15th October 2017

The Watlington Benefice

18th Sunday after Trinity

15th October 2017

 

Our Hymns today (EH)

146 Holy Holy Holy
227 How bright these glorious Spirits shine
383 Jesus lover of my soul
457 The King of love my shepherd is

 

Collect

God, our judge and saviour,

teach us to be open to your truth

and to trust in your love,

that we may live each day

with confidence in the salvation which is given

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen

 

 

 

       

Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Exodus

When the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people gathered around Aaron and said to him, ‘Come, make gods for us, who shall go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ Aaron said to them, ‘Take off the gold rings that are on the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.’ So all the people took off the gold rings from their ears, and brought them to Aaron. He took the gold from them, formed it in a mould, and cast an image of a calf; and they said, ‘These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!’ When Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made proclamation and said, ‘Tomorrow shall be a festival to the Lord.’ They rose early the next day, and offered burnt-offerings and brought sacrifices of well-being; and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to revel.

 The Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down at once! Your people, whom you brought up out of the land of Egypt, have acted perversely; they have been quick to turn aside from the way that I commanded them; they have cast for themselves an image of a calf, and have worshipped it and sacrificed to it, and said, “These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt!” The Lord said to Moses, ‘I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so that my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them; and of you I will make a great nation.’

 But Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, ‘O Lord, why does your wrath burn hot against your people, whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth”? Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, your servants, how you swore to them by your own self, saying to them, “I will multiply your descendants like the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have promised I will give to your descendants, and they shall inherit it for ever.” And the Lord changed his mind about the disaster that he planned to bring on his people.                                      Exodus 32.1-14

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Philippians

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.

 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.

 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.                               Philippians 4. 1-9

GOSPEL READING

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding banquet, but they would not come. Again he sent other slaves, saying, “Tell those who have been invited: Look, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready; come to the wedding banquet.” But they made light of it and went away, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his slaves, maltreated them, and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned their city. Then he said to his slaves, “The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore into the main streets, and invite everyone you find to the wedding banquet.” Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both good and bad; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 ‘But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing a wedding robe, and he said to him, “Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding robe?” And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, “Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” For many are called, but few are chosen.’                            Matthew 22.1-14

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)

Thought for the week from Joyce Venni                                Difficult moments, seek God                      Quiet moments, worship God                 Painful moments, trust God,                     Every moment, thank God

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

*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

Sunday 5th November Tottenhill 11am

Reverend David Grundy

Samaritan’s Purse - Operation Christmas Child

It’s 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:

Friday 20th October Watlington Churchyard clear up

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


Service sheets (weekly)
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