2nd Sunday Before Advent 18th November 2018

Watlington Benefice

2nd Sunday Before Advent

18th November 2018


Our Hymns today

333 All my hope on God is founded

368 Guide me O Thou great Jehovah

418 O Happy Band of Pilgrims

435 Onward Christian Soldiers



Heavenly Lord,

you long for the world’s salvation:

stir us from apathy,

restrain us from excess

and revive in us new hope

that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Daniel

At that time Michael, the great prince, the protector of your people, shall arise. There shall be a time of anguish, such as has never occurred since nations first came into existence. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.2Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 3Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.                               Daniel 12. 1-3

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews

And every priest stands day after day at his service, offering again and again the same sacrifices that can never take away sins. 12But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, ‘he sat down at the right hand of God’, 13and since then has been waiting ‘until his enemies would be made a footstool for his feet.’ 14For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.

19 Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.             

Hebrews 10. 11-14, 19-25

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

As he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, ‘Look, Teacher, what large stones and what large buildings!’ 2Then Jesus asked him, ‘Do you see these great buildings? Not one stone will be left here upon another; all will be thrown down.’

3 When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter, James, John, and Andrew asked him privately, 4‘Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign that all these things are about to be accomplished?’ 5Then Jesus began to say to them, ‘Beware that no one leads you astray. 6Many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and they will lead many astray. 7When you hear of wars and rumours of wars, do not be alarmed; this must take place, but the end is still to come. 8For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. This is but the beginning of the birth pangs.

 Mark 13.1-8

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, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Vi Kent, Carole, Jo, Rupert, Ursula Britts, Ron Miller, Wilf Harris, Debra, John, Christine

Those who have died: Anne Clark

November and December Services


*Sunday November 25th 11am Watlington Canon William Burke


*Sunday December 2nd 11am Wormegay Canon Derek Brown                       

*Sunday December 9th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend Alan Bennett                 *Wednesday 12th December 7pm Runcton Holme Carol Service, Refreshments. Cate and Steve Waters and friends.                                          *Thursday December 13th 2pm Watlington Christingle Service with Watlington School and Canon William Burke                                                                *Friday December 15th 4pm Watlington Wisbech Bellringers Service lay-led                                     *Sunday December 16th 11am Tottenhill Morning Prayer led by lay people                  *Thursday December 20th 10am Runcton Holme Holy Communion Canon Derek Brown             *Sunday December 23rd 11am Watlington Morning Prayer led by lay people                          *Monday December 24th 4.30pm Watlington Christmas Eve Crib and Carol Service by candlelight                                              *Sunday 30th December 11am Wormegay Reverend Alan Bennett 


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


Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: deanerymission@gmail.com 07392 074 992. (keep praying for all of us as we settle into new relationships and roles) The office is open weekdays 9am-1pm Tel.no. 07596 707469

Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.


Operation Christmas Child

Samaritans Shoeboxes need to be returned to Jean and Keith by 18th November

Thank you to all who helped in any way with the Remembrance Service last week

Bible Society

On Bible Sunday (28th October) there was a retiring collection which will continue throughout the Sundays leading up to Christmas – everyone is invited to contribute.

Working in over 200 countries, Bible Society is a charity on a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. We believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good


 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.


 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

Saturday 1st December 2pm Christmas Fayre in Watlington Village Hall for Church funds lots of craft stalls, refreshments Watlington Handbell Ringers. Bring your friends and families

Friday 14h December 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)



All Thursdays, 11.30 short prayer service followed by discussion and bread and soup lunch. 6th, 13th and 20th December

6th – at Hawthorn House, Birchfield Road, Nordelph                                                                                    13th – at 32 Fen Road, Watlington                                                                           20th TBC

email deanerymission@gmail.com for further details