Sunday 18th July

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Whitewater Benefice


from pixabay - user stokpicWelcome to our online worship, our theme for the next several weeks is based on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This is a letter about the wonderful transformation that God offers us in Christ. The blessings are simply amazing! The letter was probably a circular, that was read out in the local congregations as they gathered for worship. Paul reminds us in our reading this week of the that Jesus is for everyone. It is worth reading and re-reading, and asking the Lord to show us how we can live in the reality of this wonderful life that he wants for each of us.

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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Meeting ID: 885 7772 4059 & Passcode: 101010
Junior Church
No Junior Church this week, instead join us in Hartlett's park at 12 noon for a picnic!

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.

“Before the throne of God above“ played by Nikki Wild Written by Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook

Before the throne of God above

Welcome to worship

Welcome to our worship as we are gathered in heart and spirit if not in physical proximity with one another.  It is a reminder that the church is not the building but rather it is the people of God who are the church.

Opening prayer

Faithful one, whose word is life:
come with saving power
to free our praise,
inspire our prayer
and shape our lives
for the Kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.


Link to Rejoice the Lord is King (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)



Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,
this is your world and we are your people:
come among us and save us.
We have wilfully misused your gifts of creation;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.

We have condoned evil and dishonesty
and failed to strive for justice;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.

We have heard the good news of Christ,
but have failed to share it with others;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.

We have not loved you with all our heart,
nor our neighbours as ourselves;
Lord, be merciful:
forgive us our sin.


May Almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and keep us in eternal life.


Generous God,
you give us gifts and make them grow:
though our faith is small as mustard seed,
make it grow to your glory
and the flourishing of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Ephesians 2:11-end

SHJew and Gentile reconciled through Christ

11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called ‘uncircumcised’ by those who call themselves ‘the circumcision’ (which is done in the body by human hands) – 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

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19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Gospel - Mark 6:30-34; 53-end

jesus teaching from LumoProject 30The apostles gathered round Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. 31Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, ‘Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.’

32So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. 33But many who saw them leaving recognised them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them. 34When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things

35When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. 36As soon as they got out of the boat, people recognised Jesus. 37They ran throughout that whole region and carried those who were ill on mats to wherever they heard he was. 38And wherever he went – into villages, towns or countryside – they placed those who were ill in the market-places. They begged him to let them touch even the edge of his cloak, and all who touched it were healed.



This week Martin's talk is based on the reading from Ephesians


Martin's talk - all in it together



A Prayer of Declaration

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. 



We pray for God’s grace.
Lord, receive our praise
and hear our prayer.

Lord God, through your grace we are your people:
through your Son you have redeemed us;
in your Spirit you have made us your own.

We pray for our church family in the Whitewater Benefice and across Winchester Diocese as we reach out to the wider community and their needs.

Make our hearts respond to your love.
Lord, receive our praise
and hear our prayer.

We pray for the worldwide community of believers bringing before you those who cannot openly share their faith because of persecution and imprisonment.  We hold before you the church in Myanmar and entrust them to your care.

Make our lives bear witness to your glory in the world.
Lord, receive our praise
and hear our prayer.

We pray for all those who are facing sickness, financial difficulties, loneliness and anxieties of any kind.

Make our wills eager to obey, and our hands ready to heal.
Lord, receive our praise
and hear our prayer.

We give you thanks for the beauty of your creation given to us to steward; may we be mindful of the unthinking damage we can cause and seek always a sustainable and environmentally friendly course.

Make our voices one with all your people in heaven and on earth. 

Merciful Father
Accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son
our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

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

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy,
that you may be kept safe and blameless
in spirit, soul and body,
for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.


Let us consider all that God has done for us, especially as we see this in Jesus.
‘Count our blessings’ and respond with appropriate generosity from our material wealth.

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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.

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


The blessing of the one true God,
to whom be all love and all glory for time and for eternity,
come down upon you and remain with you always.  Amen


Link to Let all the world in every corner sing (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

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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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Before the throne of God above by Charitie Lees Bancroft, Vikki Cook Played by Nikki Wild, CCLI Song 2306412, © 1997 Sovereign Grace Worship (Admin by Capitol CMG Publishing (IMI))
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