Sunday 20th June

Whitewater Benefice

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from Free-Photos from PixabayWelcome to our online worship.  Today our worship is our birthday celebration for St John's Church in Hook, which is 83 years old.  There has been a church in Hook since 1886, this was known as the 'Tin Church' and a more permanent building was built in 1938 and consecrated on 20 June 1938 by the Bishop of Winchester. 

This week, we are holding an outdoor service at St John's with Junior Church in the Rectory Garden. If it pours with rain, we may need to go inside! Our service will also be shared via Zoom, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121
Junior Church
This week, join us in person at St John's for Junior Church!

If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode



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.

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.

“Yesterday, Today and Forever“ by Vicky Beeching played by Caroline Bushman

Yesterday, Today and Forever


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.

Special words from the Psalms for our service as we celebrate the life of our Church family over the generations: 

I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into   the house of the Lord.               Psalm 122 v1




Almighty God, to whose glory we celebrate the dedication of this house of prayer:
we praise you for the many blessings you have given to those who worship you here:
and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you,
and, being filled with the Holy Spirit, may become a living temple acceptable to you; 
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.


For the OUTDOOR SERVICE, Building Future Memories, the Gospel reading will be from Matthew 28.16-20

Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshipped him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth ahs been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obe everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Image by truthseeker08 from PixabayPsalm 133

1How good and pleasant it is
   when God’s people live together in unity!

2It is like precious oil poured on the head,
   running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
   down on the collar of his robe.
3It is as if the dew of Hermon
   were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
   even life for evermore.

Gospel - Mark 4:35-41

Jesus calms the storm

35That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ 36Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’

39He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.

40He said to his disciples, ‘Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?’

41They were terrified and asked each other, ‘Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!’



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I will sing the wonderous story
Link to I will sing the wonderous story (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Affirmation of Faith

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

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.
We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


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.


Please let us consider our calling to be the ‘light on the hill’ during this season of ongoing challenge and isolation for so many. If you are able to donate online as one off, or regularly, your gifts will be gratefully received.

Please do ask if you would like further information about how your giving is being spent by the churches.See our giving page for more information about how you can give to our churches

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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

God has given you the citizenship of heaven, 
with his blessed and beloved,
and the whole company of the redeemed. 

God give you the will to live each day in life eternal.

 God bring you to the home that Christ prepares for all who love him. 

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia, alleluia.

St John's Hook, from Anna

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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.
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Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
“Yesterday, Today and Forever“ by Vicky Beeching played by Caroline Bushman
Hymn(s): from YouTube under under appropriate licensing