Third Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day, 17th and 25th December

The Watlington Benefice

Third Sunday of Advent

17th December 2017

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

12 On Jordan’s Bank
7 Hills of the North Rejoice
443 Rejoice the Lord is King
11 O Come O come Emmanuel

 

Collect

God for whom we watch and wait,

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

give us the courage to speak the truth,

to hunger for justice,

and to suffer for the cause of right,

with Jesus Christ our Lord  Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Isaiah

The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
   because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
   to bind up the broken-hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
   and release to the prisoners; 
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour,
   and the day of vengeance of our God;
   to comfort all who mourn; 
to provide for those who mourn in Zion—
   to give them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
   the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
   the planting of the Lord, to display his glory. 
They shall build up the ancient ruins,
   they shall raise up the former devastations;
they shall repair the ruined cities,
   the devastations of many generations. 

For I the Lord love justice,
   I hate robbery and wrongdoing;
I will faithfully give them their recompense,
   and I will make an everlasting covenant with them. 
Their descendants shall be known among the nations,
   and their offspring among the peoples;
all who see them shall acknowledge
   that they are a people whom the Lord has blessed. 
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
   my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
   he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
   and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 
For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
   and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
   to spring up before all the nations. 

Isaiah 61. 1-4, 8-end

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise the words of prophets, but test everything; hold fast to what is good; abstain from every form of evil.

 May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do this.

1 Thessalonians 5.16-24

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

 This is the testimony given by John when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ He confessed and did not deny it, but confessed, ‘I am not the Messiah.’ And they asked him, ‘What then? Are you Elijah?’ He said, ‘I am not.’ ‘Are you the prophet?’ He answered, ‘No.’ Then they said to him, ‘Who are you? Let us have an answer for those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?’ He said,
‘I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness,
“Make straight the way of the Lord”,
as the prophet Isaiah said.

 Now they had been sent from the Pharisees. They asked him, ‘Why then are you baptizing if you are neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet?’ John answered them, ‘I baptize with water. Among you stands one whom you do not know, the one who is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandal.’ This took place in Bethany across the Jordan where John was baptizing.

John 1. 6-8, 19-28

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, Chris, Margaret Gardner, Kath Lee, Maddy, Samantha Clark, , Lynne Watton, Catherine, Frederick Ali                                            John Murfitt and his continued recovery                      

December and January Services

*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 December 25th

8.30am Runcton Holme Rev. Martin Dale

 

*Sunday December 31st 11am Wormegay Morning Prayer lay led

2018

*Thursday January 4th 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer lay led

*Sunday January 7th 11am Watlington includes Healing Service

Canon Derek Brown

 

Advent Giving Envelopes and cardboard candles available for the Children’s Society. Please give generously, we have so much! Consider putting into the envelope a small amount for each meal eaten during Advent, or any other prompt, the number of mince pies eaten? Donations can be brought along to any service but final service at Watlington on January 7th so we can send off money

A Prayer for the Childrens Society

Lord Jesus Christ to whom this world and its history belong, we give thanks for the work of the Childrens Society, a faithful witness to your command that not one of your little ones should be lost. Continue to stir up your gifts in us that children in trouble with the law will know your justice, children at risk on the streets will know your protection, children who are refugees may know your welcome, children who are disabled may know your freedom and all people may know the power of your kingdom where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail

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

 

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

ChristmasMiracle Spreading the hope and joy of Christmas to millions A film telling the story of the original Christmas miracle, the Nativity of Christ Please share

http://www.elydiocese.org/blog/achristmasmiracle

 

The Watlington Benefice

The First Sunday of Christmas

25th December 2017

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

22 Away in the Manger

39 Unto us a boy is born

36 The First Nowell

34 Once in Royal David's City 

 

Collect

God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Isaiah

I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
   my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
   he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
   and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 
For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
   and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
   to spring up before all the nations. 

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
   and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
   and her salvation like a burning torch. 
The nations shall see your vindication,
   and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
   that the mouth of the Lord will give. 
You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
   and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

Isaiah 61.10-62.3

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Galatians

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’ So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.

Galatians 4. 4-7

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us go now to Bethlehem and see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.’ So they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the child lying in the manger. When they saw this, they made known what had been told them about this child; and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

 After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2.15-21

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, Maddy, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Catherine, Frederick Ali, Enid Campbell                                          

John Murfitt and his continued recovery  

Those who have died      Kath Lee, Chris          and their families and friends who mourn

2018 January Services

 

*Thursday January 4th 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer lay led

 

*Sunday January 7th 11am Watlington includes Healing Service

Canon Derek Brown

 

* Sunday January 14th 11am Runcton Holme Canon Stephen Leeke

 

*Sunday 21st January 11am Watlington

Reverend David Grundy

 

*Sunday 28th 11am January Wormegay

Reverend John Hall

 

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail

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

 

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.

Advent and Christmas Giving

Please bring your envelopes and candles back, last service to be returned 7th January

A Prayer for the Children’s Society

Lord Jesus Christ to whom this world and its history belong, we give thanks for the work of the Children’s Society, a faithful witness to your command that not one of your little ones should be lost. Continue to stir up your gifts in us that children in trouble with the law will know your justice, children at risk on the streets will know your protection, children who are refugees may know your welcome, children who are disabled may know your freedom and all people may know the power of your kingdom where you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen

A New Year's Prayer


Lord, You make all things new
You bring hope alive in our hearts 
And cause our Spirits to be born again.

Thank you for this new year
For all the potential it holds.
Come and kindle in us 
A mighty flame
So that in our time, many will see the wonders of God
And live forever to praise Your glorious name.

Amen

 


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