First Sunday of Advent 1st December 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Runcton Holme


First Sunday of Advent

1st December 2019


Our Hymns today

6 Hark the glad sound
5 Hark a Herald voice is calling
408 Love Divine all loves excelling
368 Guide me o thou Great Redeemer



Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son, Jesus Christ, came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when he will come again on his glorious majesty to judge both the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal, through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Our Readings

A reading from the Book of the prophet Isaiah

The word that Isaiah son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.

In days to come
   the mountain of the Lord’s house
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
   and shall be raised above the hills;
all the nations shall stream to it.
   Many peoples shall come and say,
‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
   to the house of the God of Jacob;
that he may teach us his ways
   and that we may walk in his paths.’
For out of Zion shall go forth instruction,
   and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between the nations,
   and shall arbitrate for many peoples;
they shall beat their swords into ploughshares,
   and their spears into pruning-hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
   neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob,
   come, let us walk
   in the light of the Lord!

Isaiah 2.1-5

A reading from Paul’s letter to the Romans

Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers; the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armour of light; let us live honourably as in the day, not in revelling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarrelling and jealousy. Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.                           Romans 13.11-14

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

‘But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. For as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and they knew nothing until the flood came and swept them all away, so too will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two will be in the field; one will be taken and one will be left. Two women will be grinding meal together; one will be taken and one will be left. Keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But understand this: if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.

Matthew 24.36-44

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, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, John, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin


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

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

December Services

*Thursday 5th December 10am Runcton Holme BCP Holy Communion Rev Dr David

*Sunday 8th December 11am Watlington with Baptism Rev Dr David

*Tuesday 10th December 2pm Watlington School Christingle Service Revd Dr David 7pm

*Wednesday 11th December 7pm Carol Service Runcton Holme Revd. Dr. David

*Saturday 14th December 3.30pm Watlington Bellringers Carol Service layl-ed

*Sunday 15th December 9.30am Wormegay Rev Dr David

*Sunday 22nd December 11am Tottenhill

*Tuesday 24th December 4pm Watlington Crib and Carol Service Revd. Dr. David

*Sunday 29th December 11am Watlington Pat Blyth Favourite Carols


 Please continue to give to the King’s Lynn foodbank through the box at the back of Watlington Church. Non-perishable items (food and toiletries) always wanted.’


If you have been collecting items for the Foodbank during November as part of a reverse Advent Calendar please do put them at the back of Watlington Church so they can be taken to the Foodbank in time for Christmas

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.

Crib and Carol Service with 5 lessons and carols

4.00 pm 24th December 2019

St Peter and St Pauls Church, Watlington

Children are invited to come along

with their teddy bears

Bring your favourite Teddy or any other cuddly toy and dress them up either as shepherds or angels or if you have a toy sheep or donkey, please bring them along too so that we can make up a Nativity scene during the service.


We look forward to seeing you all there.

From Canon Derek Brown
An intriguing distinction made by the French philosopher-priest, Teilhard de Chardin, ‘We are not human beings on a spiritual journey, we are spiritual beings on a human journey.’


Diary Dates

Saturday 7th December 2pm Christmas Fayre Watlington Village Hall

Lots of stalls, Carols with Watlington Handbell Ringers, Teas and refreshments. Proceeds to Church funds


Friday 13th December 10am-12noon Coffee Morning Runcton Holme Parish Room


For those who like to support via a Shoebox appeal, a shoebox or bag in Christmas paper                                             CHS Group launches Shoe Box Appeal for young people at risk of homelessness                          These are shoeboxes for young people aged 16-24                                                                            Suggestions                                                   New/unopened toiletries toothbrushes/paste, shampoo/conditioner, shower gel, hair gel, nail polish                                      Clothing i.e. hats, scarf, gloves, socks, underwear, pyjamas                                                                                          Food—chocolate/sweets, biscuits                                                                    Stationery—pens, notepads                                           Gift cards—supermarket or coffee shops                       Strictly no alcohol, tobacco or cash please

Barbara Church can drop them off in Ely