Sunday 26th April

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Whitewater Benefice - Easter 3


Welcome to our online worship on this the second Sunday of Easter.

There will also be a live worship service using Zoom using this link:
The meeting will be open from 09:45hrs for technical sound checks
worship begins at 10am.
OR you may phone into the Zoom service using one of these telephone numbers:
0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196
and unique Meeting ID: 861 6696 8473

For any children joining either service, there is an activity sheet and there will be a Junior Church zoom:

  • from 11am to 11:30 am for the younger children (pre-school to age 8)
  • from 11:30 to 12noon for the older children (9 to 14 years)

To join the Junior Church zoom
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074

You may like to light a candle as a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness.

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.

The Greeting

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

We meet in the presence of God
who knows our needs,
hears our cries,
feels our pain,
and heals our wounds.Amen


The Servant King
Link to The Servant King (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden,
to ask for his forgiveness and peace.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,
we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,
we are slow to believe.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus,
we fail to recognise your presence with us.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.



May the God of love and power
forgive you and free you from your sins,
heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen


Risen Christ,
you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life
and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Gospel Reading

The Gospel reading is from Luke 24:13-35

13Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. 15As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; 16but they were kept from recognising him.

17He asked them, ‘What are you discussing together as you walk along?’

They stood still, their faces downcast. 18One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, ‘Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?’

19‘What things?’ he asked.
‘About Jesus of Nazareth,’ they replied. ‘He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. 22In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning 23but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. 24Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.’

25He said to them, ‘How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ 27And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

28As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going further. 29But they urged him strongly, ‘Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.’ So he went in to stay with them.

30When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31Then their eyes were opened and they recognised him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’

33They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34and saying, ‘It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.’ 35Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognised by them when he broke the bread.



Be still for the presence of the Lord
Link to Be still for the presence of the Lord (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Affirmation of Faith

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.  Amen


Gathered in God’s presence let us pray:

Lord, walk with us, on our journey of faith,
As individuals and as your church;
Open up to us the truths that you long for us to understand,
And inspire all who teach and encourage.
Equip us all to pass on the good news of Easter.

Lord God:
Abide with us

Walk with us  Lord, in our daily lives,
which in these times are difficult for so many,
walk with us in our homes,
those in high rise flats,
those who are homeless,
those who are unable to go out.
Meet with all who are curious or searching and seeking you,
may your presence Lord, be sought and recognised in the world.

Lord God:
Abide with us

Walk with Leaders of Government and all in decision making,
for all who are seeking peace and reconciliation,
for those who are having to make decisions
that affect our lives and the economy.
May all who are in positions of authority know of your presence and that you Lord walk with them.

Lord God:
Abide with us

Walk with all who are suffering at this time Lord,
In body, mind or spirit,
for all whose hope has died,
for all  who are confused with the sickness in the world.
We remember all who travel by lonely paths.
We pray for all who are in care homes and in hospital.
Walk with all whom we know and love…
Lord may they feel your presence with them and be comforted.

Lord God:
Abide with us


We thank you Lord that you walk with all the NHS staff at this time,
For all keeping our hospitals, emergency services and utilities going,
Walk with all who are unable to work, and be with them in their difficulties that they too may know of your loving presence.

Lord God:
Abide with us


Walk with all who mourn the loss of loved ones,
Comfort them and give them hope and trust in you.
We commend to your eternal love,
Those we remember who have died, and are now with you and the saints in glory.

Lord God:
Abide with us


Walk with us Lord in our life journeys,
Guiding us, teaching and correcting us,
As we learn the lesson of loving you
Wherever we are.

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

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.

Reflecting on Holy Communion

At this time when we cannot gather to share Holy Communion with one another we take some time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.


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.

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for you:
give us the will to be the servant of others
as you were the servant of all,
and gave up your life and died for us,
but are alive and reign, now and for ever.  Amen



Now may the Lord of peace himself
give you peace at all times and in every way.
The Lord be with you all.  Amen

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all evermore.  Amen.


To God be the glory
Link to God be the glory (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Copyright details

This service has been prepared from ‘Common Worship, Services and Prayers for the Church of England’ © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and also 2012 (Eucharistic prayers with children present). Church House Publishing. 
Bible readings are from the New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. 
Hymns from YouTube under the YouTube licence
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