Sunday 7th March

Whitewater Benefice


BubblesWelcome to our online worship on Sunday 7th March, this week we have an All Age Worship.  During Worship there will be a response to the message. To take part in this you need either pencil and paper or you can use blowing bubbles (1 part washing up liquid 6 parts water) whichever is easiest for you.  The theme this week is Living Christ's way.  We are called to live Christ's way, this may seem like foolishness and we will have to stop some things and start new things but it is the way to true life.

There will be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 851 3434 9834 & Passcode: 760169
No Junior Church this week
Junior church is every week, except the first Sunday in the month.
11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and
11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month).

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074 & Passcode:760169

If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode



Welcome To Worship

Welcome to worship, in this time of Coronavirus, lockdown and economic slowdown we remember today that Jesus came to give us rest and guide us to life in all its fullness. - as we now have most of the congregation joining our Zoom, we are going to provide a slightly different experience for those who follow our online services.  Every week we will continue to provide, readings, prayers and a recorded talk - this week we have All Age Worship and will be sharing a puppet sketch.

You may like to light a candle as a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness


A Welcome Prayer

We come together to rejoice in the God who makes himself known in Jesus, bringing light wherever there is confusion, darkness or death

Opening Prayer

O Lord, clear our hearts and minds of all unrighteous clutter.
As we seek to be your Church in our day,
drive out all that is unworthy of you.
Let us think not of human transactions – our losses and gains –
for we gather under the banner of your love
that demands no price but our love in return.
Help us to sacrifice all that we are to your service,
as Jesus sacrificed everything for us.


Lord reign in me
Link to Lord reign in me(from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayer of Praise

God of the foolish, you destroy the wisdom of the wise,
who say there is no God and confound the world
with words that destroy the faith of simple souls:
we adore you for all that you are.
God of the wise, you raise up the meek and humble
who trust in you and believe in your promises,
to shame the proud and haughty:
we praise you for all that you have done.
God of all, you chose simple folk to speak of your glory,
to testify to your truth and teach the world to love:
we give you thanks for all that you will do through us.

Today’s Collect

Eternal God, give us insight to discern your will for us, to give up what harms us, and to seek the protection we are promised in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen


John 2 verses 13-22

13When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.

Puppet Sketch

Talk from Jonathan



Where feet may fail (Oceans)
Link to Where feet may fail (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Loving God, we pray that we will learn your true wisdom and turn to you.

We pray for the world:
            suffering because too many people believe that to put themselves first is the only wise way;
            suffering because too many people cannot see the need for justice and the alleviation of want.
We pray for leaders and rulers of nations, for those with power and influence in our society. We pray at this time for our Government as they deal with the Coronavirus pandemic both the health and economic consequences. We pray for ourselves and the influence we have in our daily lives and work.
God of our lives, make us wise: make us loving

We pray for the church:
            struggling to cling to its essential faith in you in the face of modern scepticism and scorn;
            struggling to be a house and people of prayer amidst the claims and clamours of everyday.
We pray for the church throughout the world, particularly in countries where Christians are persecuted, thinking in particular of the situation in Myanmar at this time. We pray for the church family in the Whitewater benefice may you encourage us to be a beacon of what it means to live your way.
God of our lives, make us wide: make us loving

We pray for humankind:
            searching for meaning and hope in our lives clouded by want or suffering or loss;
            searching for truth and the right way to live with you, with one another or with themselves.
We pray for those we know who are sick at this time. We remember the many people around the world suffering from Coronavirus and the health care workers treating them. We give thanks for the vaccination programme around the world and for the Scientists who have done so much to alleviate suffering.
We pray for those mourning the loss of loved ones, we thank you for the memories we treasure and ask for your comfort in times of grief.
We pray for those who are going back to school on March 8th, as activities open up, we thank you for this opportunity for face to face learning to begin and ask you to be with teachers and pupils as they adapt once again to changing patterns of education.
God of our lives, make us wise: make us loving.

In the name of him who came to turn the values of this world upside down and to establish the values of the Kingdom of Love, Jesus Christ, our Judge and our Cleanser. 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.




Lord God, as we let go of the things that can get in the way of our relationship with you, we give these gifts as a sign of our commitment to living life Christ’s way. Amen

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Final Prayer & Blessing


We came together to worship God.
We have read God’s Word.
We have prayed and sung songs.
Now we go into God’s world:
to be God’s people wherever we are called to go.
Let us go in Christ’s name.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

cleansing the temple - Rev. Henry Martin /

Copyright details

Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Resources taken from and is copyright © ROOTS for Churches Ltd. Reproduced with permission
Images: Jesus in the temple from Rev. Henry Martin /
Soap Bubbles Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay
Hymn: from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
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Children's Activities for Sunday 7th March
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