14th Sunday after Trinity 2ndSeptember 2018


Watlington Benefice


14th Sunday after Trinity


2ndSeptember 2018


Our Hymns today

17 MP Be thou my Vision
363 NEH The Gloria
75 MP Holy, Holy, Holy, Holy
296 NEH Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour

186 NEH Tell out my soul



Merciful God,

your Son came to save us us

and bore our sins on the cross:

may we trust in your mercy

and know your love,

rejoicing in the righteousness

that is ours through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Song of Solomon

The voice of my beloved!
   Look, he comes,
leaping upon the mountains,
   bounding over the hills. 
My beloved is like a gazelle
   or a young stag.
Look, there he stands
   behind our wall,
gazing in at the windows,
   looking through the lattice. 
My beloved speaks and says to me:
‘Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away; 
for now the winter is past,
   the rain is over and gone. 
The flowers appear on the earth;
   the time of singing has come,
and the voice of the turtle-dove
   is heard in our land. 
The fig tree puts forth its figs,
   and the vines are in blossom;
   they give forth fragrance.
Arise, my love, my fair one,
   and come away.

Song of Solomon 2. 8-13


A reading from the Letter of James

 Every generous act of giving, with every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. In fulfilment of his own purpose he gave us birth by the word of truth, so that we would become a kind of first fruits of his creatures.

 You must understand this, my beloved: let everyone be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger; for your anger does not produce God’s righteousness. Therefore rid yourselves of all sordidness and rank growth of wickedness, and welcome with meekness the implanted word that has the power to save your souls.

 But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves. For if any are hearers of the word and not doers, they are like those who look at themselves in a mirror; for they look at themselves and, on going away, immediately forget what they were like. But those who look into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and persevere, being not hearers who forget but doers who act—they will be blessed in their doing.

 If any think they are religious, and do not bridle their tongues but deceive their hearts, their religion is worthless. Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. 

James 1. 17-end

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, ‘Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?’ He said to them, ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
“This people honours me with their lips,
   but their hearts are far from me; 
in vain do they worship me,
   teaching human precepts as doctrines.” 
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.’

 Then he called the crowd again and said to them, ‘Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.’ For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.’ 

Mark 7.1-8,14,15,21-23

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

September Services


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


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


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

*Sunday 23rd September Watlington 11am Canon Stephen Leeke

*Sunday 30th September 11am Wormegay Patronal Festival


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

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


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 21st September 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)                                                                Wednesday 26th September 7pm Benefice Evening Service at Stow Bridge

Creationtide Saturday 1 September 2018 - Thursday 4 October 2018   

World Day of Prayer for Creation: Eternal God, You crown the year with goodness, And you give us the fruits of the earth in their season, Grant that we may use them to your glory, for the relief of those in need, and for our own well-being, Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Our food is one of the largest sources of carbon emissions from UK households. It is an area of our lives where we can all make a difference. Globally, even without climate change, the world food system faces a challenge: experts estimate that global food production will need to increase by 70 percent by 2050 to feed a growing population and satisfy shifting diets.