Sunday 10th May

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Whitewater Benefice - Easter 5



Welcome to our online worship on this the fourth Sunday after Easter - Feed my sheep

There will also be a live worship service using zoom, which will be open from 9.45 a.m. for technical sound checks, we will begin our worship at 10.00 a.m:  Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 892 0134 1234 

Junior Church
11am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to noon for 8-14yrs each Sunday throughout the rest of May. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 

If you are unable to join the zoom using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196
and use the appropriate meeting ID

For any children joining either service, there are activity sheets



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


How great thou art
Link to How great thou art (from YouTube a video filmed in Winchester Cathedral, opens in a new tab)



God our Father,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins.
For turning away from you,
and ignoring your will for our lives;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For behaving just as we wish,
without thinking of you;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do,
and think and say;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you
by temptations in the world about us;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For living as if we were ashamed
to belong to your Son;
Father, forgive us:
save 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,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Gospel Reading

The Gospel reading is from John 21:15-25

15When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?’
‘Yes, Lord,’ he said, ‘you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Feed my lambs.’

16Again Jesus said, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’
He answered, ‘Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Take care of my sheep.’

17The third time he said to him, ‘Simon son of John, do you love me?’
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ He said, ‘Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.’
Jesus said, ‘Feed my sheep. 18Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go.’ 19Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me!’

20Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is going to betray you?’) 21When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’

22Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.’ 23Because of this, the rumour spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?’

24This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true.

25Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.




Take my life and let it be
Take my life and let it be (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, guide us that we may walk in your way, rejoice in your truth,
And be kept for ever in the life which you give, which is eternal;
Through him who lived and died and rose again for us,
Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


Lord, as you have called us to walk in your way,
Make us the people that you would have us be,
Guide us at this difficult time for the whole World
 that we may do what you would have us do.
Lord, lead us in the ways we should go
Guide us in the path of life.


We pray for all who are in positions of authority,
For all who are called upon to make difficult decisions this week.
We remember those who make decisions that affect the life of this planet.
We pray for all who do research into healing.
Lord, lead us in the ways of truth.
Guide us in the path of life.


We pray for all who have enriched our lives,
For all who have built up our community,
For those who extended our vision,
For all who taught us the truth,
For those who set us on a good path.
We pray for our families and friends
For the people we work with.
Lord, lead us in the ways of peace
Guide us in the path of life.


We pray for all who are confused about life,
for all those whose minds are disturbed,
for all who have lost their way and cannot face the reality of our current situation.
We pray for the NHS, and all those involved in the “Caring” professions.
We pray for all those who are currently seriously ill and
We pray particularly for all those who have lost their loved ones.
We come to you with all who are troubled in heart.
Lord, lead us in the ways of peace.
Guide us the path of life.

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.


In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Now thank we all our God
Now thank we all our God (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


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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. 
Organ Organ music played by Richard Joyce
1. Adagio from Felix Mendelssohn’s First Organ Concerto
2. César Franck
Hymns from YouTube under the YouTube licence
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