Sunday 27th September

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Whitewater Benefice

Introduction

Welcome to our online worship on this the sixteenth Sunday after Trinity. Our theme continues with Creationtide. There will also be a live worship service using Zoom which will begin at 10 a.m. – the details for this are found below.

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 meeting using the link,
you can phone in on 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240
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.

Music: Revelation song, played by Nikki Wild

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.

Preparing for worship

If you are able, please step outside your building, or open a window to look out. Absorb the scent and sounds of the world around you. If you have more time, perhaps take a short walk around the area in which you live. What do you notice?

Opening Prayer

Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;
they will sing before the Lord, for he comes, he comes to judge the earth.
Psalm 96.

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:

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.
Amen.

Hymn

For the fruits of his creation, thanks be to God
Link to For the fruits of his creation, thanks be to God (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Confession

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.

Lord,
we have so often not even considered the impact of our lives on trees and forests,
on the use of land, and that effect on the climate;

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Jesus,
we have so often carried on our lives
without reference or really caring about people, plants or animals
who depend on the land;

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord,
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.
Amen.

Absolution

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

Readings from Genesis 1:9-13 and John 15:1-5

The Old Testament reading is from Genesis, Chapter 1 verses 9 to 13

9And God said, ‘Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.’ And it was so. 10God called the dry ground ‘land’, and the gathered waters he called ‘seas’. And God saw that it was good.

11Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.’ And it was so.

12The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

13And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.

The Gospel reading is from John Chapter 15 verses 1 to 5

1Jesus said: ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.’

Talk

Hymn

Holy Spirit living breath of God - Keith and Kristyn Getty
Link to Holy Spirit living breath of God (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.
Amen.

Prayers

As we are gathered in God’s presence let us pray:

Lord, we thank you for trees and forests. We thank you for the wood that makes our paper, the furniture, and the buildings in which we live and worship. We thank you for the variety of fruits, for seeds and roots. And we thank you for the medicines that have been discovered in the wide variety of trees. We pray for ongoing research and discovery to benefit all peoples on earth.

Lord, we love your world,
help us to care for it.

Lord, we pray for the forests around your world. We thank you for the part they play in a balanced environment, in clean air, and in the animals and plants that live within. We know that there is pressure to cut down trees to make land to grow cash crops and to provide space for homes. We know that huge swathes of Amazon rainforest are being cleared for human use. And so we pray for the people who make decisions about the forests, for governments and local leaders, for businesses and industry too. We pray for the village people whose lives are damaged. We pray that international governments will wake up to the importance of trees in the fight against climate change.

Lord, we love your world,
help us to care for it.

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 next 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 love your world,
help us to care for it.

We pray, Lord, for your church. You have asked us to be rooted in you, so that we may flourish, and bear good fruit. We pray using Psalm One as our guide: Help us to be like trees strongly planted in your life. Help us to abide in your vine. Help us not to walk in step with the wicked, or stand in the way that sinners take, or sit in the company of mockers. Help us instead to delight in your law, to meditate on your word, listen to it carefully and to act faithfully. May we be like trees planted by streams of water, which yield beautiful fruit in season and whose leaves do not wither.

Lord, we love your world,
help us to care for it.

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 promise to hear us when we pray in faith. Please meet the needs of those we know who are heartbroken, anxious, sick or sorrowing, and need your compassion and care right now.

We pray for the ministry to children in hospitals and clinics, and we ask you to bless the teddies, that bring comfort to children who are anxious and fearful.

bears

Lord, we love your world,
help us to care for it.

We pray for Nigel and Adele whose wedding is in Heckfield this weekend: grant to them deepening love, joy and gladness, and a long and happy marriage.

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, baby Elijah, Hilda Jury and Susan Stagg.

Lord, we love your world,
help us to care for it.

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.
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

The Peace

God is love and those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them.
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

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

Holy communion is available on Sunday evening 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.
Amen.

Blessing

May the love of God surround you,
the passion of Christ inspire you,
and the wisdom of the Spirit guide your thoughts and actions.
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

Ten thousand reasons - Matt Redman
Link to Ten thousand reasons (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.
Music:
Revelation song by Jennie Lee Riddle, played by Nikki Wild.
Hymns from YouTube & BBC under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213.
Prayers using Tearfund as a source.
Blessing prayer by Neil Paynter in ‘Holy Ground’ Wild Goose Publications © 2005.


Children's Activities for Sunday 27th September
Children's Activities for Sunday 27th September