Sunday next before Lent 11th February 2018

The Watlington Benefice

Sunday next before Lent

11th February 2018


Our Hymns today

294 (NEH) Just as I am

376 (NEH) I heard the voice of Jesus Say

28 (NHWS) Blessed Assurance

338 (NHWS) To God be the Glory



Holy God, 

you know the disorder of our sinful lives:

set straight our crooked hearts,

and bend our wills to love your goodness

and your glory

in Jesus Christ our Lord    Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Second Book of Kings

Now when the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven by a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me as far as Bethel.’ But Elisha said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they went down to Bethel. The company of prophets who were in Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he said, ‘Yes, I know; keep silent.’

 Elijah said to him, ‘Elisha, stay here; for the Lord has sent me to Jericho.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So they came to Jericho. The company of prophets who were at Jericho drew near to Elisha, and said to him, ‘Do you know that today the Lord will take your master away from you?’ And he answered, ‘Yes, I know; be silent.’

 Then Elijah said to him, ‘Stay here; for the Lord has sent me to the Jordan.’ But he said, ‘As the Lord lives, and as you yourself live, I will not leave you.’ So the two of them went on. Fifty men of the company of prophets also went, and stood at some distance from them, as they both were standing by the Jordan. Then Elijah took his mantle and rolled it up, and struck the water; the water was parted to the one side and to the other, until the two of them crossed on dry ground.

 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, ‘Tell me what I may do for you, before I am taken from you.’ Elisha said, ‘Please let me inherit a double share of your spirit.’ He responded, ‘You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it will be granted you; if not, it will not.’ As they continued walking and talking, a chariot of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them, and Elijah ascended in a whirlwind into heaven. Kings 2. 1-11

A reading from Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians

And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.                   2 Corinthians 4.3-6

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to Mark

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain apart, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his clothes became dazzling white, such as no one on earth could bleach them. And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, who were talking with Jesus. Then Peter said to Jesus, ‘Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three dwellings, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.’ He did not know what to say, for they were terrified. Then a cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud there came a voice, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved; listen to him!’ Suddenly when they looked around, they saw no one with them any more, but only Jesus.

 As they were coming down the mountain, he ordered them to tell no one about what they had seen, until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead.                              Mark 9.2-9

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, Margaret Gardner, Maddy, Samantha Clark, Lynne Watton, Frederick Ali , Robert, Ken Martin, Josie

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


February and March Services

*Wednesday 14th February 11am Fincham Church Bishop of Ely

Deanery Eucharist for Ash Wednesday, including the Imposition of Ashes followed by a light lunch


*Sunday18th February 11am Watlington Holy Communion and Baptism Reverend Alan Bennett


*Sunday 25th February 11am Wormegay Mission Room Canon Stephen Leeke

*Thursday 1st March 10am Runcton Holme Morning prayer led by lay people

*Sunday 4th March 11am Tottenhill Canon William Burke

*Wednesday 7th March 2pm Watlington Celebrating Families Watlington School and Canon William Burke

*Sunday 11th March 11am Mothering Sunday Runcton Holme Canon William Burke

Norfolk in Uganda

On Wednesday 14th February John Church and Eve Thomas will be flying out from Heathrow, arriving in Entebbe Uganda Thursday morning on a visit organised by Friends of Nakwero. This charity has supported Norfolk Vocational Institute (at Nakwero, 14 miles north of the capital Kampala) for ten years. The Institute gives young people training and skills to earn a living as nursery school teachers, motor mechanics, electricians, hairdressers, tailors and dressmakers. Other party members are John Woodford, Denise White from Kings Lynn, Bella Church from Ely and Jill Harmer from Malvern. Please pray for them as they travel about and for the Vocational School, the principal Kiko Blasio, teachers and students. The big Graduation Day is on 17th February.

There will be a feedback session from the trip on Saturday March 10th 3.30pm-5.30pm with Afternoon Tea in Watlington Village Hall


Diary Dates

Friday 16th February 10am -12 noon

Coffee Morning in Runcton Holme Parish Room with fair trade stall (proceeds to Parish Room)

Watlington Church Wall Work party

Fridays February 16/23 at 10am

Saturday 24th February 7.00pm Quiz

in Watlington Village Hall for Church funds


Lent 2018 ‘Come and See’

Journeying through Lent with John’

Diocesan Lent Course starts 11am Wednesday. 28th Feb. 32 Fen Road Watlington + Soup lunch


Christian Aid Count your Blessings – will you walk with Dimma this Lent – leaflets available


From Steve and Cate Waters (Nordelph)

On Shrove Tuesday, 13th February, Cate and I (Steve) are going to visit all 12 churches in our Benefice and either inside the church if open, otherwise in the doorway, say the following prayer-


Father, we pray for the unity of the following churches (name them) in the Priory Benefice. May we all work together to spread your spirit and good news to all those who live in our parishes. In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen. 


Either on the altar or in the church doorway we will leave a scallop shell on which is written this prayer and the names of the 12 churches and benefice. (Runcton Holme 9.30am, Watlington 10am)


Of course, we will leave it up to you whether you would like to explain this at a church service and perhaps even read out the prayer and what you do with the shell!

with every good wish and blessing

 Steve and Cate Waters