First Sunday of Christmas 30th December 2018

Watlington Benefice

First Sunday of Christmas

30th December 2018


Our Hymns today

35 (NEH) Silent Night, Holy Night

28 (NEH) In the Bleak Midwinter

39 (NEH) Unto us a Boy is Born
36 (NEH) The First Nowell



God in Trinity,

eternal unity of perfect love:

gather the nations to be one family,

and draw us into your holy life

through the birth of Emmanuel,

our Lord Jesus Christ.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the First Book of the Prophet Samuel 

Samuel was ministering before the Lord, a boy wearing a linen ephod. His mother used to make for him a little robe and take it to him each year, when she went up with her husband to offer the yearly sacrifice. Then Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, and say, ‘May the Lord repay you with children by this woman for the gift that she made to the Lord’; and then they would return to their home.

 Now the boy Samuel continued to grow both in stature and in favour with the Lord and with the people.

1 Samuel 2 18-20, 26

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Colossians

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3.12-17


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover. And when he was twelve years old, they went up as usual for the festival. When the festival was ended and they started to return, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents did not know it. Assuming that he was in the group of travellers, they went a day’s journey. Then they started to look for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for him. After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, ‘Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.’ He said to them, ‘Why were you searching for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?’But they did not understand what he said to them. Then he went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was obedient to them. His mother treasured all these things in her heart.

 And Jesus increased in wisdom and in years, and in divine and human favour. 

 Luke 2. 41-52

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


January 2019 Services


*Sunday 6th January 2019 11am Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown

*Sunday 13th January 11am Tottenhill Morning Prayer lay led

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

Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: 07392 074 992.

Bible Society – Advent + Giving

Thankyou £30 was raised

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

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

At the Gate of the Year

One of the best known yet least known poems was published 110 years ago, written by Minnie Haskins 1875-1957. It is the poem quoted by King George VI in his Christmas Day broadcast in 1939. It came at the end of the nine-minute broadcast:

I feel that we may all find a message of encouragement in the lines which, in my closing words, I would like to say to you:


I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,

"Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown."

And he replied, "Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way."

May that Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all.


The King's broadcast was specifically Christian in content. He identified Christmas as "above all, the festival of peace".


 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.