First Sunday of Lent 10th March 2019; Second Sunday of Lent St Patrick 17th Mar

 

The Watlington Benefice

First Sunday of Lent

10th March 2019

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

67 Forty days and forty nights                    363 The Gloria                                          445 Rock of Ages                                        65 Christian dost thou see them                                                   83 Glory be to Jesus

Collect

Heavenly Father,

your Son battled with the powers of darkness, and grew closer to you in the desert:

help us to use these days to grow in wisdom and prayer

that we may witness to your saving love. Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the book of Deuteronomy

When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in it, you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place that the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his name. You shall go to the priest who is in office at that time, and say to him, ‘Today I declare to the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.’ When the priest takes the basket from your hand and sets it down before the altar of the Lord your God, you shall make this response before the Lord your God: ‘A wandering Aramean was my ancestor; he went down into Egypt and lived there as an alien, few in number, and there he became a great nation, mighty and populous. When the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, by imposing hard labour on us, we cried to the Lord, the God of our ancestors; the Lord heard our voice and saw our affliction, our toil, and our oppression. The Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with a terrifying display of power, and with signs and wonders; and he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. So now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground that you, O Lord, have given me.’ You shall set it down before the Lord your God and bow down before the Lord your God. Then you, together with the Levites and the aliens who reside among you, shall celebrate with all the bounty that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house.                     Deuteronomy 26. 1-11

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

But what does it say? ‘The word is near you,
on your lips and in your heart’ (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, ‘No one who believes in him will be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’           

Romans 10.8-13

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written, “One does not live by bread alone.” ’

 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, ‘To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.’ Jesus answered him, ‘It is written,
“Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.” ’

 Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, “He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you”, and “On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.” ’ 
Jesus answered him, ‘It is said, “Do not put the Lord your God to the test.” ’ When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time.              Luke 4. 1-13

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, Agnes Steed.

Those who have died: Wilf Harris

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop 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 and April Services

 

* Sunday 17th March 11am Wormegay Canon Derek Brown

* Sunday 24th March 11am Runcton Holme Canon William Burke

* Sunday 31st March Mothering Sunday 11am Watlington Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

April 7th 11am Wormegay Revd Dr. David Priest in Charge

 

Fairtrade Fortnight Thank you £112 sent to Traidcraft Exchange (will support food producers in developing world)

Diary Dates

Friday 15th March 10am-12 noon Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning (proceeds for Parish Room)

 

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

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email

louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk The office is open weekdays 9am-1pm Tel.no. 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.

Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: deanerymission@gmail.com 07392 074 992                                

 

Thought for the Week: Canon Derek Brown writes:   The Bishop of Dudley, the Right Revd Graham Usher, has suggested a very good Lent exercise, which has an environmental basis.   We are all concerned about the amount of plastic waste which is entering the ecosystem, so could we set ourselves, during Lent, to try to cut down our use of plastic?  And further, could we make an effort to dispose of our used plastic as best we can?  Plastic, of course, permeates most aspects of our lives, and yet we could counter its damaging effects a bit.  Can we decline – politely! -  to take plastics bags when they are offered?   Can we pick up – or even ask for – a paper bag for our vegetables and other goods?   And when we must use plastic – which is pretty well unavoidable – can we at least try to use it several times, if we can? And then, eventually, try to dispose of it, if possible, so that it can be recycled?

Lent traditionally is a season of self-denial – so can we deny ourselves some plastic? Christians – and all others – have the utterly basic responsibility to respect and care for the natural world, so surely it would be very constructive to use this penitential season both for our own spiritual growth and the care of Creation?

Lent 2019 Your Call: following the Way of Life this Lent  \”Your Call  "

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

 

 

 

The West Norfolk Priory Group Benefice

Second Sunday of Lent

St Patrick 

17th March 2019

Our Hymns today

NEH 383 Jesu Lover of my Soul

NEH 457 The King of Love my Shepherd is

Mission Praise 83 I cannot tell

NEH 339 Be Thou my Vision

 

Collect

Almighty God,

by the prayer and discipline of Lent

may we enter into the mystery of Christ’s sufferings, and by following in his Way

come to share in his glory;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the book of Genesis

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’But Abram said, ‘O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’ And Abram said, ‘You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.’ But the word of the Lord came to him, ‘This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.’ He brought him outside and said, ‘Look towards heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed the Lord; and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.

 Then he said to him, ‘I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.’ But he said, ‘O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?’ He said to him, ‘Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtle-dove, and a young pigeon.’ He brought him all these and cut them in two, laying each half over against the other; but he did not cut the birds in two. And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away.

 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram, and a deep and terrifying darkness descended upon him.

 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, a smoking fire-pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, ‘To your descendants I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates,                       Genesis 15. 1 12, 17 18

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians

Brothers and sisters, join in imitating me, and observe those who live according to the example you have in us. For many live as enemies of the cross of Christ; I have often told you of them, and now I tell you even with tears. Their end is destruction; their god is the belly; and their glory is in their shame; their minds are set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation so that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.                            Philippians 3. 17 - 4.1

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, ‘Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.’ He said to them, ‘Go and tell that fox for me, “Listen, I am casting out demons and performing cures today and tomorrow, and on the third day I finish my work. Yet today, tomorrow, and the next day I must be on my way, because it is impossible for a prophet to be killed away from Jerusalem.” Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often have I desired to gather your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! See, your house is left to you. And I tell you, you will not see me until the time comes when you say, “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.”           Luke 13. 31 - 35

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, Agnes Steed, Kath, Sam.

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop 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 and April Services

* Sunday 24th March 11am Runcton Holme Canon William Burke

* Sunday 31st March Mothering Sunday 11am Watlington Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Thursday 4th April 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer Lay -Led

*Sunday 7th April 11am Wormegay Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Sunday 14th April 11am Palm Sunday Runcton Holme Canon Stephen Leeke

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

* Good Friday 19th April 2.30pm Wormegay               *Easter Sunday 21st April 11am Watlington Canon William Burke

 

Benefice Evening Service for all the Churches in our Benefice

Wednesday 20th March 7pm at Nordelph

 

Diary Dates

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

(for Church funds)

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. Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: deanerymission@gmail.com 07392 074 992                                                           

 

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

 

Canon Derek Brown writes:

 

The author, Algernon Blackwood, observed that over the course of seven years every cell in the human body is changed – it could be said, then, that every seven years we become, literally, a different person.  This is quite a thought and perhaps adds some justification to the notion that we are therefore entitled to change our minds sometimes.

I had an example of this some years ago in a lecture when a would-be smart Alec picked the lecturer up on something he had just said. Trying to take a rise, Smart Alec reminded the lecturer that he had said something rather different on the same subject some years earlier.  ‘And I should hope so,’ the lecturer rejoined, ‘otherwise, surely, I’m stale?’……    Perhaps, then, we should be more prepared to change our minds - better to be open to new things, than to be closed and become stale…..

 

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

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 20th (N.B. starting at 2.30pm) 27th March and April 3rd starting at 11am

The Real Easter Egg (with Easter booklet) Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate available £3.60 – orders taken Barbara Church 01553 810584