Third Sunday of Lent 24th March 2019, Fourth Sunday of Lent Mothering Sunday 3

The Watlington Benefice

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Mothering Sunday

31st March 2019

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

264 All things Bright and Beautiful

237 Morning has broken

385 Jesus Good above all other

397 Let us with a Gladsome mind

 

Collect

God of Love,

passionate and strong,

tender and careful.

watch over us and hold us

all the days of our life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the book of Exodus

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

 The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’                           Exodus 2.1-10

A reading from Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.

2 Corinthians1. 3-7

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

 And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him. Then Simeon blessed them and said to his mother Mary, ‘This child is destined for the falling and the rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be opposed so that the inner thoughts of many will be revealed—and a sword will pierce your own soul too.’

Luke 2. 33-35

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, Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin        

Those who have died: Agnes Stead Her funeral is on Wednesday 10th April at 2.15pm at Watlington Church. Please remember her family, Robert and Richard and Julie.

 

 

April Services

 

*Thursday 4th April 10am Runcton Holme Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Sunday 7th April 11am Wormegay Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Sunday 14th April 11am Palm Sunday Runcton Holme Canon Stephen Leeke

*Thursday 18th April Maundy Thursday 7pm Tottenhill Canon Derek Brown                    

*Good Friday 19th April 2.30pm Wormegay Lay led                                                      

*Easter Sunday 21st April 11am Watlington Canon William Burke

*Sunday 28th April 11am Runcton Holme

 

Lent 2019 Your Call: following the Way of Life this Lent ”Your Call  " is a spiritual journey to make in Lent, exploring in a group together how each of us responds to Jesus’s call to follow him.

 Lent Group at 32 Fen Road Watlington              Exploring + Soup Lunch

Wednesday April 3rd, starting at 11am

 

 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.

 

DEC Idai Cyclone Appeal

 

2 million people have been affected across Malawi, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. People need food, shelter and clean water. Some people have lost everything.

£12 could help towards providing clean water

£22 could provide a blanket and clean clothing

£50 could provide a month’s food for a family of five.

Please give generously there is an offertory plate at the back of the Church TODAY

 

Prayer of St Anselm

Jesus, as a mother you gather your people to you:

You are gentle with us as a mother with her children;

Often you weep over our sins and our pride: tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds: in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.

Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life: by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.

Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness: through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

Your warmth gives life to the dead: your touch makes sinners righteous. Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us: in your love and tenderness remake us.

In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness: for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.                                  Amen.

St Anselm 1033-1109 was one of the great Archbishops of Canterbury, today remembered chiefly as a philosopher and theologian. He came to England as part of the Norman Conquest. As Archbishop (1063) he was known as a reformer, encouraging regular church synods, enforcing clerical celibacy and suppressing the slave trade.

Diary Dates                                               Friday 12th April 10am-12 noon Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning (proceeds for Parish Room)

Saturday April 13th 9.00-11.00am in Watlington Village Hall Big Breakfast (for church funds)

Saturday 20th April 9.30am-11.30am Watlington Church Coffee Morning and Easter Egg Hunt

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The Watlington Benefice

Third Sunday of Lent

24th March 2019

 

Our Hymns today (NEH)

64 Be thou my guardian and my guide          95 When I survey the wondrous cross          353 Dear Lord & Father of mankind              391 King of Glory King of Peace

Collect

Eternal God,

give us insight

discern your will for us,

give up what harms us,

and to seek the perfection we are promised

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Our readings today

A reading from the book of the prophet Isaiah

Ho, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters;
and you that have no money, come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. 
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. 
Incline your ear, and come to me; listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. 
See, I made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander for the peoples. 
See, you shall call nations that you do not know, and nations that do not know you shall run to you, because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. 

Seek the Lord while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; 
let the wicked forsake their way, and the unrighteous their thoughts; let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord. 
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your.                    Isaiah 55. 1-9

A reading from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them, and they were struck down in the wilderness.

 Now these things occurred as examples for us, so that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not become idolaters as some of them did; as it is written, ‘The people sat down to eat and drink, and they rose up to play.’ We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did, and were destroyed by serpents. And do not complain as some of them did, and were destroyed by the destroyer. These things happened to them to serve as an example, and they were written down to instruct us, on whom the ends of the ages have come. So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it.

1 Corinthians 10.1-13

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’

 Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’                                   Luke 13. 1-9

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, Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark, Agnes Steed, Kath, Sam

Lent 2019 Your Call: following the Way of Life this Lent  \”Your Call  "

Your Call is a spiritual journey to make in Lent, exploring in a group together how each of us responds to Jesus’s call to follow him.     Lent Group at 32 Fen Road Watlington              Exploring + Soup Lunch on Wednesdays 27th March and April 3rd, starting at 11am

 

March and April Services

* Sunday 31st March Mothering Sunday 11am Watlington Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Thursday 4th April 10am Runcton Holme Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Sunday 7th April 11am Wormegay Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Sunday 14th April 11am Palm Sunday Runcton Holme Canon Stephen Leeke

*Thursday 18th April Maundy Thursday 7pm Tottenhill Canon Derek Brown                     *Good Friday 19th April 2.30pm Wormegay Lay led                                                       *Easter Sunday 21st April 11am Watlington Canon William Burke

 

The Real Easter Egg (with Easter booklet) Milk Chocolate and Dark Chocolate available £3.60 – orders taken Barbara Church 01553 810584

Joyce Venni recently found a copy of the Church newsletter from May 1970 the Reverend Kenneth Brown was Rector of Five Parishes: Watlington, Runcton Holme, South Runcton, Wallington and Thorpland with three churches: St Peter and St.Paul, St. Andrew and St. James. How things change but part of the article is very apt for today. Written in May, Rogation Days are mentioned.

‘The Rogation Days are traditionally the days we pray for God’s Blessing on our lands and all work thereon. The observance is of great antiquity. As we have learnt more and more about intensive agriculture, as we have brought the use of Chemical science into fertilisers and selective sprays; and as the increasing use of mechanisation has made us less and less dependent upon the vagaries of the weather, there may have been those who think that the Rogation Days form just another example of those quaint survivals which litter our Church Kalendar (sic) but which need not be taken too seriously today.

I suggest that this is a very shallow point of view to take. To many people today it seems as if we do not always know where we are going. By our various devices we are in grave danger of upsetting the balance of Nature with results that could only be disastrous. There is a branch of Science, known as Ecology which makes a study of the careful way in which plant and animal life is linked together on this planet, and estimates what happens when that balance is upset by man or by other means. The results make alarming reading.

Archaeologists dig up the ruins of great cities in the middle of deserts. Obviously, these once great centres of power were built in fertile land. The desert has encroached. It is not that the earth is getting drier but because man by his folly has changed land which was once fertile into first a dust bowl and then a desert. Wholesale cutting down of trees, and unwise grazing has caused much of the spread of desert in Africa. Even in this country we sometimes get our ‘Fen Blows’.

In our country as in other parts of the world pollution is now, at last being recognised as a menace. If this is unchecked we might at the last, starve in the midst of a planet which could have produced plenty. This has been declared Nature Conservancy Year and indeed it is time that we ceased to take the bounty of our planet for granted.’

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