First and Second Sunday of Advent, 3rd and 10th December 2017

The Watlington Benefice

First Sunday of Advent

3rd December 2017

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

6 Hark the glad sound the Saviour comes.
388 Jesus shall reign.
9 Lo he comes with clouds descending.
3 Come thou long expected Jesus.

 

Collect

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 Isaiah

O that you would tear open the heavens and come down,
   so that the mountains would quake at your presence
as when fire kindles brushwood
   and the fire causes water to boil
to make your name known to your adversaries,
   so that the nations might tremble at your presence! 
When you did awesome deeds that we did not expect,
   you came down, the mountains quaked at your presence. 
From ages past no one has heard,
   no ear has perceived,
no eye has seen any God besides you,
   who works for those who wait for him. 
You meet those who gladly do right,
   those who remember you in your ways.
But you were angry, and we sinned;
   because you hid yourself we transgressed. 
We have all become like one who is unclean,
   and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy cloth.
We all fade like a leaf,
   and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 
There is no one who calls on your name,
   or attempts to take hold of you;
for you have hidden your face from us,
   and have delivered us into the hand of our iniquity. 
Yet, O Lord, you are our Father;
   we are the clay, and you are our potter;
   we are all the work of your hand. 
Do not be exceedingly angry, O Lord,
   and do not remember iniquity for ever.
   Now consider, we are all your people.

Isaiah 64.1-9

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 

 I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind— just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you— so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will also strengthen you to the end, so that you may be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

1Corinthians 1.3-9

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

‘But in those days, after that suffering,
the sun will be darkened,
   and the moon will not give its light, 
and the stars will be falling from heaven,
   and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 
Then they will see “the Son of Man coming in clouds” with great power and glory. Then he will send out the angels, and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

 ‘From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.      ‘But about that day or hour no one knows, neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Beware, keep alert; for you do not know when the time will come. It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his slaves in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. Therefore, keep awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or at dawn, or else he may find you asleep when he comes suddenly. And what I say to you I say to all: Keep awake.’                  Mark 13. 24-end

Please include in your prayers

Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound

Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, John and Rosemary Harris, Dilys Garland, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Chris, Margaret Gardner, Kath Lee, Maddy, Samantha Clark, Don Bentley, Lynne Watton, Catherine, Frederick Ali

December Services

*Sunday December 10th 11am Watlington Canon Tony Porter

*Thursday December 14th 2.30pm Watlington Church Christingle with Watlington School

*Sunday December 17th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend David Yabbacome

*Thursday December 21st 10am Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown

*Sunday December 24th Watlington Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib and Carol Service Canon Derek Brown

*Christmas Day Monday December 25th

8.30am Runcton Holme Rev. Martin Dale

 

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

 

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

15th December 10am-12 noon Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning

ChristmasMiracleSpreading the hope and joy of Christmas to millions

For Holy Week, the Diocese of Ely and Ely Cathedral teamed up to run a joint social media campaign that ended up reaching over 1 million people in the space of a week. As a result of this, for Advent we have once again joined forces for another campaign - this time telling the Christmas story.

Entitled #aChristmasMiracle, our campaign launches on Advent Sunday (Sunday 3 December) and features a central film telling the story of the original Christmas miracle, the Nativity of Christ.

Supporting this film will be four additional discussion films that will explore the themes of both Advent and Christmas. These will help people to engage, get involved with and learn more about the true meanings of these two distinct liturgical seasons.

In addition to these discussion films, there will be a series of short articles published daily throughout Advent which will again allow people to learn and engage with Advent and the Christmas story more fully and deepen in discipleship.

The campaign will also include films from the Cathedral Boy & Girl Choristers and The Gesualdo Six singing some beautiful music. All films and articles will be available to view, free of charge, online so keep an eye on the Cathedral and Diocesan social media pages for these. Please share

http://www.elydiocese.org/blog/achristmasmiracle

 

The Watlington Benefice

Second Sunday of Advent

10th December 2017

 

Our Hymns today (NHWS)

422 Crown him with many crowns

225 May the mind of Christ my Saviour

  25 Be still the for the presence of the Lord

430 Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour

 

Collect

Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God   Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Isaiah

Comfort, O comfort my people, says your God. 
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem,
and cry to her that she has served her term,
that her penalty is paid, that she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins. 

A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
   make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley shall be lifted up,
   and every mountain and hill be made low;
the uneven ground shall become level,
   and the rough places a plain. 
Then the glory of the Lord shall be revealed,
   and all people shall see it together,
   for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’ 

A voice says, ‘Cry out!’     And I said, ‘What shall I cry?’ All people are grass,
   their constancy is like the flower of the field. 
The grass withers, the flower fades,
   when the breath of the Lord blows upon it;
   surely the people are grass. 
The grass withers, the flower fades;
   but the word of our God will stand for ever. 
Get you up to a high mountain,
   O Zion, herald of good tidings;
lift up your voice with strength,
   O Jerusalem, herald of good tidings,
   lift it up, do not fear;
say to the cities of Judah,‘Here is your God!’ 
See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
   and his recompense before him. 
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
   he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
   and gently lead the mother sheep. 

Isaiah 40. 1-11

A reading from Peter’s second letter

 But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like one day. The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed.

 Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.

 Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

2 Peter 3.8-15a

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

The beginning of the good news of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.                                As it is written in the prophet Isaiah,
‘See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way; 
the voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
   “Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight” ’, 
John the baptizer appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And people from the whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem were going out to him, and were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, ‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’    Mark 1.1-8

Please include in your prayers              Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound                                           Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, John Harris, Dilys Garland, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Chris, Margaret Gardner, Kath Lee, Maddy, Samantha Clark, , Lynne Watton, Catherine, Frederick Ali                                            John Murfitt and his recovery                      Those being baptised                                    Evelyn Daisy Paige Sunderland                         Those who have died and their family and friends    Barry Robert Gooding

December Services

*Thursday December 14th 2.30pm Watlington Church Christingle with Watlington School

*Sunday December 17th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend David Yabbacome

*Thursday December 21st 10am Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown

*Sunday December 24th Watlington Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib and Carol Service Canon Derek Brown

*Christmas Day Monday December 25th

8.30am Runcton Holme Rev. Martin Dale

*Sunday December 31st 11am Wormegay Morning Prayer lay led

Advent Project Envelopes available for the Children’s Society. Please give generously       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

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

 

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

15th December 10am-12 noon Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning

Christmas Fayre 2nd December Thank you all and especially the handbell ringers for a wonderful event which raised £555.00    Samaritans Purses With the generous support of our church family and other members of the community, we were able to deliver 31 shoeboxes to this year’s Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child appeal. There were nearly 11.5 million shoebox gifts globally collected and distributed to children in over 100 countries in 2016. An incredible act of kindness. Thank you!                                    Jean Gale

ChristmasMiracle Spreading the hope and joy of Christmas to millions A film telling the story of the original Christmas miracle, the Nativity of Christ.   Supporting this film are four additional discussion films that explore the themes of Advent and Christmas. These will help people learn more about the true meanings of these two distinct liturgical seasons.

The campaign will also include films from the Cathedral Boy & Girl Choristers and The Gesualdo Six singing some beautiful music. All films and articles will be available to view, free of charge, online so keep an eye on the Cathedral and Diocesan social media pages for these. Please share

http://www.elydiocese.org/blog/achristmasmiracle

 

 


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