First Sunday of Advent 2nd December 2018

Watlington Benefice

First Sunday of Advent

2nd December 2018


Our Hymns today

14 The Advent of our God)

Gloria 363 Glory to God in the highest

6 Hark the Glad Sound

3 Come thou long expected Jesus

449 Soldiers of Christ Arise



Almighty God,

as your kingdom dawns,

turn us from the darkness of sin to the

light of holiness,

that we may be ready to meet you

in our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah. In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this is the name by which it will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

Jeremiah 33. 14-16

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Thessalonians

How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you? Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.

 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 

  1 Thessalonians 3. 9-13

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke The Advent of  our God

‘There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in a cloud” with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.’

 Then he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 ‘Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.’

Luke 21.25-36

Please include in your prayers              Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound: Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, John Harris, Dilys Garland, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Vi Kent, Carole, Ursula Britts, Ron Miller, Wilf Harris, Debra, John, Christine





December Services


*Sunday December 9th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend Alan Bennett                

*Wednesday 12th December 7pm Runcton Holme Carol Service, Refreshments. Cate and Steve Waters and friends.                                          

*Thursday December 13th 2pm Watlington Christingle Service with Watlington School and Canon William Burke    

                                                           *Saturday December 15th 4pm Watlington Wisbech Bellringers Service lay-led                                     *Sunday December 16th 11am Tottenhill Morning Prayer led by lay people                 

*Thursday December 20th 10am Runcton Holme Holy Communion Canon Derek Brown   

*Sunday December 23rd 11am Watlington Morning Prayer led by lay people     

*Monday December 24th 4.30pm Watlington Christmas Eve Crib and Carol Service by candlelight                                             

*Sunday 30th December 11am Wormegay Mission Room Reverend Alan Bennett 


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 Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: 07392 074 992. (keep praying for all of us as we settle into new relationships and roles)

The office is open weekdays 9am-1pm 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.


To contribute to, or receive a copy of this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584,

Bible Society – Advent + Giving

On Bible Sunday (28th October) there was a retiring collection which will continue throughout the Sundays leading up to Christmas – everyone is invited to contribute.

Working in over 200 countries, Bible Society is a charity on a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. We believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good


 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

Wednesday 5th December 7pm Advent Service at Stow Bardolph Church


Friday 14th December 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)

ADVENT MEDITATIONS                            

All Thursdays, 11.30 short prayer service followed by discussion and bread and soup lunch. 6th, 13th and 20th December

6th – at Hawthorn House, Birchfield Road, Nordelph                                                                                   

13th – at 32 Fen Road, Watlington                                                                          

20th TBC                                                            email for further details

A BIG thank you for all the contributions to this year’s Samaritan’s Purse Christmas shoebox appeal. Twenty-one beautifully wrapped boxes full of presents from our church family join the thousands of others on their way for distribution to children living in difficult circumstances around the world. May the love of God be experienced by the children receiving these gifts this Christmas.                                   Jean Gale.


Thank you to all who helped and came to the Christmas Fayre in Watlington Village Hall 1st December £542.75 raised!