2 Before Advent Trinity 22 17th November 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group


2 Before Advent

Trinity 22

17th November 2019


Our Hymns today

333 All my hope on thee is founded

363 The Gloria

435 Onward Christian Soldiers

362 Glorious things of thee are spoken



Heavenly Lord,

you long for the world’s salvation:

stir us from apathy,

restrain us from excess

and revive in us new hope

that all creation will one day be healed

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our Readings

A reading from the Book of the prophet Malachi

See, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who revere my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

Malachi 4.1-2

A reading from Paul’s second letter to the Thessalonians

Now we command you, beloved, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from believers who are living in idleness and not according to the tradition that they received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to imitate us; we were not idle when we were with you, and we did not eat anyone’s bread without paying for it; but with toil and labour we worked night and day, so that we might not burden any of you. This was not because we do not have that right, but in order to give you an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: Anyone unwilling to work should not eat. For we hear that some of you are living in idleness, mere busybodies, not doing any work. Now such persons we command and exhort in the Lord Jesus Christ to do their work quietly and to earn their own living. Brothers and sisters do not be weary in doing what is right.

2 Thessalonians 3.6-13

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke                                  

When some were speaking about the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, he said, ‘As for these things that you see, the days will come when not one stone will be left upon another; all will be thrown down.’

They asked him, ‘Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign that this is about to take place?’ And he said, ‘Beware that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name and say, “I am he!” and, “The time is near!” Do not go after them.

‘When you hear of wars and insurrections, do not be terrified; for these things must take place first, but the end will not follow immediately.’ Then he said to them, ‘Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and plagues; and there will be dreadful portents and great signs from heaven.

‘But before all this occurs, they will arrest you and persecute you; they will hand you over to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors because of my name. This will give you an opportunity to testify. So make up your minds not to prepare your defence in advance; for I will give you words and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, by relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. You will be hated by all because of my name. But not a hair of your head will perish. By your endurance you will gain your souls.

Luke 21.5-19

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, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin


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

To contribute to, or receive a copy of this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, barbarachurch@phonecoop.coop

November and December Services


*Sunday 24th November 11am Tottenhill Lay led Morning Prayer

*Sunday 1st December 9.30am Advent Sunday Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown

*Thursday 5th December 10am Runcton Holme BCP Holy Communion Rev Dr David

*Sunday 8th December 11am Watlington with Baptism Rev Dr David

*Tuesday 10th December 2pm Watlington School Christingle Service Rev Dr David

*Saturday 14th December 3.30pm Watlington Bellringers Carol Service layled

*Sunday 15th December 9.30am Wormegay Rev Dr David                              *Sunday 22nd December 11am Tottenhill

A prayer for the 2019 General Election.

God of grace and truth,
send your Spirit to guide us
as we discover your will for our country.
Help us to discuss the issues before us
with courtesy, truth and mutual respect,
and grant that all who stand for parliament
will seek to serve the common good,
through him who came not to be served but to serve,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Submitted by Pauline Martin


 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.’

Kings Lynn Foodbank stocks are low, they are suggesting a Reverse Advent Calendar. Please put aside an item each day from November 6th – 30th.  Then on December 1st you have 25 items to give in time for Christmas. Some ideas: tinned meat, fish, pudding, pasta sauce, tomatoes, pasta, fruit, Instant coffee, teabags, biscuits, fruit juice, squash, shampoo, deodorant.

Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email


The office is open Monday to Thursday 10am-noon Tel.no. 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.


Gravestones are often very impersonal and factual, rather than reflecting the feelings of those left behind. This memorial slab laid in the side aisle of Norwich Cathedral over 300 years ago, was certainly different:


Here lyeth the body of Edward Colfer Esq. Councellor at Law late of Lincolnes Inne who yeilded up his soul to God, his life to nature, his body to the earth, his memory to the world. Isabell Colfer, his sad and sorrowful wife, most unwilling to part with him, but most willing to honour him, hath dedicated this monument to his memory as a loyal testimony of her love and affection to him. He dyed at Alsham in Norfolk in the year of our Lord 1657 and of his age the 65.

He learned to die while he had breath so he lives even after death.


From Elaine Squires


Diary Dates

Saturday 7th December 2pm Christmas Fayre Watlington Village Hall

Lots of stalls, Carols with Watlington Handbell Ringers, Teas and refreshments. Proceeds to Church funds