Palm Sunday 14th April 2019

The Watlington Benefice

Palm Sunday 

14th April 2019




Our Hymns today (NEH)

509 All Glory Laud and Honour                       86 My song is love unknown                                         465 Thou didst leave thy throne                      95 When I survey the wondrous

Response: The crowds shouted, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ 

Hosanna in the highest!’

                            Matthew 21 v9



True and humble king,

hailed by the crowd Messiah:

grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you

on the way to the cross,

which is the path to glory. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the book of Psalms

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
   his steadfast love endures for ever! 

Let Israel say,
   ‘His steadfast love endures for ever.’ 
Open to me the gates of righteousness,
   that I may enter through them
   and give thanks to the Lord. 

This is the gate of the Lord;
   the righteous shall enter through it. 

I thank you that you have answered me
   and have become my salvation. 
The stone that the builders rejected
   has become the chief cornerstone. 
This is the Lord’s doing;
   it is marvellous in our eyes. 
This is the day that the Lord has made;
   let us rejoice and be glad in it. 
Save us, we beseech you, O Lord!
   O Lord, we beseech you, give us success! 

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
   We bless you from the house of the Lord. 
The Lord is God,
   and he has given us light.
Bind the festal procession with branches,
   up to the horns of the altar. 

You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
   you are my God, I will extol you. 

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
   for his steadfast love endures for ever.

Psalm 118.1-2,19-29

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

 After he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem.

 When he had come near Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, he sent two of the disciples, saying, ‘Go into the village ahead of you, and as you enter it you will find tied there a colt that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, “Why are you untying it?” just say this: “The Lord needs it.” ’ So those who were sent departed and found it as he had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, ‘Why are you untying the colt?’ They said, ‘The Lord needs it.’ Then they brought it to Jesus; and after throwing their cloaks on the colt, they set Jesus on it. As he rode along, people kept spreading their cloaks on the road. As he was now approaching the path down from the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the deeds of power that they had seen, saying,
‘Blessed is the king
   who comes in the name of the Lord!
Peace in heaven,
   and glory in the highest heaven!’ 
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, order your disciples to stop.’ He answered, ‘I tell you, if these were silent, the stones would shout out.’

Luke 19. 28-40.

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, Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin        

April and May Services


*Thursday 18th April Maundy Thursday 7pm Tottenhill Canon Derek Brown                    

*Good Friday 19th April 2.30pm Wormegay Lay led                                                      

*Easter Sunday 21st April 11am Watlington Canon William Burke

*Sunday 28th April 11am Tottenhill   Canon Derek Brown

*Thursday 2nd May 10am Runcton Holme Rev. Dr. David Holy Communion: Book of Common Prayer Followed by Coffee

* Sunday 5th May 9.30am Runcton Holme   Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

* Sunday 12th May 11am Watlington    Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge


 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 20th April 9.30am-11.30am Watlington Church Coffee Morning and Easter Egg Hunt

Watlington Parish Church Annual Meeting Thursday 25th April 7pm in the Church – all welcome

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail


Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email The office is open Monday to Thursday 10am-noon 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW. Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: 07392 074 992                                                           


Here is a hymn to meditate on in Holy Week – Canon Stephen Leeke

O sacred head once wounded, 
With grief and pain weighed down, 
How scornfully surrounded 
With thorns, Thine only crown! 
How pale art Thou with anguish, 
With sore abuse and scorn! 
How does that visage languish, 
Which once was bright as morn! 

O Lord of life and glory,
What bliss till now was Thine!
I read the wondrous story,
I joy to call Thee mine.
Thy grief and Thy compassion
Were all for sinners’ gain;
Mine, mine was the transgression,
But Thine the deadly pain.

What language shall I borrow
To praise Thee, heavenly Friend,
For this, Thy dying sorrow,
Thy pity without end?
Lord, make me Thine for ever,
Nor let me faithless prove;
O let me never, never
Abuse such dying love!

Be near me, Lord, when dying;
O show Thyself to me;
And for my succour flying,
Come, Lord, to set me free:
These eyes, new faith receiving,
From Jesus shall not move;
For he who dies believing,
Dies safely through Thy love. 

Paulus Gerhardt. Translated by James W. Alexander.


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