Sunday 20th September

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Welcome to our online worship for Sunday 20th September -  “if anyone is thirsty” on the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity. 

Our theme today is within this season of reflections on Creationtide, in our Zoom we have a visitor, Andrew Bryce, from Tearfund, which is a charity supported we are supporting this year.  By profession an economist, Andrew has been speaking on behalf of Tearfund for over 10 years. He has visited its work in Kenya, and has spent time living among a poor community in Nigeria.  He chooses to speak for Tearfund because it is “working [...] to bring good news in all its fullness to the world.”  For more information on Tearfund and Tearfund Inspired Individuals please see our Tearfund page

There will also be a live worship service using zoom, with Andrew Bryce from Tearfund this week.

Our Zoom meeting 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

Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782

Dial in +44 203 901 7895 United Kingdom

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
Meeting ID: 945 8193 7074

For any children joining either service, there are activity sheets


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

Music: Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht by J S Bach, played by Richard Joyce

Fresh water

water Please go to your kitchen now – and fill up a glass of fresh water from the tap. May it remind us of the freshness of water, of our need for water, of the delight in a cold drink when we are thirsty, and the importance of caring for God’s world.

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 months of September and October we are reflecting together on Creationtide, Harvest and Climate change: in our readings, prayers and talk. We have a thematic prayer for the next two weeks:

Thematic Prayer

Almighty God,
whose Spirit hovered over the waters bringing order out of chaos,
and whose love for all living things is everlasting:
help us to live in such a way that we care for your creation,
marvel at its beauty, and share its resources;
to the glory of your Son Jesus Christ
through whom and for whom all things were created.


Fill your hearts with joy and gladness
Fill your hearts with joy and gladness (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Lord God, you made the world and declared it was ‘very good.’
And yet, we have not treated the Earth and our fellow humans with the care and respect they deserve. We are sorry and ask for your forgiveness.
Lord, we know that the link between climate change and extreme weather conditions is clear and obvious, and we know that people are suffering
because our relationship with your creation is broken.

we have so often not even considered our daily waste
of water, of food, of electricity, of petrol;
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

we have so often carried on our lives
without reference or really caring about people, plants or animals
who depend on the land, on fresh water,
who work on the land, or with the seas;
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

we are sorry for being focussed on our present time,
and not considering the future for others;
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Creator God please help us to see things as you do,
grant us the desire to change
and the wisdom and will to live differently.



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


Reading - Genesis 1:6-8 and John 7:36-38

Marion's talk in the 8:30 and 6pm service will be using these readings - and is called ‘Is anyone thirsty?’

Genesis 1:6-8

6And God said, “Let there be a vault between the waters to separate water from water.” 7So God made the vault and separated the water under the vault from the water above it. And it was so. 8God called the vault “sky.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.

John 7:37-39

37On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.38Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” 39By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

Andrew's talk on the work of Tearfund in the 10am Zoom will include the story a Syrian woman who lost her husband in the fighting and who then had to flee with her children when ISIS captured her village. Once in Lebanon, she contacted the Tearfund partner and she and her children were given aid and support, and she has been taught sewing skills to enable her to start rebuilding the lives of her and her children. One day she hopes to be a refugee no longer but to return home. This has parallels with the story of Ruth.

Ruth 1:1-2:12

1.1In the days when the judges ruled, there was a famine in the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah, together with his wife and two sons, went to live for a while in the country of Moab. 2The man’s name was Elimelek, his wife’s name was Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem, Judah. And they went to Moab and lived there. 3Now Elimelek, Naomi’s husband, died, and she was left with her two sons. 4They married Moabite women, one named Orpah and the other Ruth. After they had lived there about ten years, 5both Mahlon and Kilion also died, and Naomi was left without her two sons and her husband.

6When Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had come to the aid of his people by providing food for them, she and her daughters-in-law prepared to return home from there. 7With her two daughters-in-law she left the place where she had been living and set out on the road that would take them back to the land of Judah. 8Then Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back, each of you, to your mother’s home. May the Lord show you kindness, as you have shown kindness to your dead husbands and to me. 9May the Lord grant that each of you will find rest in the home of another husband.” Then she kissed them goodbye and they wept aloud 10and said to her, “We will go back with you to your people.”

11But Naomi said, “Return home, my daughters. Why would you come with me? Am I going to have any more sons, who could become your husbands? 12 Return home, my daughters; I am too old to have another husband. Even if I thought there was still hope for me—even if I had a husband tonight and then gave birth to sons— 13would you wait until they grew up? Would you remain unmarried for them? No, my daughters. It is more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord’s hand has turned against me!”

14At this they wept aloud again. Then Orpah kissed her mother-in-law goodbye, but Ruth clung to her. 15“Look,” said Naomi, “your sister-in-law is going back to her people and her gods. Go back with her.”

16But Ruth replied, “Don’t urge me to leave you or to turn back from you. Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. 17Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.” 18When Naomi realized that Ruth was determined to go with her, she stopped urging her.

19So the two women went on until they came to Bethlehem. When they arrived in Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them, and the women exclaimed, “Can this be Naomi?”20“Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter. 21I went away full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi? The Lord has afflicted me; the Almighty has brought misfortune upon me.”

22So Naomi returned from Moab accompanied by Ruth the Moabite, her daughter-in-law, arriving in Bethlehem as the barley harvest was beginning.

2.1Now Naomi had a relative on her husband’s side, a man of standing from the clan of Elimelek, whose name was Boaz.

2And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the fields and pick up the leftover grain behind anyone in whose eyes I find favor.” Naomi said to her, “Go ahead, my daughter.” 3So she went out, entered a field and began to glean behind the harvesters. As it turned out, she was working in a field belonging to Boaz, who was from the clan of Elimelek.

4Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, “The Lord be with you!”
“The Lord bless you!” they answered.

5Boaz asked the overseer of his harvesters, “Who does that young woman belong to?” 6The overseer replied, “She is the Moabite who came back from Moab with Naomi. 7She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves behind the harvesters.’ She came into the field and has remained here from morning till now, except for a short rest in the shelter.”

8So Boaz said to Ruth, “My daughter, listen to me. Don’t go and glean in another field and don’t go away from here. Stay here with the women who work for me. 9Watch the field where the men are harvesting, and follow along after the women. I have told the men not to lay a hand on you. And whenever you are thirsty, go and get a drink from the water jars the men have filled.”

10At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a foreigner?” 11Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. 12May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”


This video is an interview with Nikki who is a local Inspired Individual.

Andrew Bryce will be talking in the Sunday 20th September Zoom, and we will make his talk available online on our Tearfund page.  As a Church we are supporting Tearfund Inspired Individuals throughout 2020.  Andrew is talking about the latest Tearfund campaign - Home Is - which supports refugees, and the focus in particular is those in Lebanon who have fled from Syria. Syria: Home is where the war is - Tearfund


As the deer pants for water, so my soul longs after you
Link to As the deer pants for the water, so my soul longs after you (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

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. 


Prayers of Intercession

Let us each pick up our glass of water, and take a sip, and give thanks to God for the water of life.

As we are gathered in God’s presence let us pray: Lord, we thank you for the water we enjoy. We thank you for safe drinking water, for baths and showers, for fun on holiday on the canals, rivers and seas. We are so grateful. We thank you for the rain, that brings life to the crops in Hampshire.

Lord, we are thirsty,
bring us your living water.

Lord, we pray for your world, for everyone currently affected by the climate emergency. For those impacted by human greenhouse gas emissions, plant and animal species elimination, and damage to the land. We pray for those who suffer the consequences first-hand, with cyclones, floods and droughts. In particular, we pray for people across southern Africa, where more than 11 million people do not have enough food to survive. Lord, hear our prayer for our own hearts to be softened, and for workers to bring help and hope to those in need.

Lord, we are thirsty,
bring us your living water.

Lord, we pray for national and international leaders working together to tackle the climate emergency. In particular we pray for the talks hosted in Glasgow this year, the COP26 UN climate talks. We pray for Tearfund, Christian Aid and CAFOD preparing together to support a whole year of prayer for all those impacted by climate change. And for the leaders of nations, we pray for honesty, integrity, justice and compassion in national and international politics, and a wisdom to listen to news and research from the ground.

Lord, we are thirsty,
bring us your living water.

We pray, Lord, for your church. You have offered each one of us your living water. Jesus you have said that if we believe in you, then streams of living water will flow from within us. Lord, fill us again with your Spirit. Cleanse us again from all that prevents us living for you. Please flow freely from the lives of your servants, from your whole church, to bring life, hope, joy and peace. Water to places which are spiritual deserts, and hope for those in darkness.

Lord, we are thirsty,
bring us your living water.

We pray for all who need your healing touch.  We pray for those known to us,
those in the Whitewater community, friends and family…
take a quiet moment to name people before the Lord now
For the Church’s ministry of healing and caring.
Jesus, you offered living water to flow from within us, if we would ask and follow you, please meet the needs of those we know who are heartbroken, anxious, sick or sorrowing, and need your water of refreshment right now.

Lord, we are thirsty,
bring us your living water.

Father, we bless you for all who have gone before us in the faith of Christ,
and especially we remember those who have recently died,
Linda Mellors, Gladys Daley, Derek Hughes, baby Elijah, Hilda Jury;
and those we remember in our year’s mind: Sandy Darby, and Patricia Hutchings.

Lord, we are thirsty,
bring us your living water.

Finally, for ourselves, that we may be co-workers with the Lord of Creation
Creator, make us co-workers with you,
that the earth and all who live upon it may reap a full harvest.
Show us how to reflect your rhythms in our life and work
and to conserve the world’s rich resources.
Help us to give all creatures their due respect, to tend cattle and crops with care.
Guide science along wise and considerate ways,
that we may fashion agriculture that truly enhances,
and that we may sustain a vibrant environment. We pray.

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.


Graham Kendrick “Is there anyone thirsty?”  a prayer for ourselves: let the river of your Spirit flow through me.
Link to Is anyone thirsty? (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

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.


Let us 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.

Giving to our Churches

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

Please select your chosen Parish for details:

Donate to Hook Donate to HMR

This week we want to be inspired by TearFund - see our Tearfund Inspired Individuals page for more information.

Reflecting on Holy Communion

Holy communion is available on Sunday night at 6pm in St John's Church, Hook.

At this time when we cannot all easily 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.

O God, whose beauty is beyond our imagining
and whose power we cannot comprehend:
show us your glory as far as we can grasp it,
and shield us from knowing more than we can bear
until we may look upon you without fear;
through Jesus Christ our Saviour.


Lord Jesus, as we go out from here,
help us to step out in faith,
remembering who we walk with,
knowing that you have authority over all.

And the blessing of God Almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.  

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


Be thou my vision O lord of my heart
Link to Be thou my vision O lord of my heart (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Readings taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Prayers from websites: Tearfund, A Rocha, CAFOD. Thematic Prayer from A Rocha, Sarah Butler 2014. Initial confession prayer from Tearfund 2020. Prayer for co-workers in Creation by Ray Simpson, from ‘Prayers of Creation’, publ. Kevin Mayhew
Meinen Jesum laß ich nicht by J S Bach, played by Richard Joyce
Hymns from CC from the Church of England, YouTube under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213 Thanks to Andrew Bryce speaking to us about the work of Tearfund

Children's Activities for Sunday 20th September
Children's Activities for Sunday 20th September
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