Sunday 17th May

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Whitewater Benefice - Easter 6


Welcome to our online worship on this the fifth Sunday after Easter - Jesus promises the gift of the Holy Spirit

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: 845 2142 4587

Junior Church
11am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to noon for 9-14yrs 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

The Lord is risen
All: He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

We continue to rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus. We have learned how Jesus visited different people from Easter Sunday onwards. He appeared to men, women, groups, and St Paul in the reading today explains how important this is. As we reflect on the impact of that first Easter, why not take a moment of quiet to give thanks for Jesus with us today, in our everyday lives: cooking, gardening, working, walking.


Christ the Lord is risen today
Link to Christ the Lord is risen today (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)



We are sad that we have not lived a life of love as Jesus said we should. And so, come, let us return to the Lord and say:
Lord our God,
in our sin we have avoided your call.
Our love for you is like a morning cloud,
like the dew that goes away early.
Have mercy on us,
deliver us from judgement;
bind up our wounds and revive us;
in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


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 First Reading: 1 Corinthians 15.1-11 followed by talk

As we continue to read and learn about the appearances of Jesus to disciples after his resurrection. We hear now from St Paul, of the earliest accounts of the resurrection.

1Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.

3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.

9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them – yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

Affirmation of faith: 1 Corinthians 15.3-7

From a very early declaration of faith in the Bible, let us join together to declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe. Amen.


Knowing You, Jesus
Link to Knowing You, Jesus (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


The Gospel reading is from John 14:15-21 followed by a talk

Jesus said: 15‘If you love me, keep my commands. 16And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you for ever – 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. 18I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19Before long, the world will not see me any more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. 20On that day you will realise that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. 21Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.’

Thy Kingdom Come

Novena - Prayer JournalOn Thursday next week we have Ascension Day, when we remember the time that Jesus left the earth to return to his Father. We shall have a service of Holy Communion at 8pm. Then begins a nine day season of dedicated prayer, remembered around the whole world, which is called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. We begin by praying with communities around the world, using prayers for this season adapted from the 24/7 prayer movement.


Let us pray for the church and the world in this continuing season of pandemic, and let us thank God for his goodness

Lord of Peace, we remember those living in coronavirus hotspots and those currently in isolation. May they know your presence, your peace in their turmoil and your patience in their waiting. Prince of Peace, you are powerful and merciful; hear our prayer. Amen

God of all Comfort and Counsel, we pray for those who are grieving, reeling from the sudden loss of loved ones. May they find your fellowship in their suffering, your comfort in their loss, and your hope in their despair. We name before you those known to us who are vulnerable and scared - the frail, the sick and the elderly; and those who have lost a loved one. you may like to take time to name those on your heart or on the pewsheet now. God of all Comfort, you are powerful and merciful; hear our prayer.   Amen

God who heals, we pray for all medical professionals dealing daily with the intense pressures of this crisis. Grant them resilience in weariness, discernment in diagnosis, and compassion upon compassion as they care. We thank you for the army of researchers working steadily and quietly towards a cure - give them clarity, serendipity and unexpected breakthrough today. Lord, hear our prayer.   Amen

God of all Wisdom, we pray for our leaders: the World Health Organisation, national  governments, and local leaders too - heads of schools, hospitals and other institutions. Since you have positioned these people in public service for this hour, we ask you to grant them wisdom beyond their own wisdom to contain this virus, faith beyond their own faith to fight this fear, and strength beyond their own strength to sustain vital institutions through this time of turmoil. God of Wisdom and Counsel; Hear our prayer. Amen

Finally, Lord, we pray for your church: as we enter this nine days of prayer for ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Shake us out of lethargy. Help us be faithful, and watchful. Give us courage to share your love, sensitive to your working around us.  Spirit who helps, counsels, and intercedes; hear our prayer.  Amen

Time of silence to listen to the music, ‘If you love me, keep my commandments’ and make our personal prayers to the Lord.

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.

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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.


O for a thousand tongues to sing
O for a thousand tongues to sing (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Please see the Thy Kingdom Come for more details (including a link to the prayer Journal)

Thy Kingdom Come


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. 
Martin Nystrom – As the Deer © 1984 Restoration Music, Ltd.   (Admin. by Restoration Music Ltd.) 
Brian Johnson / Phil Wickham – Living Hope (How Great the Chasm) © 2017 Phil Wickham Music   (Admin. by / Small Stone Media BV, Holland (Admin. in the UK/Eire by Song Solutions
Hymns from YouTube under the YouTube licence
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's Activities for Sunday 17th May
Children's Activities for Sunday 17th May
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