3 Before Lent 9th February 2020

 The West Norfolk Priory Group

 Watlington

3 Before Lent

 

9th February 2020

 

Our Hymns today

336 Angel Voices

341 Blessed are the pure in heart

408 Love Divine

449 Soldiers of Christ arise

 

Collect

Eternal God,

whose Son went among the crowds

and brought healing with his touch:

help us to show his love,

in your church as we gather together,

and by our lives as they are transformed into the image of Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Our Readings

 

A reading from the prophet Isaiah

Shout out, do not hold back!
   Lift up your voice like a trumpet!
Announce to my people their rebellion,
   to the house of Jacob their sins.
Yet day after day they seek me
   and delight to know my ways,
as if they were a nation that practised righteousness and did not forsake the ordinance of their God;
they ask of me righteous judgements, they delight to draw near to God.
‘Why do we fast, but you do not see?
   Why humble ourselves, but you do not notice?’
Look, you serve your own interest on your fast-day, and oppress all your workers.
Look, you fast only to quarrel and to fight and to strike with a wicked fist.
Such fasting as you do today will not make your voice heard on high.
Is such the fast that I choose, a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush, and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast, a day acceptable to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator shall go before you, the glory of the Lord shall be your rearguard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.                                             Isaiah 58.1-9

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. And I came to you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with plausible words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.

Yet among the mature we do speak wisdom, though it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to perish. But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this; for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,
‘What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him’—these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what human being knows what is truly human except the human spirit that is within? So also no one comprehends what is truly God’s except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God.

1 Corinthians 2. 1-12

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                                     ‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfil. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.                               Matthew 5.13-20

Please include in your prayers: Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound: Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, Dilys Garland, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin

Those who have died Gerald Shinn, please pray for Janet and family. Gerald’s funeral is on Tuesday 11th 10.45 am at Mintlyn crematorium

 

To contribute to, or receive a copy of this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop

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

 

February and March Services

*Sunday 16th February 9.30am Wormegay Canon Derek Brown                    *Sunday 23rd February 11am Tottenhill Morning Prayer lay-led                                       *Ash Wednesday 26th February 11am Stow Bardolph                                   *Sunday March 1st 9.30am Runcton Holme Revd Dr. David                                              *Thursday 5th March 10am Runcton Holme BCP Communion + Coffee                       *Sunday 8th March 11am Watlington Revd Dr. David

 

 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.’

 

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email

louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk

The office is open Monday to Thursday 10am-noon Tel.no. 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.

 

Diary dates

*Friday 14th February 10am-12noon Valentine’s Day Coffee Morning Runcton Holme Parish Room.

 

CHRIST THE HEALER

A celebration of Healing and Wholeness

Saturday 14th March 2020, 10am to 4pm,

Ely Cathedral

All are welcome for a day of learning, prayer and celebration, including

lectures from experts in Healing communities and Christian Healing

If you would like to attend, please let Barbara (C) know and we can get free tickets for you

 

Holy Week 2020 – Monday 6th April - Agape Meal at 1pm in Fincham Church. Limited space; booking is essential. Please contact Cathie as soon as possible: finchamstmartin@gmail.com

FYI, there is no cost for this meal although there will be a plate for donations if anyone wants to give.