Last Sunday after Trinity Bible Sunday 28thth October 2018


Watlington Benefice


Last Sunday after Trinity

Bible Sunday

28thth October 2018



Our Hymns today

7 NEH Hills of the North rejoice
43 NHWS Christ triumphant

294 NEH Just as I am
338 NHWS To God be the Glory



Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning:

help us so to hear them,

to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them

that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of everlasting life,

which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Jeremiah

For thus says the Lord:
Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
    and raise shouts for the chief of the nations;
proclaim, give praise, and say,
    ‘Save, O Lord, your people,
    the remnant of Israel.’
See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north,
    and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth,
among them the blind and the lame,
    those with child and those in labour, together;
    a great company, they shall return here.
With weeping they shall come,
    and with consolations[a] I will lead them back,
I will let them walk by brooks of water,
    in a straight path in which they shall not stumble;
for I have become a father to Israel,
    and Ephraim is my firstborn.

Jeremiah 31. 7-9

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews

Furthermore, the former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. 25 Consequently he is able for all time to save[a] those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

26 For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. 27 Unlike the other[b] high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. 28 For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.

Hebrews 7.23-28

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

The Healing of Blind Bartimaeus

46 They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. 47 When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 48 Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ 49 Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ 50 So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. 51 Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher,[a] let me see again.’ 52 Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.

                   Mark 10. 46-52

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, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley,

Peter Tickle, Roger, Philip, Vi Kent, Carole, Jo, Rupert, Ursula Britts, Ron Miller, Wilf Harris

Debra, John, Christine


November Services

*Thursday 1st November 10am Runcton Holme lay-led Morning Prayer


*Sunday November 4th November 11am Runcton Holme Reverend David Yabbacome


*Remembrance Sunday November 11th 10.50am Watlington Canon Derek Brown


* Sunday November 18th 11.15am Tottenhill Reverend 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


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

Church Office, Downham Market PE38 9DW.


 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

*Saturday 3rd November 7pm Quiz for Church funds in Watlington Village Hall

Operation Christmas Child

Samaritans Shoeboxes Jean Gale has the leaflets and will be pleased to give you one, boxes need to be filled and with Jean and Keith by early November

 (Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes:


I’d like to be a banker!  Well actually I’d like to be an ethical investment banker – one who has money to invest in and give a leg-up to people trying get on and who have good ideas.  Well I’ve become an ethical banker! - though a very low-key one.

Some months ago I bought a copy of Big Issue – that magazine sold in Downham by that lovely Ukrainian lady – though come to think of it I haven’t seen her lately…...

In the Big Issue there was an advertisement by the charity CARE International, and specifically their project.   They invite people to invest relatively small sums with people from poor areas who seem to have a worthwhile idea, and who seem to deserve a bit of a hand.  And so I sent them £100.

Three current examples of those for whom help is sought are:

Asma Bibi, who is from Pakistan, she is seeking help to buy fabric and sewing supplements for her sewing business.

The Mwaiwathu Group are from Malawi and want to be able to buy salt, cooking oil, and potatoes so that they can produce samosa and fritter snacks.

Non Trang Tri, who is Vietnamese and who wants to be able to buy modest farming equipment and fertiliser for the little farm she and her husband have.

The principle is that spread loan-investments like mine in small amounts, between a number of people who seek small loans for modest, but – for them - highly important projects.

And they are loans, some of mine have already been paid back.  But, as with many other people, I guess, I don’t expect to ask for my investment back, when I get a repayment I go on to invest it with someone else.

I’m a bit against simply holding a hand out and asking for money, though sometimes it just has to be done, but it’s better, when possible, to try to earn it, and can put us in touch with people trying to do just that.

It’s modest, but it seems to me to be so worthwhile. are to be commended for this imaginative scheme.


Derek Brown



Thank you card received from Cate and Fensong re our hosting Joseph in September. They thanked us for the Refreshments and specially thanked John Murfitt for opening /closing the Church. They felt at home and would like to come again!