The Fourth Sunday of Advent 23rd December 2018

Watlington Benefice The Fourth Sunday of Advent 23rd December 2018 Our Hymns today 9 (NEH) Lo he comes with Clouds descending 215 (Mission Praise) Tell out my Soul 42 (NEH) While Shepherds Watched 26 (NEH) Hark the Herald Angels Sing Collect Eternal God, as Mary waited for the birth of your Son, so we wait for your coming in glory: bring us through the birth pangs of this present age to see, with her, our great salvation in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Our readings today A reading from the Book of the Prophet Micah But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. 3 Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labour has brought forth; then the rest of his kindred shall return to the people of Israel. 4 And he shall stand and feed his flock in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God. And they shall live secure, for now he shall be great to the ends of the earth; 5 and he shall be the one of peace. Micah 5. 2-5a Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leapt for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be* a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.’ And Mary* said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’ Luke 1.39-55 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 Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, Ursula Britts, Ron Miller, Wilf Harris, Debra, John, Christine Those who have died: John Harris December and January 2019 Services *Monday December 24th 4.30pm Watlington Christmas Eve Crib and Carol Service by candlelight Christmas Eve and Day services at neighbouring churches Wiggenhall St. Mary Magdalene Late night Christmas Holy Communion with carols 24 Dec 2018, 10:15 p.m. for 1hr *Christmas Morning Family Service with Holy Communion 25 Dec 2018, 10 a.m. for 1hr Wiggenhall St Mary Magdalen and activity suitable for children who are with us for the whole service. *Fincham Christmas Day 25th December 10am Holy Communion Shouldham Thorpe Christmas Day 9.30am Holy Communion *Sunday 30th December 11am Wormegay Mission Room Reverend Alan Bennett Sunday 6th January 2019 11am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer lay led Sunday 13th January 11am Tottenhill Advent a time of hope and expectation and reflection we have Good News! Reverend David Karoon will be licensed and installed into the West Norfolk Priory Benefice on Saturday January 26th 4pm in Watlington Church. An answer to all our prayers To contribute to, or receive a copy of this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, 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 Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email The office is open weekdays 9am-1pm 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW. Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: 07392 074 992. Bible Society – Advent + Giving Retiring collection throughout the Sundays leading up to Christmas – everyone is invited to contribute. Working in over 200 countries, Bible Society is a charity on a global mission to bring the Bible to life for every man, woman and child. We believe that when people engage with the Bible, lives can change – for good Please continue to give to the King’s Lynn foodbank through the basket at the back of Watlington Church. Non-perishable items (food and toiletries) always wanted. UK Complicity in the war in Yemen must end. Peace on Earth? Extract from article written by Rowan Williams Chair of Christian Aid A report published by the charity Christian Aid on the UK government’s double standards highlights the painful tension between our words and our actions about building peace and the volume of arms-related exports we continue to take for granted. About half of our development spending goes to states and regions affected by chronic violent conflict and about half our arms exports go to states where military force is used against its citizens or vulnerable neighbours. It is as if we are creating or helping to maintain the very conflicts whose terrible effects we then spend money on mitigating. This is both political and moral nonsense. Sustainable development needs political security and the rule of law. It means people having a safe place to call home, a secure food supply and guaranteed access to medical and educational services. The best use of our aid budget will always be in projects that create this kind of stable environment which means that peacebuilding is an intrinsic aspect of development. For Christians the coming of Jesus into the world spells the beginning of a new awareness of human possibility, human dignity. It is an exhilarating promise – but not just a matter of ‘comfort and joy’ because it demands honesty about the depth of suffering caused by war and courage and patience in confronting it.