The Epiphany 6th January 2019 and Epiphany 3 20th January 2019

Watlington Benefice

The Epiphany

6th January 2019

 

Our Hymns today

47 (NEH) As with gladness men of old

48 (NEH) Bethlehem of noblest cities

21 (Carol sheet) We three kings

49 (NEH) Brightest and best

 

Collect

God our Father,

in love you sent your Son

that the world may have life:

lead us to seek him out among the outcast and to find him in those in need,

for Jesus Christ’s sake. Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

Arise, shine; for your light has come,
   and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 
2 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. 
3 Nations shall come to your light,
   and kings to the brightness of your dawn. 

4 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. 
5 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. 
6 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— 2for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ. 5In 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: 6that is, the Gentiles have become fellow-heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.

7 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. 8Although 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, 9and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10so 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. 11This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.

Ephesians 3.1-12

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, 2asking, ‘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 homage.’ 3When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; 4and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5They told him, ‘In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet: 
6 “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.” ’

7 Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. 8Then 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.’ 9When 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. 10When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. 11On 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. 12And 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, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, Ursula Britts, Ron Miller, Wilf Harris, Debra, John, Christine

Those who have died: John Harris

John’s Funeral is on Thursday 17th January 1pm at Watlington Church

January 2019 Services

*Sunday 13th January 11am Tottenhill Reverend David Grundy

*Sunday 20th January 11am Watlington Reverend Alan Bennett

*Saturday 26th January 4pm Watlington Licensing and Installation of Reverend David Karoon as priest in charge of West Norfolk Priory Benefice

*Sunday 27th January 11am Wormegay Mission Room Reverend John Hall

Good News! Reverend David Karoon will be licensed and installed into the West Norfolk Priory Benefice on Saturday January 26th 4pm in Watlington Church. An answer to all our prayers

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

 

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk The office is open weekdays 9am-1pm 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.

 

A Christmas Thankyou

It’s time for the Epiphany

Joseph and Mary could have come to tea

Instead of parking in a stable

We could have laid a Christmas table

Time to get the pies and cake on

Since Jesus is here ’to save our bacon’

Come to put the ‘baddie’ down

In just his little swaddling gown

GOD, we thank you for your SON

For without him we are done!

We know how fortunate we are

That JESUS is our rising star!

 

Eve Thomas Churchwarden

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

 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.

 

 

 

 

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Epiphany 3

20th January 2019

 

Our Hymns today

 

336 (NEH) Angel voices ever singing

363 The Gloria

269 (Mission Praise) When we walk with the Lord

408 (NEH) Love Divine all loves excelling

46 (Mission Praise) Father we Love You

 

Collect

Eternal Lord,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole creation

to your glory, hidden though past ages

and made known

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah

For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
   and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
   and her salvation like a burning torch. 
2 The nations shall see your vindication,
   and all the kings your glory;
and you shall be called by a new name
   that the mouth of the Lord will give. 
3 You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
   and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. 
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken,*
   and your land shall no more be termed Desolate;*
but you shall be called My Delight Is in Her,*
   and your land Married;*
for the Lord delights in you,
   and your land shall be married. 
5 For as a young man marries a young woman,
   so shall your builder* marry you,
and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
   so shall your God rejoice over you.

Isaiah 62.1-5

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

Now concerning spiritual gifts,* brothers and sisters,* I do not want you to be uninformed. 2You know that when you were pagans, you were enticed and led astray to idols that could not speak. 3Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; 6and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.7To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

1 Corinthians 12. 1-11

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. 2Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ 4And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ 5His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ 6Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 7Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. 8He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. 9When the steward tasted the water that had become wine and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom 10and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ 11Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.

John 2.1-11

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, Ron Miller, Wilf Harris, Debra, John, Christine

 

January and February 2019 Services

 

*Saturday 26th January 4pm Watlington Licensing and Installation of Reverend David Karoon as priest in charge of West Norfolk Priory Group

*Sunday 27th January 11am Wormegay Mission Room Reverend John Hall

*Sunday February 3rd 11am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer lay-led

*Sunday February 10th 11am Tottenhill Reverend David Grundy

* Sunday February 17th 11am Watlington Reverend David our new priest in charge

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk The office is open weekdays 9am-1pm 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 contribute to, or receive a copy of this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop

Please come and support:

The Licensing and Installation                       of the Revd. Dr. David Karoon                      as Priest in Charge                                                        of                                                              The West Norfolk Priory Group                      by the Bishop of Ely                                                       The Rt.Revd Stephen Conway                          and                                                                          The Archdeacon of Huntingdon and Wisbech The Venerable Hugh McCurdy                       St Peter and St, Paul Watlington                 Saturday 26th January 4pm

Refreshments afterwards                                    in Watlington Village Hall (Main Hall)

Parking is limited outside the Church so suggested that people park at Village Hall and walk to Church via footpath beside the Sports and Social Club; the Village Hall will be open for people to drop off cakes etc, and for toilet facilities before the service.

 

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

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th -25th January Theme for the week is ‘Justice and only justice shall you pursue ‘ is inspired by Deuteronomy 16. 18-20

 

Other news

Some of you will remember Reverend Paul Norwood who helped us by leading- some services during our interregnum.

He is being Licensed as Priest in Charge at Holy Trinity Church, Hempton, Norfolk on Thursday 24th January 7pm.

 

 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.