Second Sunday after Trinity 10th June 2018

Watlington Benefice


Second Sunday after Trinity

10th June 2018


Our Hymns today

NEH 230 Palms of Glory

212 Take my life and let it be

Mission Praise 217 The Church’s one Foundation

Mission praise 247 Thy hand O God has guided.



Faithful creator,

whose mercy never fails:

deepen our faithfulness in you.

and to your living Word,

Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the book of Genesis

 They heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ He said, ‘I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.’ He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit from the tree, and I ate.’ Then the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent tricked me, and I ate.’ The Lord God said to the serpent,
‘Because you have done this,
   cursed are you among all animals
   and among all wild creatures;
upon your belly you shall go,
   and dust you shall eat
   all the days of your life. 
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
   and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike your head,
   and you will strike his heel.’

Genesis 3. 8-15

A reading from Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians

 But just as we have the same spirit of faith that is in accordance with scripture —‘I believed, and so I spoke’—we also believe, and so we speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and will bring us with you into his presence. Yes, everything is for your sake, so that grace, as it extends to more and more people, may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God.

 So we do not lose heart. Even though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed day by day. For this slight momentary affliction is preparing us for an eternal weight of glory beyond all measure, because we look not at what can be seen but at what cannot be seen; for what can be seen is temporary, but what cannot be seen is eternal.

For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.                        2 Corinthians 4. 13-5.1

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

Then Jesus entered a house and the crowd came together again, so that they could not even eat. When his family heard it, they went out to restrain him, for people were saying, ‘He has gone out of his mind.’ And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He has Beelzebul, and by the ruler of the demons he casts out demons.’ And he called them to him, and spoke to them in parables, ‘How can Satan cast out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand. And if Satan has risen up against himself and is divided, he cannot stand, but his end has come. But no one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his property without first tying up the strong man; then indeed the house can be plundered.

 ‘Truly I tell you, people will be forgiven for their sins and whatever blasphemies they utter; but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit can never have forgiveness, but is guilty of an eternal sin’— for they had said, ‘He has an unclean spirit.’

 Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him, ‘Your mother and your brothers and sisters are outside, asking for you.’ And he replied, ‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ And looking at those who sat around him, he said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.’  Mark 3. 20-35

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, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Ken Martin, Josie, Ted Smith, Shaun Caley.

June Services

*Sunday 10th June 11am Runcton Holme Canon Derek Brown


*Sunday 17th June 11am Tottenhill Patronal Festival Reverend David Yabbacome


*Wednesday 20th June 7pm West Norfolk Priory Group service at Runcton Holme


*Sunday 24th June Wormegay Canon Stephen Leeke


 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.


Dear All, this is to remind you all that there will be a Deanery Garden Service at Stow Hall on Sunday 15thJuly at 11am followed by refreshments. The service will take the form of a Eucharist led by the Bishop of Richborough (an assistant Bishop in the diocese of Ely Further details to follow, William Burke


From (retired) Canon Derek Brown

I dreamt death came the other night,

And heaven’s gate swung wide,

With kindly grace an angel came

To usher me inside.


But there to my astonishment

Stood folk I’d known on earth,

Some I had judged as quite unfit

Or of but little worth.


Indignant words rose to my lips,

But never were set free,

Astonished faces met my lips,

No-one expected me!




Diary Dates

Friday 15th June 10am-12noon Runcton Holme Village Meet Coffee Morning in Parish Hall (proceeds to parish hall)

Saturday 16th June Watlington Village Fete – Church has a stall there- please support


FOR Church of England Ely Diocese

THE WEST NORFOLK PRIORY GROUP BENEFICE Closing date for applications 23 July 2018

5 days per week, 3 hours per day negotiable; £7,800 pa £10/hour 15hours a week.)

Based in an office in Downham Market.

This is a new part-time role. The successful applicant will have the exciting opportunity to use his/her skills and experience in supporting the formation of the new Church of England West Norfolk Priory Group Benefice of 12 churches.

The role will require good communication and IT skills, administrative ability, personal communication skills and an ability to be pro-active. The post will be subject to DBS checks.

The role involves administrative support for the new Benefice Priest (yet to be appointed) and                                                             the development of a lay Mission and Ministry team. Leadership skills would be welcomed.

Further details available from –Canon William Burke, Rural Dean of Fincham and Feltwell

New Rectory, High Street, Fincham King’s Lynn PE33 9EL e-mail: