The Third Sunday of Advent 16th December 2018

Watlington Benefice

The Third Sunday of Advent

16th December 2018


Our Hymns today (NEH)


11 Come, O Come Emmanuel

495 God is working his purpose out
3 Come thou long expected Jesus
5 Hark a herald voice is calling



God for whom we watch and wait,

you sent John the Baptist to prepare the way of your Son:

give us courage to speak the truth,

to hunger for justice,

and to suffer for the cause of right,

with Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah

Sing aloud, O daughter Zion;
   shout, O Israel!
Rejoice and exult with all your heart,
   O daughter Jerusalem! 
The Lord has taken away the judgements against you,
   he has turned away your enemies.
The king of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst;
   you shall fear disaster no more. 
On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem:
Do not fear, O Zion;
   do not let your hands grow weak. 
The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
   a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
   he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing 
   as on a day of festival.
I will remove disaster from you,
   so that you will not bear reproach for it. 
I will deal with all your oppressors
   at that time.
And I will save the lame
   and gather the outcast,
and I will change their shame into praise
   and renown in all the earth
At that time I will bring you home,
   at the time when I gather you;
for I will make you renowned and praised
   among all the peoples of the earth,
when I restore your fortunes
   before your eyes, says the Lord.

Zephaniah 3. 14-end

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Philippians

 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.        Philippians 4.4-7

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

 John said to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruits worthy of repentance. Do not begin to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.’

 And the crowds asked him, ‘What then should we do?’ In reply he said to them, ‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.’ Even tax-collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, ‘Teacher, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.’ Soldiers also asked him, ‘And we, what should we do?’ He said to them, ‘Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation and be satisfied with your wages.’

 As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, ‘I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’ So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.             Luke 3. 7-18

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, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Vi Kent, Carole, Ursula Britts, Ron Miller, Wilf Harris, Debra, John, Christine


December Services


*Thursday December 20th 10am Runcton Holme Holy Communion Canon Derek Brown   

*Sunday December 23rd 11am Watlington Morning Prayer led by lay people     

*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 

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.


Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes that he has been in touch with former priest Canon Stuart Morris.  Stuart is now living in Manchester, where his wife Trudie has been appointed Rector of All Saints’ Stand, Whitefield in Greater Manchester – they moved in October.

Trudie appears to be keeping Stuart busy, but he confesses to now having a bus pass which means that he can enjoy free travel on the Manchester trams….

Happily Stuart and Trudie are now not far from former Watlington Warden Richard Miller and his wife Susan  - and lovely dogs!  Stuart sends good Christmas wishes to everyone and says that he remembers us with real affection.  Meanwhile we are pleased to hear of Stuart and Trudie and Richard and Susan – and dogs…..