Sunday 4th July

Whitewater Benefice

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Picture taken from and is copyright © ROOTS for Churches Ltd. Reproduced with permissionWelcome to our online worship for Sunday 6th June, today we are exploring Fully Relying on God. In the Gospel reading we read of the opposition that Jesus faced when preaching in his home town and then how the disciples were sent out with minimal belongings. Serving God can be tough and challenging but if we rely on God then great things can happen for His Kingdom.

There will be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, 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 and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
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Junior Church

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Every Sunday, but the first Sunday each month
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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. 

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.

“Come, Now is the time to worship“ by Brian Doerksen played by Played by Nikki Wild

Come, Now is the time to worship

Welcome to worship

Welcome to our worship.
We look to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour

Opening prayer

Lord God, King of the universe,
we thank you for sending your Son, our Saviour,
as a helpless and vulnerable baby,
dependent on the love and care of flawed human beings.
As we come to worship,
may we make ourselves vulnerable –
open to receive more of your power, mercy and love –
so that we can share that with others,
when we are sent to serve you.


Lord of all hopefulness
Lord of all hopefulness (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Prayer of Praise

Loving God, all-sufficient one,
we acknowledge your presence and we worship you.
We adore you, Lord of all.
We worship you, Lord Jesus Christ, holy and anointed one.
You laid your life down that we might live.
We adore you, Lord of all.
We welcome your authority and influence in our lives, Holy Spirit.
You intercede for us when we have no strength.
You are with us and guide us in our weakness.
We adore you, Lord of all.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are worthy of all our praise:
we adore you, Lord of all.


We bow before you, O God,
and we confess that we have let you down.
We have turned away from you and gone our own way.

We have allowed material things to dominate our lives, and to occupy our minds.
We are sorry, and we lay everything at your feet
We are sorry that we overcomplicate everything.

Help us to learn how to be still and know that you are God.
Help us to seek simplicity, to slow down and not to hurry,
to require nothing more than what you give, and to fear being vulnerable,
so that we can be complete in your presence.

Assurance of forgiveness

Jesus Christ, you died and rose again
that we might be released from all the worldly things
that weigh us down.
Thank you that we are forgiven,
that our chains are gone,
and we have been set free to serve you once again.


Almighty God, send down upon your Church the riches of your Spirit, and kindle in all who minister the gospel your countless gifts of grace through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Bible Mark 6 verses 1-13

1Jesus left there and went to his home town, accompanied by his disciples. 2 When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were amazed.

‘Where did this man get these things?’ they asked. ‘What’s this wisdom that has been given him? What are these remarkable miracles he is performing? 3Isn’t this the carpenter? Isn’t this Mary’s son and the brother of James, Joseph, Judas and Simon? Aren’t his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him.

4Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honour except in his own town, among his relatives and in his own home.’ 5He could not do any miracles there, except lay his hands on a few people who were ill and heal them. 6He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Jesus sends out the Twelve

Then Jesus went around teaching from village to village. 7Calling the Twelve to him, he began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over impure spirits.

8These were his instructions: ‘Take nothing for the journey except a staff – no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. 9Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. 10Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. 11And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.’

12They went out and preached that people should repent. 13They drove out many demons and anointed with oil many people who were ill and healed them.


The power of your love
The power of your love (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Puppet Sketch


Picture from and is copyright © ROOTS for Churches Ltd. Reproduced with permissionToday Jonathan explores Mark 6 v1-13 and how faith in Christ makes the difference.


Relying on God


Declaration of Faith - the Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.


While praying you may wish to listen to the song Your Grace is Enough, played by Caroline & Claire

Your Grace is Enough

Lord, just as you sent out your disciples of old to share the Gospel, we pray today for all people who serve in the field of mission, at home or abroad. For all those in ministry and leadership within the church. For people who make themselves vulnerable by sharing of you. We pray for those being ordained into ministry this weekend, may we support those who have committed to serve you and may they know your power in their lives.

Merciful God, we lift our prayers before you.
Strengthen and protect your people sharing the Gospel.

We pray for the conflicts and tensions raging throughout the world – hatred, bombings, corruption. We pray for all those caught up in such situations. And for the people working to bring about reconciliation. We pray for peace in Israel and the Middle East, we ask for peace and justice in Myanmar and protection for the Uighur Muslims in China.

Merciful God, we lift our prayers before you.
Diffuse hatred and bring peace to the world.

We pray for all countries struggling to cope with the pandemic due to lack of resources and vaccines. For India coping with another epidemic. For those everywhere who are sick; be it in mind or body. For those who put their own lives at risk to help save others. We thank you for the tireless efforts of health care workers and scientists in helping us through this Pandemic. We remember too people who have lost loved ones, may they know your comfort.

Merciful God, we lift our prayers before you.
Restore health, comfort and console.

Lord, in you we have freedom. We pray for our Prime Minister, the government and all advisors as they deliberate on lifting restrictions as we head to what society has dubbed ‘Freedom Day’. We ask too that you will be with our leaders as they prepare for the COP26 meeting on Climate Change in November. May we be prepared to make the sacrifices needed on Climate Change in our own lives to help maintain the beauty of your creation for future generations.

Merciful God, we lift our prayers before you.
Give wisdom and guidance in all things.

We pray for those in our community who may have lost their jobs due to the pandemic or have been furloughed and are worrying about rent arrears, or their future, as furlough begins to wind down. For all those living on the streets with only a cardboard roof over their heads. We pray for all people who live each day not knowing where their next meal is coming from. For all those who rely on aid or food banks to put a meal on the table.

Merciful God, we lift our prayers before you.
Bring reassurance; transform lives.

When the disciples were sent out, they were able to bring healing and hope into people’s lives. We pray that you will send us out in the power of your Spirit to bring your love into this world. We pray for those we know who need words of comfort in their lives, people who are ill, struggling with relationships, struggling financially. We pray that you will meet their needs.

Merciful God, we lift our prayers before you.
Comfort those in need.

We ask these prayers in and through the Holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour in whom we find our strength and hope.

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.


Lord God, as we offer these our gifts to you, help us to open our lives to you, so that we may receive your love and power to build your Kingdom here. Amen

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Send us out
Link to Send us out (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Final Prayer & Blessing

Lord, you sent your disciples into the world
to share your word with those in need –
may we approach this coming week with a similar desire.
You sent them carrying little but trusting much –
may we live this week with a similar attitude.
May our lives be less about us and our needs,
and more about you,
and your love and care for all people
in all places and circumstances.
May we love as you love.
We ask in your name.

Choir Anthem

Day by Day, based on the St Richards Prayer, arranged by Stephen Davies and sung by St John's Choir

Day by Day

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


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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.
Picture and Prayer resources taken from and is copyright © ROOTS for Churches Ltd. Reproduced with permission
“Come, Now is the time to worship“ by Brian Doerksen played by Played by Nikki Wild, CCLI Song 2430948, © 1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire)
Great is your faithfulness (Your grace is enough) - played by Caroline Bushman & Claire Hamer. Written by Maher/Tomlin CCLI #4477026 © 2003 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Integrity Music)
Day by Day based on words of St Richards Prayer, arranged by Stephen Davies and sung by the Choir of St John the Evangelist, Hook. ©Stephen Davies
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
Additional Hymn(s): from YouTube under under appropriate licensing