Third Sunday of Easter 5th May 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group Benefice: Runcton Holme

Third Sunday 

Of Easter

 5th May 2019


Our Hymns today (NEH)

120 Thine be the Glory                               363 The Gloria
271 Alleluia sing to Jesus                           459 The Lords my Shepherd


Risen Christ,

you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:

strengthen us to proclaim your risen life

and fill us with your peace,

to the glory of the Father.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?’ He asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ The reply came, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.’                            Acts 9 1-6

A reading from the book of Revelation

Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels surrounding the throne and the living creatures and the elders; they numbered myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, singing with full voice,
‘Worthy is the Lamb that was slaughtered
to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honour and glory and blessing!’ 
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, singing,
‘To the one seated on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honour and glory and might for ever and ever!’ 
And the four living creatures said, ‘Amen!’ And the elders fell down and worshipped. 

Revelation 5. 11-14

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

After these things Jesus showed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias; and he showed himself in this way. Gathered there together were Simon Peter, Thomas called the Twin, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples. Simon Peter said to them, ‘I am going fishing.’ They said to him, ‘We will go with you.’ They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

 Just after daybreak, Jesus stood on the beach; but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to them, ‘Children, you have no fish, have you?’ They answered him, ‘No.’ He said to them, ‘Cast the net to the right side of the boat, and you will find some.’ So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in because there were so many fish. That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on some clothes, for he was naked, and jumped into the lake. But the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, only about a hundred yards off.

 When they had gone ashore, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish on it, and bread. Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.’ So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three of them; and though there were so many, the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ Now none of the disciples dared to ask him, ‘Who are you?’ because they knew it was the Lord. Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my lambs.’ A second time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ He said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Tend my sheep.’ He said to him the third time, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’ Peter felt hurt because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ And he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep. Very truly, I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will fasten a belt around you and take you where you do not wish to go.’(He said this to indicate the kind of death by which he would glorify God.) After this he said to him, ‘Follow me.’ John 21.1-19

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, , Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin                            Those who have died Ursula Briggs

May and June Services

* Sunday 12th May 11am Watlington    Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

* Sunday May 19th 9.30am Wormegay Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

*Sunday 26th May 11am Tottenhill     Canon Derek Brown

*Thursday 30th May 10am Ascension Day Runcton Holme Canon William Burke

*Sunday 2nd June 9.30am Runcton Holme Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

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May :Two significant periods in our May Calendar, the first being Christian Aid week 11th -18th May

then Thy Kingdom Come Global Wave of Prayer when churches throughout the world pray for the Holy Spirit between Ascension Day 30th and Pentecost June 9th


 Christian Aid Week 12-18 May We are asked to give more Mums a chance to live in Sierra Leone which is the most dangerous place to become a mum, many die in childbirth or from complications. We are asked to focus on Jebbeh whose sister died in childbirth. Jebbeh’s community needs a health clinic. Christian Aid through its partners could help to build such a clinic. £7 buys a bag of cement. There are Christian Aid envelopes today which can be returned to the service on May 12th at Watlington or brought to the Coffee Morning for Christian Aid in Watlington Church on May 11th 10am -12noon



(Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes:


On Easter Day Margaret and I went to Ely Cathedral at 10.30am.   It was an 'Orchestral Eucharist’, and featured Ely Sinfonia, with solo soprano Tara Bungard. The setting was Mozart’s Coronation Mass.  There was a huge attendance – we felt that there were well over a thousand people.  Bishop Stephen was on very good form, and the whole thing was very well done.  The service was as good as one could get and it was an uplifting experience and a privilege to be there.

And yet, in the scheme of things it was of no greater importance than our eucharist on Maundy Thursday or Easter Day. Yes, of course the service in the Cathedral was magnificent, but the services here were just as sincerely made and the prayerful intentions of those present just as worthwhile. God would listen to Watlington as closely as he listened to Ely!

From time to time we do need these great occasions, but we also need to recognize, and have confidence in, our own more modest offerings, which are just as spiritually valuable


 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.