Sunday 3rd May

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Whitewater Benefice - Easter 4



Welcome to our online worship on this the third Sunday after 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: 831 0953 8255

For any children joining either service, there are activity sheets

Breakfast at the beach (c)Roots for Churches

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd ( 2002-2020. Reproduced with permission.



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


Rejoice the Lord is King
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Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in heaven.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.


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,
by the lakeside you renewed your call to your disciples:
help your Church to obey your command
and draw the nations to the fire of your love,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Gospel Reading

The Gospel reading is from John 21:1-14

1Afterwards Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them, and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’ So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.

5He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’
‘No,’ they answered.

6He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’ he wrapped his outer garment round him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred metres. 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

10Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ 11So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 14This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.



My song is love unknown
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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:

Father God, we pray for our world today. In the beginning you made the perfect world for us to live in.

We pray Father God that we know look at our actions and make a stand by making a difference. Lord we pray like it says in 2 Timothy,  ‘God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power. May we stand by what is right and not allow the powers that ‘be’ to control our lives, but the power of God, control, through love.

Lord we pray for all world leaders who are going through uncertain times, we pray they turn to you and hear your voice, despite all the uncertainty around, grant them perseverance and courage to face the future and be to them a firm foundation on which to build their lives.

God of compassion, your love for humanity was revealed in Jesus, whose earthly life began in the poverty of a stable and ended in the pain and isolation of the cross:
we hold before you all those who are trying to cope with isolation in their lives, especially with the pressures of Covid 19. Draw near and comfort them in spirit and bless all those who work to provide them with the best health care, re assurance and love. We ask that your loving arms will be outstretched to touch all those who are in need.

We pray for families who are struggling to cope with the lock down, for those with ongoing illnesses, those with disabilities, those with un settled homes, for those who are fearful in any way. Lord may your peace love and reassurance be with them.

Loving Father through you all things were made, guide this world towards  your love, awaken our praise and thankfulness for every being you have made, for all the creatures of this earth, for not one of them is forgotten in your sight.

Lord we pray for our church family and for our communities, especially those unable to work and all those who are in need. We pray that our communities draw close together, leaning on each other as part of one family, your family.

We hold in our thoughts and prayers all those who are unwell and are in need of prayer. We fondly remember those who have recently died, we pray their families draw close to you Lord for comfort.

Your greatest commandment was ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Love him with all your strength and with all your mind, And Love your neighbour as you love yourself’

We pray Lord for a greater commitment to you and to serve you with a fresh awakening in our lives.

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.

God our Father,
whose Son Jesus Christ gives the water of eternal life:
may we thirst for you,
the spring of life and source of goodness,
through him who is alive and reigns, 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.


Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
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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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