9th Sunday after Trinity Patronal Service St. James Runcton Holme 29th July 20



Watlington Benefice


9th Sunday after Trinity

Patronal Service St. James Runcton Holme



29th July 2018


Our Hymns today

NEH 394 Let all the World

Gloria 363 Glory to God in the highest

NEH 336 Angel Voices

Mission praise 62 Great is thy Faithfulness

Mission Praise 55 Forth in thy name O Lord I go




Merciful God,

whose holy apostle Saint James,

leaving his father and all that he had,

was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ

and followed him even to death:

help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world,

to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.



Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

At that time prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them named Agabus stood up and predicted by the Spirit that there would be a severe famine over all the world; and this took place during the reign of Claudius. The disciples determined that according to their ability, each would send relief to the believers living in Judea; this they did, sending it to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church. He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword.

Acts 11.27-12.2

A reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians

 But we have this treasure in clay jars, so that it may be made clear that this extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be made visible in our bodies. For while we live, we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be made visible in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you.

 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture —‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

2 Corinthians 4. 7-15

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to him with her sons, and kneeling before him, she asked a favour of him. And he said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to him, ‘Declare that these two sons of mine will sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your kingdom.’ But Jesus answered, ‘You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?’ They said to him, ‘We are able. ’He said to them, ‘You will indeed drink my cup, but to sit at my right hand and at my left, this is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by my Father.’

 When the ten heard it, they were angry with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to him and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones are tyrants over them. It will not be so among you; but whoever wishes to be great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be your slave;just as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.’                          Matthew 20 .20-28


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, 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.



August Services

*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


Please continue to pray for the appointment of the Mission Administrator for the West Norfolk Priory group Benefice. This is going to be a focal position for us, we need the right person to help us move forward. The interviews are planned to take place on Thursday16th August

From (retired) Canon Derek Brown:

The Church of England is about to spend a whopping £27million – I’d better repeat that: a whopping £27million…..   I presume that this is coming from funds held by the Church Commissioners.

So what is all this about?   The money is being put at the disposal of the Church of England Strategic Development Fund and it is a comprehensive venture.    Some of it will go towards the building of new churches, but also to the alteration of existing premises, which are not, currently, churches, nor will they necessarily become churches, but they will become meeting places.

Other money will go towards the training and the payment of personnel – who will not necessarily be clergy, but who might well be community or youth workers.

And other money will enable development programmes and go towards the support of initiatives and ventures in parishes, and less clearly-defined areas.   And among all this will the provision of, and experimentation with, new forms of worship.

So we might ask again, what is all this about?  Well some years ago a bishop was asked to describe the Church of England, and without hesitating he replied, ‘Grey hair and glasses.’!  And of course he was largely right as there is a huge gap in most congregations and Church communities – the young, and even the not-quite-young are largely conspicuous by their absence.

The diocese of Ely will receive some of these funds - £2.13million in fact. And here, as in several other dioceses, the thrust of the initiative is towards medium-sized towns, where the dearth of the young is especially significant.  The following towns in this diocese have been nominated for a part of the venture: Wisbech, March, Chatteris, Littleport, Ramsey, Huntingdon, and – Downham Market….. 

Well this is some project, and it is not without some risk as there are few guarantees of success.   But we have to acknowledge that the age-structure of most of our congregations is high, and our numbers are likely to continue to decline – to what?    

It is, then, a bold, but perhaps a necessary step. 

The present Watlington Group of parishes is unlikely to be drawn directly into any of this. But we are set to work more closely with other parishes on the edges of Downham, and no doubt that of the town, and as I have said above, Downham is included.  And so it will not pass us by.

£27million is a huge sum, but the future of the Church of England, as it is functioning at present, is not promising.  If this venture can enlarge and strengthen the activity and influence of the church, and especially among those who are not at present in any way a part of the church, then it will be money well spent.  The project deserves our support, our hopes, and our prayers.