17th Sunday after Trinity 23rd September 2018

Watlington Benefice

17th Sunday after Trinity

Baptism of Adam John Waterson

23rd September 2018


Our Hymns today

3 All things bright and beautiful

19 He’s got the whole world

47 One more step along the world I go

1 Morning has broken



Gracious God,

you call us to fulness of life:

deliver us from unbelief and banish our anxieties with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Letter of James

 Who is wise and understanding among you? Show by your good life that your works are done with gentleness born of wisdom. But if you have bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not be boastful and false to the truth. Such wisdom does not come down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, devilish. For where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace for those who make peace.

Those conflicts and disputes among you, where do they come from? Do they not come from your cravings that are at war within you? You want something and do not have it; so you commit murder. And you covet something and cannot obtain it; so you engage in disputes and conflicts. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, in order to spend what you get on your pleasures. 
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. James 3.13-4.3,7-8

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. He did not want anyone to know it; for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, ‘The Son of Man is to be betrayed into human hands, and they will kill him, and three days after being killed, he will rise again.’ But they did not understand what he was saying and were afraid to ask him.

 Then they came to Capernaum; and when he was in the house he asked them, ‘What were you arguing about on the way?’ But they were silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, ‘Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.’ Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’

Mark 9. 30-37

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


 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.



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September and October Services

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 Barbara C.)

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


* Thursday 4th October 10am Runcton Holme Lay led Morning Prayer

* Sunday 7th October 11am Harvest Festival Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown

* Sunday 14th October 11am Tottenhill Canon William Burke

* Sunday 21st October 11.15am Watlington Reverend Martin Dale

* Sunday 28th October 11am Wormegay lay -led Morning Prayer


Mission Administrator: Louise Vigus contact  louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk and Steve Waters Mission Development Officer    deanerymission@gmail.com 07392 074 992

 (keep praying for all of us as we settle into new relationships and role)

new office is

Church Office

27-29 Bridge Street

Downham Market PE38 9DW.


Diary Dates                                                

Harvest Supper Saturday October 6th 7pm Watlington Village Hall

To contact our Churchwardens, please ring:

Runcton Holme Eve Thomas 01553 812094

Runcton Holme Brenda Redfern 01553 811212

Tottenhill Teresa Anderson 01553 810037

Watlington John Murfitt 01553 811086

Watlington Barbara Church 01553 810584

Wormegay Elaine Squires 01553 841252

Wormegay Janet Shinn 01553 841410


Additional words to be used in the service:



After baptism the minister says to the child:

Adam, today God has touched you with his love and given you a place among his people.
God promises to be with you
in joy and in sorrow, to be your guide in life,

and to bring you safely to heaven.

In baptism God invites you on a life-long journey.
Together with all God’s people
you must explore the way of Jesus
and grow in friendship with God,
in love for his people, and in serving others.
With us you will listen to the word of God and receive the gifts of God.


These responses may be said by all present who have been baptised:


Those who are baptized

are called to worship and serve God.

Will you continue in the apostles’ teaching

and fellowship, in the breaking of bread,

and in the prayers?

With the help of God, I will.


Will you persevere in resisting evil,
and, whenever you fall into sin,

repent and return to the Lord?

With the help of God, I will.


Will you proclaim by word and example

the good news of God in Christ?

With the help of God, I will.


Will you seek and serve Christ in all people,

loving your neighbour as yourself?

With the help of God, I will.


Will you acknowledge Christ’s authority

over human society,
by prayer for the world and its leaders,

by defending the weak,

and by seeking peace and justice?

With the help of God, I will.


May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith,

that you may be rooted and grounded in love

and bring forth the fruit of the Spirit.  Amen.