The Third Sunday of Epiphany 21st January 2018

The Watlington Benefice

The Third Sunday of Epiphany

21st January 2018


Our Hymns today

55 (NEH) Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

12 (NHWS) And Can it Be

296 (NEH) Lord enthroned in Heavenly Splendour

28 (NHWS) Blessed Assurance



God of all mercy

your Son proclaimed good news to the poor, release to the captives,

and freedom to the oppressed:

anoint us with your Holy Spirit

and set your people free

to praise you in Christ our Lord. Amen.


Our readings today

A reading from the Book of Genesis 

After his return from the defeat of Chedorlaomer and the kings who were with him, the king of Sodom went out to meet him at the Valley of Shaveh (that is, the King’s Valley). And King Melchizedek of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. He blessed him and said,
‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High,
   maker of heaven and earth; 
and blessed be God Most High,
   who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’
And Abram gave him one-tenth of everything.

Genesis 14. 17-20

A reading from the Book of Revelation

Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of mighty thunder-peals, crying out,
‘Hallelujah!                For the Lord our God
   the Almighty reigns. 
Let us rejoice and exult
   and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
   and his bride has made herself ready; 
to her it has been granted to be clothed
   with fine linen, bright and pure’—
for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.                                                         And the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’ And he said to me, ‘These are true words of God.’ Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, ‘You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you and your comrades who hold the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’ 

Revelation 19. 6-10

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ And Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not yet come.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Now standing there were six stone water-jars for the Jewish rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to them, ‘Fill the jars with water.’ And they filled them up to the brim. He said to them, ‘Now draw some out, and take it to the chief steward.’ So they took it. When the steward tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know where it came from (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward called the bridegroom and said to him, ‘Everyone serves the good wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.’ Jesus did this, the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and his disciples believed in him.                             

John 2.1-11

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                                                   Those who have died Geof Beaumont

2018 January and February Services

*Sunday 28th 11am January Wormegay

Mission Room 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


*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

To contribute to this newssheet, contact Barbara Church 01553 810584, If you would like to receive an electronic copy of the newssheet please e-mail

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


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.


Lent 2018 ‘Come and See’

Journeying through Lent with John’

is the Diocesan Lent Course which we are hoping to use this year based on John’s Gospel - keep an ear and eye out for details. Time and place will depend on your interest!!!

Diary Dates

Wednesday 24th January 7pm Watlington PCC Meeting at 53 Downham Road Watlington


Wednesday January 31st 7.30pm Group PCC meeting Wormegay Mission Room


Friday 16th February 10am -12 noon

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

Saturday 24th February 7.00pm Quiz

in Watlington Village Hall for Church funds


Closure of St Andrews South Runcton Public Meeting:-  Wednesday 7th February 7pm to be held in Parish Hall, Runcton Holme.
The PCC of RH & the Diocese of Ely invite you to give your views on the future of the building.

Thought for the Week from Reverend David Grundy

Yesterday, my wife took the last of our Christmas cards to the recycling, so Christmas is now definitely over. But I’m pleased because this year I did discover one new thing about the Christmas story: I try to find out something fresh each year, and this year I did come across something I never knew. It’s about the Magi. This tribe of came from what is now Iraq. I had always known that shepherds were regarded as totally ‘unclean’ because of their jobs, handling dead animals, but I hadn’t realised that the Magi too were seen as unclean – they were not Jews, but they were astrologers, who were essentially pagan priests. Like the shepherds, they too were among the people least likely to be part of the Messiah’s entry into the world. And yet it was they whom God chose to witness the wonderful event. God does seem to choose the least likely to be part of his story. And this should give us great purpose early in this new year. However frail, ordinary, elderly or uneducated we are, God still chooses the ordinary, those not usually chosen by the world, to be part of his story.