Sunday 18th October

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Whitewater Benefice

Introduction

Welcome to our online worship for Sunday 18th October -  this the 19th Sunday after Trinity. We continue our theme of Creationtide – the creation of living creatures and humankind.  This afternoon there will be a service in St Michael’s, Heckfield at 3 p.m. during which the APCM will be held. 

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/83278830571?pwd=VURQdzgwN3BLMTBVQ2I3REdGMWRUdz09
Meeting ID: 832 7883 0571 & Passcode:181020

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 using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874 or 0203 481 5237 or 0203 481 5240 or 0131 460 1196
and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode (if applicable)

candle

For any children we have weekly activities which follow the theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom - click here for activity sheets for this week.

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

Music: Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt (Deal with me, in thy grace, Oh God) by Johann Gottfried Walther played by Stephen Davies

Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt - Johann Gottfried Walther

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.

Hymn

Tell Out my Soul
Link to Tell out my soul (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Confession

St Paul says
‘Be imitators of God;
love as Christ loved;
do not grieve the Holy Spirit;
put away all anger and bitterness,
all slander and malice.’

So let us confess our sins to God,
who forgives us in Christ.

For turning away from you,
and ignoring your will for our lives;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For behaving just as we wish,
without thinking of you;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For failing you by what we do,
and think and say;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For letting ourselves be drawn away from you
by temptations in the world about us;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

For living as if we were ashamed
to belong to your Son;
Father, forgive us:
save us and help us.

Absolution

The almighty and merciful Lord
grant you pardon and forgiveness of all your sins,
time for amendment of life,
and the grace and strength of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

Collect

Faithful Lord,
whose steadfast love never ceases
and whose mercies never come to an end:
grant us the grace to trust you
and to receive the gifts of your love,
new every morning,
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Interview with Kim Foster on the Creation Care BCM

Readings

Genesis 1: 24 - 31

24And God said, ‘Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.’ And it was so. 25God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ 27So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

28God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.’29Then God said, ‘I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.’ And it was so.

31God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the sixth day.

 

John 4: 34 - 42

34‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. 35Don’t you have a saying, “It’s still four months until harvest”? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 36Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. 37Thus the saying “One sows and another reaps” is true. 38I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labour.’

39Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, ‘He told me everything I’ve ever done.’ 40So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. 41And because of his words many more became believers.

42They said to the woman, ‘We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Saviour of the world.’

Talk

In Shona's talk she refers to the Wildlife Photographer of the year - the winning entry was called The Embrace and was by Sergey Gorshkov -  click here to see The Embrace

Hymn

All creatures of our God and King
Link to All creatures of our God and King (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Affirmation of Faith

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

Prayers of Intercession

Father, on the sixth day you put humans on earth and in charge of your creation, help us to carry out those responsibilities with wisdom and humility.

The main news around the world at the moment concerns Covid-19.  With issues like this that affect all of us we want politicians on all sides to behave sensibly and not score political points.  We pray that all the key decision makers around the world will make wise and considered decisions that are good for the health (mental, physical and economic) of the world and its residents.

As the world’s largest economy prepares to elect its president, it appears that Christians will be pivotal in the outcome.  We pray that all Christian voters in the US will listen to your voice and cast their vote in such a manner that is best for your creation not purely for personal gain.  Whatever the result we pray that Christians of whatever political colour will work together for the furtherance of your kingdom.

The restrictions because of Covid have caused some people to be frustrated as they are unable to eat out as they might wish. At this time of Harvest help us remember all those, even in the UK who are struggling to feed themselves and their families through illness or poverty.  Lord help us to remember how blessed most of us are and we pray for those, often hidden, people in the UK and around the world for whom daily life is a struggle.  We ask you to bring your blessing and comfort on our fellow humans. We also pray that you will bless and support those who do what they can through running food banks and other charities.

O Lord we also ask that you help us to look after the rest of your creation not just humans.  Although we are all encouraged to wear face masks to protect ourselves and others, it is shocking how many discarded masks are appearing on our beaches. Our thoughtlessness endangers the lives and habitats of flora and fauna around the world. Lord, help us to take care over how we use your creation and how we discard things we no longer require.  We pray that individually and as your body we will set a good example by reducing, reusing, and recycling.  In this country as a church we have a huge responsibility to be seen to be doing the right thing.

We also have a real privilege to be able to meet together openly for worship, perhaps not always physically in church buildings at the moment, but in the open as at our Rotherwick Harvest event, and also online. We give thanks that we are able to meet together openly as Christians and worship you.  We remember now those who are less fortunate than ourselves and for whom being a Christian is a dangerous choice.  Praying especially at this time for our Brothers and sisters in Pakistan, China and North Korea – May they know your peace Lord and gain strength from the prayers of their fellow Christians around the globe.

We pray for those known to us who are suffering physically or mentally in some way, those waiting for or undergoing treatment, and those for whom life seems especially overwhelming at this time.  We ask Lord your peace and healing on those named in our weekly news and in a few moments silence anyone known personally to us…
 

Oh Lord hear their cry and comfort and protect them at this time.

O God, your world is full of amazing beauty and variety.  Mankind should be caring for that beauty through careful stewardship but too often causes harm.  Your creation cries out and through prayer and your power we can make a difference.  Lord we place all these prayers and the silent prayers of our hearts into your hands.  Thank you Lord for hearing us and your world.

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

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy,
that you may be kept safe and blameless
in spirit, soul and body,
for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
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

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

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

The blessing of the one true God,
to whom be all love and all glory for time and for eternity,
come down upon you and remain with you always. Amen.

Hymn

Love divine, all loves excelling
Link to Love divine (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Creation

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.The creation image on this page is used by permission John Paul Stanley / YoPlace.com (under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License)
Music:
Chorale Prelude “Machs mit mir, Gott, nach deiner Güt” (Deal with me, in thy grace, Oh God) by Johann Gottfried Walther (1684-1748), Played by Stephen Davies
Hymns from YouTube under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213