Epiphany 3 26th January 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group



Epiphany 3


26th January 2020

Our Hymns today

210 Lord the light of your love is shining

368 Will you come and follow me

289 Seek ye first the kingdom of God

356 When God almighty came to earth



God of all mercy,

your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives,

and freedom to the oppressed:

anoint us with your Holy Spirit

and set all your people free

to praise you in Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our Readings


A reading from the prophet Isaiah


But there will be no gloom for those who were in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.
The people who walked in darkness
   have seen a great light;
those who lived in a land of deep darkness—
   on them light has shined.
You have multiplied the nation,
   you have increased its joy;
they rejoice before you
   as with joy at the harvest,
   as people exult when dividing plunder.
For the yoke of their burden,
   and the bar across their shoulders,
   the rod of their oppressor,
   you have broken as on the day of Midian.

Isaiah 9. 1-4

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

Now I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you should be in agreement and that there should be no divisions among you, but that you should be united in the same mind and the same purpose. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there are quarrels among you, my brothers and sisters. What I mean is that each of you says, ‘I belong to Paul’, or ‘I belong to Apollos’, or ‘I belong to Cephas’, or ‘I belong to Christ.’ Has Christ been divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you except Crispus and Gaius, so that no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (I did baptize also the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I do not know whether I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize but to proclaim the gospel, and not with eloquent wisdom, so that the cross of Christ might not be emptied of its power.

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1. 10-18

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                             

Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the lake, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:
‘Land of Zebulun, land of Naphtali,
   on the road by the sea, across the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles—
the people who sat in darkness
   have seen a great light,
and for those who sat in the region and shadow of death
   light has dawned.’
From that time Jesus began to proclaim, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’

As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the lake—for they were fishermen. And he said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you fish for people.’ Immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets, and he called them. Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.

Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and curing every disease and every sickness among the people.

Matthew 4.12-23


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, 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

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


To contribute to, or receive a copy of this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop

February Services


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

*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



 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


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


Diary dates

*Thursday 30th January 10.45am Benefice Churchwardens Meeting at Runcton Holme Parish Room

*Saturday 1st February 7pm Quiz Night in Watlington Village Hall for Watlington Church funds

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



A celebration of Healing and Wholeness

Saturday 14th March 2020, 10am to 4pm,

Ely Cathedral

All are welcome for a day of learning, prayer and celebration,


lectures from experts in Healing communities and Christian Healing

If you would like to attend, please let Barbara (C) know and we can get free tickets for you


Pilgrimage to Holy Land

24th November – 3rd December 2020

Reverend Martin Dale is leading a ten-day pilgrimage

Places include Nazareth, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum Mount Carmel, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, full brochure and booking form at back of Watlington Church. Cost £1895, additional cost for insurance (Lightline Pilgrimages www.lightline.org.uk)