Easter Sunday 21st April 2019, Second Sunday  Of Easter 28th April 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group Benefice: Tottenhill

Second Sunday 

Of Easter

28th April 2019

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

 

124 Ye choirs of new Jerusalem

363 The Gloria
113 Love’s redeeming work is done
105 Christ the lord is risen again!
117 The Day of Resurrection

 

Collect

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked,

no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,

to the praise of God the Father Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

When they had brought them, they had them stand before the council. The high priest questioned them, saying, ‘We gave you strict orders not to teach in this name, yet here you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and you are determined to bring this man’s blood on us.’ But Peter and the apostles answered, ‘We must obey God rather than any human authority. The God of our ancestors raised up Jesus, whom you had killed by hanging him on a tree. God exalted him at his right hand as Leader and Saviour, so that he might give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins. And we are witnesses to these things, and so is the Holy Spirit whom God has given to those who obey him.’

Acts 5. 27-32

A reading from the book of Revelation

John to the seven churches that are in Asia:

Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.

To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and madeus to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 
Look! He is coming with the clouds;
   every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him;
   and on his account all the tribes of the earth will wail.
So it is to be. Amen.

 ‘I am the Alpha and the Omega’, says the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty. 

Revelation 1. 4-8

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

 When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

John 20.19-23

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, , Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin        

Those who have died  Ursula Briggs

May Services

 

*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 Runcton Holme 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.

 

May

There are two significant periods in our May Calendar, the first being Christian Aid week 11th -18th May

then the Thy Kingdom Come Global Wave of Prayer when churches throughout the world pray for the Holy Spirit between Ascension Day 30th and Pentecost June 9th

 

 

 Christian Aid Week 12-18 May We are being asked to give more Mums a chance to live. Sierra Leone is the most dangerous place to become a mum, many die in childbirth or from complications. We are asked to focus on Jebbeh whose sister died in childbirth. Jebbeh’s community needs a health clinic. Christian Aid through its partners could help to build such a clinic. £7 buys a bag of cement. There will be Christian Aid envelopes at the service at Runcton Holme on May 5th which can be returned to the service on May 12th at Watlington or brought to the Coffee Morning for Christian Aid in Watlington Church on May 11th 10am -12noon

A thought for the week

 (Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes:

Are those people currently protesting in Central London a wretched nuisance or essential pioneers?  The truth is, of course, that they are both.  We should have sympathy with those who have faced disruption in their journeying to and from, or in connection with, their work, or other rightful activity – and we should understand their justified irritation.  And yet the rightful cause of the protestors could hardly be greater – with Sir David Attenborough on their side who could doubt them?

And these protests started with the young.  Earlier is this activity when many of them skipped school in order to protest one Friday, the Prime Minister commented that they would have been better staying in school ‘preparing for their future’ - and thereby she walked straight into the riposte that unless something is done - and pretty quickly - they will have no future…

Sir David tells us that we have about a decade in which to act significantly, otherwise it will be too late – and a decade is a perilously short time.

The need for urgent action on the environment is utterly paramount – it is far, far, far greater than that on Brexit, which is doing so much to absorb much political and public energy.

I don’t envy politicians in their carrying the responsibility for determining so much of the future – but almost invariably they seek such power in the first place, and once gained they fight desperately to retain it. We are justified then in expecting and demanding that they pay real regard to what the current protestors are saying and pointing to. Nothing less than the very future of humankind is seriously at risk. 

We stand at a profoundly significant point.  And it is, of course, also a deeply theological challenge.

 

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                                                           

 

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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

 

Collect

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

 

 

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail

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