Sunday 11th October

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Whitewater Benefice

Introduction

Welcome to our online worship for Sunday 11th October - the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.  We continue our theme of Creationtide and Harvest - the waters teem with life & the Harvest Celebrations in Rotherwick There will also be a live worship service using Zoom which will begin at 10 a.m. – the details for this are found below. Following the service we have the Annual Parochial Church meeting for St John the Evangelist, Hook. We take a coffee break and return to the same meeting at 11am.

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?pwd=TkFvYmlhWEsyblQvTTFZbGNMNU9tUT09
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 123456

Junior Church
11am - 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs
11:30am - 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
and use the appropriate meeting ID (& password if applicable)

For any children joining either service, there are activity sheets available

candle

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

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.

The Greeting

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.

Creationtide 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

We Plough the Fields and Scatter (Lyric Video with voices from St John's Choir)

Confession

Land is a gift of God to His people.
The Scriptures remind us
that the people of God
are charged with tending, caring,
resting and stewarding the land.
But when people violate God’s laws
then the land is spoiled.

We confess our sin
in penitence and with sorrow.
We grieve at the polluted seas,
poisoned atmosphere,
all ugliness, misuse and greed,
at arrogant exploitation
and indifference to consequences.

Have mercy on us, Lord.
Heal our lives,
and Your world.
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.

Harvest Collect

Eternal God,
you crown the year with your goodness
and you give us the fruits of the earth in their season:
grant that we may use them to your glory,
for the relief of those in need and for our own well-being;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. 
Amen

Sea & Sky - God's creation

Readings

Old Testament

Genesis 1.20-23

20And God said, ‘Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the vault of the sky.’ 21So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.’ 23And there was evening, and there was morning – the fifth day.

Gospel Reading

John 21: 1 – 13

1Afterwards Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee. It happened this way: 2Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymus), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. 3‘I’m going out to fish,’ Simon Peter told them, and they said, ‘We’ll go with you.’ So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.
4Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realise that it was Jesus.
5He called out to them, ‘Friends, haven’t you any fish?’ ‘No,’ they answered.
6He said, ‘Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.’ When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.
7Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’ As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, ‘It is the Lord,’ he wrapped his outer garment round him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. 8The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred metres. 9When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.
10Jesus said to them, ‘Bring some of the fish you have just caught.’ 11So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. 12Jesus said to them, ‘Come and have breakfast.’ None of the disciples dared ask him, ‘Who are you?’ They knew it was the Lord. 13Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish.

Talk

Hymn

How Great Thou Art

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

As the deer, played by Caroline Bushman

Harvest-time prayers

Creator God,
you made the goodness of the land,
the riches of the sea
and the rhythms of the seasons;
as we thank you for the harvest,
may we cherish and respect
this planet and its peoples,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

For ourselves at the season of Creationtide

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. Amen.

For those in need during the ongoing challenges of the covid crisis

Lord, if we are truly honest with you, we are struggling.
Struggling with changing rules
Struggling with not being able to meet up with friends and family
and struggling with concerns about work, health, and the longer term.
We place our trust in you, as the one who hears our prayers,
as the one who lived on earth with all its challenges.
We pray particularly for those who are suffering mental distress or ill-health of any type at this time
we pray for those who have died recently, and for their friends and families.
We thank you for the couples who are being married in our churches
and we pray for them in their decisions to love one another unconditionally for their whole lives. Bless them we pray. In Jesus name. Amen

For ourselves

Thank you Lord, that your word gives us life and hope,
Your Holy Spirit brings us inner peace,
and helps us to show forth the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.
Show us where you want us to share your life of love,
of peace and of joy.
May we bring hope to all around us,
even as we share in their sorrows and disappointments.
We trust in you as our Saviour and our friend.

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

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

Giving to our Churches

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Please select your chosen Parish for details:

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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.
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

Happy Day

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.
Seascape Photograph - North Cornwall, by Anna Shergold
Music:
Revelation song by Jennie Lee Riddle, played by Nikki Wild.
As the Deer © 1984 Restoration Music, Ltd. (Admin. by Restoration Music Ltd.) CCLI 1431
We Plough the fields and scatter, by Jane Montgomery Campbell, Joyan Abraham Peter Schulz, John Bacchus Dykes, Matthais Claudius (words & music public domain), sung by St John's Choir, orgainst Stephen Davies
Hymns unless otherwise specified taken from Worship Lyric Videos - all rights reserved
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213