Fourth Sunday Of Easter 12th May 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group


Fourth Sunday 

Of Easter


12th May 2019


Our Hymns today (NEH)

120 Thine be the Glory

363 The Gloria
394 Let all the world

408 Love Divine all loves excelling

413 Now thank we all our God


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 today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, ‘Please come to us without delay.’ So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, ‘Tabitha, get up.’ Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.                                    Acts 9 36-43

A reading from the book of Revelation

 After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a loud voice, saying,
‘Salvation belongs to our God who is seated on the throne, and to the Lamb!’ 
And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, singing,
‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom
and thanksgiving and honour and power and might be to our God for ever and ever! Amen.’

 Then one of the elders addressed me, saying, ‘Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from?’ I said to him, ‘Sir, you are the one that knows.’ Then he said to me, ‘These are they who have come out of the great ordeal; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 
For this reason they are before the throne of God and worship him day and night within his temple, and the one who is seated on the throne will shelter them. 
They will hunger no more, and thirst no more; the sun will not strike them,   nor any scorching heat; for the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd, and he will guide them to springs of the water of life, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’

Revelation 7. 9-17

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

 At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, ‘How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.’ Jesus answered, ‘I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.’

John 10. 22-30

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                            

May and June Services

* Sunday May 19th 9.30am Wormegay Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

*Sunday 26th May 11am Tottenhill     Canon Derek Brown

*Thursday 30th May 10am Ascension Day Runcton Holme Canon William Burke

*Sunday 2nd June 9.30am Runcton Holme Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

*Thursday 6th June 10am Runcton Holme Rev. Dr. David our Priest in Charge

*Sunday 9th June 11am Watlington Reverend Dr. David our Priest in Charge

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.


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


May: Two significant periods in our May Calendar, the first being Christian Aid Week


Thy Kingdom Come Global Wave of Prayer when churches throughout the world pray for the Holy Spirit between Ascension Day May 30th and Pentecost June 9th



 Christian Aid Week 12-18 May Thank you for supporting Mums who live in Sierra Leone which is the most dangerous place to become a mother, many die in childbirth or from complications. Thank you for supporting Jebbeh whose sister died in childbirth. Our efforts can help Jebbeh’s community build a health clinic through Christian Aid and its partners. £7 buys a bag of cement!

Thank you for your Christian Aid Offerings today

The Coffee Morning for Christian Aid in Watlington Church 11th May raised £232.50 Thank you


News from our Priest in Charge David

The new Bishop-elect of Huntingdon (within the Diocese of Ely) has been announced. We thank Almighty God for the privilege given to West Norfolk Priory Group that this public announcement was made in one of the schools within our parishes. Dr Winter's first duty was to lead worship at the Shouldham School. 


Diary Dates

Wednesday 29th May 10.30am Martin Kenward from the Diocese is coming to talk about Parish Giving Scheme, Legacies etc. in Watlington Church. All Welcome


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. Steve Waters Deanery Mission Development Officer email: 07392 074 992