14th May 2017

The Watlington Benefice

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

14th May 2017


Our Hymns today (EH)

437 Praise the Lord! Ye heavens adore him

342 Breathe on me breath of God

374 How sweet the name of Jesus sounds

486 We have a Gospel to proclaim


VENITE (in place of prayer of thanksgiving)
1 O come let us sing out to the Lord:
let us shout in triumph to the rock of our salvation.
2 Let us come before his face with thanksgiving:
and cry out to him joyfully in psalms.
3 For the Lord is a great God:
and a great king above all gods.
4 In his hands are the depths of the earth:
and the peaks of the mountains are his also.
5 The sea is his and he made it:
his hands moulded dry land.
6 Come let us worship and bow down:
and kneel before the Lord our maker.
7 For he is the Lord our God:
we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
8 If only you would hear his voice today:
for he comes to judge the earth;
9 He shall judge the world with righteousness:
and the peoples with his truth.                 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son:
and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now: and shall be for ever. Amen.



Risen Christ,

your wounds declare your love for the world

and the wonder of your risen life:

give us compassion and courage

to risk ourselves for those we serve,

to the glory of God the Father.


Our readings today

A reading from the Acts of the Apostles

The Stoning of Stephen Acts 7. 55-end

But filled with the Holy Spirit, Stephen gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!’ But they covered their ears, and with a loud shout all rushed together against him. Then they dragged him out of the city and began to stone him; and the witnesses laid their coats at the feet of a young man named Saul. While they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’ When he had said this, he died.                                           

A reading from the Book of Psalms - Psalm 31                              

 In you, O Lord, I seek refuge;
    do not let me ever be put to shame;
    in your righteousness deliver me.
Incline your ear to me;
    rescue me speedily.
  Be a rock of refuge for me,
    a strong fortress to save me.

You are indeed my rock and my fortress;
    for your name’s sake lead me and guide me,
take me out of the net that is hidden for me,
    for you are my refuge.
Into your hand I commit my spirit;
    you have redeemed me, O Lord, faithful God.

15 My times are in your hand;
    deliver me from the hand of my enemies and persecutors.
16 Let your face shine upon your servant;
    save me in your steadfast love.  v1-5 + 15-16         


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John          John 14.1-14

 ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house there are many dwelling-places. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, so that where I am, there you may be also. And you know the way to the place where I am going.’ Thomas said to him, ‘Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?’ Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will know my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.’

 Philip said to him, ‘Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied. ’Jesus said to him, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and you still do not know me? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, “Show us the Father”? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own; but the Father who dwells in me does his works. Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves. Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it.                                       

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

Those who have died

Richard Welch (his funeral is on May 19th)

 (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)


Food bank              

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


May Services

Sunday May 21st 10am Wormegay: Father Paul Norwood

Thursday May 25th 7.30pm Ascension Day: Canon Derek Brown Runcton Holme

Sunday May 28th 11am Watlington

Sunday June 3rd 11am Runcton Holme


To contact our Churchwardens, please ring:

Runcton Holme Eve Thomas 01553 812094

Runcton Holme Brenda Redfern 01553 811212

Watlington John Murfitt 01553 811086

Watlington Barbara Church 01553 810584

Wormegay Elaine Squires 01553 841252

Wormegay Janet Shinn 01553 841410

Thought for the Week….                          (Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes,

Prime Minster May has a distinguished christian name. Some minds will go immediately to Mother Theresa of Calcutta, but though older than Mrs May Mother Theresa did not become widely known until fairly recently and my guess is that she is not behind Mrs May’s naming.  I am speculating therefore, that if the choice of Mrs May’s name was indeed  inspired by a saintly figure then that choice may have been motivated by Saint Theresa of Lisieux, who lived only from 1873 to 1897, but who was deeply devout and inspirational, and one of the recent popes has called her ’the greatest saint of modern times’.  Alternatively there is Saint Theresa of Avila, who lived much earlier, but for rather longer – from 1515 to 1582. Both of these saints suffered serious ill-health, but each set a  fine example of deep piety and spirituality. Incidentally, Saint Theresa of Avila is the patron saint of headache sufferers, which may be worth knowing…..But now we have President Emmanuel Micron, another politician with an intriguing name from the christian tradition.  For, as many will know, emmanuel  is a word from the christmas story  and means ‘God is with us’….. M.Macron has a great deal to live up to, and we wait to see how he will do…..   Meanwhile, of some other politicians we can only say, 'God help us.’!…..


Diary Dates

Joint PCCs Meeting Monday 15th May 7.30pm Wormegay Mission Room 


Saturday 20th May 10am-12noon  Christian Aid Coffee Morning in Watlington Church

Cakes, Plants, Raffle


Advance Notices

Saturday June 3rd Church Fete in Old Rectory Watlington - lots of help needed

Wednesday June 28th 7.30pm Watlington Church – joint service with all the potential member churches for the new benefice under the Deanery plan. Refreshments from 6.45pm

Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June Watlington Church Flower Festival, theme is ‘Celebrations’