Sunday 28th June 2020

The West Norfolk Priory Group

Third Sunday after Trinity

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Sunday 28th June 2020







God our Saviour,

look on this wounded world in pity and in power; hold us fast to your promises of peace

won for us by your Son,

our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Our readings

A reading from Genesis

After these things God tested Abraham. He said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac; he cut the wood for the burnt-offering, and set out and went to the place in the distance that God had shown him. On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place far away. Then Abraham said to his young men, ‘Stay here with the donkey; the boy and I will go over there; we will worship, and then we will come back to you.’ Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering and laid it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together. Isaac said to his father Abraham, ‘Father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ He said, ‘The fire and the wood are here, but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God himself will provide the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together.

When they came to the place that God had shown him, Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order. He bound his son Isaac, and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to kill his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.’ And Abraham looked up and saw a ram, caught in a thicket by its horns. Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt-offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place ‘The Lord will provide’; as it is said to this day, ‘On the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.’

Genesis 22.1-14

A reading from the Epistle to the Romans

Therefore, do not let sin exercise dominion in your mortal bodies, to make you obey their passions. No longer present your members to sin as instruments of wickedness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and present your members to God as instruments of righteousness. For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

What then? Should we sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means! Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that you, having once been slaves of sin, have become obedient from the heart to the form of teaching to which you were entrusted, and that you, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. I am speaking in human terms because of your natural limitations. For just as you once presented your members as slaves to impurity and to greater and greater iniquity, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness for sanctification.

When you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. So what advantage did you then get from the things of which you now are ashamed? The end of those things is death. But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.       Romans 6.12-23

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Matthew

‘Whoever welcomes you welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. Whoever welcomes a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward; and whoever welcomes a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive the reward of the righteous; and whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.’                            Matthew 10.40-42

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 and Kevin Gardner, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali, Josie, Shaun Caley, Roger, Philip, Carole, , Debra, Christine, Tony Porter, Kath, Sam, Ken Martin, Wendy, Liz Wing, Vi Kent


Prayer during Covid 19                          Father God, as people and nations of the world, help us to realise our dependence upon one another.                                                           We pray for healing among the sick, wisdom among our leaders, protection and effectiveness for health workers, and responsible behaviour by each of us as individuals.                                                        Most of all, Lord, we pray that you dispel our fears, for you ‘did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline’ (2 Tim 1:7).                                    For Jesus’s sake. Amen


From Diocesan prayer calendar

Sunday 28th June Today we pray for the Benefice of Hemingford Grey. We pray for its Clergy: The Revd Peter Cunliffe, The Revd Canon Brian Atling and for the life of the church, and the parish it serves. We pray for the Archdeacon of Cambridge and from the Anglican Communion Cycle of Prayer: Pray for the united Church of North India The Most Revd Dr Prem Chand Singh - Moderator of CNI & Bishop of Jabalpur

*Free Telephone Church Service

Daily HOPE. The line is available 24 hours a day on 0800 804 8044.  Callers hear a special greeting from the Archbishop of Canterbury before being able to choose from a range of options.

* Virtual services



*Canon Jessica Martin has a Monday and Thursday reflection on Ely cathedral web-site

* Bishop Dagmar of Huntingdon Sunday Reflection


Good News

Welcoming Service over Zoom for new curate Nigel Moat on Sunday 5th July 11am

(people with internet may be able to share with those without if physical distancing and precautions in place

Watlington Church is open for Prayer from on Sundays and Wednesday 10am-4pm

(following a risk assessment and Covid-19 measures put in place)


Churchwardens contacts:

Fincham 01366 347279                                              Marham 01760 339688/ 01760 444199                                         Nordelph 01366 324470                                Runcton Holme 01553 812094/ 01553 811212 Shouldham  01366 347814                                  Shouldham Thorpe 01366 347253                       Stow Bardolph 01366 383194                                Stowbridge 01366 383194                                          Tottenhill 01553 810037                             Watlington 01553 811086/ 01553 810584  Wimbotsham 01366 388954                                    Wormegay 01553 841252/ 01553 841410 


Kings Lynn Foodbank – we can still support *by BACS transfer                         KL Foodbank Sort Code: 40-26-11 Account: 91808443                                 *by cheque                      Kings Lynn Foodbank,                        TS Vancouver Building, St Margaret’s Lane, King’s Lynn, Norfolk  PE30 5DS