Sunday 21st June

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Whitewater Benefice

Introduction

Generous JuneWelcome to our online worship for Sunday 21st June - Trinity 2 - our theme is 'Generous June'. For more information on Generous June see https://www.generousjune.co.uk/, the aim is to join together across our many varied cultures, traditions and contexts, to share in developing our understanding of God’s generosity, and how it can influence all aspects of our day to day lives.

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89622656883
Meeting ID: 896 2265 6883

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94581937074
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

candle

 

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.

Opening Prayer

Faithful One, whose word is life:
come with saving power to free our praise, inspire our prayer and shape our lives.
For the kingdom of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Throughout the month of June we are reflecting together on the Generosity of God towards us, in the readings, prayers and talk. We have a thematic prayer for the whole month:

Generous June Thematic Prayer

Loving Father, thank you for the signs of newness and change that we can observe in the story of Zacchaeus. Help us to be prepared to be open to the power if your Holy Spirit to bring about change in our attitudes and behaviour. May generosity, integrity and a spirit of righteousness be the hallmarks of our discipleship.
Amen.

Hymn

For the beauty of the earth

Confession

Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,
this is your world and we are your people:
come among us and save us.

Lord, when we resist your work within us;
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, when we prefer not to be changed;
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, when our attitudes are moulded by hardness of heart;
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy

Absolution

May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and keep us in eternal life. Amen

Collect

Heavenly Father, your love for us is beyond measure and you provide for our every need. Help us to offer you in worship a due proportion of our wealth, for all we are and have is rightly yours. We make our prayer in the precious name of Jesus, Lord and Saviour of creation
Amen

The work of Community Money Advice

Community Money Advice provide training and support for organisations such as Junction 5 working out of Life Church in Hook offering free debt advice to local people.  St John’s Church, Hook are giving financial support to Junction 5 as part of their outward giving in 2020.

  

Gospel Reading (Luke 18:35-19:10)

35As Jesus approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. 36When he heard the crowd going by, he asked what was happening. 37They told him, ‘Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.’

38He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’39Those who led the way rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’

40Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41‘What do you want me to do for you?’
‘Lord, I want to see,’ he replied.

42Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.’ 43Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.

191Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.  2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.’ 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7All the people saw this and began to mutter, ‘He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.’8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’

9Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’

Talk - Bishop David - Generous June - Zacchaeus

Hymn

Father I place into your hands
Father I place into your hands (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

 

Prayers

A Prayer for Giving

Heavenly Father, give grace to us, the living stones who form your Church, to reflect prayerfully at this special time on our love for you and our neighbour. Make us mindful of the many gifts you bestow upon us.  We ask that your Holy Spirit will inspire and direct us in our choice of giving, remembering that we are only giving back that which is truly yours. Strengthen us, Lord, to meet this challenge according to your will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who has given all that we might live. Amen

 

Prayers of Intercession
In humility of heart let us pray to God the Father of all.
Lord, in Jesus we see how you lovingly call all sorts of people and then change them from within; take our hearts and minds, live in us today and every day.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

 

Lord, in Zacchaeus we see how your call produced a new attitude to wealth and possessions; pour your love within us that we may experience a real closeness to you.   Today we especially pray for those dealing with financial crisis and the work locally of Junction 5, including the management and administration team at Life Church; we pray for wisdom to make the right decisions, for the recruitment of a new adviser, for future funding, and for the team working well together to help those in need; and we pray for the work of Community Money Advice.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

 

Lord, in Zacchaeus we see how Jesus produced a newness of life; work in the hearts of all in authority in our world that they may work for a more equal sharing of resources with those who are poor, hungry and destitute.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

 

Lord, you teach us to bring your healing to the sick and suffering. We pray for those known to us, those in the Whitewater community, friends and family…

May your healing be upon those whom we have named and those held in our hearts.  For those who mourn the loss of loved ones we ask your comfort in their grief.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer.

 

Lord, your Word teaches us to love your Church, the Body of Christ; make us generous in support of its mission and ministry.

Lord, in your mercy,
hear our prayer

 

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.
Amen

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

Amen.

 

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.
Amen

 

Consider all that God has done for you, especially as you see this in Jesus. ‘Count your blessings’ and respond with appropriate generosity from your material wealth.
Amen

 

Giving to our Churches

See our giving page for more information about how you can give to our churches

 

Blessing

May the Holy Spirit who gives gifts to all people,
flood your hearts with thanksgiving to God.
And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.    Amen

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

Hymn

Love divine, all loves excelling

  

Generous June

  

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. 
Music:
Hymns from BBC and YouTube under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213


Children's Activities for Sunday 21st June
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