Candlemas   28th January 2018

The Watlington Benefice

Presentation of Christ in the Temple



28th January 2018

Our Hymns today (NEH)

391 King of Glory

341 Blest are the pure in heart

294 Just as I am without one plea

387 Jesus good above all other



Lord Jesus Christ,

light of the nations and glory of Israel:

make your home among us,

and present us pure and holy

to your heavenly Father,

your God and our God. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Malachi 

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts. But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?

For he is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap; he will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the descendants of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, until they present offerings to the Lord in righteousness. Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the Lord as in the days of old and as in former years.

 Then I will draw near to you for judgement; I will be swift to bear witness against the sorcerers, against the adulterers, against those who swear falsely, against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow, and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien, and do not fear me, says the Lord of hosts.                                        Malachi 3. 1-5

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Hebrews

Since, therefore, the children share flesh and blood, he himself likewise shared the same things, so that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by the fear of death. For it is clear that he did not come to help angels, but the descendants of Abraham. Therefore he had to become like his brothers and sisters in every respect, so that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in the service of God, to make a sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the people. Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested.                   Hebrews 2.14-end

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, ‘Every firstborn male shall be designated as holy to the Lord’), and they offered a sacrifice according to what is stated in the law of the Lord, ‘a pair of turtle-doves or two young pigeons.’

 Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; this man was righteous and devout, looking forward to the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit rested on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, Simeon came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 
‘Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 
a light for revelation to the Gentiles
and for glory to your people Israel.’

 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.’

 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, having lived with her husband for seven years after her marriage, then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshipped there with fasting and prayer night and day. At that moment she came, and began to praise God and to speak about the child to all who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favour of God was upon him.         Luke 2. 22-40

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

Closure of St Andrews South Runcton Public Meeting - Wednesday 7th February 7pm in Parish Hall, Runcton Holme.
The PCC of RH & the Diocese of Ely invite you to give your views on the future of the building.

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail

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.


From Elaine Squires

A wander through any of our ancient churchyards at this time of year will reveal the delight of snowdrops emerging, flowers already formed. Medieval monks brought the bulbs from southern Europe to plant in the grounds of abbeys, monasteries and churches. They have been associated with Candlemass - the Purification of the Virgin Mary - for centuries: as the only flowers blooming in the dark days of early February and being pure and white. They were used as a substitute for candles when these were banned as being pagan before the 13th and in the 16th centuries.

The snowdrop – Galanthus nivalis- meaning milk and resembling snow – produces an alkaloid extract galantamine which is being used in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and Malaria.

See over 300 varieties at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, and at Walsingham.

February Services

* Thursday 1st February 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer led by lay people


* Sunday 4th February 11am Tottenhill

Reverend David Yabbacome

*Sunday 11th February 11am Runcton Holme Canon William Burke

*Wednesday 14th February 11am Fincham Church Bishop of Ely

Deanery Eucharist for Ash Wednesday, including the Imposition of Ashes followed by a light lunch

*Sunday18th February 11am Watlington Holy Communion and Baptism Reverend Alan Bennett

*Sunday 25th February 11am Wormegay Mission Room Canon Stephen Leeke


Diary Dates

Wednesday January 31st 7.30pm Group PCC meeting Wormegay Mission Room

Friday 16th February 10am -12 noon

Coffee Morning in Runcton Holme Parish Room with fair trade stall (proceeds to Parish Room)

Saturday 24th February 7.00pm Quiz

in Watlington Village Hall for Church funds


Watlington Church Wall Work party

Fridays February 2/9/16/23 at 10am