8th October 2017

The Watlington Benefice

17th Sunday after Trinity

8th October 2017

Our Hymns today (Mission Praise)

22 Blessed Assurance

46 Father we love you

106 In heavenly love abiding

142 Lord for the years



Gracious God,

you call us to fulness of life:

deliver us from unbelief

and banish our anxieties

with the liberating love of Jesus Christ our Lord.






Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Exodus

Then God spoke all these words: I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work.

 Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

 You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

 You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

 When all the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking, they were afraid and trembled and stood at a distance, and said to Moses, ‘You speak to us, and we will listen; but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.’ Moses said to the people, ‘Do not be afraid; for God has come only to test you and to put the fear of him upon you so that you do not sin.’                    Exodus 20. 1-4, 7-9, 12-20

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians

If anyone else has reason to be confident in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, a member of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew born of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law, blameless.

 Yet whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as loss because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death, if somehow I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

 Not that I have already obtained this or have already reached the goal; but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on towards the goal for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.           Philippians 3. 4b-14


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

‘Listen to another parable. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a fence around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a watch-tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went to another country. When the harvest time had come, he sent his slaves to the tenants to collect his produce. But the tenants seized his slaves and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other slaves, more than the first; and they treated them in the same way. Finally he sent his son to them, saying, “They will respect my son.” But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, “This is the heir; come, let us kill him and get his inheritance.” So they seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him. Now when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?’ They said to him, ‘He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and lease the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the produce at the harvest time.’

 Jesus said to them, ‘Have you never read in the scriptures: “The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord’s doing, and it is amazing in our eyes”? 
Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom. The one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and it will crush anyone on whom it falls.’

 When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they realized that he was speaking about them. They wanted to arrest him, but they feared the crowds, because they regarded him as a prophet. Matthew 21. 33-end

Please include in your prayers

Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound

Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, John and Rosemary Harris, Dilys Garland, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Chris, Margaret Gardner, Kath Lee, Maddy, Samantha Clark, Don Bentley, Lynne Watton, Catherine, Frederick Ali

Those who have died: Catherine Garland (and pray for her family)

From Eve Thomas: Every week we pray for those in our prayer basket and amongst those is CHRIS. I would like to thank you all for all your prayers for my son-in -law as he is in a depressive stage in his illness and really needs support and prayers. Please also remember my daughter and two grandsons who are struggling with an entirely different life at the moment. Thank you once again.

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

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

October and November Services

*Friday 13th October 2pm Runcton Holme Church Harvest Festival  with RH School Canon William Burke

*Sunday 15th October 11am Tottenhill

led by lay people

*Sunday 22nd October 11am Wormegay

Reverend Richard Fordham

*Wednesday 25th October 7pm

Watlington West Norfolk Priory Group Service

*Sunday 29th October 11am Runcton

Holme Canon Tony Porter

*Thursday 2nd November 10am Canon

William Burke Holy Communion Service

Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child

It’s nearly shoebox season once more! Time to wrap, pack and fill those shoeboxes with treasures as you join with thousands of generous individuals across the UK and the globe to send love and bring joy to children in need this Christmas.

Jean Gale has leaflets available giving guidance on packing shoe boxes with suitable Christmas gifts for boys and girls. All gifts need to be received before Sunday 19th November please; they can be either brought along to church or dropped off at 55 Mill Road, Watlington.  Thank you so much! With Christ’s blessings, Jean. Tel: 01553 811845

Diary Dates:

*Harvest Supper Saturday 14th October Watlington Village Hall 7pm start £5

* Friday 13th October 10am-12noon Coffee Morning Runcton Holme Parish Room (funds for RH Parish Rooms)

*Friday 20th October Watlington Churchyard  clear up time

*Saturday 21st October 10am-12noon Watlington Village Hall Coffee Morning for Tapping House Hospice

*Saturday 28th October 10am-12noon

 Coffee Morning

32 Fen Road Watlington

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