Candlemas 2nd February 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Runcton Holme

Presentation of Christ in the Temple


Baptism of Archibald Francis Rockcliffe

2nd February 2020


Our Hymns today

52 Lord of all hopefulness                                       43 Give me oil in my lamp                                   45 The journey of life


Lord Jesus Christ,

light of the nations and hope of Israel:

make your home among us,

and present us pure and holy

to your heavenly Father, 

your God and our God.  Amen.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke                           

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, ‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel.’

And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.        Luke 2.22-40

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, Ruth McFarlane

Those who have died  Gerald Shinn, please pray for Janet and family


February and March Services

*Thursday 6th February 10am Runcton Holme Holy Communion followed by coffee, tea and biscuits.                                                       

*Sunday 9th February 11am Watlington Venerable David Fleming                     

*Sunday 16th February 9.30am Wormegay Canon Derek Brown                   

*Sunday 23rd February 11am Tottenhill Morning Prayer lay-led                        

*Sunday March 1st 9.30am Runcton Holme

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