4th June 2017

The Watlington Benefice

Pentecost

Whit Sunday   

4th June 2017

 

Our Hymns today

330 (NHWS) to God be the Glory

35 (NHWS) Brother, Sister Let me serve you

264 (EH) All things Bright and Beautiful

8 (NHWS) All the Nations

 

Collect

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,

ignite in us your holy fire;

strengthen your children with the gift of faith,

revive your Church with the breath of love,

and renew the face of the earth,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

 Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven living in Jerusalem. And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, ‘Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.’ All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, ‘What does this mean?’ But others sneered and said, ‘They are filled with new wine.’

 But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed them: ‘Men of Judea and all who live in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and listen to what I say. Indeed, these are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only nine o’clock in the morning. No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: 
“In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
   and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,
and your young men shall see visions,
   and your old men shall dream dreams. 
Even upon my slaves, both men and women,
   in those days I will pour out my Spirit;
     and they shall prophesy. 
And I will show portents in the heaven above
   and signs on the earth below,
     blood, and fire, and smoky mist. 
The sun shall be turned to darkness
   and the moon to blood,
     before the coming of the Lord’s great and glorious day. 
Then everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Acts 2. 2-21

 

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

Therefore, I want you to understand that no one speaking by the Spirit of God ever says ‘Let Jesus be cursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit.

 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the discernment of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are activated by one and the same Spirit, who allots to each one individually just as the Spirit chooses.

 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12. 3b-13

 

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ After he said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.’ When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.’

          John 20. 19-23

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, Chris, Margaret Gardner, Kath Lee, Georgie, Maddy, Samantha Clark

(Please help to keep the list of people we pray for up to date by letting me know if people should be removed or added – Thank you Barbara)

 

June and July Services

Sunday June 11th 11am Patronal Service

Tottenhill Reverend John Hall

 

Sunday 18th June 11am Wormegay

Morning prayer led by lay people

 

Sunday 25th June 11am Watlington

Patronal Festival

 

Sunday 2nd July 11am Runcton Holme

Canon Derek Brown

 

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

 

Diary Dates

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June Watlington Church Flower Festival, theme is ‘Celebrations’. Book your place anywhere in the church with your name

Wednesday June 28th 7.30pm Watlington Church – joint evening service for all the member churches of the new benefice under the Deanery plan. Refreshments from 6.45pm. Canon David Pritchard can join us.

 

Please continue to give to the King’s Lynn foodbank through the basket at the back of Watlington Church. Non-perishable items always wanted

Prayer for the week

Loving God,
If we are parents, help us in our daily task to build homes that are places of love, laughter and learning, If we are godparents, help us through the years to be faithful in prayer, to listen well and grow in wisdom,
If we are grandparents, help us to encourage and support across all generations,
If we are friends, neighbours or family, may we strengthen those around us as we show kindness and care,
And may each of us reflect your great love each and every day.
In Jesus’ name, Amen. (from Diocesan web-site Godparents Sunday April 30 2017)

From Sam Bone – Grimston Church organistLast Night of the Proms’ We will be having the Bilton Silver Rugby Band for entertainment on the evening of Saturday 16th September 7.30pm start tickets £10 on the door for advance tickets phone 01553 674286 proceeds are for church funds


Service sheets (weekly)
Webpage icon 14th Sunday after Trinity 2ndSeptember 2018
Webpage icon 13th Sunday after Trinity 26th August 2018
Webpage icon 9th Sunday after Trinity Patronal Service St. James Runcton Holme 29th July 20
Webpage icon 8th Sunday after Trinity 22nd July 2018
Webpage icon 8th July
Webpage icon Birth of John the Baptist Fourth Sunday after Trinity 24th June 2018
Webpage icon Second Sunday after Trinity 10th June 2018
Webpage icon 7th Sunday of Easter Sunday after Ascension Day 13th May 2018
Webpage icon Sunday after Ascension Day 13th May 2018
Webpage icon 6th May 2018
Webpage icon 22nd April 2018
Webpage icon 3rd Sunday of Easter 15th April 2018
Webpage icon Easter Sunday April 1st 2018
Webpage icon Palm Sunday 25th March 2018
Webpage icon 3rd Sunday of Lent 4th March 2018
Webpage icon 1st Sunday of Lent 18th February 2018
Webpage icon Sunday next before Lent 11th February 2018
Webpage icon Second Sunday before Lent   4th February 2018
Webpage icon Candlemas   28th January 2018
Webpage icon The Third Sunday of Epiphany 21st January 2018
Webpage icon The Second Sunday of Epiphany 14th January 2018
Webpage icon Third Sunday of Advent and Christmas Day, 17th and 25th December
Webpage icon First and Second Sunday of Advent, 3rd and 10th December 2017
Webpage icon 26th November 2017
Webpage icon 19th November & Remembrance Sunday (12th November) 2017