26th November 2017

The Watlington Benefice

Christ the King

Sunday next before Advent

26th November 2017

Our Hymns today (NEH)

499 Thy Kingdom come O God "
388 Jesus Shall Reign
353 Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
394 Let all the World

 

Collect

God the Father,

help us to hear the call of Christ the King  

and to follow in his service,

whose kingdom has no end;

for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, one glory.         Amen

 

 

 

       

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Ezekiel

The word of the Lord came to me: Mortal, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel: prophesy, and say to them—to the shepherds: Thus says the Lord God: Ah, you shepherds of Israel who have been feeding yourselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with the wool, you slaughter the fatlings; but you do not feed the sheep. You have not strengthened the weak, you have not healed the sick, you have not bound up the injured, you have not brought back the strayed, you have not sought the lost, but with force and harshness you have ruled them. So they were scattered, because there was no shepherd; and scattered, they became food for all the wild animals. My sheep were scattered, they wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill; my sheep were scattered over all the face of the earth, with no one to search or seek for them.          

Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: As I live, says the Lord God, because my sheep have become a prey, and my sheep have become food for all the wild animals, since there was no shepherd; and because my shepherds have not searched for my sheep, but the shepherds have fed themselves, and have not fed my sheep; therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the Lord: Thus says the Lord God, I am against the shepherds; and I will demand my sheep at their hand, and put a stop to their feeding the sheep; no longer shall the shepherds feed themselves. I will rescue my sheep from their mouths, so that they may not be food for them.                                                          

For thus says the Lord God: I myself will search for my sheep, and will seek them out. As shepherds seek out their flocks when they are among their scattered sheep, so I will seek out my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places to which they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness. I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries, and will bring them into their own land; and I will feed them on the mountains of Israel, by the watercourses, and in all the inhabited parts of the land. I will feed them with good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel shall be their pasture; there they shall lie down in good grazing land, and they shall feed on rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. I myself will be the shepherd of my sheep, and I will make them lie down, says the Lord God. I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak, but the fat and the strong I will destroy. I will feed them with justice.  

Therefore, thus says the Lord God to them: I myself will judge between the fat sheep and the lean sheep. Because you pushed with flank and shoulder, and butted at all the weak animals with your horns until you scattered them far and wide, I will save my flock, and they shall no longer be ravaged; and I will judge between sheep and sheep. I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them; I, the Lord, have spoken.                     Ezekiel 34.11-16,20-24

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians

 

I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love towards all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. God put this power to work in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

                                     Ephesians 1. 15-end

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                     

‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will put the sheep at his right hand and the goats at the left. Then the king will say to those at his right hand, “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink? And when was it that we saw you a stranger and welcomed you, or naked and gave you clothing? And when was it that we saw you sick or in prison and visited you?” And the king will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Then he will say to those at his left hand, “You that are accursed, depart from me into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not give me clothing, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.” Then they also will answer, “Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.” And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.’ Matthew 25.31-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 and Rosemary Harris, Dilys Garland, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Chris, Margaret Gardner, Kath Lee, Maddy, Samantha Clark, Don Bentley, Lynne Watton, Catherine, Frederick Ali

*Please note there is no Thursday Service at Runcton Holme on 7th December

December Services

*Sunday December 3rd 11am Tottenhill

Reverend John Hall

*Sunday December 10th 11am Watlington Canon Tony Porter

Thursday 14th December 2.30pm Watlington Church Christingle with Watlington School

*Sunday December 17th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend David Yabbacome

*Thursday December 21st 10am Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown

*Sunday December 24th Watlington Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib and Carol Service Canon Derek Brown

*Christmas Day Monday 25th December 8.30am Runcton Holme Rev. Martin Dale

 

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

*Watlington PCC Meeting 7.00pm Wednesday 29th November Old Rectory

*Christmas Fayre: Watlington Village Hall

Saturday December 2nd 2.00pm          Stalls, Teas, Father Christmas, Handbell ringers

All welcome: Proceeds to Church funds

*Saturday 2nd December Holy Trinity Marham Open Day and Christmas Tree Festival


Service sheets (weekly)
Webpage icon 1st Sunday of Lent 18th February 2018
Webpage icon Sunday next before Lent 11th February 2018
Webpage icon Second Sunday before Lent   4th February 2018
Webpage icon Candlemas   28th January 2018
Webpage icon The Third Sunday of Epiphany 21st January 2018
Webpage icon The Second Sunday of Epiphany 14th January 2018
Webpage icon Third Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day, 17th and 25th December
Webpage icon First and Second Sunday of Advent, 3rd and 10th December 2017
Webpage icon 19th November & Remembrance Sunday (12th November) 2017
Webpage icon 29th October 2017
Webpage icon 15th October 2017
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Webpage icon 24h September 2017
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Webpage icon 27th August 2017
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