Sunday 31st May - Pentecost

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Whitewater Benefice - Pentecost


Welcome to our online worship on this Pentecost Sunday

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: 852 1762 0782

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



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.


You may like to light a candle to help with settling into the Lord’s presence.

The Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace,
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
And also with you.

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

Introduction to Pentecost Sunday

What really are our expectations of this weekend? We see from last year the huge gathering in the centre of London, Trafalgar Square, of Christians of all denominations celebrating the festival. How do we see this feast now in 2020, when we are in our own homes, and we cannot this year join in large gatherings outside? And our own lives? We may be comforted by God’s travelling with us, or still disorientated with the changes in society and in our lifestyles. Perhaps we feel hopeless and helpless to make any difference. But Pentecost is a festival of new life and new energy. The Holy Spirit, long-awaited, the Spirit of Jesus, arrived to enable all people, men and women and children, to live in the fruitfulness and the power of God, each and every day. We simply need to be ready, to be open, to be available to God. 

Pentecost 2020 - Happy Birthday!


Come Down O love divine
Link to Come Down O love divine (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)



As we wait in silence …  Fill us with your Spirit.

As we listen to your word … Fill us with your Spirit.

As we worship you in majesty … Fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your refreshing … Fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your renewing … Fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your equipping … Fill us with your Spirit.

As we long for your empowering … Fill us with your Spirit.

The disciples waited and waited, after the Resurrection of Jesus, and again, after His Ascension. They prayed and they waited. Jesus had promised them that he would send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, their helper, to be with them. And he came!

The First Reading (Acts 2.1-21)

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.

5Now there were staying in Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven. 6When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard their own language being spoken.7 Utterly amazed, they asked: ‘Aren’t all these who are speaking Galileans? 8Then how is it that each of us hears them in our native language? 9 Parthians, Medes and Elamites; residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya near Cyrene; visitors from Rome 11 (both Jews and converts to Judaism); Cretans and Arabs – we hear them declaring the wonders of God in our own tongues!’ 12Amazed and perplexed, they asked one another, ‘What does this mean?’

13 Some, however, made fun of them and said, ‘They have had too much wine.’

14Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: ‘Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

17‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
    Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy.
19I will show wonders in the heavens above
    and signs on the earth below,
    blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20The sun will be turned to darkness
    and the moon to blood
    before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’

Prayer for personal renewal

Jesus described the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Truth. He would open eyes to reality, and bring hearts, minds and wills in line with God’s will.

If we were together in church, this is an opportunity to be anointed with oil. We cannot do this in 2020, and so here is a place to pray, that the Holy Spirit be with us, breathe on us, and fill us again.

Collect for Pentecost Sunday

Let us pray that the Spirit will work through our lives to bring Christ to the world.

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord.  Amen.


Matt Redman singing Amazing Grace

The Gospel Reading (John 7:37-39)

37On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. 38 Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.’ 39 By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified..’


The Nicene Creed

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.

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.
With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified.
He 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.

Anthem from St John’s Church Choir


Heavenly Father we lift our prayers to you asking that the power of the Holy Spirit fall on each one of us as we come before you now that we might feel your presence with us.

In thankfulness we offer the ongoing work of all those who have given time and energy to keeping our nation functioning over these last weeks as we have stayed home to protect those who are vulnerable and self-isolating: from delivery drivers to refuse collectors, factory workers to shop assistants, health care workers to medical analysts; and countless people whose work will never be publicly displayed or acknowledged but without whom our lives would be poorer.  Give us hearts that overflow with love as we receive the outworking of their dedication across the wider community.  When things do not go according to plan may we be people who look to find a solution rather than to apportion blame.

Lord of power and love   Hear our prayer

In wonder we look at the world around us with new life flourishing as creatures large and small enjoy the changing seasons.  The brightness of the sun enhances the vividness of the blooming flowers and we have learned to look with fresh enjoyment of the environment where we live.  Loving Lord, you created this world for all of us to enjoy and share; open our hearts and minds to see what needs to be changed in our lives so that all your people might enjoy what we have so often taken for granted.  As you have given us this season to look differently at the blessings we have received may we also look with a different understanding at the needs of those who have so little by comparison.  May the decisions we make about our use of transport and expectations of travel be mindful of the consequences on the environment.

Lord of power and love    Hear our prayer

In hope we lay before you the lives of those who have been shattered by events beyond their control.  For those impacted by devastating swarms of locusts, those who have lost homes and livelihoods as a result of severe weather, those caught up in fighting and acts of terrorism, those who no longer receive the financial support of family members who work overseas due to the global lockdown, for those whose jobs have been lost as a result of the coronavirus.  We pray that their hearts may be given hope for a future that is free from pain and suffering and an understanding of how precious each one of them is to you.  Help us to remember that each of those individuals is known to you by name and that they are not just a statistic.

Lord of power and love   Hear our prayer

In stillness we come before you now asking for your healing to those known to us to be in need.  Many are anxious and lonely; some are hungry and homeless; others are ill and in pain as a result of both physical illness and mental distress.  We wait in the silence trusting your strength in times of weakness, your light in times of darkness and your faithfulness in times of despair….For those on our hearts Lord we give thanks that you know their needs and you care for them more deeply than we can understand or know.

Lord of power and love   Hear our prayer

In joy we bring these prayers to you asking that we, your church, may live as people who are filled with your Holy Spirit.  Give us wisdom to meet the needs of those around us, courage as we tell them of your love, and faith to trust that you are with us in all things.

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

God has made us one in Christ. He has set his seal upon us, as a pledge of what is to come, has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts. Alleluia.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
Let us send a message of peace this week.

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.

Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Shine Jesus Shine
Shine Jesus Shine (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


We prepare to go into the world to serve the Lord and share his Good news:

Empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, will you dare to walk into God’s future, trusting him to be your guide?
We will.

Will you dare to accept and celebrate each other and grow in love?
We will.

Will you dare to share your gifts and your riches, and minister to those in need?
We will.

Will you dare to pray for each other until your hearts beat with the longings of God?
We will.

Will you dare to carry the light of Christ into the places of darkness in the world?
We will.


May God, who in Christ gives us a spring of water welling up to eternal life, perfect in you the image of his glory; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be with you now and remain with you always. Amen.

Filled with the Spirit’s power, go in the light and peace of Christ. Alleluia, alleluia.
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, alleluia


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
Matt Redmond version of Amazing Grace from Thy Kingdom Come
Holy Spirit you are welcome here – played by Nikki Wild. Songwriters: Torwalt Bryan James / Torwalt Katie. Holy Spirit lyrics © Capitol Cmg Genesis, Jesus Culture Music, Editora Adorando Ltd. CCLI no. 6087919.
O Holy Spirit’ by Christopher Tye (1505-1527). Choir Anthem, sung by the Choir of St John the Evangelist, Hook
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

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