Sunday 4th April

Whitewater Benefice


EasterWelcome to our online worship on Easter Day! We are full of joy because we celebrate that ‘He is not here; He has risen, just as he said!’

We have had such a demanding year and everyone has been stretched, challenged and pressured in some way. We trust that this Sunday will bring some joy and some light to you, and that you find deeper peace in knowing that Jesus is alive, and is with us, today, yesterday, and tomorrow.

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: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121
Junior Church
Today we are running Junior Church in parallel with the main Zoom - the children will break out part way through

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 our worship. This is the most special day of the whole year for Christians.

For 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 and a recording of the talk.

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

Music: “The Lion and the Lamb" played by Caroline Bushman

The Lion and the Lamb

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.

Words of celebration

Alleluia, Christ is risen
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.
He has raised Jesus from the dead.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Christ died to sin once for all, and now he lives to God.
Let us renew our resolve to have done with all that is evil
And confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in heaven.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.


May the God of love and power
Forgive you and free you from your sins,
Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.    

Easter Day Collect

God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell:
fill your Church with faith and hope;
for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


Acts 10:34-43

34Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism 35but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. 36You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. 37You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached – 38how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.

39‘We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, 40but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. 41He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen – by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. 43All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.’

Mark 16:1-8

1rolled stone tomb - from pixabay (dozemode)When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb3and they asked each other, ‘Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?’

4But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6‘Don’t be alarmed,’ he said. ‘You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, “He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.”’

8Trembling and bewildered, the women went out and fled from the tomb. They said nothing to anyone, because they were afraid.




Marion's talk for Easter Sunday


Choir Anthem

Music: “Come Ye Faithful" sung by the Choir from St John's - this is an old hymn by St John of Damascus written in the 8th Century

Come Ye Faithful


Easter Puppet Sketch

The Early Christian Profession of Faith

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received, and this we believe.


Let us pray that our world may be transformed
by the light of Christ’s resurrection.

Lord, we ask that your Church throughout the world be filled with joy this Eastertide; that your presence brings freedom;
that faith will rise with conviction as you are in our midst;
and that all who are lost and weary or searching for truth,
may find hope and inner peace.
Risen Lord, we trust in you.

We pray for areas where there is conflict around the world;
that leaders will seek for peace with justice;
for courage for those working for reconciliation;
and generosity of spirit for those in authority;
we pray in particular for Myanmar
Risen Lord, we trust in you.

Lord, we thank you for the springtime
the flowers, the grass cutting, blossom on the trees;
for signs of birds nesting, and new life springing up all around us.
We pray for gardeners, for people taking walks,
and we pray for those seeking to care for our planet, with protection for vulnerable species; for climate care; for wisdom with recycling and renewable energy and the planning of international cooperation. Make us bold and wise and thoughtful of future generations.
Risen Lord, we trust in you.

We pray for those who continue with ongoing health problems,
with anxiety as they await results or treatment;
for those who have lost loved ones, or who will not be able to see their families this Eastertide; in a moment of quiet prayer, we offer to you those who have asked for our prayers, and those we know who need your comfort and healing.
Risen Lord, we trust in you.

Thank you for hot cross buns and Easter Eggs, they are delicious,
and they remind us of your and new life.

Lord Jesus Christ, in you all things are new.
Thank you for the joy you give us;
grant us your peace and your Spirit to lead us on, trusting you.

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

Alleluia, Christ has been raised from the dead!
The peace of the Lord be always with you. Amen.


Please let us consider our calling to be the ‘light on the hill’ in our various communities during this season of ongoing challenge and isolation for so many. If you are able to donate online as one off, or regularly, your gifts will be gratefully received. Please do ask if you would like further information about how your giving is being spent by the churches.

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

We are not able to offer Communion in church at this renewed time of lockdown. However you may still 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.

The Conclusion

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.
God has claimed us as his own.
He has brought us out of darkness.

He has made us light to the world.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Blessing

God the Father,
by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,
open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.

God the Son,
who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory,
give you joy as you share the Easter faith.

God the Holy Spirit,
who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord,
empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace.

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you all today and always.

Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!
In the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!.


Jesus Christ is Risen today sung by King's College Choir, Cambridge
Link to Jesus Christ is Risen today (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Easter at SJC

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.
Images: from which is a free, Creative Commons image library. From A Church Near You, Church of England
From Pixabay (spiegelbilder & dozemode) Music:
“Come Ye Faithful" sung by the Choir from St John's from their homes,
written by John of Damasus (c675-c750) tr JM Neale (1818-66), Music: RS Thatcher (1888-1957)© Oxford University Press 1932 and 2002
“The Lion and the Lamb" played by Caroline Bushman
Written by Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson  © 2015 Meaux Mercy (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) / The Devil Is A Liar! Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing),
Thankyou Music (Admin. by Integrity Music) / Bethel Music Publishing (Admin. by Song Solutions)
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML
Hymn: from YouTube under under appropriate licensing

Children's Activities for Sunday 4th April
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