9th September 2018, 15th Sunday after Trinity



Watlington Benefice


15th Sunday after Trinity


9th September 2018


Our Hymns today

237 NEH Morning has broken
363 NEH The Gloria
383 NEH Jesus Lover of my Soul
309 NHWS Take my Life and Let it Be

35 NHWS Brother, sister let me serve you



Lord God,

defend your Church from all false teaching

and give to your people knowledge of your truth,

that we may enjoy eternal life

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Proverbs

A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches,
   and favour is better than silver or gold. 
The rich and the poor have this in common:
   the Lord is the maker of them all. 
Whoever sows injustice will reap calamity,
   and the rod of anger will fail. 
Those who are generous are blessed,
   for they share their bread with the poor. 
Do not rob the poor because they are poor,
   or crush the afflicted at the gate; 
for the Lord pleads their cause
   and despoils of life those who despoil them.

Proverbs 22.1-2,8,9,22-23


A reading from the Letter of James

My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favouritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ? For if a person with gold rings and in fine clothes comes into your assembly, and if a poor person in dirty clothes also comes in, and if you take notice of the one wearing the fine clothes and say, ‘Have a seat here, please’, while to the one who is poor you say, ‘Stand there’, or, ‘Sit at my feet’, have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? Listen, my beloved brothers and sisters. Has not God chosen the poor in the world to be rich in faith and to be heirs of the kingdom that he has promised to those who love him? But you have dishonoured the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?

 You do well if you really fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbour as yourself.’ But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it.

 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you? If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So, faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.

James 2.1-10,14-17

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, ‘Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.’ But she answered him, ‘Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.’ Then he said to her, ‘For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.’ So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.

 Then he returned from the region of Tyre, and went by way of Sidon towards the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. They brought to him a deaf man who had an impediment in his speech; and they begged him to lay his hand on him. He took him aside in private, away from the crowd, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat and touched his tongue. Then looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, ‘Ephphatha’, that is, ‘Be opened.’ And immediately his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly. Then Jesus ordered them to tell no one; but the more he ordered them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. They were astounded beyond measure, saying, ‘He has done everything well; he even makes the deaf to hear and the mute to speak.’

Mark 7.24-end

Please include in your prayers              Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound: Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, John Harris, Dilys Garland, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley,

Peter Tickle, Roger, Philip, Vi Kent, Carole, Jo, Rupert

September Services

*Sunday 16th September Tottenhill 11am Morning Prayer lay-led


*Sunday 23rd September Watlington 11am Canon Stephen Leeke


Wednesday 26th September 7pm Benefice Evening Service at Stow Bridge (If you need a lift – please ask – these are lovely, end of the day services when we can get to know each other in our new Benefice- Barbara C.)


*Sunday 30th September 11am Wormegay Patronal Festival  Reverend David Grundy


Exciting news: Mission Administrator: Louise Vigus appointed and Steve Waters (unpaid) Mission Development Officer (keep praying for all of us as we settle into new relationships and roles

The lease for the new office has been signed, address is

Church Office

27-29 Bridge Street

Downham Market PE38 9DW.



Thank you to all involved in Jazz at the Old Rectory and Joseph. Two amazing events!



Please continue to give to the King’s Lynn foodbank through the basket at the back of Watlington Church. Non-perishable items (food and toiletries) always wanted.


Diary Dates                                                

Friday 14th September 10am-12noon Watlington Church Coffee Morning for Dilys’ bus (gf.me/u/j6b3f9  for more info)

Friday 21st September 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)

From the Ely Diocese web-site

                        Prayer is simply communication between people like you and me, and God who made us and cares for us, enjoys our company and wants a relationship with us.                       

Jesus came to show us what God is like and to teach us how to pray. His living, dying and rising again cleared the way for us to come into God' s presence just as we are, however we are feeling and whatever our circumstances.                                                     

The wonderful truth is that God loves us, knows us by name and always hears us when we pray.                                                   

 Spirituality is to do with the way prayer affects our lives and the ways we respond to God.                                                       

The ups and downs of life can cause us to pray even without us noticing that is what we are doing: ' Help', ' Thank you', ' Sorry', ' Please'. However, sometimes we feel a longing for something deeper, a feeling Saint Augustine recognised when he wrote:

' You have made us for yourself and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.'

Of course, we are all different. Some of us are happy to talk, others prefer silence, some of us are comfortable in stillness, while others prefer to meet with God out-of-doors. It has been said that there is no such thing as a good pray-er, there are only people who pray.