Fourth Sunday of Advent 22nd December 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Tottenhill

Fourth Sunday of Advent

22nd December 2019

 

 

Our Hymns today

313 The Angel Gabriel from heaven came                     356 When God Almighty came to earth                    178 Jesus, name above all names                     6 All over the world

Collect

Eternal God,

as Mary waited for the birth of your Son,

so we wait for his coming in glory;

bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

Our readings

 

A reading from the prophet Isaiah

Again the Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying, Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, and I will not put the Lord to the test. Then Isaiah said: ‘Hear then, O house of David! Is it too little for you to weary mortals, that you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Look, the young woman is with child and shall bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel. He shall eat curds and honey by the time he knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good. For before the child knows how to refuse the evil and choose the good, the land before whose two kings you are in dread will be deserted.

Isaiah 7. 10-16

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans

Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, which he promised beforehand through his prophets in the holy scriptures, the gospel concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh and was declared to be Son of God with power according to the spirit of holiness by resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles for the sake of his name, including yourselves who are called to belong to Jesus Christ,

To all God’s beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints:                                                                  Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.           Romans 1. 1-7

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                              

An account of the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.

Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers, and Judah the father of Perez and Zerah by Tamar, and Perez the father of Hezron, and Hezron the father of Aram, and Aram the father of Aminadab, and Aminadab the father of Nahshon, and Nahshon the father of Salmon, and Salmon the father of Boaz by Rahab, and Boaz the father of Obed by Ruth, and Obed the father of Jesse, and Jesse the father of King David.

And David was the father of Solomon by the wife of Uriah, and Solomon the father of Rehoboam, and Rehoboam the father of Abijah, and Abijah the father of Asaph, and Asaph the father of Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat the father of Joram, and Joram the father of Uzziah, and Uzziah the father of Jotham, and Jotham the father of Ahaz, and Ahaz the father of Hezekiah, and Hezekiah the father of Manasseh, and Manasseh the father of Amos, and Amos the father of Josiah, and Josiah the father of Jechoniah and his brothers, at the time of the deportation to Babylon.

And after the deportation to Babylon: Jechoniah was the father of Salathiel, and Salathiel the father of Zerubbabel, and Zerubbabel the father of Abiud, and Abiud the father of Eliakim, and Eliakim the father of Azor, and Azor the father of Zadok, and Zadok the father of Achim, and Achim the father of Eliud, and Eliud the father of Eleazar, and Eleazar the father of Matthan, and Matthan the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called the Messiah.

So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

Now the birth of Jesus the Messiah took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. Her husband Joseph, being a righteous man and unwilling to expose her to public disgrace, planned to dismiss her quietly. But just when he had resolved to do this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife, for the child conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.’ All this took place to fulfil what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet:
‘Look, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
   and they shall name him Emmanuel’,
which means, ‘God is with us.’ When Joseph awoke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him; he took her as his wife but had no marital relations with her until she had borne a son; and he named him Jesus.

Matthew 1. 1-end

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, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin

Those who have died – The families of Bethany, Winnie Howlett, Pam Colgrave

 

 

Please continue to give to the King’s Lynn foodbank through the box at the back of Watlington Church. Non-perishable items (food and toiletries) always wanted.

 

Thank you for all the Foodbank contributions throughout the year - card received, at back of Watlington Church

December and January Services

 

*Christmas Eve

*Watlington 4pm Watlington Crib and Carol Service Revd. Dr. David           

*11pm Marham Midnight Christmas Communion

*11.30pm Shouldham Midnight Communion

*11.30pm Fincham Midnight Communion

*Christmas Day

* 9.30am Shouldham Thorpe Family Service                                                          

*11am Stowbridge Christmas Communion     

*Sunday 29th 11am Watlington All age service with Favourite Carols Pat Blyth

*Sunday 5th January 9.3am Runcton Holme Revd Dr. David

*Sunday 12th January 11am Watlington  with Baptism Revd. Dr. David

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

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email

louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk

The office is open Monday to Thursday 10am-noon Tel.no. 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.

 

Crib and Carol Service with 5 lessons and carols

4.00 pm 24th December 2019

St Peter and St Pauls Church, Watlington

Children are invited to come along

with their teddy bears

Bring your favourite Teddy or any other cuddly toy and dress them up either as shepherds or angels or if you have a toy sheep or donkey, please bring them along too so that we can make up a Nativity scene during the service.

We look forward to seeing you all there.