Fifth Sunday of Lent Passion Sunday 7th April 2019

The Watlington Benefice

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Passion Sunday

7th April 2019


Our Hymns today (NEH)

90 O sacred head sore wounded

92 There is a Green Hill Far Away

93 Were you there

439 Praise to the Holiest in the Height



Gracious Father,

you gave up your Son

out of love for the world:

lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that we may know eternal peace

through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

Thus says the Lord,
   who makes a way in the sea,
   a path in the mighty waters, 
who brings out chariot and horse,
   army and warrior;
they lie down, they cannot rise,
   they are extinguished, quenched like a wick: 
Do not remember the former things,
   or consider the things of old. 
I am about to do a new thing;
   now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
   and rivers in the desert. 
The wild animals will honour me,
   the jackals and the ostriches;
for I give water in the wilderness,
   rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my chosen people, 
   the people whom I formed for myself
so that they might declare my praise. 

Isaiah 43. 16-21

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ,* the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ* and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal;*but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved,* I do not consider that I have made it my own;* but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly* call of God in Christ Jesus.                Philippians 3. 4-14

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him.Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, ‘Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?’ (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) Jesus said, ‘Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.’ John 12.1-8

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         Those who have died: Agnes Stead Her funeral is on Wednesday 10th April at 2.15pm at Watlington Church. Please remember her family, Robert, Richard, Julie, Rocky, Amber and Scarlett.

April and May Services


*Sunday 14th April 11am Palm Sunday Runcton Holme Canon Stephen Leeke

*Thursday 18th April Maundy Thursday 7pm Tottenhill Canon Derek Brown                    

*Good Friday 19th April 2.30pm Wormegay Lay led                                                      

*Easter Sunday 21st April 11am Watlington Canon William Burke

*Sunday 28th April 11am Tottenhill

*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


 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.


DEC Idai Cyclone Appeal

2 million people have been affected across Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. People need food, shelter and clean water. Some people have lost everything.

Thank you all so much we sent £103 after last week’s retiring collection!



As we continue our work stabilising and building our churches in the West Norfolk Priory Group, there are immense pressures - geographic, financial, administrative, safeguarding, compliance and many more. Life in our modern, technological society has its joys, but it has its pains too.


While all this other work is necessary and important, it should never distract us from our main work, which is to worship God in spirit and in truth. The church's raison d'être is the worship of God. Each Sunday, our weary souls can find rest in God as we approach Him in His word and sacrament. For this reason, we have adjusted our service rota so that I will be able to be in most of our churches every month. It is therefore my prayer that every Sunday will be restful, peaceful and holy for you as it should be for me.



Diary Dates                                               Friday 12th April 10am-12 noon Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning (proceeds for Parish Room)

Saturday April 13th 9.00-11.00am in Watlington Village Hall Big Breakfast (for church funds

Saturday 20th April 9.30am-11.30am Watlington Church Coffee Morning and Easter Egg Hunt

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email The office is open Monday to Thursday 10am-noon 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW. Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: 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

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