25th June 2017 

The Watlington Benefice

2nd Sunday after Trinity 

Patronal Festival St. Peter and St. Paul 

25th June 2017 


Our Hymns today  

197 (NEH) For all the Saints (first 4 verses) 

227 (NEH) How bright these glorious spirits shine 

231(NEH) Who are these like stars appearing 

368 (NHWS) Will you come and follow me 



Almighty God, 
whose blessed apostles Peter and Paul 
glorified you in their death as in their life: 
grant that your Church, 
inspired by their teaching and example, 
and made one by your Spirit, 
may ever stand firm upon the one foundation, 
Jesus Christ our Lord. 


 Our readings today 


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 

About that time King Herod laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church.He had James, the brother of John, killed with the sword. After he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. (This was during the festival of Unleavened Bread.)When he had seized him, he put him in prison and handed him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending to bring him out to the people after the Passover.While Peter was kept in prison, the church prayed fervently to God for him. 

 The very night before Herod was going to bring him out, Peter, bound with two chains, was sleeping between two soldiers, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison.Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He tapped Peter on the side and woke him, saying, ‘Get up quickly.’ And the chains fell off his wrists. The angel said to him, ‘Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.’ He did so. Then he said to him, ‘Wrap your cloak around you and follow me. ’Peterwent out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening with the angel’s help was real; he thought he was seeing a vision.After they had passed the first and the second guard, they came before the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them of its own accord, and they went outside and walked along a lane, when suddenly the angel left him.Then Peter came to himself and said, ‘Now I am sure that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hands of Herod and from all that the Jewish people were expecting.’ 

        Acts 12. 1-11 

A reading from Paul’s second letter to Timothy 

As for me, I am already being poured out as a libation, and the time of my departure has come.I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 

But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth.The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and save me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

2.Timothy 4. 6-8, 17-18 


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew 

Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, ‘Who do people say that the Son of Man is?’And they said, ‘Some say John the Baptist, but others Elijah, and still others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.’He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah,the Son of the living God.’ And Jesus answered him, ‘Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father in heaven.And I tell you, you are Peter,and on this rockI will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.’ 

Matthew 16. 13-19 

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 


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 is joining us.  


Sunday 2nd July 11am Runcton Holme 

Canon Derek Brown 


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. 


(Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes: 


The attack on worshippers at Finsbury Park Mosque was very troubling.  But what happened afterwards was very heartening. The sight of people of many and different faiths coming together almost spontaneously to defy what had happened was hugely encouraging.   And two mantras are beginning to emerge from all that is going on just now.   The first is ‘Hope not hate’ - hate is an awful thing, and is to be deeply resisted because perhaps its major effect is to corrode the person from whom it is coming – it is, then, self-defeating.     The second comes from the irony that this attack comes almost on the anniversary of the murder of MP Jo Cox.  What seems to have been most picked up from Jo Cox’s great contribution has been her insistence that we have so much more in common than that which divides us – and she is surely right…… 

Christians have much in common with Moslems – and with Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists and so many others, and when we come together we can do so much.  And one of the things that we share is the recognition that we can be, and are, hopeful people……. 





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 10am-4.30pm, and Sunday 25th June 12noon -4.30pm 

Watlington Church Flower Festival, theme is ‘Celebrations’.  

Wednesday June 28th 7.30pm Watlington Church joint evening service for proposed new group under Deanery plan. Refreshments from 6.45pm. Canon David Pritchard is joining 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

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