Sunday 2nd August

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Whitewater Benefice - Jesus the multiplier


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 August.

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:  851 3434 9834

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

Mighty God of miracles, we come before you.
We imagine what it might have been like being part of a crowd of 5,000.
There may be far fewer of us gathered for this service
but we think about the people in other churches in our
villages, and country, and around computer screens also worshipping you.
Bound together by your great love, we gather in spirit to meet with you, Jesus. Amen


Give thanks to the Lord our God and King

Prayer of Praise

Lord God of compassion and boundless blessings,
we are full of amazement
that you care so greatly for the needs of your people.
We worship and adore you for your generosity,
your love, and your power. Amen.


Sometimes, Lord,
I know I don’t listen properly to you.
I’m easily distracted.
Or I listen, but still go my own way,
putting myself first.
Forgiven by you, I can start anew.

Sometimes, Lord, I don’t trust you
to meet my needs,
to take care of me,
to feed me with food both physical and spiritual.
Forgiven by you, I can start anew.

Sometimes, Lord,
I’m anything but prepared for my journey with you.
Forgiven by you, I can start anew.

Sometimes, Lord,
I look for my own ways out of a situation,
instead of seeking and trusting you.
Forgiven by you, I can start anew.


Lord God,
Your Son left the riches of heaven
And became poor for our sake:
When we prosper save us from pride,
When we are needy save us from despair,
That we may trust in you alone;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord

Gospel Reading (Matthew 14:13-21)

13When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. 14When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

15As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.”

16Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17“We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered.

18“Bring them here to me,” he said. 19And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. 20They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 21The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.


Lord I come to you
Lord I come to you (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Puppet Sketch



This blog from Tear Fund shares the story of how one woman Carolina Rodriguez offered her gifts to help the indigenous people of Colombia recognise their value as children of God.


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. 



Eat this bread and drink this cup
Link to Eat this bread and drink this cup (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

As we listen to the music reflect that God provides us with all that we need and multiplies the gifts we give to Him. You may wish to print out or draw a picture of the loaves and fish and write down what gifts you can offer God so He can use them to bless others. Click here for a picture you can print.

Prayers of Intercession

God of strength, grace and love, we pray that as we offer our gift of prayer to you now, you may receive our prayer and pour out your blessings upon this world.

God of strength, we pray that you will bless those whose lives are spent in struggle:
            Those who are suffering financial hardship at this time
            Those who are standing up for justice against oppression, we think of peoples around the world who do not enjoy the basic freedoms that we have in this country, we pray in particular for Hong Kong and China at this time.
            For Governments at home and around the world who are managing the coronavirus pandemic, give them the strength to make the right decisions.
God, who multiplies all good gifts, receive our gift of prayer

God of grace , we pray that you will bless those who are caught up in the consequences of human sin:
            Those who are living in war zones, in Yemen, Syria where Coronavirus is another problem in an already desperate situation.
            Those who are suffering in difficult family relationships in the lockdown, may they know of your love.
            We pray too for our planet, may we learn to make caring for this world a priority, as we seek to reduce poverty and make this a world a place where everyone can meet their basic needs.
God, who multiplies all good gifts, receive our gift of prayer

God of love, we pray that you will bless those whose lives have been given to you:
            For those who are ill at this time, and we remember those known and dear to us who need your gifts of healing, comfort and strength.
            For those going on holiday, may you bless their time away and may it refresh them for the next few months.
            For those who have an uncertain future, young people awaiting exam results, people who have no employment and are looking for the next opportunity
            We thank you, for how in the past you have touched our lives through other people who have now died, and we remember the love they showed us.
God, who multiplies all good gifts, receive our gift of prayer

We pray Lord that we may give what we have to you, in the knowledge that in your strength, in your grace and in your love you multiply what we have and bring blessings to us all. We ask these prayers in and through the Holy name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

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.


Lord Jesus, thank you that you are there always loving us and giving us what we need. Help us to share the good gifts we have in our lives with you, in the knowledge that you take what we give, and multiply the blessings for this world. Amen

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The crowds gathered around you, Lord,
to share with you;
your words and your food.
Help us to go out to share
your words of love
and your bread of life. Amen.

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


Rejoice Rejoice
Link to Rejoice Rejoice (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. 
Give Thanks to the Lord our God and King used with permission (
Hymns from YouTube under the YouTube licence
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213; Heckfield, Mattingley, Rotherwick 120219

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