Christmas 2 5th January 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Runcton Holme

Christmas 2

5th January 2020

 

 

 

Our Hymns today

34 Once in Royal Davids City                          47 As with gladness men of old                            52 O worship the Lord in the beauty of Holiness

Collect

Creator of the heavens

who led the Magi by a star

to worship the Christ-child:

guide and sustain us,

that we may find our journey’s end

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

A reading from the prophet Isaiah

Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you and his glory will appear over you.
Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.

Lift up your eyes and look around; they all gather together, they come to you; your sons shall come from far away, and your daughters shall be carried on their nurses’ arms.
Then you shall see and be radiant; your heart shall thrill and rejoice, because the abundance of the sea shall be brought to you, the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
A multitude of camels shall cover you, the young camels of Midian and Ephah; all those from Sheba shall come.
They shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall proclaim the praise of the Lord.              Isaiah 60.1-6

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians

This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles— for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit: that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of his power. Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.                           Ephesians 3.1-14  

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                              

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:
“And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
   are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.” ’

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, ‘Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.’ When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure-chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. Matthew 2.1-12

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

Those who have died – The families of Winnie Howlett, Pam Colgrave, John Stanley

 

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.

 

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email

louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk

The office is open Monday to Thursday 10am-noon Tel.no. 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.

 

January and February Services

*Sunday 12th January 11am Watlington with Baptism Revd. Dr. David

*Sunday 19th January 9.30am Wormegay Mission Room Revd. Dr. David

*Sunday 26th January 11am Tottenhill Morning Prayer layled

*Sunday 2nd February 9.30am Runcton Holme Candlemas + Baptism Revd. Dr. David

Diary Dates

*Wednesday January 8th 7pm PCC for Runcton Holme, Tottenhill, Watlington and Wormegay in Runcton Holme Parish Rooms

*Thursday January 9th 11am Staff Meeting Runcton Holme Parish Room

 

Archbishop of Canterbury New Year message recorded at the RNLI lifeboat station in Dover

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s station in Dover, part of the Diocese of Canterbury which I serve, faces the busy grey seas of the English Channel.                                                                     As we wonder how we are going to start healing some of the divisions that we’ve seen over recent years, the sort of people at this lifeboat station are signs of hope.                                               I've met some of the over 70 volunteers who are involved in keeping this station operational twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. It’s not just a group of people working together. It’s a family. The sea-going crew include a student, a train driver, a chef, an electrician. The youngest is seventeen, the oldest is sixty-two.           When their pagers go off - day or night - they’re prepared to risk everything to rescue whoever needs their help.                                                   There are so many ways we can connect with others. It could be by joining a voluntary organisation or a charity. It may be sorting food in a food bank.                 Or joining a lifeboat crew. When we hear someone described as a Good Samaritan, we think about that person taking the time to help another. But it’s also a story told by Jesus about someone taking the risk of reaching out to another who was very different to them. Yes, the person needed help – but they also needed connection.                                    Christian faith doesn’t promise us a comfortable life. Christ promises us hope, meaning, peace, purpose and joy – but not comfort! It’s about following in the footsteps of Jesus, who took the risk of connecting with people who were separated from him.                                                        We rightly think of lifeboat crews as heroic, although they may be embarrassed to hear that.  Yet every time we reach out and connect with someone, it is an act of heroism. Don’t underestimate it.           It could be someone you know. It could be someone you’ve always wanted to connect with but never have. It could be someone you really disagree with. Let’s go for a heroic New Year’s Resolution. Let’s resolve to reconnect. To reach out to just one person we don’t know, or from whom we have drifted apart.                             Pick one person. Pick up the phone. Send them a text. Meet them for a cup of tea. Make that connection. Let's begin cementing our unity one brick at a time. For this new year – and this new decade – I pray that we find the hope offered in Jesus Christ. May I wish you all a happy New Year.