3rd Sunday of Lent 4th March 2018

The Watlington Benefice

3rd Sunday of Lent

4th March 2018



Our Hymns today (NEH)

76 Take up thy Cross

374 How Sweet the name

439 Praise to the Holiest

376 I heard the voice of Jesus say



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 Exodus

Then God spoke all these words:

 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery; you shall have no other gods before me.

 You shall not make for yourself an idol, whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, punishing children for the iniquity of parents, to the third and the fourth generation of those who reject me, but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.

 You shall not make wrongful use of the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not acquit anyone who misuses his name.

 Remember the sabbath day, and keep it holy. For six days you shall labour and do all your work. But the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God; you shall not do any work—you, your son or your daughter, your male or female slave, your livestock, or the alien resident in your towns. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but rested the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and consecrated it.

 Honour your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

 You shall not murder. 

 You shall not commit adultery

 You shall not steal.

 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.

 You shall not covet your neighbour’s house; you shall not covet your neighbour’s wife, or male or female slave, or ox, or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

               Exodus 20. 1-17

A reading from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians

For the message about the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written,
‘I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
   and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.’ 
Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, God decided, through the foolishness of our proclamation, to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling-block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are the called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength. 

1 Corinthians 1. 18-25


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.

John 2.13-22

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, Maddy, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali , Robert, Ken Martin, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley

March Services

*Wednesday 7th March 2pm Watlington Celebrating Families and People who help us Watlington School and Canon William Burke


*Sunday 11th March 11am Mothering Sunday Runcton Holme Canon William Burke


*Sunday 18th March 11am Wormegay Mission Room Reverend David Yabbacome


*Sunday 25th March 11.15am Palm Sunday Watlington Bishop of Ely



Lent 2018 ‘Come and See’

Journeying through Lent with John’

The second session ‘Bread’ will be held in Nordelph at the home of Steve and Cate Waters, Hawthorn House, Birchfield Road, Nordelph PE38 0BP

If you would like to join in and need a lift please let Barbara know, we will get you there!

(and back)

 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.


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


Diary Dates

Welcome Back John and Eve

Saturday March 10th 4.00pm-6.00pm Feedback from Friends of Nakwero Visit to Norfolk Vocational Institute in Uganda

with Afternoon Tea in Watlington Village Hall


Friday 16th March 10am-12 noon Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning (proceeds for Parish Room)


Saturday March 17th 10am-12noon Fairtrade Fortnight Coffee Morning at 32 Fen Road, Watlington. All welcome, proceeds to Traidcraft Exchange, Raffle for Friends of Nakwero


Prayer for the Week

Father, we pray for the unity of our twelve churches Shouldham, Marham, Fincham, Stow Bridge, Wimbotsham, Stow Bardolph, Watlington, Tottenhill, Runcton Holme, Shouldham Thorpe, Nordelph and Wormegay in this our West Norfolk Priory Benefice. May we all work together to spread your spirit and good news to all those who live in our parishes. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.