First Sunday after Trinity 23rd June 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group

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First Sunday after Trinity

23rd June 2019


Our Hymns today (NHWS) 

175 Jesus is Lord                                       130 Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty                                                    35 Brother, Sister, let me serve you                                         207 Lord Jesus Christ


God of truth,

help us to keep your law of love

and to walk in the ways of wisdom,

that we may find true life

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today


A reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah                                                       


The Righteousness of God’s Judgement

I was ready to be sought out by those who did not ask,
   to be found by those who did not seek me.
I said, ‘Here I am, here I am’,
   to a nation that did not call on my name. 
I held out my hands all day long to a rebellious people, who walk in a way that is not good, following their own devices; 
a people who provoke me to my face continually, sacrificing in gardens
   and offering incense on bricks; 
who sit inside tombs,
   and spend the night in secret places;
who eat swine’s flesh with broth of abominable things in their vessels; 
who say, ‘Keep to yourself,
   do not come near me, for I am too holy for you.’
These are a smoke in my nostrils, a fire that burns all day long. 
See, it is written before me:
   I will not keep silent, but I will repay;
I will indeed repay into their laps 
   their* iniquities and their* ancestors’ iniquities together, says the Lord;
because they offered incense on the mountains and reviled me on the hills,
I will measure into their laps full payment for their actions. 
Thus says the Lord:
As the wine is found in the cluster, and they say, ‘Do not destroy it,
for there is a blessing in it’, so I will do for my servants’ sake,
   and not destroy them all. 
I will bring forth descendants* from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors* of my mountains; my chosen shall inherit it, and my servants shall settle there.                              Isaiah 65. 1-9

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Galatians

Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. Therefore, the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith. As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus. And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s offspring,* heirs according to the promise.

Galatians 3. 23-29

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Luke

Then they arrived at the country of the Gerasenes,* which is opposite Galilee. As he stepped out on land, a man of the city who had demons met him. For a long time he had worn* no clothes, and he did not live in a house but in the tombs. When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, ‘What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me’— for Jesus* had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ He said, ‘Legion’; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.                 Now there on the hillside a large herd of swine was feeding; and the demons* begged Jesus* to let them enter these. So he gave them permission. Then the demons came out of the man and entered the swine, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.                                          When the swineherds saw what had happened, they ran off and told it in the city and in the country. Then people came out to see what had happened, and when they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind. And they were afraid. Those who had seen it told them how the one who had been possessed by demons had been healed. Then all the people of the surrounding country of the Gerasenes* asked Jesus* to leave them; for they were seized with great fear. So he got into the boat and returned. The man from whom the demons had gone begged that he might be with him; but Jesus* sent him away, saying, ‘Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.’ So he went away, proclaiming throughout the city how much Jesus had done for him.                                    Luke 8.26-39

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, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Jessica Clark, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin


Dear Friends

A very short note to say a very big thank you for all your prayers, visits and support over the last 7 weeks while Ken has been in hospital.   He was discharged from hospital 2 weeks ago, but sadly was rushed back in the next day and was not allowed home until last Friday. He is now trying to get back to some sort of fitness, but he is finding it very difficult, so I believe patience is the answer and my prayer.  Many, many thanks again, your prayers have lifted him up from the very dark places he has found himself in. With love from us both.  Pauline and Ken

June and July Services

*Sunday 30th June 11am Watlington Patronal Festival Canon Derek Brown

*Sunday 7th July 9.30am Runcton Holme Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Thursday 4th July 10am Runcton Holme Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge

*Sunday 14th July 11am Watlington with Baptism Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge                                                    *Sunday 21st July 9.30am Wormegay with Baptism Reverend Dr. David our priest in charge                                               *Sunday 28th 11am July Open Air Deanery Ecumenical Service at Stow Hall

To contribute to, or receive a copy of this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584,

 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                                 Saturday June 29th 7pm Strawberry and Wine Evening at home of Janet and Gerald Shinn, Stone Cross Farm Wormegay (Proceeds to cluster of our four churches)                            Saturday July 6th 7pm Barbeque Evening with music and mini Quiz at Watlington Village Hall £6 ticket from 811086 or 810584 (proceeds to Watlington Church)                                Sunday 7th July 3pm Open Garden and Strawberry Tea 32 Fen Road Watlington (proceeds to Friends of Nakwero which supports Norfolk Vocational Institute Uganda)          AGM at 5pm

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


Mission Administrator Louise Vigus email

The office is open Monday to Thursday 10am-noon 07596 707469 Address: Church Office, 27/29 Bridge Street, Downham Market PE38 9DW.