21st May 2017

The Watlington Benefice  

The Sixth Sunday of Easter 

21st May 2017 


Our Hymns today 

351 (EH) Come ye faithful 

112 (EH) Jesus Lives 
285 (EH) For the beauty of the earth 

394 (EH) Let all the World 



Risen Christ, 

by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples: 

help your Church to obey your command 

and draw the nations to the fire of your love, 

to the glory of God the Father  


Our readings today 


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles 


Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, ‘Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way.For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, “To an unknown god.” What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you.The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands,nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.From one ancestorhe made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live,so that they would search for Godand perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us.For “In him we live and move and have our being”; as even some of your own poets have said, 
“For we too are his offspring.” 
Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals.While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent,because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.’               Acts 17.22-31 


A reading from Peter’s first letter  


 Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good?But even if you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they fear,and do not be intimidated,but in your hearts sanctify Christ as Lord. Always be ready to make your defence to anyone who demands from you an account of the hope that is in you;yet do it with gentleness and reverence.Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame.For it is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God’s will, than to suffer for doing evil.For Christ also sufferedfor sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring youto God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,in which also he went and made a proclamation to the spirits in prison,who in former times did not obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight people, were saved through water.And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you—not as a removal of dirt from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him. 

1 Peter 3. 13-end 


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John  

If you love me, you will keepmy commandments.And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate,to be with you for ever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be inyou. 

 ‘I will not leave you orphaned; I am coming to you.In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live.On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.’          John 14. 15-21 

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) 


May and June Services 

Thursday May 25th 7.30pm Ascension Day 

Canon Derek Brown Runcton Holme 

 Sunday May 28th 11am Watlington  

Morning prayer led by lay people 

 Sunday June 4th 11am Runcton Holme  

Reverend Richard Fordham 

Thursday 8th June 10am Runcton Holme 

Morning Prayer led by lay people 

Sunday June 11th 11am Patronal Service 

Tottenhill   Reverend John Hall 

Sunday 18th June 11am Wormegay 

Morning prayer led by lay people 


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 


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  

Dear All, 
We will be running the Ely Diocese Discipleship course in West Dereham beginning at the end of May on a Friday, 7-9pm beginning, May 26th and finishing August 11th (missing June 23rd and 30th as we are on holiday.) and have a few spaces still available.  We would like to invite members of your congregation to join us.  Whilst the course is part of ALM/LLM training, anyone is welcome to attend. Discipleship is at the heart of our faith, it is about our daily relationship with Jesus and how, like any relationship, we can help that to grow and flourish. It is a life-long journey, one that constantly challenges our priorities, values and attitudes as the Holy Spirit works in us to transform us more and more into the people God wants us to be. Ely Diocese have been running the Discipleship Course for three years .  For more information see the Diocesan website: http://www.elydiocese.org/ministry-and-training/discipleship-course/growing-disciple-course. 
Many thanks, 
Janet Tanton Licensed Lay Minister Ely Diocese 
01366 500031 

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 service with Canon David Pritchard for all the potential member churches of the new benefice under the Deanery plan Refreshments from 6.45pm 



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


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