2nd July 2017 

The Watlington Benefice 

3rd Sunday after Trinity 

The Eve of St. Thomas 

2nd July 2017 


Our Hymns today (English Hymnal) 

230 Palms of Glory 
468 Through the night of doubt and sorrow 
381 Jerusalem the golden 




Almighty and Eternal God, 

who, for the firmer foundation of our faith, 

allowed your holy apostle Thomas 

to doubt the resurrection of your Son 

till word and sight convinced him: 

grant to us, who have not seen, that we also may believe 

and so confess Christ as our Lord and our God; 

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 Book of Habakkuk 

I will stand at my watch-post, 
   and station myself on the rampart; 
I will keep watch to see what he will say to me, 
   and what he will answer concerning my complaint.  
Then the Lord answered me and said: 
Write the vision; 
   make it plain on tablets, 
   so that a runner may read it.  
For there is still a vision for the appointed time; 
   it speaks of the end, and does not lie. 
If it seems to tarry, wait for it; 
   it will surely come, it will not delay.  
Look at the proud! 
   Their spirit is not right in them, 
   but the righteous live by their faith. 

        Habakkuk 2. 1-4 

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians 

So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God. 

Ephesians 2. 19-23 



Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John 

 But Thomas (who was called the Twin), one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord.’ But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ 

 A week later his disciples were again in the house, and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were shut, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here and see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it in my side. Do not doubt but believe.’ Thomas answered him, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe.’ 

John 20. 24-29 

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, 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) 


Thank you to all who contributed in any way to the Celebrations Flower Festival 24th/25th June £490 raised 


July and August Services 


Thursday 6th July 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer led by lay people 


Sunday 9th July 11am Tottenhill  

Reverend David Yabbacome 


Sunday 16th July 11am Watlington  

Father Paul Norwood 


Sunday 23rd July 11am Runcton Holme  

Patronal Festival Canon Derek Brown  


Sunday 30th July 11am Open Air Service  

at Stow Hall Gardens 

Please bring picnics and a chair if possible, coffee and tea will be on offer. Children and dogs most welcome. Chance to look round the lovely gardens after the service. 


Sunday 6th August 11am Wormegay 

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 

Monday July 10th 7pm at Watlington Church Deanery Synod Meeting 

Friday 14th July 10am-12noon 

Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning 


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


To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church  810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail 


Friends of Nakwero Charity No.1150883 


 Norfolk Vocational Institute (NVI) in Uganda 

Strawberry Tea Sunday 2nd July 3pm 

32 Fen Road Watlington PE33 0JA 

Followed by the AGM at about 5pm at which everyone is welcome 

Donations welcome, gift-aid available    

Everyone welcome  

Come and view the latest developments at Nakwero 

Thought for the Week 

Views from the Pulpit group on Wednesday 28th June Evening Service (noted by Eve Thomas). A prayer regarding the person we would like to help us in the next stage of our journey together 

Firstly, we did not feel that we wanted to start our prayer with a long list of ‘wants’. Prayer is a two-way dialogue with God and we wanted to thank him for what we have got – lay people to help us through our harder times, comradeship, that we are all in the same boat, and their friendship to help us through our sharing together of our situation. We thanked God for our magnificent churches, with history to remind us that others in the past had suffered other setbacks and surmounted them, we wanted God to guide us in the right direction. 

A vicar, priest, rector – namely a leader with a lively, energetic disposition to help us kick-start addition to our congregation. Someone who could relate to a younger congregation since most of our congregation in the benefice are elderly and we all felt the need for ‘new blood’. We also felt we might have to come away from ‘traditional worship’ to engage people in our village. 

We ask that God looks kindly on us with his great love to guide someone to us. 

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