7th May 2017

The Watlington Benefice

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

7th May 2017


Our Hymns today


377 (EH) Immortal, Invisible God Only Wise

433 (EH) O Worship the King
107 (EH) Good Christian Men Rejoice

475 (EH) Ye Holy Angels Bright



Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father


Our readings today


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles  

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

 Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

               Acts 2.42-end

A reading from Peter’s first letter


For it is to your credit if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, where is the credit in that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. 
‘He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.’ 
When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

1 Peter2. 19-end


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’ Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.                            John 10. 1-10

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)

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

From Reverend Martin Dale E.mndale@aol.com Tel. 01945 880259

Israel 2018 30 January – 8 February

Some of you have asked when we will be going to Israel again and we now have a date. Perhaps you don’t want to go yourself but know of someone who does. Limit of 25 people.

May Services


Sunday May 14th 11am Tottenhill

Morning Prayer lay led


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



Thought for the Week

(Retired) Canon Derek Brown writes:

I wonder if you saw that incident near the end of the London Marathon? One competitor was struggling badly, his legs were failing and he had become disorientated and was losing his sense of direction.  But then, seeing this, another competitor went to help him, he took hold of him, and together with the further help of a marshall, they were able to cross the line together.  I was reminded of the parable of the Good Samaritan. And news journalist Tom Bradby observed how seldom we seem to see such instances of sportsmanship.

And we might be able to see something of this in the French election, which is being described by some as a choice between hope and hate. That’s an exaggeration but it is  not without its point. 

Of course we face an election of our own (well two actually, with the overshadowed locals!) - so will we vote in self-interest, or will we vote for whoever seems to offer the most hope, and not necessarily for ourselves but for those in most need?……


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


4th May Ely Cathedral Festival and Churchwarden Swearing In

This was an informative, challenging, supportive occasion amidst the wonderfully soaring pillars of the cathedral. Evensong was wonderful with the cathedral choir and it was also Eve’s birthday! What a way to celebrate! Eve Thomas and Brenda Redfern from Runcton Holme and Barbara Church from Watlington attended.


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’