Easter Sunday 21st April 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group Benefice: Watlington

Easter Sunday 

21st April 2019

Our Hymns today (NEH)

120 Thine be the glory

363 The Gloria
110 Jesus Christ
103 Alleluia, Alleluia
119 The strife is o'er



God of glory,

by the raising of your Son

you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope;

for a new day has dawned

and the way to life stands open

in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.



Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead.He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

Acts 10. 34-43

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have died. For since death came through a human being, the resurrection of the dead has also come through a human being; for as all die in Adam, so all will be made alive in Christ. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father, after he has destroyed every ruler and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15.19-26

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb, taking the spices that they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in, they did not find the body.While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men in dazzling clothes stood beside them. The women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, ‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Remember how he told you, while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners, and be crucified, and on the third day rise again.’Then they remembered his words, and returning from the tomb, they told all this to the eleven and to all the rest. Now it was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them who told this to the apostles. But these words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them. But Peter got up and ran to the tomb; stooping and looking in, he saw the linen cloths by themselves; then he went home, amazed at what had happened.

Luke 24. 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, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, Ursula Britts, Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin        

April and May Services


*Sunday 28th April 11am Tottenhill    Canon Derek Brown

*Thursday 2nd May 10am Runcton Holme Rev. Dr. David Holy Communion: Book of Common Prayer Followed by Coffee

* Sunday 5th May 9.30am Runcton Holme   Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

* Sunday 12th May 11am Watlington    Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

* Sunday May 19th 9.30am Wormegay Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

*Sunday 26th May 11am Tottenhill

*Thursday 30th May 10am Ascension Day Canon William Burke


 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

Tottenhill and Wormegay Annual Parish Church Meeting will take place in the Mission Room at 1900 on Wednesday 24th April.


Watlington Annual Parish Church Meeting  Thursday 25th April 7pm in the Church



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A thought for for the week

 (Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes:


Three cheers for Colin Scott!   Who?….     Colin Scott is the newish Head of Risedale Sports and Community College at Catterick, N. Yorkshire.   Mr Scott arrived at the College in 2017.   He learned that in the academic year 2015/6 85 pupils were excluded, many of them permanently.  Under Mr Scott’s leadership there have been, and will continue to be none.  The Head has pledged not to give up on any of the pupils, ‘even if they give up on themselves’.  Three cheers for Mr Scott.  

This was reported at the time of the Notre Dame fire.  It is absolutely right that the Cathedral be repaired, but it is equally, and maybe even more, important that we care for and help each other.  There have been some recent disturbing reports about the inadequate provision made for excluded pupils – when it seems they need help the most.  But this will not be the case at Risedale and we can be grateful for the vision and commitment of this inspiring schoolmaster.


Thank you

To all who supported the Big Breakfast in Watlington Village Hall on Saturday 13th April £222 was raised


To all who supported the Coffee Morning and Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday 20th April in and around Watlington Church £ 185 was raised



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. Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: deanerymission@gmail.com 07392 074 992                                                           


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


Service sheets (weekly)
Webpage icon Third Sunday of Easter 5th May 2019
Webpage icon Palm Sunday 14th April 2019
Webpage icon Fifth Sunday of Lent Passion Sunday 7th April 2019
Webpage icon Third Sunday of Lent 24th March 2019
Webpage icon First Sunday of Lent 10th March 2019; Second Sunday of Lent St Patrick 17th Mar
Webpage icon Second Sunday before Lent Creation Sunday 24th February 2019
Webpage icon 3rd Sunday before Lent 17th February 2019
Webpage icon Epiphany 4 27th January 2019
Webpage icon The Epiphany 6th January 2019 and Epiphany 3 20th January 2019
Webpage icon First Sunday of Christmas 30th December 2018
Webpage icon The Fourth Sunday of Advent 23rd December 2018
Webpage icon The Third Sunday of Advent 16th December 2018
Webpage icon First Sunday of Advent 2nd December 2018
Webpage icon 2nd Sunday Before Advent 18th November 2018
Webpage icon Order of Service for Remembrance Sunday
Webpage icon Remembrance Sunday 11th November 2018
Webpage icon Last Sunday after Trinity Bible Sunday 28thth October 2018
Webpage icon 20th Sunday after Trinity 14th October 2018
Webpage icon 18th Sunday after Trinity, 30th September 2018
Webpage icon 17th Sunday after Trinity 23rd September 2018
Webpage icon 9th September 2018, 15th Sunday after Trinity
Webpage icon 14th Sunday after Trinity 2ndSeptember 2018
Webpage icon 13th Sunday after Trinity 26th August 2018
Webpage icon 9th Sunday after Trinity Patronal Service St. James Runcton Holme 29th July 20
Webpage icon 8th Sunday after Trinity 22nd July 2018