Second Sunday before Lent Creation Sunday 24th February 2019

The Watlington Benefice

Second Sunday before Lent

Creation Sunday

24th February 2019


Our Hymns today (NEH)

463 Thine for Ever

363 The Gloria

294 Just as I am

436 Praise my Soul

391 King of Glory



Almighty God,

give us reverence for all creation  

and respect for every person,

that we may mirror your likeness, in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the book of Genesis

These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.’

 Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.’ So out of the ground the Lord God formed every animal of the field and every bird of the air and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all cattle, and to the birds of the air, and to every animal of the field; but for the man there was not found a helper as his partner. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then he took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; this one shall be called Woman, for out of Man this one was taken.’ 
Therefore, a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

 Genesis 2. 4-9, 15-25

A reading from the Book of Revelation

After this I looked, and there in heaven a door stood open! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.’ At once I was in the spirit, and there in heaven stood a throne, with one seated on the throne! And the one seated there looks like jasper and cornelian, and around the throne is a rainbow that looks like an emerald. Around the throne are twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones are twenty-four elders, dressed in white robes, with golden crowns on their heads. Coming from the throne are flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and in front of the throne burn seven flaming torches, which are the seven spirits of God; and in front of the throne there is something like a sea of glass, like crystal.

Around the throne, and on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with a face like a human face, and the fourth living creature like a flying eagle. And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and inside. Day and night without ceasing they sing,      ‘Holy, holy, holy, the Lord God the Almighty, who was and is and is to come.’ 
And whenever the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to the one who is seated on the throne, who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall before the one who is seated on the throne and worship the one who lives for ever and ever; they cast their crowns before the throne, singing, 
‘You are worthy, our Lord and God,
   to receive glory and honour and power,
for you created all things,
   and by your will they existed and were created.’                             Revelation 4. 1-11

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

 At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.’ Matthew 11.25-30

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, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark

Those who have died: Ron Miller

God Speed to John Church and Tony Kendall (Churches in the Woottons) as they travel to Uganda Tuesday 26th February to visit Norfolk Vocational institute at Nakwero.

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

 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.


March Services

* Sunday 3rd March 11am Runcton Holme Revd Dr David our Priest in charge

*Ash Wednesday 6th March 7.30pm Stow Bardolph Revd Dr. David priest in charge            *Thursday 7th March 10am Morning Prayer Runcton Holme led by lay people *Sunday 10th March 11am Tottenhill Reverend Alan Bennett                                 * Sunday 17th March 11am Wormegay


Diary Dates

Fairtrade Fortnight 25th Feb -10th March

Saturday 2nd March 10am -12 noon

Big Brew Coffee Morning at 32 Fen Road, Watlington, All Welcome


Saturday 9th March 7pm Quiz in Watlington Village Hall (for Church funds)


Saturday 23rd March 10am-12noon Wormegay Mission Room Coffee Morning


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                                                           


Lent 2019 Your Call: following the Way of Life this Lent                                  

Your Call is a set of resources for Lent groups created by the Revd Canon Dr Jessica Martin at Ely Cathedral, and generously offered by her for use across the Diocese.  Jessica says: "Your Call is a spiritual journey to make in Lent, exploring in a group together how each of us responds to Jesus’s call to follow him.     Lent Group at 32 Fen Road Watlington              Exploring + Soup Lunch on Wednesdays 13th,20th 27th March and April 3rd, starting at 11am