The Second Sunday of Epiphany 14th January 2018

The Watlington Benefice

The Second Sunday of Epiphany

14th January 2018


Our Hymns today (NEH)

56 Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

48 Bethlehem of noblest cities

297 Lord Jesus Christ

49 Brightest and best



Eternal Lord,

our beginning and our end:

bring us with the whole of creation

to your glory, hidden by past ages

and made known

in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the first Book of Samuel

Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the Lord under Eli. The word of the Lord was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.

 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room; the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the Lord, where the ark of God was. Then the Lord called, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ and he said, ‘Here I am!’ and ran to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call; lie down again.’ So he went and lay down. The Lord called again, ‘Samuel!’ Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ But he said, ‘I did not call, my son; lie down again.’ Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord, and the word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him. The Lord called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, ‘Here I am, for you called me.’ Then Eli perceived that the Lord was calling the boy. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, ‘Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” ’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

 Now the Lord came and stood there, calling as before, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ And Samuel said, ‘Speak, for your servant is listening.’

1 Samuel 3. 1-10

A reading from the Book of Revelation

Then I saw in the right hand of the one seated on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals; and I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?’ And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. And I began to weep bitterly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep. See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.’

 Then I saw between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders a Lamb standing as if it had been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He went and took the scroll from the right hand of the one who was seated on the throne. When he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell before the Lamb, each holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. They sing a new song:
‘You are worthy to take the scroll
   and to open its seals,
for you were slaughtered and by your blood you ransomed for God
   saints from every tribe and language and people and nation; 
you have made them to be a kingdom and priests serving our God,
   and they will reign on earth.’

Revelation 5. 1-10

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, ‘Follow me.’ Now Philip was from Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. Philip found Nathanael and said to him, ‘We have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.’ Nathanael said to him, ‘Can anything good come out of Nazareth?’ Philip said to him, ‘Come and see.’ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming towards him, he said of him, ‘Here is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!’ Nathanael asked him, ‘Where did you come to know me?’ Jesus answered, ‘I saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.’ Nathanael replied, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!’ Jesus answered, ‘Do you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.’ And he said to him, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.’                         John 1. 43-end

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

2018 January and February Services


*Sunday 21st January 11am Watlington

Reverend David Grundy


*Sunday 28th 11am January Wormegay

Reverend John Hall


* Thursday 1st February 10am Runcton Holme Morning Prayer led by lay people


* Sunday 4th February 11am Tottenhill

Reverend David Yabbacome

*Sunday 11th February 11am Runcton Holme Canon William Burke

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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


Childrens’ Society – we will be sending a total of £113.84 following the Watlington School Christingle (£67.72) and congregation envelopes (£46.12) Thank you

(£8 could pay for art therapy materials that help a child talk about the abuse they have suffered. £12 could pay towards a support session for a young carer)

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.


Diary Dates

Friday 19h January 10am-12 noon Runcton Holme Parish Room Coffee Morning (proceeds for Parish Room)


Thought for the Week from Canon Stephen Leeke

Have you noticed what happens when you ask a couple; 'How did you meet?' They nearly always smile and tell a story of unlikely coincidences, or eyes meeting across a crowded room, or bumping into each other at a bus stop, or some other apparently random and mundane event which gained its significance because of what developed afterwards. Usually they fell in love! Of course they didn't fall for everyone they saw across a room, at a bus stop or waiting at a telephone box (that was my parents'). But on that special occasion that was what happened. You can find the same strange occurences if you ask a believer how they came to faith. We should ask more often! Just as their future beloved somehow touched them in the ordinary and made it extra ordinary. So does God. It won't seem so special to everyone else, it never can, but to us it is like coming to life, or being born again. And for believers and couples it is good to remember the early days, our first love.