Sunday 28th June

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Whitewater Benefice

Introduction

Generous JuneWelcome to our online worship for Sunday 28th June - Trinity 3 - this is our last week with the theme is 'Generous June'. For more information on Generous June see https://www.generousjune.co.uk/, the aim is to join together across our many varied cultures, traditions and contexts, to share in developing our understanding of God’s generosity, and how it can influence all aspects of our day to day lives.

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
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85217620782
Meeting ID:  852 1762 0782

Junior Church
11am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to noon for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month). Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/94581937074
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

For any children joining either service, there are activity sheets

candle

 

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

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.
Amen.

Throughout the month of June we are reflecting together on the Generosity of God towards us, in the readings, prayers and talk. We have a thematic prayer for the whole month:

Generous June Thematic Prayer

Loving Father, you have made us your people, richly provided us with good gifts and called us to live for you. May gratitude be in our hearts, may generosity be in our hands, may justice and righteousness guide our feet, and may the life of your kingdom and the joy of heaven be found among us.
Amen.

Hymn

We have a hymn with an amazing history to enjoy to begin our worship this morning. A footnote is written at the end of this service.

Now thank we all our God
Link to Now thank we all our God (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Confession

Lord, when your generous love overwhelms us; Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus, when you pour out your Spirit upon us in full measure;
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, may we reflect your generosity in our own lifestyle;
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy

Absolution

May Almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins,
and keep us in eternal life. Amen

Collect

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the abundance of your love, for all that you give us through Jesus. May we show forth in our lives the generosity which flows to us from you; make us warm hearted and generous people. We ask this through the same Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord.
Amen

Readings (Deuteronomy 15:7-11 & Luke 21:1-4)

Deuteronomy 15.7-11 7If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tight-fisted towards them.8 Rather, be open-handed and freely lend them whatever they need. 9 Be careful not to harbour this wicked thought: ‘The seventh year, the year for cancelling debts, is near,’ so that you do not show ill will towards the needy among your fellow Israelites and give them nothing. They may then appeal to the Lord against you, and you will be found guilty of sin. 10 Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be open-handed towards your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land.

Luke 21.1-4 1As Jesus looked up, he saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 ‘Truly I tell you,’ he said, ‘this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.’

Talk - Sophie Jelley - Generous June - The Widow's Mite

Sermon from Bishop Designate of Doncaster, Sophie Jelley.

Hymn

Christ be in my Waking
Christ be in my Waking (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Christ be in my waking,
As the sun is rising,
In my day of working,
With me every hour.
Christ be in my resting,
As the day is ending,
Calming and refreshing,
Watching through the night.

Christ be in my thinking,
And my understanding,
Guarding me from evil,
Walking in the light.
Christ be in my speaking,
Every word a blessing,
Pure and not deceiving,
Grace to all who hear.

Jesus, this is my devotion:
All my life to know You,
Every day to walk with You.
Saviour, You’re my deepest longing,
You’re the One I live for,
Teach me, Lord, to walk with You.

Christ be in my gladness
For the joy of living,
Thankful for the goodness
Of the Father’s hand.
Christ be in my sorrow,
In my day of darkness,
Knowing that I follow
In the steps He trod.

Christ when hope has faded,
Nothing left to cling to,
Every pleasure jaded,
Every well is dry.
Christ the loving Shepherd
Draws me with His kindness,
Leads me from the desert
To the streams of life.

Stuart Townend & Simon Brading Copyright © 2011 Thankyou Music (Adm. by CapitolCMGPublishing.com excl. UK & Europe, adm. by Integrity Music, part of the David C Cook family

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

 

Prayers

Music: Andante in D major, from A Little Organ Book in Memory of Sir Hubert Parry -  Charles Wood (1866 - 1926) Wood (Parry)

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

A Prayer for Giving

Heavenly Father, give grace to us, the living stones who form your Church, to reflect prayerfully at this special time on our love for you and our neighbour. Make us mindful of the many gifts you bestow upon us.  We ask that your Holy Spirit will inspire and direct us in our choice of giving, remembering that we are only giving back that which is truly yours. Strengthen us, Lord, to meet this challenge according to your will. Through Jesus Christ our Lord who has given all that we might live. Amen

 

In humility of heart let us pray to God the Father of all.

Lord, in your word you teach us that sparse sowing means meagre reaping;
give us generous hearts as we respond to your love.
Lord, in your mercy; hear our prayer.

Lord, you teach us that a generous heart produces a bountiful harvest;
pour your love within us.
Lord, in your mercy; hear our prayer.

Lord, you teach us to pray for those who govern us; bless all in positions of authority who take decisions for the nations of your world.
Lord, in your mercy; hear our prayer.

Lord, you teach us to bring your healing to the sick and suffering; may your healing be upon those whom we name before you now.
Lord, in your mercy; hear our prayer.

Lord, your Word teaches us to love your Church, the Body of Christ; make us generous in support of its mission and ministry.
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.
Amen

The Peace

We are the body of Christ.
In the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.
Let us then pursue all that makes for peace and builds up our common life.

The peace of the Lord be always with you.

Amen.

Offertory

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.

Giving to our Churches

See our giving page for more information about how you can give to our churches

 

Reflecting on Holy Communion

At this time when we cannot 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.

Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm us in this mission,
and help us to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

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.
Amen

 

Blessing

May the Holy Spirit who gives gifts to all people,
flood your hearts with thanksgiving to God.
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.

Hymn

And can it be?
Link to And can it be? (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

  

  

Generous June

  

Footnote about the history of the hymn – now thank we all our God.

Martin Rinkart (1586-1649) was a Lutheran minister in Eilenburg, Saxony. During the Thirty Years' War (1618--1648), the walled city of Eilenburg saw a steady stream of refugees pour through its gates. Eight hundred of the 1000 homes in the city were destroyed by passing armies. Famine and plague were rampant. During the year 1638 eight thousand people died, including the pastor's wife. There was a tremendous strain on the pastors who had to conduct dozens of funerals daily. Finally, the pastors, too, died, and Rinkart was the only one left - doing 40 - 50 funerals a day. When the Swedes demanded a huge ransom, Rinkart left the safety of the walls to plead for mercy. The Swedish commander, impressed by his faith and courage, lowered his demands. Soon afterward, the war ended, and Rinkart wrote this hymn (based on Ecclesiasticus 50:22-24) for a service of thanksgiving for the end of the war. It is a testament to his enduring faith that after such misery he was able to write a hymn of abiding trust and gratitude that is still known and sung in many languages by Christians all over the world.

Copyright details

This service has been prepared from ‘Common Worship, Services and Prayers for the Church of England’ © The Archbishops’ Council 2000 and also 2012 (Eucharistic prayers with children present). Church House Publishing. 
Bible readings are from the New International Version – UK (NIVUK) Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. 
Music: played by Michael Steen
BACH - Two slow movements, from Six Trio Sonatas (numbers 2 & 5)    J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
WOOD (Parry) - Andante in D major, from A Little Organ Book in Memory of Sir Hubert Parry -  Charles Wood (1866 - 1926) 
LANG - Tuba Tune in D major - C. S. Lang (1891-1971)
Hymns from YouTube under appropriate licensing
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