Second Sunday before Lent   4th February 2018

The Watlington Benefice

Second Sunday before Lent


4th February 2018


Our Hymns today (NEH)

463 Thine Forever

436 Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

342 Breathe on me Breath of God

352 Crown Him with many Crowns



Almighty God,

give us reverence for all creation  

and respect for every person,

that we may mirror your likeness, in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Proverbs

Does not wisdom call,
   and does not understanding raise her voice?

The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of long ago. 
Ages ago I was set up,
   at the first, before the beginning of the earth. 
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
   when there were no springs abounding with water. 
Before the mountains had been shaped,
   before the hills, I was brought forth— 
when he had not yet made earth and fields,
   or the world’s first bits of soil. 
When he established the heavens, I was there,
when he drew a circle on the face of the deep, 
when he made firm the skies above,
   when he established the fountains of the deep, 
when he assigned to the sea its limit,
   so that the waters might not transgress his command,
when he marked out the foundations of the earth,   then I was beside him, like a master worker; and I was daily his delight,
   rejoicing before him always, 
rejoicing in his inhabited world
   and delighting in the human race.              Proverbs 1. 22-31

A reading from Paul’s Letter to the Colossians

 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.                               Colossian 1.15-20

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Inhe beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father’s only son, full of grace and truth.

John 1.1-14

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, Maddy, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali , Robert, Ken Martin

Closure of St Andrews South Runcton Public Meeting - Wednesday 7th February 7pm in Parish Hall, Runcton Holme.
The PCC of RH & the Diocese of Ely invite your views on the future of the building.


 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.


February and March Services

*Sunday 11th February 11am Runcton Holme Canon William Burke


*Wednesday 14th February 11am Fincham Church Bishop of Ely

Deanery Eucharist for Ash Wednesday, including the Imposition of Ashes followed by a light lunch


*Sunday18th February 11am Watlington Holy Communion and Baptism Reverend Alan Bennett


*Sunday 25th February 11am Wormegay Mission Room Canon Stephen Leeke


*Sunday 4th March 11am Tottenhill Canon William Burke


Diary Dates

Friday 16th February 10am -12 noon

Coffee Morning in Runcton Holme Parish Room with fair trade stall (proceeds to Parish Room)


Saturday 24th February 7.00pm Quiz

in Watlington Village Hall for Church funds

Watlington Church Wall Work party

Fridays February 2/9/16/23 at 10am


Lent 2018 ‘Come and See’

Journeying through Lent with John’

is the Diocesan Lent Course which we are hoping to use this year based on John’s Gospel - keep an ear and eye open for details. Time and place will depend on your interest!!!


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This poem provided by Ray Yare

If God went on Strike


It’s just as well that God above

Has never gone on strike.

Because he wasn’t treated fair

Or things he didn’t like.

If He had ever once sat down

And said, ‘That’s it—I’m through:

I’ve had enough of those on Earth,

So this is what I’ll do.’


‘I’ll give my orders to the sun

Cut off your heat supply.

And to the moon – give no more light.

And put the pressure on,

I’ll turn off the air and oxygen

Till every breath is gone.’


Do you know He’d be justified

If fairness was the game;

For no one has been more abused,

Or treated with disdain

Than God – and yet he carries on

Supplying you and me

With all the favours of His grace

And everything for free.


Men say they want a better deal,

And so on strike they go:

But what a deal we’ve given God,

For everything we owe.

Oh, the things we often do,

To gain the things we like;

But what a mess we’d all be in

If God should go on strike