Sunday 23rd August

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Welcome to our online worship for Sunday 16th August - Trinity 11 - Jesus Messiah - Son of the living God.  

Today in our online service we have used music from a variety of syles: a mixture of choral, classical, acapella, contemporary music.  We hope you enjoy hearing something new.

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 (except the first Sunday in the month). 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

Caesarea Philippi (image from
image of Caeserea Philippi

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.

Introductory Music

Lux Aeterna by Edward Elgar - Voces8
Link to "Lux Aeterna" (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

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.

An ancient prayer of approach to God

O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart;
that so desiring, we may seek and find you;
and so finding, may love you;
and so loving, may hate those sins from which you have delivered us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.                                                                        Anselm (1109)


All hail the power of Jesus’ name. Congregational singing (Shepherds’ Conference) Grace Community Church - Sun Valley, California.
Link to "All hail the power of Jesus' name" (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayer of Preparation

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open
all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


A moment to reflect before we pray the prayer of confession, and then receive God’s forgiveness, with strength to begin again.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you,
through our own fault,
in thought, and word and deed,
and in what we have left undone.
We are heartily sorry,
and repent of all our sins.
For your Son our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
forgive us all that is past;
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name.


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

Today’s Collect

God of glory, the end of our searching,
help us to lay aside all that prevents us from seeking your kingdom,
and to give all that we have to gain the pearl beyond all price,
through our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Brief video about Ceasarea Philippi

This video shows the scenery of Caesarea Philippi, which is the setting for today's Gospel Reading.  There is no sound on this video, but you may like to see the pictures.

Link to video (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Gospel Reading (Matthew 16:13-20)

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

13When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

14They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

15“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

16Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

17Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” 20Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.



This I believe (The Creed) by Hillsong Worship.
Link to "This I Believe" (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

The Apostles' Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried;
he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again;
he ascended into heaven,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.




Music for preparing for prayer. As we enter our time of prayer you may find it helpful to listen to this recording below.  “Adore te devote”, from “Stillness and Sweet Harmony”, Gregorian Chant. Conductor, John Rutter; sung by The Cambridge Singers. May 2020.  This recording is quiet.
Link to "Adore te devote" (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayers of Intercession

As we listen to the music, and gathered in God’s presence let us pray.

Lord Jesus, we pray for your Church.
We are the Body of Christ,
we are built on the strong rock of faith in you
and you have given us your Spirit.
We pray for your Church in every land:
for strength to persevere in times of hardship,
for tenderness to minister in love towards all,
for confidence in your power to save,
and full of your life. Amen.

We pray for your world.
We thank you for fresh water that runs in our taps,
for green fields in Hampshire, and the sound of sheep and cows,
for sunflowers nodding heads above us all,
bringing joy and colour, and food.
We ask you to help us look after it well.
Help us to reduce our use of plastic.
Help us to consider our carbon footprint.
Help us to plan that we may preserve the wonder of created things.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

We ask you to help us as a Church to speak clearly about you.
To be willing to serve and show your love.
To use our whole selves to bring hope and comfort.
That our feet may be shod with the gospel of peace.
To use our Love Your Neighbour venture in our villages to share practical help where it is most needed.
Please forgive us when we cannot be bothered.
Or when we have been hurt by others and this stops us reaching out.
Heal us and fill us again. Amen.

We pray for those who are struggling at the moment,
for whatever reason.
We pray for those who we carry on our hearts,
and those we have mentioned in our notices sheet.
Thank you Lord, that you know all about the needs of each and every one.
Please answer our prayers
In your name. Amen.

We pray for the dying, and those who love them;
we thank you for those who have completed this life
and have helped us on our way, who have loved us, who have shaped us.
We ask you to comfort the bereaved,
and help us to be there for others.

Finally, Lord, we pray for ourselves.
May we each have the knowledge and revelation of who you are.
May we have a real living experience of you.
May we each hear your calling upon our lives,
and be willing to follow where you lead.
Grant us hope and faithfulness.
Keep us safe in your love.
For we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

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

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.


Let us consider all that God has done for us,
especially as we see this in Jesus.
‘Count our blessings’ and respond with appropriate generosity from our material wealth.

Giving to our Churches

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

Holy communion is available on Sunday night at 6pm in St John's Church, Hook.

At this time when we cannot easily 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.

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


May the Father from whom every family
in earth and heaven receives its name
strengthen you with his Spirit in your inner being,
so that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith;
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.


“Lord I lift your name on high” sung by the Maranatha Singers.
Link to "Lord I lift your name on high" (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Final – contemporary and live worship music (11 minutes!)

“Way Maker” – Darlene Zschech and William McDowell / REVERE

Link to "Way Maker" (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

image of Caeserea Philippi

Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Readings taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
photographs of Caesarea Philippi: Public Domain image from Wikimedia Commons & from under creative commons license 
1. Lux Aeterna by Edward Elgar – Voces8. 2016
2. All hail the power of Jesus Name – Grace Community Church. 2017. Community hymn
3. This I believe – Hillsong worship. 2014. Contemporary.
4. Adore te devote – Gregorian Chant. Cambridge Singers. 2020.
5. Lord I lift your name on high – Maranatha Singers. 2017.
6. Way Maker – contemporary, June 2020. Darlene Zschech and William McDowell. Revere.
All Hymns from YouTube under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's Activities for Sunday 23rd August
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