Sunday 8th Nov

Whitewater Benefice


Welcome to our online worship on Remembrance Sunday! There will also be a live worship service using Zoom which will begin at 10 a.m. – the details for this are found below.  The 10am will be a shortened service, there will be a short break and we will be holding an Act of Remembrance starting at 10:50 using the same Zoom meeting id.

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 & Passcode:123456

Junior Church
11:15am to 11:45am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:45am to 12:15 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 & passcode (if applicable)

Poppies from St John's in a previous year

For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom - click here for activity sheets for this week.

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

Music: “Walk humbly with your God”. By Malcolm Archer.  Recorded by A Church Near You, St Martin’s in the Fields

Walk humbly with your God

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. At this time as we enter another period of lockdown, we need to trust in God even more, as we gather together. Perhaps these verses from the Bible will help us today:

God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46.1

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary
they shall walk and not faint.                   Isaiah 40.31

Opening Prayer

Faithful One, we trust in you as our refuge and strength,
the one who gives us grace to live in peace and love,
your power to lift us up,
your courage to help us face challenging days,
and your protection and direction for this season ahead.


All my hope in God is founded
Link to All my hope in God is founded (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


From the Remembrance Day Church of England service.

Let us confess to God the sins and shortcomings of the world;
its pride, its selfishness, its greed;
its evil divisions and hatreds.

Let us confess our share in what is wrong,
and our failure to seek and establish that peace
which God wills for his children.

Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly,
love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God. Amen.


Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen.


Gospel Reading

Matthew 25.1-13: The parable of the ten virgins

1‘At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.

6‘At midnight the cry rang out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!”
7‘Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.”
9‘“No,” they replied, “there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.”
10‘But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.
11‘Later the others also came. “Lord, Lord,” they said, “open the door for us!”
12‘But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.”
13‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.

Talk from Tim Maynes, our new LLM

Prayer for Tim Maynes and for us all in our vocations to serve God:

Hear our prayer for your faithful people
that in their vocation and ministry
each may be an instrument of your love,
and give to your servants
the needful gifts of grace;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Brother, sister, let me serve you

A Prayer of Declaration

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



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

Music: Spirit of the Living God played by Nikki Wild

Spirit of the Living God - Daniel Iverson

Prayers from the Church of England, Remembrance Day service.

Let us pray for all who suffer as a result of conflict, and ask that God may give us peace.

For the service men and women who have died in the violence of war,
each one remembered by and known to God;
may God give peace.

For those who love them in death as in life, offering the distress of our grief
and the sadness of our loss; may God give peace.

For all members of the armed forces who are in danger this day,
remembering family, friends and all who pray for their safe return;
may God give peace.

For civilian women, children and men whose lives are disfigured by war or terror,
calling to mind in penitence the anger and hatreds of humanity;
may God give peace.

For peacemakers and peacekeepers, who seek to keep this world secure and free;
may God give peace.

For all who bear the burden and privilege of leadership, political, military and religious;
asking for gifts of wisdom and resolve in the search for reconciliation and peace;
may God give peace.

O God of truth and justice, we hold before you those whose memory we cherish,
and those whose names we will never know.
Help us to lift our eyes above the torment of this broken world,
and grant us the grace to pray for those who wish us harm.

Finally, we pray for every one of us in our calling to follow Jesus,
and share God’s kingdom, especially in this season of coronavirus lockdown.
May we know God’s presence and inspiration with us.

Lord, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.

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

Jesus said, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.’
The peace of the Lord be always with you. 


Let us 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.

Giving to our Churches

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

At this time when we cannot all 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.


God grant to the living grace,
to the departed rest,
to the Church, the Queen, the Commonwealth and all people,
unity, peace and concord,
and to us and all God’s servants, life everlasting;
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.

From our prayer earlier, for each and every one in their calling as Jesus’ disciple:

“Hear our prayer for your faithful people that in their vocation and ministry each may be an instrument of your love”  we finish with a well-known hymn.


Love divine, all loves excelling


Photographs of the War Memorials from around the Benefice in 2019.

Hook Rotherwick Mattingley Bus Shelter Heckfield


Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Liturgy and Prayers from Times and Seasons, Church of England Services and Prayers. Archbishops Council.
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.
“Walk humbly with your God”. By Malcolm Archer.  Recorded by A Church Near You, St Martin’s in the Fields
Brother Sister let me serve you - Richard Gilliard, sung by St Martin's voices
Love divine - from Worship Lyric Videos used with permission
Spirit of the Living God  by  Daniel Iverson played by Nikki Wild (CCLI SONG 23488)
Hymns from YouTube under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's Activities for Sunday 8th Nov
Children's Activities for Sunday 8th Nov
Open Children's Activities for Sunday 8th Nov