Sunday 2nd May

Whitewater Benefice


Pruning Vine -  © ROOTS for Churches Ltd Reproduced with permission.Welcome to our online worship after Easter as we celebrate the living Lord Jesus amongst us! We are full of joy because we celebrate that ‘He is not here; He has risen, just as he said!’

Jesus has also announced: ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’ We rejoice in the new life He offers to each and every one of us. As His branches we seek to remain rooted in God’s love so that our lives may bear fruit in this world for His Kingdom

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
Junior Church

No Junior Church this week

Every Sunday, but the first Sunday each month
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



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 a reminder that the love of God is like a light in our darkness

“Come, now is the time to worship" played by Nikki Wild

Come, now is the time to worship

Welcome to worship

Welcome to our worship.
We continue to rejoice in our living Lord, alive for ever more.

Opening prayer

Come apart from your busyness.
Leave your stresses at the door.
Come and reconnect with God.
Remain in him and grow.
Grow closer, grow deeper.
Grow and be fruitful.
Come and glorify God!


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


Prayer of Praise

True God, true vine,
strength of all our being,
giver of all good gifts,
healer of all that is broken:
we worship you;
we glorify you;
we rejoice in you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Gracious God,
we come to you aware of our failings and conscious that we have tried to live in our own strength.
Forgive us and reconnect us to your vine.
We have resisted the challenge of change and not trusted your truth.
Forgive us and reconnect us to your vine.
We have rooted ourselves in our wills and not in your word.
Forgive us and reconnect us to your vine.
We have looked for quick fixes and not kingdom-shaped growth.
Forgive us and reconnect us to your vine.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ, your Son, our Saviour.



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

Bible Reading - 1 John 4 verses 7-21

God’s love and ours

7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: he sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: he has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: in this world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.


Our God is a Great Big God

Gospel Reading - John 15:1-8

vine - pixabay JillWellington1‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.

5‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


Puppet Sketch


the vineToday Jon talks about being rooted in God's Love - ‘I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’

Rooted in God's Love



Declaration of Faith from Psalm 22 verses 25-31

25When your people meet, you will fill my heart with your praises, Lord,
and everyone will see me keep my promises to you.
26The poor will eat and be full, and all who worship you
    will be thankful and live in hope.
27Everyone on this earth will remember you, Lord.
People all over the world will turn and worship you,
28    because you are in control, the ruler of all nations.
29All who are rich and have more than enough will bow down to you, Lord.
Even those who are dying and almost in the grave will come and bow down.
30In the future, everyone will worship and learn about you, our Lord.
31People not yet born will be told,“The Lord has saved us!”


“You are the Vine" sung by Caroline Bushman

You are the Vine

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

God of comfort,
as India faces the ravages of corona virus we pray for some relief for their suffering. May those in this world who have an excess of medicine and oxygen be moved to generosity and may those who face great anguish find some measure of comfort. Even as our situation with the virus changes here we are mindful of the many families across this country who are still trying to come to terms with the death of a loved one. We pray for everyone struggling with the pain of loss. Bring solace to them, bring people who can offer words and actions that sooth, and help all those who grieve to find small shoots of hope for the future.

God of comfort,
may we be rooted in your love.

God of justice,
it is with dismay that we read that Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe faces a further year in imprisonment. We remember all those who are falsely imprisoned around the world, we think of the repression in Myanmar, the treatment of Uighurs and Hong Kong democracy activists in China. Thank you for those who are working for human rights in this world, please give them energy and focus as they try to bring about the fruit of justice of your Kingdom in this world.

God of justice,
may we be rooted in your love.

God of community,
As we come out of the Coronavirus lockdown be with our community as businesses re-open, we pray that we will be kept safe from future infection and that livelihoods will be restored as the economy recovers. We thank you that we live in a democracy and we think of the local elections this coming Thursday be with all those standing in these elections, give them grace and humility on election night and for those elected, wisdom in office.

God of community,
may we be rooted in your love.

God of hope,
as the spring days bring new hopefulness may we not forget those for whom this past year has been particularly devastating. Thank you for the work the church has undertaken to feed, comfort and intercede for those in need, but give us the patience and endurance needed to continue the work. Prevent us from becoming fatigued or bored by the endless cycle of need we have to respond to, rather reenergise us. Inspire and envision us for new ways we can bring the kingdom of heaven to earth and hope to the people in it.

God of hope,
may we be rooted in your love.

God of compassion,
We pray for those we know currently in need. We think of students finishing GCSE or higher-level courses this summer, please be with them as they complete their assessments and the teachers marking their grades.
We pray too for those we know who are ill and need our prayers, we pray for comfort and healing and ask that they may know the strength that comes from living lives rooted in your love.

God of compassion,
may we be rooted in your love.

God of love,
thank you that we are all connected to you our true vine. When we feel disconnected from our communities, families or even ourselves help us to picture this image of the vine and feel rooted in you and your comfort, justice, truth, community, hope and compassion.

God of love,
may we be rooted in your love. 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 recognise our need to connected to you, help us to show love to those we meet each day, love to our community and love to you. As token of that love we offer now these our gifts for the work of your Kingdom. Amen

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Build Your Kingdom Here
Link to Build Your Kingdom Here (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


As we leave this place,
may we abide with God,
grafted and rooted and pruned.
Lord, help us to stay connected to one another and to you,
bearing fruit wherever your love takes us.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.


Pruning Vine -  © ROOTS for Churches Ltd Reproduced with permission.

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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.
© ROOTS for Churches Ltd Reproduced with permission.
From Pixabay under the terms of their license agreement(images from JillWellington), which gives us the right to alter images for our own use
You are the Vine sung by Caroline Bushman. CCLI song 52538. Written by Danny Daniels, Randy Rigby © 1985 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing (Admin. by Integrity Music)
Great Big God  sung by Caroline Bushman, Denise White & Nikki Wild. CCLI Song 3373437. Written by Jo Hemming, Nigel Hemming © 2001 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire) (Admin. by Integrity Music)
Come, now is the time to worship played by Nikki Wild. CCLI Song 2430948. Written by Brian Doerksen, © 1998 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire)
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
Additional Hymn(s): from YouTube under under appropriate licensing