20th Sunday after Trinity 14th October 2018


Watlington Benefice


20th Sunday after Trinity


14th October 2018



Our Hymns today

NEH 237 Morning has broken
NEH 363 Gloria:
NEH 334 All people that on earth do dwell
NEH 264 All things bright and beautiful

NEH 443 Rejoice the Lord is King



God, our light and our salvation:

illuminate our lives,

that we may see your goodness in the land of the living, and looking on your beauty

may be changed into the likeness of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the book of Job

Then Job answered: 
‘Today also my complaint is bitter;
   his hand is heavy despite my groaning. 
O that I knew where I might find him,
   that I might come even to his dwelling! 
I would lay my case before him,
   and fill my mouth with arguments. 
I would learn what he would answer me,
   and understand what he would say to me. 
Would he contend with me in the greatness of his power?
   No; but he would give heed to me. 
There an upright person could reason with him,
   and I should be acquitted for ever by my judge. 

 ‘If I go forward, he is not there;
   or backward, I cannot perceive him; 
on the left he hides, and I cannot behold him;
   I turn to the right, but I cannot see him. 
God has made my heart faint;
   the Almighty has terrified me; 
If only I could vanish in darkness,
   and thick darkness would cover my face! 

Job 23. 1-9, 16-end


A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews

 Indeed, the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing until it divides soul from spirit, joints from marrow; it is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And before him no creature is hidden, but all are naked and laid bare to the eyes of the one to whom we must render an account. 

 Since, then, we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast to our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who in every respect has been tested as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Hebrews 4.12-end

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’ When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

 Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, ‘How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!’ And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, ‘Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.’ They were greatly astounded and said to one another, ‘Then who can be saved?’ Jesus looked at them and said, ‘For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.’

 Peter began to say to him, ‘Look, we have left everything and followed you.’ Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields, with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.’         Mark 10. 17-31

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, Anne Clarke, David Colby, Margaret Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley,

Peter Tickle, Roger, Philip, Vi Kent, Carole, Jo, Rupert, Ursula Britts, Ron Miller


Please Pray

Reverend David Karoon has applied to become Priest in Charge of the West Norfolk Priory Benefice. The interview takes place on Tuesday 23rd October. Pray for all those involved in the process, that right decisions may be made by both David and the interviewing panel which consists of the Archdeacon Hugh McCurdy and representatives from the Benefice.

Pray for wisdom and discernment.


October and November Services


* Sunday 21st October 11.15am Watlington Reverend Martin Dale


* Sunday 28th October 11am Wormegay lay-led Morning Prayer


*Thursday 1st November 10am Runcton Holme lay-led Morning Prayer


*November 4th November 11am Runcton Holme Reverend David Yabbacome


*November 11th 10.50am Remembrance Sunday Watlington Canon Derek Brown

Several of us met Mission Administrator Louise Vigus at the Harvest Supper email louise.vigus@westnorfolkpriorygroup.co.uk Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: deanerymission@gmail.com came to a joint PCC meeting (keep praying for all of us as we settle into new relationships and roles)

The office is open weekdays 9am-1pm

address is

Church Office, Downham Market PE38 9DW.


 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.


Diary Dates

Runcton Holme Coffee Morning 19th October 10am-12noon

in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)

Traidcraft 1979 - ? from Barbara Church

Many of you will have heard via the radio or other media that Traidcraft is in consultation with its staff and other stakeholders re its future. People are asking – is this the end of fair trade? The short answer is NO and no final decision has been made until the consultation period is over. I have been a Fair Trader with Traidcraft for over 20 years which sells its products through volunteer Fair traders. Profits from Coffee Mornings etc go to Traidcraft Exchange involved in development work in poorer countries from where most of the products come. People who have a sense of self-worth through jobs and an income in such countries can pay for their children’s education and healthcare, this leads to stability and they will not be inclined to join the stream of economic migrants trying to find a better life in the northern hemisphere and elsewhere. Traidcraft is in trouble partly because the number of Fair traders has reduced from a maximum of 8000 to about 4000 in 2018. Younger people see fair trade coffee etc in the super markets and think the job is done and the custom of volunteering is perhaps not quite so strong. Do continue to buy fair trade products when you can. When Stuart was with us all the churches agreed to become Fair trade churches, may we continue with this i.e serving fairly-traded tea and coffee at all events.