Sunday 5th July

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Whitewater Benefice - You give rest to the weary


Welcome to worship, in this time of Coronavirus, lockdown and economic slowdown we remember today that Jesus came to give us rest and guide us to life in all its fullness.

Welcome to our online worship on this first Sunday in July.

There will also be a live worship service using Zoom:

The meeting will be open from 09:45hrs for technical sound checks
worship begins at 10am.

OR you may phone into the Zoom service using one of this telephone number:
0203 051 2874 
and Meeting ID:  868 9106 6619

For children joining this service, there are activity sheets

give rest to the weary


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. As we bring ourselves to worship we remember the words of Jesus, ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.

Opening Prayer

We are here today, Lord, to worship you.
As we bow our heads before you, we want to be amazed by your wisdom,
bowled over by your love, and completely lost in you.
Lord, open our hearts to receive you,
in ways beyond whatever we could ever ask or even think. Amen


Blessed be your name by Matt Redman
Link to Blessed be your name (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayer of Praise

As Jesus praised his Father in heaven, so do we.
We praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth.
You have hidden things from the wise,
and revealed them to us, your children,
through Jesus, your most precious Son.
We praise you, Lord. Amen.


Lord, we like to think of ourselves as self-reliant; we don’t need anybody’s help.
Though the furrow be long and the going tough, we will plough it alone.
That is what is admired in this world, Lord:
pride and self-sufficiency, never giving in.
But you see that this is the way of slavery: you offer us a different yoke,
and we confess that we barely understand it, for your yoke is light and easy,
a balm to our shoulders and a lightening of our load.
We confess the need of your help, your guidance, and we fall into step with you.


Gracious Father, by the obedience of Jesus
you brought salvation to our wayward world:
draw us into harmony with your will,
that we may find all things restored in him, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen

Gospel Reading (Matthew 11:25-30)

25At that time Jesus said, ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.27 All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.28 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’


God of the poor (beauty for brokenness)  - Justice & Worship song Graham Kendrick
God of the poor (beauty for brokenness) (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Puppet Sketch



As we listen to the music reflect on the struggles and burdens you and others have and remember the hope we all have in Christ.

You give rest to the weary by Lou Fellingham
You give rest to the weary (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayers of intercession

Today our prayers are led by Ava & Simba

Lord, we pray for the weary, people who are struggling with illness or maybe simply tired of the lockdown, may they know your love at this time and turn to you for help.
Yoked to you, may they find new strength.

Lord, we pray for those who are burdened: We pray for world leaders and our own Government, may they seek your wisdom to guide them in their responsibilities. We pray for everyone with responsibilities big or small in their lives, may they share that burden with you.
Yoked to you, may their load be lightened.

Lord, we pray for those whose lives are complex.: For those who have complex relationships and families. For people suffering with mental illness made worse in the lock down. We pray that they may have a simple trust in you.
Yoked to you, may they see as children do.

Lord, we pray for ourselves and all who sin: We so often go our own way yet we thank you that you offer us a chance to start again in your love to live our lives to the full.
Yoked to you, may we find forgiveness

In our friendship 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.

Giving to our Churches

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Jesus has called us to come to him and blessed us with his richness.
Now he sends us out into his world, to make sure people see him,
and listen to him, through us.
What a responsibility, what a joy, what a privilege.
We are yours, Lord. Use us as you will. Amen.

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


Build your kingdom here by Rend Collective
Link to Build your kingdom here (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

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. 
Hymns from YouTube under the YouTube licence
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213; Heckfield, Mattingley, Rotherwick 120219

Children's Activities for Sunday 5th July
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