28th May 2017

The Watlington Benefice

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

28th May 2017


Our Hymns today

130 (EH) Hail the day that sees Him Rise

6 (NHWS) All over the world the Spirit is moving

134 (EH) The head that once was crowned

91 (NHWS) God forgave my sins in Jesus name



Risen ascended Lord,

as we rejoice at your triumph,

fill your church on earth with power and compassion,

that all who are estranged by sin may find forgiveness and know your peace,

to the glory of God the Father


Our readings today


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  

So when they had come together, they asked him, ‘Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He replied, ‘It is not for you to know the times or periods that the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.’ When he had said this, as they were watching, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. While he was going and they were gazing up towards heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up towards heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.’

 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a sabbath day’s journey away. When they had entered the city, they went to the room upstairs where they were staying, Peter, and John, and James, and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James son of Alphaeus, and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. All these were constantly devoting themselves to prayer, together with certain women, including Mary the mother of Jesus, as well as his brothers.

Acts 1. 6-14


A reading from Peter’s first letter

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice in so far as you are sharing Christ’s sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is the Spirit of God, is resting on you.

 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you. Discipline yourselves; keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sistersthroughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4.12-14, 5.6-11



Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, ‘Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.

 ‘I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. I am asking on their behalf; I am not asking on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those whom you gave me, because they are yours. All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. And now I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one, as we are one.

          John 17. 1-11

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, Chris, Margaret Gardner, Kath Lee, Georgie, Maddy, Samantha Clark

(Please help to keep the list of people we pray for up to date by letting me know if people should be removed or added – Thank you Barbara)


June Services

Thursday 1st June 10am Runcton Holme

Morning Prayer led by lay people


Sunday June 4th 11am Runcton Holme

Reverend Richard Fordham


Sunday June 11th 11am Patronal Service

Tottenhill Reverend John Hall


Sunday 18th June 11am Wormegay

Morning prayer led by lay people


Sunday 25th June 11am Watlington

Patronal Festival


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

Thy Kingdom Come 2017

Global Wave of Prayer 25th May - 4th June

Invitation from Archbishop of Canterbury to all parishes to join in wave of prayer with churches of many traditions, denominations around England and the world.

Aims are

To join in prayer with the whole family of God the Father

To pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit

That we may be effective witnesses to God the Son, Jesus Christ


Diary Dates

Saturday June 3rd  2pm Church Fete in Old Rectory Watlington

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June Watlington Church Flower Festival, theme is ‘Celebrations’. Book your place anywhere in the church with your name

Wednesday June 28th 7.30pm Watlington Church – joint evening service for all the member churches of the new benefice under the Deanery plan. Refreshments from 6.45pm. Canon David Pritchard can join us.


Please continue to give to the King’s Lynn foodbank through the basket at the back of Watlington Church. Non-perishable items always wanted


Thank you to all who supported the Christian Aid Week Coffee Morning and/or gave donations – we raised £249

From Sam Bone – Grimston Church organistLast Night of the Proms’ We will be having the Bilton Silver Rugby Band for entertainment on the evening of Saturday 16th September 7.30pm start tickets £10 on the door for advance tickets phone 01553 674286 proceeds are for church funds