Sunday 23rd May - Pentecost

Whitewater Benefice

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JESUS MAFA. Pentecost, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Welcome to our online worship - this week is Pentecost, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the birthday of the Christian Church and 50 days after Easter!

This week we have an outdoor service at 10 am at St John's with Junior Church.


We hope to be able to share the service via Zoom, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  

10am Worship via Zoom
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CandleFor those who would like to read through a service in their own time, we are providing a shortened service for you to follow: with the readings, prayers and a recording of the talk.  For any children, we have an activity sheet for Pentecost.

You may like to light a candle as you focus your worship on Christ, the one who gave his life that each one of us might draw close and know that through him we have eternal life.

“Angelus“ by Leon Boellmann played by Stephen Davies



The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you.
The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Let us rejoice and sing God’s praise for ever.



Holy Spirit, sent by the Father, ignite in us your holy fire; strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth, through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Acts 2:1-4 and 14-21

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. geralt from pixabay with permission

14Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17‘“In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21And everyone who calls
    on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Gospel Reading John 15:26-27 and 16:4b-15

The work of the Holy Spirit

16‘When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he will testify about me. 27And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning.

16:4I did not tell you this from the beginning because I was with you,5but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, “Where are you going?”6Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things.7But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.8When he comes, he will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment:9about sin, because people do not believe in me;10about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer;11and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.

12‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear.13But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.14He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you.15All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.’


JESUS MAFA. Pentecost, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Shona
Talk: Pentecost - from Shona

Choir Anthem

Come Holy Ghost by Thomas Attwood (1834) lyrics based on Veni Creator Spiritus translated by John Cosin. Sung by the St John's Choir.

Come Holy Ghost


Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

We believe in the Holy Spirit.
We believe he lives within us and will always be with us. We believe he helps us by teaching us,
By reminding us about what God has said,
By encouraging us to tell others the good news. We believe the Spirit brings us peace, joy and love.


Prayers of Intercession
Loving Father, provider of all good things
we come before you today in the quiet of our homes
giving thanks for your presence with us.


As the nation moves to a new phase of activity after lockdown, we pray your protection over the interaction we will have with one another.  May we be people who exercise good sense and appropriate caution so that we do not put one another at risk.  May we people who notice the needs of others and offer support as appropriate.  Where there is anxiety may you be a source of peace and confidence.


We bring before you those people, places and circumstances which cause us sorrow and anxiety naming them now in our hearts….   We especially pray for the people of Myanmar and Israel as they face ongoing conflict and oppression and for the people of India as they try to bring the pandemic under control.


We raise our voices to thank you for the joys of this day, the answers to prayer that we have already seen, and we offer our prayers in this time to your eternal mercy trusting in your goodness.

The Lord's Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray,

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.


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Reflecting on Holy Communion

You may like to take time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.

communion wine - from pixabay (spiegelbilder)1 Corinthians 11: 23 - 26

23For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, 24and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ 25In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.’ 26For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

Final Prayer & Blessing

The Spirit of truth lead you into all truth,
give you grace to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
and strengthen you to proclaim the word and works of God; And the blessing...
Go in the peace of Christ. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia. Alleluia.


Spirit of the living God
Link to Spirit of the Living God (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Copyright details

Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
from JESUS MAFA. Pentecost, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN.,
from Pixabay (images from gerhalt & spiegelbilder) under the terms of their license
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
Come Holy Ghost by Thomas Attwood (1834) lyrics based on Veni Creator Spiritus translated by John Cosin. Sung by the St John's Choir.
“Angelus“ by Leon Boellmann played by Stephen Davies
Hymn(s): from YouTube under under appropriate licensing

Childrens Activties for Sunday 23rd May
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