Easter 4      Godparents Sunday 3rd May 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Easter 4     

Godparents Sunday

3rd May 2020



Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock, to the glory of God the Father. Amen.


Our readings

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.                                           Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.                           Acts 2.42-47

A reading from the first Epistle of Peter

For it is to your credit if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, where is the credit in that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.                                  1 Peter 2.19-25

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’ Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.                     So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10.1-11

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 and Kevin Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin, Wendy, Liz Wing

A prayer in lockdown

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)

Ever present God, be with us in our isolation, be close to us in our distancing, be healing in our sickness, be joy in our sadness, be light in our darkness, be wisdom in our confusion, be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, that when the doors reopen we may with the zeal of Pentecost inhabit our communities and speak of your goodness to an emerging world.
For Jesus' sake. Amen.


While our Churches are closed

*40 days of Easter

40 days of reflection on the Lords Prayer

Our EasterPilgrim daily reflections started on Sunday 12th April, Easter Day.

Take time each day to be still, to offer to God the pain and suffering around us and within us, to reflect on each line of the prayer and to pray with others across the world the words our risen Lord has taught us. Each day we wll pray the familiar words. Our Father, give us this day our daily bread, forgive us, deliver us from evil. We will pray them with a new and ever deeper understanding

Archbishop Justin Welby Archbishop John Sentamu


* Virtual services


*Canon Jessica Martin has a daily reflection on Ely cathedral web-site https://www.elycathedral.org/worship-at-home/daily-reflections


Looking forward


May 8th VE Day 75 years after 1945

For those who served and died in World War II

O God of truth and justice,

we hold before you those men and women

who have died in active service,

particularly in the Second World War,

whose sacrifice brought Victory in Europe.

As we honour their courage and cherish their memory, may we put our faith in your future;

for you are the source of life and hope,

now and for ever. Amen


From Bishop Dagmar of Huntingdon

Sunday Reflection https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNTXQ0WgBGVbVCQmPz6ILXvrZ14lsYo2z


For those without internet in your parishes   

Daily HOPE This is an excellent national C of E initiative for those who are especially isolated: A FREE national phoneline Daily HOPE will be launched this Sunday, aimed particularly at the over 75’s who don’t have access to the internet. The line, launched this Sunday, will be available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.

Callers will hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options, including Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer updated daily, from Common Worship, and a recording of the Church of England’s weekly national online service. A section called Hymn Line will also offer callers a small selection of hymns, updated daily. An option entitled ‘Hymns We Love’, provides a hymn and reflection and is based on an initiative by

Connections, a group focused on this age group.

The launch this Sunday will be covered by an exclusive in The Mail on Sunday, please do all you can to promote this new service      to those in your parishes as well as local care homes who will benefit from it.

Christian Aid Week 10th–16th May

Love never fails. Coronavirus impacts all of us. But love unites us all.

Last year 57,000 people took part and raised £8 million. This money is needed now more than ever in the poorest communities of our world. Christian Aid has developed a host of resources from e-envelopes to send out for you to personalize, resources for worship, daily services, a daily quiz and more. Please do use this material or integrate it in your worship offering for 10th May and anything else you are doing that week so that we do not neglect the poorest of our global neighbours Check it all out here: 




So what can we do? We would have had a coffee morning! But in these days of lockdown the poor are still with us.

 I will be happy to collect offerings from people if they can’t donate online OR you can pop an envelope through our letter box 32 Fen Road, Watlington tel. 01553 810584 Barbara Church


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