Sunday 15th Nov

Whitewater Benefice


BIshop DavidWelcome to our online worship on this special day when Bishop David of Basingstoke visits us. The reason for Bishop David’s visit is that we would have been holding a Confirmation Service today, in Church, for our nine young people across the villages of Hook and Mattingley, and one lady from Hook.

There will also be a live worship service using Zoom which will begin at 10 a.m. – the details for this are found below. Bishop David is preaching this week.

We cannot meet physically in church, but we can still celebrate the life of God, and pray for one another.

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:
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode:123456

Junior Church
11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs each Sunday (except the first Sunday in the month). Join Zoom Meeting:
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)


For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same 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: “Walk humbly with your God”. By Malcolm Archer.  Recorded by A Church Near You, St Martin’s in the Fields

Walk humbly with your God

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 gather to support one another we are encouraged by these words from the Bible:

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,
they shall mount up with wings like eagles,
they shall run and not be weary
they shall walk and not faint.                   Isaiah 40.31

Opening Prayer

Thank you Lord, that you are our rock, our strong tower, our shield and our defender.  As we gather to sing our praise and listen to your word to us today, give us your hope and your direction for our lives. Help us to trust in your faithfulness and give grace to radiate your love to others. In Jesus’ name. 


Church of God elect and glorious
Link to Church of God elect and glorious (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


May your loving mercy come to me, O Lord,
and your salvation according to your word.
Forgive me when I am not grateful.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Your word is a lantern to my feet and a light to my path.
Please forgive me when I wander off your path.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Grant me your grace that I may have life, for your law is my delight.
Forgive me when I do not share your love with others.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Good News Story – Love Your Neighbour

We each have different talents! The Mothers’ Union in Odiham has begun an initiative to share God’s love and hope with neighbours and friends. Our Craft team in Whitewater have begun knitting again, and will be sharing these beautiful little angels as gifts in these coming weeks.

Knitted Angels

Gospel Reading

Matthew 25.14-30: The parable of the talents

14“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 

19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’  22And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Talk from Bishop David


Prayer for our Confirmation candidates, and for us all in our different vocations to serve God:

Hear our prayer for your faithful people
that in their vocation and ministry
each may be an instrument of your love,
and give to your servants
the needful gifts of grace;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Holy Spirit Living Breath 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.  Amen



Using the #PrayerForTheNation from the Church of England in this season of prayer during the lockdown.

Prayer for the nation.
Lord, Jesus Christ, in these dark and difficult days we turn our hearts to you. In ages past you have delivered our nation from disaster: do it again we pray.
Give wisdom beyond human wisdom to our leaders. Give strength beyond human strength to the NHS and all our frontline workers. Give comfort beyond human comfort to children and the elderly and all who grieve.
Lord, Jesus Christ. In these dark and difficult days, turn your face towards us, have mercy upon us, and heal our land we pray. Amen.

A family prayer.
Loving God, you know us and all that we are facing. We thank you that we can come to you as we are – with all our fears and concerns, our difficulties and challenges. Please draw close to each of us, and those we remember before you now. You may like to take a moment to name those on your hearts today.
Bring to us your peace and comfort.
Fill us with your Spirit, that we may be bearers of your grace and hope to others.
In the name of your Son, Jesus we pray. Amen.

For us all to use our talents to serve God and one another.
God of mercy, by whose grace alone we are accepted and equipped for your service: stir up in us the gifts of your Holy Spirit and make us worthy of our calling; that we may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for all of us who are on journey of faith, our older and younger generation who are trusting you and preparing for confirmation. Lord, we pray for all who would have been confirmed today, and also our Junior Church and Messy Church and Fingerprints children. We pray that they and their families and godparents may have joy in knowing that they are precious to you. too. Help us all to know you more clearly, love you more dearly, and follow you more nearly day by day. Help us to put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and for ever. Amen.

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.

Listen to the Anthem - This is the House of God

We have a talented Choir who meet every week in St John’s Church in Hook. They have prepared an Anthem to listen to, with the help of singers connected to our churches. This is prepared as a gift and blessing for Tim Maynes, who was licensed last week by Bishop David, as a Licensed Lay Minister in Whitewater Benefice. Whilst you listen to the choir, the images are from our Churches around the Benefice.  It has been prepared for us all to enjoy, as we are all part of the House of God.


The Peace

Jesus said, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
I do not give to you as the world gives.’
The peace of the Lord be always with you. 


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

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

At this time when we cannot all 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.


The Lord bless you and keep you,
the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you,
the Lord lift up the light of his countenance upon you
and give you his peace.
And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you now and remain with you always.    Amen

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

From our prayer earlier, for each and every one in their calling as Jesus’ disciple:

“Hear our prayer for your faithful people that in their vocation and ministry each may be an instrument of your love”  we finish with a well-known hymn.


Be thou my vision

“Hear our prayer for your faithful people that in their vocation and ministry each may be an instrument of your love” 

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


Blessing - photo Anna Shergold

Copyright details

Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Common Worship. Church House Publishing. The Archbishops’ Council. 2000. Daily Prayer, 2005.
Liturgy and Prayers from Times and Seasons, Church of England Services and Prayers. Archbishops Council.
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.
“Walk humbly with your God”. By Malcolm Archer.  Recorded by A Church Near You, St Martin’s in the Fields
Holy Spirit, Living Breath of God – Keith and Kristyn Getty
Anthem - This the House of God, by John Rutter, sung by St John's Choir & friends Hymns from YouTube under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

Children's activities for Sunday 15th Nov
Children's activities for Sunday 15th Nov
Open Children's activities for Sunday 15th Nov