Birth of John the Baptist Fourth Sunday after Trinity 24th June 2018


Watlington Benefice


Birth of John the Baptist

Fourth Sunday after Trinity

24th June 2018


Our Hymns today

485 Thy hand O God, has guided

Gloria 363 Glory to God in the highest

459 The Lord’s my shepherd

495 God is working his purpose out

377 Immortal, invisible


Collect for birth of John the Baptist

Almighty God, by whose providence your servant John the Baptist was wonderfully born, and sent to prepare the way of your Son our Saviour by the preaching of repentance: lead us to repent according to his preaching and after his example constantly to speak the truth, boldly to rebuke vice and patiently to suffer for the truth’s sake; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the prophet Isaiah

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and cry to her
that she has served her term, that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 

A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
   make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain. 
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
   and all people shall see it together,
   for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’ 

A voice says, ‘Cry out!’   And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass,
   their constancy is like the flower of the field. 
The grass withers, the flower fades,
   when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
   surely the people are grass. 
The grass withers, the flower fades;
   but the word of our God will stand for ever. 
Get you up to a high mountain,
   O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
   O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
   lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,
   ‘Here is your God!’ 
See, the Lord God comes with might,
   and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
   and his recompense before him. 
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
   he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
   and gently lead the mother sheep. 

Isaiah 40 1-11

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

And on the sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the law and the prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent them a message, saying, ‘Brothers, if you have any word of exhortation for the people, give it.’ So Paul stood up and with a gesture began to speak:

‘You Israelites, and others who fear God, listen. The God of this people Israel chose our ancestors and made the people great during their stay in the land of Egypt, and with uplifted arm he led them out of it. For about forty years he put up with them in the wilderness. After he had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, he gave them their land as an inheritance for about four hundred and fifty years. After that he gave them judges until the time of the prophet Samuel. Then they asked for a king; and God gave them Saul son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, who reigned for forty years. When he had removed him, he made David their king. In his testimony about him he said, “I have found David, son of Jesse, to be a man after my heart, who will carry out all my wishes.” Of this man’s posterity God has brought to Israel a Saviour, Jesus, as he promised; before his coming John had already proclaimed a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his work, he said, “What do you suppose that I am? I am not he. No, but one is coming after me; I am not worthy to untie the thong of the sandals on his feet.”

 ‘My brothers, you descendants of Abraham’s family, and others who fear God, to us the message of this salvation has been sent.

Acts 13. 14b-26

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son. Her neighbours and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy to her, and they rejoiced with her.

 On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him Zechariah after his father. But his mother said, ‘No; he is to be called John.’ They said to her, ‘None of your relatives has this name.’ Then they began motioning to his father to find out what name he wanted to give him. He asked for a writing-tablet and wrote, ‘His name is John.’ And all of them were amazed. Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue freed, and he began to speak, praising God. Fear came over all their neighbours, and all these things were talked about throughout the entire hill country of Judea. All who heard them pondered them and said, ‘What then will this child become?’ For, indeed, the hand of the Lord was with him.

 The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the wilderness until the day he appeared publicly to Israel. 

Luke 1. 57-66, 80

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, Carole, Jo, Hazel, Sarah


 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

Sunday 1st July 3pm Friends of Nakwero Strawberry Tea and AGM at 32 Fen Road Watlington All Welcome


Wednesday 4th July 8.30am-4.30pm Stow Bardolph Church Tea Coffee Home-made cake - raising funds for replacement lighting


Thursday 5th July 1pm-3.30pm Parish Hall,

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Runcton Holme A Lite Bite £6.00 pp. Come and enjoy convivial company and food both savoury and sweet. Funds to the Church.



Sunday 8th July 7pm Strawberry and Wine Evening at home of Janet Shinn Stone Cross Wormegay


Saturday 14th July 2-4m Watlington Church and Churchyard Open Afternoon, Come and explore, enjoy refreshments and a warm welcome, plus a treasure hunt.

Friday 20th July 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)

July Services

*1st July 11am Watlington Patronal Festival Reverend Alan Bennett


*Thursday 5th July 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer led by lay people

*8th July 11am Tottenhill Reverend David Yabbacome

*15th July 11am Open Air Service at Stow Hall Bring picnic

* 22nd July 11am Watlington Canon Stephen Leeke

*29th July 11am Runcton Holme Patronal

Festival Reverend John Hall

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

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