Sunday 27th June

Whitewater Benefice

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Bishop Geoff Annas - photo credit Diocese of LichfieldWelcome to our online worship - this week we are pleased to have Bishop Geoff Annas with us for our confirmation service, which will be shared via Zoom.

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 sheets which follow the theme used in church - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121

download the order of service

We welcome for confirmation: Poppy, Anwen, James, Isabella, Sophie, Simba, Molly, Colin, Clarice & Katherine

Junior Church

No junior church this week, the next one will be on Sunday 11th July

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



CandleFor those who would like to read through a service in their own time, we are providing a shortened service for you to follow: with the readings, prayers and a recording of the talk.

You may like to light a candle as you focus your worship on Christ, the one who gave his life that each one of us might draw close and know that through him we have eternal life.

“Calm me Lord“ by Margaret Rizza played by Nikki Wild

Calm me Lord


Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be his kingdom, now and for ever. Amen.

There is one body and one spirit.
There is one hope to which we were called,
one Lord, one faith and one baptism,
one God and Father of all.

Peace be with you.
And also with you.


Heavenly Father, by the power of your Holy Spirit
you give to your faithful people new life in the water of baptism. Guide and strengthen us by the same Spirit,
that we who are born again may serve you in faith and love,
and grow into the full stature of your Son, Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
now and forever.


Psalm 130

A song of ascents.

1Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord;
2    Lord, hear my voice.
Let your ears be attentive
    to my cry for mercy.

3If you, Lord, kept a record of sins,
    Lord, who could stand?
4But with you there is forgiveness,
    so that we can, with reverence, serve you.

5I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits,
    and in his word I put my hope.
6I wait for the Lord
    more than watchmen wait for the morning,
    more than watchmen wait for the morning.

7Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
    for with the Lord is unfailing love
    and with him is full redemption.
8He himself will redeem Israel
    from all their sins.

Gospel - Mark 5:21-23 & 35-43

Jesus raises a dead girl

21When Jesus had again crossed over by boat to the other side of the lake, a large crowd gathered round him while he was by the lake. 22Then one of the synagogue leaders, named Jairus, came, and when he saw Jesus, he fell at his feet. 23He pleaded earnestly with him, ‘My little daughter is dying. Please come and put your hands on her so that she will be healed and live.’ 24So Jesus went with him.

35While Jesus was still speaking, some people came from the house of Jairus, the synagogue leader. ‘Your daughter is dead,’ they said. ‘Why bother the teacher anymore?’

36Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’

37He did not let anyone follow him except Peter, James and John the brother of James. 38When they came to the home of the synagogue leader, Jesus saw a commotion, with people crying and wailing loudly. 39He went in and said to them, ‘Why all this commotion and wailing? The child is not dead but asleep.’40But they laughed at him.

After he put them all out, he took the child’s father and mother and the disciples who were with him, and went in where the child was. 41He took her by the hand and said to her, ‘Talitha koum!’ (which means ‘Little girl, I say to you, get up!’). 42Immediately the girl stood up and began to walk around (she was twelve years old). At this they were completely astonished. 43He gave strict orders not to let anyone know about this, and told them to give her something to eat.



The talk will be recorded from the Zoom, and then uploaded, please pop back after the Zoom

At this point in the Zoom service we have the Confirmation & the candidates will take communion - if you want to follow along with the Confirmation you can use the order of service


Will you come and follow me
Link to Will you come and follow me (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Do you believe and trust in God the Father?
I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.

Do you believe and trust in his Son, Jesus Christ?
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.

Do you believe and trust in the Holy Spirit?
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.


O dear Lord, three things I pray:
to see you more clearly,
to love you more dearly,
to follow you more nearly, day by day.


Almighty and ever living God,
you have given these your servants new birth
in baptism by water and the Spirit
and have forgiven them all their sins.
Let your Holy Spirit rest upon them;
the Spirit of wisdom and understanding;
the Spirit of counsel and inward strength;
the Spirit of knowledge and true godliness;
and let their delight be in the fear of the Lord

We pray for those who have been confirmed for Poppy, Anwen, James, Isabella, Sophie, Simba, Molly, Colin, Clarice & Katherine.

We also remember Sophie, who sadly cannot join today as planned, because a family member has become ill with covid this week. We pray for her and her family.

We raise our voices to thank you for the joys of this day, the answers to prayer that we have already seen, and we offer our prayers in this time to your eternal mercy trusting in your goodness.

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
and as a pledge of what is to come
has given the Spirit to dwell in our hearts.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.


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Reflecting on Holy Communion

You may like to take time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.

communion wine - from pixabay (spiegelbilder)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.

Final Prayer & Blessing

God of mercy, by whose grace alone we are accepted
and equipped for your service:
stir up in us the gifts of your Holy Spirit
and make us worthy of our calling;
that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The God of all grace,
who called you to his eternal glory in Jesus Christ,
establish, strengthen and settle you in the faith:
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be upon you and remain with you always.

Go in the light and peace of Christ.
Thanks be to God.


O Jesus, I have promised
Link to O Jesus, I have promised (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

STJ - Anna

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.
from Diocese of Lichfield, Anna Shergold, unsplash resources on A church near you with permission & also from Pixabay under the terms of their license
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
Calm me Lord played by Nikki Wild, Tune: Margaret Rizza © 1998 Kevin Mayhew Ltd, One license #35778
Hymn(s): from YouTube under under appropriate licensing

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