8th Sunday after Trinity 22nd July 2018

Watlington Benefice


8th Sunday after Trinity

22nd July 2018 


Our Hymns today

10 Amazing Grace

Gloria 363 Glory to God in the highest (NEH)

187 Praise my Soul (Mission Praise)

142 Lord for the years (Mission Praise)

173 How Great thou art (Mission Praise)



Lord God,

your Son left the riches of heaven

and became poor for our sake:

when we prosper save us from pride,

when we are needy save us from despair, that we may trust in you alone;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the second Book of Samuel

Now when the king was settled in his house, and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, the king said to the prophet Nathan, ‘See now, I am living in a house of cedar, but the ark of God stays in a tent.’ Nathan said to the king, ‘Go, do all that you have in mind; for the Lord is with you.’

 But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan: Go and tell my servant David: Thus says the Lord: Are you the one to build me a house to live in? I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up the people of Israel from Egypt to this day, but I have been moving about in a tent and a tabernacle. Wherever I have moved about among all the people of Israel, did I ever speak a word with any of the tribal leaders of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, saying, ‘Why have you not built me a house of cedar?’ Now therefore thus you shall say to my servant David: Thus says the Lord of hosts: I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep to be prince over my people Israel; and I have been with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make for you a great name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, so that they may live in their own place, and be disturbed no more; and evildoers shall afflict them no more, as formerly, from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel; and I will give you rest from all your enemies. Moreover, the Lord declares to you that the Lord will make you a house. When your days are fulfilled and you lie down with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring after you, who shall come forth from your body, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be a father to him, and he shall be a son to me. When he commits iniquity, I will punish him with a rod such as mortals use, with blows inflicted by human beings. 2 Samuel 7.1-14a

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

 So then, remember that at one time you Gentiles by birth, called ‘the uncircumcision’ by those who are called ‘the circumcision’—a physical circumcision made in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, so that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of the two, thus making peace, and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. So he came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near; for through him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

Ephesians 2. 11-end

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

The apostles gathered around Jesus and told him all that they had done and taught. He said to them, ‘Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.’ For many were coming and going, and they had no leisure even to eat. And they went away in the boat to a deserted place by themselves. Now many saw them going and recognized them, and they hurried there on foot from all the towns and arrived ahead of them. As he went ashore, he saw a great crowd; and he had compassion for them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.                                                       When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret and moored the boat. When they got out of the boat, people at once recognized him, and rushed about that whole region and began to bring the sick on mats to wherever they heard he was. And wherever he went, into villages or cities or farms, they laid the sick in the market-places, and begged him that they might touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed.             Mark 6.30-34, 53-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 Harris, Dilys Garland, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Ken Martin, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley,


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.



Thank you and well done

Sunday 8th July 7pm Strawberry and Wine Evening at home of Janet Shinn Stone Cross Wormegay raised £271 for Church funds


Saturday 14th July Watlington Church Refreshment Afternoon and Church Treasure Trail was enjoyed and incidentally raised £200



July and August Services

*Sunday 29th July 11am Runcton Holme Patronal Festival Reverend John Hall


*Sunday 5th August 11am Wormegay Reverend Alan Bennett


*Thursday 9th August 10am Runcton Holme Morning payer led by lay people


*Sunday 12th August 11am Runcton Holme Canon Tony Porter

*Sunday 19th August 11am Tottenhill Reverend David Grundy

*Sunday 26th August 11am Watlington led by lay people

*Wednesday 29th August 7pm Priory Group Service at Stow Bardolph

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 REQUIRED                    FOR Church of England Ely Diocese

THE WEST NORFOLK PRIORY GROUP BENEFICE Closing date for applications 23 July 2018

5 days per week, 4 hours per day negotiable; £10,400 pa £10/hour 20 hours a week.

Based in an office in Downham Market.

This is a new part-time role. The successful applicant will have the exciting opportunity to use his/her skills and experience in supporting the formation of the new Church of England West Norfolk Priory Group Benefice of 12 churches. The role will require good communication and IT skills, administrative ability, personal communication skills and an ability to be pro-active. The post will be subject to DBS checks. The role involves administrative support for the new Benefice Priest (yet to be appointed) and the development of a lay Mission and Ministry team. Leadership skills would be welcomed.

Further details available from – Canon William Burke, Rural Dean of Fincham and Feltwell

New Rectory, High Street, Fincham King’s Lynn PE33 9EL e-mail: wsdburke@outlook.com

Please pray for all involved in the shortlisting meeting which takes place on Thursday 26th July at 10am