Sunday 6th June

Whitewater Benefice

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Introduction

from pixabay. Reproduced with permission.Welcome to our online worship for Sunday 6th June, today we are exploring The Big Picture. So often we become focussed on the concerns of our day to day lives and fearful of what life might bring. Paul in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians reminds us that we have an eternal hope through our faith in Christ. As Christians we are called in chapter 4 verse 18 ‘so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.’

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
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Welcome

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.

“Waiting Here for You“ by Jesse Reeves, Martin Smith, Chris Tomlin played by Caroline Bushman and Claire Hamer

Waiting Here for You

Welcome to worship

Welcome to our worship.
We look to Jesus as our Lord and Saviour

Opening prayer

Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
when our bodies and minds are tired,
we come to you.
When it’s hard to see or understand you,
we come to you.
We come to you this day with our concerns and our busyness,

Help us to see your eternal perspective as we worship today.
Amen.

Hymn

Immortal Invisible
Link to Immortal Invisible (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

 

Prayer of Praise

You are not boxed beyond sight, eternal God,
yet we sometimes dare not look.
You are not invisible, eternal God,
and yet often we cannot see.
You are not bound within one place, eternal God,
and yet we sometimes wish you were.
You cannot be destroyed by wind or fire, by age or death,
eternal God, and yet we do so often lose you.
Bring us now, eternal God,
to see your ever-present presence with us
Amen.

Confession

All-knowing God, confusion can overwhelm us.
Who are you? Who are we? Who am I?
All-knowing God, our lives can so easily become compartmentalised
and your ‘bit’ can so easily be annexed off.
We confess how often this can be the case
and we seek your forgiveness.
We pray that your words ‘brother, sister, your sins are forgiven’
may become integral to our being,
and the scaffold of all our compartments
Amen. 

 

Collect

God of truth, help us to keep your law of love and to walk in ways of wisdom, that we may find true life in Jesus Christ your son. Amen

Bible Reading - 2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1

13It is written: ‘I believed; therefore I have spoken.’ Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. 15All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.

16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

5:1For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.

Hymn

Great is your faithfullness

Gospel Reading - Mark 3:20-end

Jesus accused by his family and by teachers of the law

20Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat. 21When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, ‘He is out of his mind.’

22And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, ‘He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons.’

23So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: ‘How can Satan drive out Satan?24If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.25If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand.26And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come.27In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.28Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter,29but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.’

30He said this because they were saying, ‘He has an impure spirit.’

31Then Jesus’ mother and brothers arrived. Standing outside, they sent someone in to call him. 32A crowd was sitting round him, and they told him, ‘Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you.’

33‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ he asked.

34Then he looked at those seated in a circle round him and said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers!35Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’

 

Puppet Sketch

Talk

from Pixabay with permissionToday Jon talks about 'The Big Picture'

 

The Big Picture

 

Declaration of Faith - the Nicene Creed

We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is,
seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Prayers

While praying you may wish to listen to the song Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Link to Turn your eyes upon Jesus (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Creator God, may we see your will for this world.

How would you have us use its abundance?
How would you have its peoples treated and governed?
We remember before you places and situations where your will is not being done:
The oppression in Myanmar, the violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the oppression of the Uighur Muslimas and the people of Hong Kong, we pray for peace and justice around the world.
We think of climate change and the effect humanity is having on this world, we pray that we may learning to live in harmony with nature.
We pray for the Coronavirus pandemic giving thanks for the vaccines and treatments now available but also bringing to you those people that suffer from the disease and countries where health care systems are struggling to cope.
We ask that you will reveal to us, how you want us to pray for these situations and what you want us to do.

We ask that you will hear our prayer,
and open our eyes to your love.

Teacher God may we see your will for the church.
How would you have us live as the family of Christ?
How would you have us share His Good News?
We remember before you the challenges ahead for the church, as we come out of the lockdown and look forward to ministering to our community in new ways in accordance with your will. We pray for our church leadership, our clergy, the PCC and the leadership in the Winchester diocese as they review governance at this time.
We ask that you will renew us and teach us again how we should pray and what you want us to do.

We ask that you will hear our prayer,
and open our eyes to your love.

Saviour God may we see your will for our lives,
How would you have us give ourselves to your will?
How would you have your people live together?
We remember before you those seeking or facing big changes in their lives; those starting a new job or moving to a new home, those who are struggling with illness or have been bereaved, those whose relationships are breaking down.
We ask that you will show us and them how we should pray and what we should say and what you want us to do

We ask that you will hear our prayer,
and open our eyes to your love.

God of the Light,
thank you that you hear our prayers and we pray that our eyes may be opened so that we may walk in the light of your love, so that whatever happens in our lives we know that we are safe with you.
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.
Amen

Offertory

Lord God, as we offer these our gifts to you, we pray that they will be used to build up your eternal kingdom in our church, community and world. Amen

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Hymn

Open the eyes of my heart Lord
Link to Open the eyes of my heart Lord (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Final Prayer & Blessing

Go in hope and expectation that the Lord our God goes with us.
Go to do God’s will and not ours.
We go seeking the eternal – not living for material things,
but living with them and using them to help all to see God.
Amen.

Choir Anthem

Choir Anthem from St John's Choir, Ave Verum Corpus (Blessed Word of God Incarnate) for the Festival of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ)

Ave Verum Corpus


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

 

Lucas Rychvalsky from Pixabay. Reproduced with permission.

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 Pixabay under the terms of their license agreement(images from Lucas Rychvalsky), which gives us the right to alter images for our own use
Music:
Waiting for you by Jesse Reeves, Martin Smith, Chris Tomlin. Played by Caroline Bushman and Claire Hamer, CCLI Song 5925663, © 2011 sixsteps Music, Smith United, Thankyou Music, Vamos Publishing, worshiptogether.com songs (Admin by Integrity Music)
Ave Verum Corpus (Blessed Word of God Incarnate) - by Robert Lucas Pearsall(1795-1856) lyrics attributed to Pope Innocent VI (c14th)
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