Second Sunday of Advent 8th December 2019

The West Norfolk Priory Group


Second Sunday of Advent

Baptism of Joshua Charles Holmes

8th December 2019


Our Hymns today

237 Morning has broken                                      239 Lord of all hopefulness                             459 The Lords my shepherd                                          420 O Jesus I have promised


Almighty God,

purify our hearts and minds,

that when your Son Jesus Christ comes again as judge and saviour

we may be ready to receive him,

who is our Lord and our God. Amen.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew                               The Proclamation of John the Baptist

In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.’ This is the one of whom the prophet Isaiah spoke when he said, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness: “Prepare the way of the Lord,
   make his paths straight.” ’
Now John wore clothing of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then the people of Jerusalem and all Judea were going out to him, and all the region along the Jordan, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins.                                            But when he saw many Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, ‘You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit worthy of repentance. Do not presume to say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our ancestor”; for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children to Abraham. Even now the axe is lying at the root of the trees; every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.                       ‘I baptize you with water for repentance, but one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to carry his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing-floor and will gather his wheat into the granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.’   Matthew 3.1-12

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


December Services

*Tuesday 10th December 2pm Watlington School Christingle Service Revd Dr David                    *Wednesday 11th December 7pm Carol Service Runcton Holme Pat Blyth   *Saturday 14th December 3.30pm Watlington Bellringers Carol Service lay-led        *Sunday 15th December 9.30am Advent 3 Wormegay Rev Dr David                                            *Sunday 22nd December 11am Tottenhill    Advent 4 Morning Prayer lay-led                          *Christmas Eve 4pm Watlington Crib and Carol Service Revd. Dr. David                                                   *11pm Marham Midnight Christmas Communion                                                 *11.30pm Shouldham Midnight Communion                                                     *11.30pm Fincham Midnight Communion                                                                                                              


 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.


Diary Date

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