13th Sunday after Trinity 26th August 2018



Watlington Benefice


13th Sunday after Trinity

26th August 2018


Our Hymns today

449 NEH Soldiers of Christ Arise
363 NEH The Gloria
153 MP Make me a channel of your peace
294 NEH Just as I am without one plea

262 MP What a friend we have in Jesus



Almighty God,

you search us and know us.:

may we rely on you in strength

and rest on you in weakness,

now and in all our days;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from first book of Kings

Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the assembly of Israel and spread out his hands to heaven. He said, ‘O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven above or on earth beneath, keeping covenant and steadfast love for your servants who walk before you with all their heart, the covenant that you kept for your servant my father David as you declared to him; you promised with your mouth and have this day fulfilled with your hand. Therefore, O Lord, God of Israel, keep for your servant my father David that which you promised him, saying, “There shall never fail you a successor before me to sit on the throne of Israel, if only your children look to their way, to walk before me as you have walked before me.” Therefore, O God of Israel, let your word be confirmed, which you promised to your servant my father David.

 ‘But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Even heaven and the highest heaven cannot contain you, much less this house that I have built! Have regard to your servant’s prayer and his plea, O Lord my God, heeding the cry and the prayer that your servant prays to you today; that your eyes may be open night and day towards this house, the place of which you said, “My name shall be there”, that you may heed the prayer that your servant prays towards this place. Hear the plea of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray towards this place; O hear in heaven your dwelling-place; heed and forgive.

 ‘Likewise when a foreigner, who is not of your people Israel, comes from a distant land because of your name —for they shall hear of your great name, your mighty hand, and your outstretched arm—when a foreigner comes and prays towards this house, then hear in heaven your dwelling-place, and do according to all that the foreigner calls to you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your people Israel, and so that they may know that your name has been invoked on this house that I have built.

1 Kings 8. 22-30, 41-43

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace.With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints.Pray also for me, so that when I speak, a message may be given to me to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it boldly, as I must speak. 

Ephesians 6.10-20

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them.J ust as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live for ever.’ He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, ‘This teaching is difficult; who can accept it?’ But Jesus, being aware that his disciples were complaining about it, said to them, ‘Does this offend you? Then what if you were to see the Son of Man ascending to where he was before? It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But among you there are some who do not believe.’ For Jesus knew from the first who were the ones that did not believe, and who was the one that would betray him. And he said, ‘For this reason I have told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted by the Father.’

 Because of this many of his disciples turned back and no longer went about with him. So Jesus asked the twelve, ‘Do you also wish to go away?’ Simon Peter answered him, ‘Lord, to whom can we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God.’ John 6. 56-69

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

August and September Services

*Wednesday 29th August 7pm Priory Group Service at Stow Bardolph

*Sunday September 2nd 11am Wormegay Reverend David Yabbacome

*Thursday 6th September 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer lay-led

*Sunday 9th September 11am Runcton Holme Canon William Burke


Sunday 2nd September 3-5pm               Jazz in the Garden The Old Rectory               Watlington £5 bring own chair or blanket



5th September 6.30pm Watlington Church

Entry £5 for Adults

Children free if accompanied by an adult

Concessions/ unaccompanied children £4


Norfolk Churches Trust sponsored Bike, Walk, Drive in the Norfolk Countryside Saturday 8th September 9am-5pm find out more norfolkchurchestrust.org.uk/bike-ride

Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes:

Much is being said and written at present about people of other faiths, and particularly about Moslems and Jews.  For a few years before I retired I was Chairman of the North Lincolnshire Multi-Faith Partnership.  And I found it one of the most rewarding things that I did, it was challenging but very enlightening.  The Christians of us learned a good deal about those of the other faiths, and I think that they learned from us.  They asked us, for instance, if we could change our meetings from the usual day – which was Friday - because, of course, that is the main day for Moslem worship…..   And there was good humour, on one occasion we were seeking a day to meet in the Winter and one wag said, ‘I can do the 25th December, I’ve nothing in my diary’!….    And some of them used to send me a Christmas card – think about it!…..    And one Sikh said, ‘We can’t get our young folk to go to church either.’  And he did use the term ‘church’….

The truth is that the vast majority of  people of faith – whatever faith – are honourable, peace-seeking and calm, who want a good life for themselves - and for everyone else.    We have far more in common with those of other faiths than is generally understood, and the differences are only in the detail.    

But all of us are let down by the extremists – of whatever persuasion – whose awful views are twisted and unrepresentative.  At present, and usually for self-seeking political reasons, the differences between the main-stream faiths are being exploited, and we should reject that, because the vast majority of people of (whatever) faith are simply seeking the same loving God.


Exciting news: Mission Administrator: Louise Vigus appointed and Steve Waters (unpaid) Mission Development Officer (keep praying !)


Shouldham Flower Festival 26th, 27th August 10am-5pm