19th November & Remembrance Sunday (12th November) 2017

The Watlington Benefice

2nd Sunday before Advent

19th November 2017

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

10 Long ago Prophets knew "
6 Hark the glad sound the Saviour comes
362 Glorious things of Thee are spoken
333 "All my hope on God is founded

 

Collect

Heavenly Lord,

you long for the world’s salvation:

stir us from apathy,

restrain us from excess

and revive in us new hope

that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

 

 

 

       

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Zephaniah

Be silent before the Lord God!
   For the day of the Lord is at hand;
the Lord has prepared a sacrifice,
   he has consecrated his guests. 
At that time I will search Jerusalem with lamps,
   and I will punish the people
who rest complacently on their dregs,
   those who say in their hearts,
‘The Lord will not do good,
   nor will he do harm.’ 
Their wealth shall be plundered,
   and their houses laid waste.
Though they build houses,
   they shall not inhabit them;
though they plant vineyards,
   they shall not drink wine from them. 

The great day of the Lord is near,
   near and hastening fast;
the sound of the day of the Lord is bitter,
   the warrior cries aloud there. 
That day will be a day of wrath,
   a day of distress and anguish,
a day of ruin and devastation,
   a day of darkness and gloom,
a day of clouds and thick darkness, 
   a day of trumpet blast and battle cry
against the fortified cities
   and against the lofty battlements. 

I will bring such distress upon people
   that they shall walk like the blind;
   because they have sinned against the Lord,
their blood shall be poured out like dust,
   and their flesh like dung. 
Neither their silver nor their gold
   will be able to save them
   on the day of the Lord’s wrath;
in the fire of his passion
   the whole earth shall be consumed;
for a full, a terrible end
   he will make of all the inhabitants of the earth.                               Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18

A reading from the first letter to the Thessalonians

 

Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, you do not need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. When they say, ‘There is peace and security’, then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape! But you, beloved, are not in darkness, for that day to surprise you like a thief; for you are all children of light and children of the day; we are not of the night or of darkness. So then, let us not fall asleep as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober; for those who sleep sleep at night, and those who are drunk get drunk at night. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, and put on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet the hope of salvation. For God has destined us not for wrath but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing. 

1 Thessalonians 5. 1-11

 

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                     

 

‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”                              Matthew 25. 14-30

 

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

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

Thankyou – Quiz on 11th November raised £300 for Church funds

*Please note there is no mid-week Thursday Service at Runcton Holme on 7th December

November and December Services

*Sunday November 26th 11am Wormegay Mission Room Reverend David Grundy

*Sunday December 3rd 11am Tottenhill

Reverend John Hall

*Sunday December 10th 11am Watlington Canon Tony Porter

*Sunday December 17th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend David Yabbacome

*Thursday December 21st 10am Runcton Holme

Canon Derek Brown

*Sunday December 24th Watlington Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib and Carol Service Canon Derek Brown

*Christmas Day Monday 25th December 8.30am Runcton Holme Reverend Martin Dale

 

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

Joint PCC meeting 7.30pm Wednesday 22nd November Wormegay Mission Room

 

Watlington PCC Meeting 7.00pm Wednesday 29th November Old Rectory

 

Christmas Fayre: Watlington Village Hall

Saturday December 2nd 2.00pm          Stalls, Teas, Father Christmas, Handbell ringers

All welcome: Proceeds to Church funds

 

 

The Watlington Benefice

3rd Sunday before Advent

Remembrance Sunday

12th November 2017

Our Hymns today

417 O God our help  

393 Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us

354 Eternal Father strong to save

489 The National Anthem  

436 Praise my soul the King of heaven  

 

Collect

Almighty Father, whose will is to restore all things

in your beloved Son,

govern the hearts and minds of those in authority,

and bring the families of the nations,

divided and torn apart by the ravages of sin,

to be subject to his just and gentle rule;

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.   Amen.

 

 

 

       

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Micah

In days to come the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be raised up above the hills. Peoples shall stream to it, and many nations shall come and say:
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,  to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.’
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 
He shall judge between many peoples, and shall arbitrate between strong nations far away; they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid;
for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.                                                       For all the peoples walk, each in the name of its god, but we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. 

Micah chapter 4 verses 1 to 5

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                   

 

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: 

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

‘Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 

‘You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot.

 ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

              Matthew 5.1-16

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

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

November and December Services

 

Sunday November 19th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend Martin Dale

 

Sunday November 26th 11am Wormegay Mission Room Reverend David Grundy

 

Sunday December 3rd 11am Tottenhill

Reverend John Hall

 

Sunday December 10th 11am Watlington Canon Tony Porter

 

Sunday December 17th 11am Runcton Holme Reverend David Yabbacome

 

Thursday December 21st 10am Runcton Holme

Canon Derek Brown

 

Sunday December 24th Watlington Christmas Eve 3.30pm Crib and Carol Service Canon Derek Brown

 

Christmas Day Monday 25th December 8.30am Runcton Holme Reverend Martin Dale

 

 

(Retired) Canon Derek Brown has two thoughts for Remembrance Sunday.

The first is that, in today’s divided and suspicious world we might note that in the First World War 400,000 Moslems fought on the Allied side - and that in 1914 one of them was awarded the VC for his courage…..

 

And second, today is surely a day when we should take notice of the very sober warning of late US President J F Kennedy, who said that, ‘Humankind must put a stop to war, or else war will put an end to humankind…..’

 

War Memorial Names

Watlington

Sidney Challis, Willian Duffield, Joseph Fendley Leonard Franklin, Charles Gathergood,      Arthur Jackson, Sidney Jackson,           Frederick Kent, Fred Lake, Albert Langridge, Clifford Martin, Neville Spratt,                    Albert Woodward, Harry Woodward,              Kenneth Newman, William Wildman,       Sidney Purse, George Kidman,                                C.A. Gathergood.

Runcton Holme                                                        

WW1: W E Barker, G W Garrett, A E Sparling
J A Filby, J H Pollington, W J Sparling
WW2: Frank Burnett, Charles Reed,                 Patrick Cotter, Sydney Lambert, John Jarred

Wormegay

George Billings, Edward Williamson,                George Barrett, William F. Rowe             Edward Boughen, Robert Balls,                     Leonard Howling, Herbert Drew

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

 

Diary Date

Christmas Fayre : Watlington Village Hall

Saturday December 2nd 2.00pm          Stalls, Teas, Father Christmas, Handbell ringers

All welcome: Proceeds to Church funds


Service sheets (weekly)
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 29th October 2017
Webpage icon 15th October 2017
Webpage icon 8th October 2017
Webpage icon 24h September 2017
Webpage icon 3rd September 2017
Webpage icon 10th September 2017 
Webpage icon 27th August 2017
Webpage icon 16th July 2017
Webpage icon 9th July 2017
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Webpage icon 25th June 2017 
Webpage icon 18th June 2017
Webpage icon 4th June 2017
Webpage icon 28th May 2017
Webpage icon 21st May 2017
Webpage icon 14th May 2017