Sunday 11th July

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Whitewater Benefice


thank god  - from unsplash resources on A church near youWelcome to our online worship, our theme for the next several weeks is based on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. This is a letter about the wonderful transformation that God offers us in Christ. The blessings are simply amazing! The letter was probably a circular, that was read out in the local congregations as they gathered for worship. Paul reminds us in our reading this week of the incredible gifts that God has already given to us by his grace: forgiveness, salvation, adoption to being his children, redemption, holiness, being blameless, brought together into one under Christ, marked with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, and the Word of truth. It is worth reading and re-reading, and asking the Lord to show us how we can live in the reality of this wonderful life that he wants for each of us.

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

11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs.
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



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, 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.

“The Lion and the Lamb“ played by Caroline Bushman Written by Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson

The Lion and the Lamb

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.

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.


Link to To God be the Glory (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)



If we claim to be without sin,
we deceive ourselves
and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
he is faithful and just
and will forgive us our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.                                                          1 John 1

Lord, we do know what love is!
That Jesus laid his life down for us.
Thank you for the amazing blessings you offer to each of us.
Please forgive us when we take your love for granted.
Please forgive us when we do not offer love to others
… when we talk about it but do not do it, in action.
Thank you for understanding our guilty hearts
and offering us true and full forgiveness.

Lord God, we have sinned against you;
we have done evil in your sight.
We are sorry and repent.
Have mercy on us according to your love.
Wash away our wrongdoing and cleanse us from our sin.
Renew a right spirit within us
and restore us to the joy of your salvation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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.    


Creator God, you made us all in your image:
May we discern you in all that we see,
And serve you in all that we do;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.



Ephesians 1:3-14

from twoedgegraphics.comPraise for spiritual blessings in Christ

3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5he predestined us for adoption to sonshipthrough Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will – 6to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfilment – to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession – to the praise of his glory.

Gospel - Mark 6:14-29

John the Baptist beheaded

14King Herod heard about this, for Jesus’ name had become well known. Some were saying, ‘John the Baptist has been raised from the dead, and that is why miraculous powers are at work in him.’

15Others said, ‘He is Elijah.’

And still others claimed, ‘He is a prophet, like one of the prophets of long ago.’

16But when Herod heard this, he said, ‘John, whom I beheaded, has been raised from the dead!’

17For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, whom he had married. 18For John had been saying to Herod, ‘It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.’ 19So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to, 20because Herod feared John and protected him, knowing him to be a righteous and holy man. When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him.

21Finally the opportune time came. On his birthday Herod gave a banquet for his high officials and military commanders and the leading men of Galilee. 22When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.

The king said to the girl, ‘Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.’ 23And he promised her with an oath, ‘Whatever you ask I will give you, up to half my kingdom.’

24She went out and said to her mother, ‘What shall I ask for?’

‘The head of John the Baptist,’ she answered.

25At once the girl hurried in to the king with the request: ‘I want you to give me right now the head of John the Baptist on a dish.’

By Sait Can Kutsal - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

26The king was greatly distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he did not want to refuse her. 27So he immediately sent an executioner with orders to bring John’s head. The man went, beheaded John in the prison, 28and brought back his head on a dish. He presented it to the girl, and she gave it to her mother. 29On hearing of this, John’s disciples came and took his body and laid it in a tomb.




This week Marion's talk is based on the reading from Ephesians - Blessed to be a blessing, to the glory of God


Marion's talk



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. 


Thank you Lord, for your many blessings poured out on us in Jesus Christ.
Thank you for redemption, salvation, forgiveness, for being adopted into your family, for the new life you offer us, the gift of your Holy Spirit to fill our lives and the flourishing that you intend for each and every one of us.

We pray for those around the world who have never heard the good news of Jesus; and for those who are reaching out to them; for medical missionaries, for preachers, for those translating the bible, for people who travel far and wide to teach about the Lord Jesus…. pray for any that you know…
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are oppressed by their personal circumstances,
or by the political situation,
by the impact of climate change,
by the selfishness of others,
or because they have made bad choices in their own lives.
We ask you to inspire your church to live sacrificially to bring hope and transformation.
Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray for those we know who are suffering at this time, spending now a quiet time praying for them, and asking you Lord, what would you ask me to do to help them?
We pray for those who are rejoicing at this time, and we give you grateful thanks for the good things we call to mind…

Finally, we pray for our local church, and for our local community.
We pray for those making decisions this week,
for those facing tests or exams this week,
for people whose lives are opening up this week,
and for those preparing for holidays.
Lord in your mercy

Hear our prayer.

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

God has called us to live in peace.
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.

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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.


God of power,
may the boldness of your Spirit transform us,
may the gentleness of your Spirit lead us,
may the gifts of your Spirit equip us
to serve and worship you now and always

and the blessing of God almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit
be with you now and remain with you always.  Amen


10,000 Reasons - Matt Redman Live from TKC, Trafalgar square
Link to 10,000 Reasons (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

from Unsplash

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.
the John the Baptist Icon Iconostasis in the Church of the Ascension of Jesus, Skopje from 1867, Northern Macedonia. The Beheading of John the Baptist is carried out by figures stylized like Ottoman Turks. photgrapher Sait Can Kutsal - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
other images from the unsplash resources on A church near you with permission , from Pixabay under the terms of their license
and To God be the Glory clip art from is from “”
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
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)
Hymn(s): from YouTube under under appropriate licensing - Whole world in his hands from the Alpha You Tube channel

Children's Activities for Sunday 11th July
Children's Activities for Sunday 11th July
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