18th June 2017

The Watlington Benefice

First Sunday after Trinity

18th June 2017


Our Hymns today (Mission Praise)

124 Jesus stand among us

60 God forgave my sin in Jesus name

181 (twice) Open our eyes Lord

142 Lord for the years



God of truth,

help us to keep your law of love

and to walk your ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life

in Jesus Christ your Son.


Our readings today

A reading from the book of Genesis

The Lord appeared to Abraham by the oaks of Mamre, as he sat at the entrance of his tent in the heat of the day. He looked up and saw three men standing near him. When he saw them, he ran from the tent entrance to meet them, and bowed down to the ground. He said, ‘My lord, if I find favour with you, do not pass by your servant. Let a little water be brought, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree. Let me bring a little bread, that you may refresh yourselves, and after that you may pass on—since you have come to your servant.’ So they said, ‘Do as you have said.’ And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah, and said, ‘Make ready quickly three measures of choice flour, knead it, and make cakes.’ Abraham ran to the herd, and took a calf, tender and good, and gave it to the servant, who hastened to prepare it. Then he took curds and milk and the calf that he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree while they ate.

 They said to him, ‘Where is your wife Sarah?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ Then one said, ‘I will surely return to you in due season, and your wife Sarah shall have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent entrance behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; it had ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have grown old, and my husband is old, shall I have pleasure?’ The Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, and say, “Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?” Is anything too wonderful for the Lord? At the set time I will return to you, in due season, and Sarah shall have a son.’ But Sarah denied, saying, ‘I did not laugh’; for she was afraid. He said, ‘Oh yes, you did laugh.’                        Genesis 18. 1-15

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. Indeed, rarely will anyone die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person someone might actually dare to die. But God proves his love for us in that while we still were sinners Christ died for us.

Romans 5. 1-8


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.’

Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax-collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean, and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.

These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: ‘Go nowhere among the Gentiles, and enter no town of the Samaritans, but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, proclaim the good news, “The kingdom of heaven has come near.” Cure the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. You received without payment; give without payment.

Matthew 9. 35- 10.8

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 25th June 11am Watlington

Patronal Festival led by lay people


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


Letter received re New Rural Dean

The Bishop of Ely is pleased to announce the appointment of The Revd Canon William Burke as House for Duty Rural Dean (Fincham & Feltwell Deanery).
William currently holds Permission to Officiate in the Salisbury Diocese (since November 2015) and has been very active in assisting with vacancy cover and leading worship most Sundays.
William will be moving to the Deanery of Fincham & Feltwell within the next month or so. A licensing date is to be confirmed.

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’.   Book your place in the church with your name

Wednesday June 28th 7.30pm Watlington Church joint evening service for proposed new group under Deanery plan.

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.

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

From Sam Bone – Grimston Church organist ‘Last 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 1st Sunday of Lent 18th February 2018
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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
Webpage icon 29th October 2017
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