Sunday 25th July

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Whitewater Benefice


Gwen Meharg - to our online worship. This Sunday ‘s theme is Strength in the Spirit. We continue the summer series on Ephesians today. The focus is Ephesians 3 verses 14 to 21 when Paul prays that the Ephesians may be strengthened by the Spirit, with Christ dwelling in their hearts; and that they might understand the magnitude of the love of Christ, and be filled with the fullness of God.

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

11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs.
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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.

“Calm me Lord“ played by Nikki Wild Written by Margaret Rizza

Calm me Lord

Welcome to worship

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

Opening prayer

Our God calls us to come together, to pray, to experience his power,
to feel his passion, to persist even when the going is tough.
We hear your call, O mighty God.

Let us come together now, ready to learn, to experience all
that God has in store for us, to worship the living God.
We hear your call, O mighty God.


Link to All Creatures of our God and King (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Prayer of Praise

Loving God,
you never fail to hear the cry of our hearts.
We worship you.
May the thoughts that distract us
fade into nothingness as we focus on you.
We worship you.
Lord, accept the praises of our hearts.
We worship you.



Lord God, we are sorry for the times we haven’t acknowledged our need of you.
Forgive us, good Lord.
For the times we have tried to do things in our own strength,
because we have forgotten what a great God you are,
and forgotten how able you are to meet all our needs.
Forgive us, good Lord.
For the times we have hugged you to ourselves,
and haven’t realised there is enough of you, and more, for everyone.
Forgive us, good Lord.


Merciful Father whose holy apostle Saint James, leaving his father and all that he had, was obedient to the calling of your Son Jesus Christ and followed Him even to death:
Help us, forsaking the false attractions of the world, to be ready at all times to answer your call without delay;
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 forever. Amen



Gospel Reading John 6 verses 1-21

Jesus feeds the five thousand

1Some time after this, Jesus crossed to the far shore of the Sea of Galilee (that is, the Sea of Tiberias), 2 and a great crowd of people followed him because they saw the signs he had performed by healing those who were ill. 3 Then Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples. 4 The Jewish Passover Festival was near.

5 When Jesus looked up and saw a great crowd coming towards him, he said to Philip, ‘Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?’ 6 He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.

loaves & fishes © Henry Martin/freebible images7 Philip answered him, ‘It would take more than half a year’s wages to buy enough bread for each one to have a bite!’

8 Another of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, spoke up, 9 ‘Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?’

10 Jesus said, ‘Make the people sit down.’ There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sat down (about five thousand men were there). 11 Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.

loaves & fishes © Henry Martin/freebible images12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, ‘Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted. 13 So they gathered them and filled twelve baskets with the pieces of the five barley loaves left over by those who had eaten.

14 After the people saw the sign Jesus performed, they began to say, ‘Surely this is the Prophet who is to come into the world.’ 15 Jesus, knowing that they intended to come and make him king by force, withdrew again to a mountain by himself.

Jesus walks on the water

16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 17 where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. 18 A strong wind was blowing and the waters grew rough. 19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. 20 But he said to them, ‘It is I; don’t be afraid.’ 21 Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading.


Reading from Ephesians 3 verses 14 to 21

A prayer for the Ephesians

14 For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.



This week Jennie's talk is based on today's readings (Feeding of the 5000, and Paul's prayer to the people of Ephesus) and also talks about St James (as today is the day we remember St James) - talking about the marvellous picnic, remembering the generousity of god, and receiving the strength of the spirit


Jennie's talk - Strength in the Spirit



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. Amen.


Lord God Heavenly Father we come to you with our prayers and concerns, trusting in you, God of creation, to hear our prayer.
God of Power, strengthen us in your love

We pray for the continuing Covid pandemic, while we in the UK thankfully have some protection from the vaccine programme we think of countries where vaccination rates are low but cases are high. The continuing issues in India, North Korea, Indonesia, we pray for health care staff struggling to cope around the world and the victims of this virus. May we open our eyes beyond the problems on our own shores and seek to share hope around the world.
God of Power, strengthen us in your love

We pray for the those who have suffered from the economic downturn linked to the pandemic. We think of people who need to adjust to losing a job or establishing themselves in a new job and we pray for students who have had education disrupted. We remember those who are struggling financially and are looking for a way forward. We pray that in these turbulent times you will comfort and guide us to follow the path you call us on.
God of Power, strengthen us in your love

We pray for those in this world suffering from the effects of unusual weather patterns. In the last few weeks as we have seen the fires in North America and Siberia, the flooding in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands and the torrential rain fall in China. We pray Lord that we will pay attention to the effects of climate change and do what we can, even it means making sacrifices in our lives, to limit our own impact on your creation. We ask for wisdom and guidance on the those attending the COP26 meeting in Glasgow later this year. We pray too, for the plastic free July campaign, may this challenge us to change.
God of Power, strengthen us in your love

We pray for anyone who is sick or suffering, anyone feeling withered
or drained of the life blood they need. We think of those who are known to us who need our prayers at this time. We pray for healing hand to touch their lives.
We think too of those who are mourning loved ones, we ask for your comfort in their lives and may those they miss rest in the peace of your presence.
God of Power, strengthen us in your love

We pray for those who have come into membership of our church family,
that they may quickly feel welcomed and feel a sense of belonging as part of the big family of God. We also pray for the church as we navigate the challenges facing us, thinking particularly at this time of the leadership in the Winchester diocese; Bishops Tim, Debbie and David. We ask that as a church we may be open to your plans for your church and reach out to those who do not know the power of your love in their lives.
God of Power, strengthen us in your love

We offer these our prayers to you, through Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour who came to us as a servant and showed through his death on the cross the power of your love. Amen.

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, give us the strength and courage to make the sacrifices in our giving that you call us to, knowing that you are the source of our security and love. Amen

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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.


Link to In Christ Alone (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Final Prayer and Blessing  

Living Lord,
we go out into your world,
rooted in and strengthened by your love.
We go to share that love with others.
We are your praying people,
and we love to serve you.
Go with us. Amen

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

Gwen Meharg -

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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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