 9.30am mid-week service, followed by light refreshments

7pm Community Choir rehearsal


Sunday, 3rd April – The Fifth Sunday of Lent)


8.30am – Holy Communion (BCP)

10.00am – Family Service


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