Sunday 14th June 2020, Sunday 21st June 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

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Sunday 14th June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

God of truth,

help us to keep your law of love

and to walk in the ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life

in Jesus Christ your Son. Amen.

 

Our readings

A reading from 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 the Epistle 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, Dilys Garland, David Colby, Margaret and Kevin Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin, Wendy, Liz Wing

 

Prayer during Covid 19                          Father God, as people and nations of the world, help us to realise our dependence upon one another.                                                           We pray for healing among the sick, wisdom among our leaders, protection and effectiveness for health workers, and responsible behaviour by each of us as individuals.                                                        Most of all, Lord, we pray that you dispel our fears, for you ‘did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline’ (2 Tim 1:7).                                    For Jesus’s sake. Amen

 

Diocesan Prayer Calendar

Sunday 14th June Today we pray for the Benefice of Ickleton. We pray for its Clergy: The Revd Philip Sharkey and for all who sustain the life of the church during the vacancy, and the parish it serves.

We pray for all who work in the National Church Institutions and from the Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma) The Most Revd Stephen Than Myint Oo - Archbishop of Myanmar and Bishop of Yangon

*Free Telephone Church Service

Daily HOPE. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.  Callers hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options.

* Virtual services

Online, https://www.facebook.com/pg/West-Norfolk-Priory-Group-Church-of-England-100422234980502/about

*https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online/virtual-services/virtual-services

*Canon Jessica Martin has a Monday and Thursday reflection on Ely cathedral web-site https://www.elycathedral.org/worship-at-home/daily-reflections

* Bishop Dagmar of Huntingdon Sunday Reflection

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNTXQ0WgBGVbVCQmPz6ILXvrZ14lsYo2z

 

New Curate for West Norfolk Priory Group

Mr Nigel & Mrs Heidi Moat

6 Rectory Lane

Watlington

PE33 0HU

expected to move into the curatage in Watlington with his wife about 19th June 2020.

Short Service of Welcome via Zoom on 5th July expected. More details later.

 

Churchwardens contacts:

Fincham 01366 347279                                              Marham 01760 339688/ 01760 444199                                         Nordelph 01366 324470                                Runcton Holme 01553 812094/ 01553 811212 Shouldham  01366 347814                                  Shouldham Thorpe 01366 347253                       Stow Bardolph 01366 383194                                Stowbridge 01366 383194                                          Tottenhill 01553 810037                             Watlington 01553 811086/ 01553 810584  Wimbotsham 01366 388954                                    Wormegay 01553 841252/ 01553 841410 

 

Kings Lynn Foodbank – we can still support *by BACS transfer                         KL Foodbank Sort Code: 40-26-11 Account: 91808443                                 *by cheque  Kings Lynn Foodbank,                        TS Vancouver Building, St Margaret’s Lane, King’s Lynn, Norfolk  PE30 5DS

 

 

The West Norfolk Priory Group

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Sunday 21st June 2020

 

 

 

 

 

Collect

Faithful Creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness to you

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ or Lord. Amen.

 

Our readings

A reading from Genesis

The child grew, and was weaned; and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. But Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, playing with her son Isaac. So she said to Abraham, ‘Cast out this slave woman with her son; for the son of this slave woman shall not inherit along with my son Isaac.’ The matter was very distressing to Abraham on account of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not be distressed because of the boy and because of your slave woman; whatever Sarah says to you, do as she tells you, for it is through Isaac that offspring shall be named after you. As for the son of the slave woman, I will make a nation of him also, because he is your offspring.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beer-sheba.

When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, ‘Do not let me look on the death of the child.’ And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the boy; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, ‘What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be afraid; for God has heard the voice of the boy where he is. Come, lift up the boy and hold him fast with your hand, for I will make a great nation of him.’ Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the boy a drink.                          God was with the boy, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother got a wife for him from the land of Egypt.                  Genesis 21. 8-21

A reading from the Epistle to the Romans

What then are we to say? Should we continue in sin in order that grace may abound? By no means! How can we who died to sin go on living in it? Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore, we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.                                                     For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. We know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we might no longer be enslaved to sin. For whoever has died is freed from sin. But if we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. We know that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death no longer has dominion over him. The death he died, he died to sin, once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.                            Romans 6.1-11

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

‘A disciple is not above the teacher, nor a slave above the master; it is enough for the disciple to be like the teacher, and the slave like the master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household!                                         ‘So have no fear of them; for nothing is covered up that will not be uncovered, and nothing secret that will not become known. What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops. Do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground unperceived by your Father. And even the hairs of your head are all counted. So do not be afraid; you are of more value than many sparrows.                                                        ‘Everyone therefore who acknowledges me before others, I also will acknowledge before my Father in heaven; but whoever denies me before others, I also will deny before my Father in heaven.                                                           ‘Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother,
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s foes will be members of one’s own household.
Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up the cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 10.24-39

Please include in your prayers: Those in our prayer basket, those who are ill or housebound: Rebecca, Tony Marie, Philippa Jamieson, Mick Collins, Dilys Garland, David Colby, Margaret and Kevin Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin, Wendy, Liz Wing

 

Prayer during Covid 19                          Father God, as people and nations of the world, help us to realise our dependence upon one another.                                                           We pray for healing among the sick, wisdom among our leaders, protection and effectiveness for health workers, and responsible behaviour by each of us as individuals.                                                        Most of all, Lord, we pray that you dispel our fears, for you ‘did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline’ (2 Tim 1:7).                                    For Jesus’s sake. Amen

*Free Telephone Church Service

Daily HOPE. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.  Callers hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options.

* Virtual services

Online, https://www.facebook.com/pg/West-Norfolk-Priory-Group-Church-of-England-100422234980502/about

*https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/church-online/virtual-services/virtual-services

*Canon Jessica Martin has a Monday and Thursday reflection on Ely cathedral web-site https://www.elycathedral.org/worship-at-home/daily-reflections

* Bishop Dagmar of Huntingdon Sunday Reflection

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNTXQ0WgBGVbVCQmPz6ILXvrZ14lsYo2z

 

Good News

Welcome to Nigel and Heidi Moat who moved into Rectory Lane Watlington last week

 

Watlington Church is now open for Prayer from Sunday 21st June on Sundays and Wednesday 10am-4pm

(following a risk assessment and Covid-19 measures put in place)

 

Churchwardens contacts:

Fincham 01366 347279                                              Marham 01760 339688/ 01760 444199                                         Nordelph 01366 324470                                Runcton Holme 01553 812094/ 01553 811212 Shouldham  01366 347814                                  Shouldham Thorpe 01366 347253                       Stow Bardolph 01366 383194                                Stowbridge 01366 383194                                          Tottenhill 01553 810037                             Watlington 01553 811086/ 01553 810584  Wimbotsham 01366 388954                                    Wormegay 01553 841252/ 01553 841410 

 

Kings Lynn Foodbank – we can still support *by BACS transfer                         KL Foodbank Sort Code: 40-26-11 Account: 91808443                                 *by cheque  Kings Lynn Foodbank,                        TS Vancouver Building, St Margaret’s Lane, King’s Lynn, Norfolk  PE30 5DS