Sunday 22nd Nov

Whitewater Benefice


Welcome to worship, in this time of Coronavirus, lockdown and economic slowdown we remember today that Jesus came to give us rest and guide us to life in all its fullness

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: 851 3434 9834 & Passcode:760169

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: To my loving God - Dietrich Buxtehude - played by Stephen Davies

To my loving God - Dietrich Buxtehude

Welcome To Worship

Be still and rest in the peace of God.
Be strong and trust in the tranquility of God.
Be quiet and rejoice in the beauty of God.
Be open and be drawn into the depths of God.
Be courageous and set sail in the sea of God.
Be yourself and be enveloped in the heart of God,
who has made all things, loves all things,
redeems all things, today and always.

Opening Prayer

God, we have been a scattered people,
roaming, looking for places to call home.
You have called us home, gathered us in,
given us a land of belonging where all are welcome.
You have sought us out, brought us in,
and held us in this great story.


Rejoice the Lord is King
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Prayer of Praise

Yours is the earth and all in it.
The valleys, mountains, seas and spray;
the land, the pastures, the trees and fauna.
All around us, we see stories of your bounty,
your exuberant goodness, your flourishing provision.
You have made us to live here,
nurtured by this earth, and by work.
We find joy in this vocation, to be your people,
living, working, resting, supporting.
We thank you for the gifts of living,
and for these gifts of bounty all around us.
We pray that you will enable us to see the riches you give to us, the love you have for us and your power that can help us live our lives to the full.


The Kingdom is yours
But we turn away from your just rule
Lord have mercy -           Lord have mercy

The power is yours
But we trust in our own power and strength
Christ have mercy           Christ have mercy

The glory is yours
But we fall short of the Glory of God
Lord have mercy              Lord have mercy


May Almighty God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords,
Who sent his Son into the world to save sinners
Bring us his forgiveness and his peace
Now and for ever


God the Father, help us to hear the call of Christ the King and to follow in his service, whose kingdom has no end; for he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, one glory. Amen


New Testament Reading

Ephesians 1 verses 15-23 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

Thanksgiving and prayer

15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.  18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.


Open the eyes of my heart

Gospel Reading

Matthew 25 verses 31-46 New International Version - UK (NIVUK)

The sheep and the goats

31‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

34‘Then the King will say to those on his right, “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was ill and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.”

37‘Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you ill or in prison and go to visit you?”

40‘The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

41‘Then he will say to those on his left, “Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, 43I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was ill and in prison and you did not look after me.”

44‘They also will answer, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or ill or in prison, and did not help you?”

45‘He will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.”

46‘Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.’

Talk from Jonathan

A Prayer of Declaration

Let us affirm our faith in Jesus Christ the Son of God.

Though he was divine, he did not cling to equality with God,
but made himself nothing.
Taking the form of a slave, he was born in human likeness.
He humbled himself and was obedient to death,
even the death of the cross.
Therefore God has raised him on high,
and given him the name above every name:
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
and every voice proclaim that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen



Before the throne of God above
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Prayers of Intercession

Response: Lord of eternity, May Your Kingdom come

As we praise and worship Jesus our King, we bring to God our requests and concerns, confident that he will hear and answer us as he knows best.

Lord of eternity,
May Your Kingdom come

We pray for this world with all its needs and sadness particularly with the Global Coronavirus pandemic. Bless and guide all who govern the nations, making laws and decisions which affect lives everywhere. Inform their judgements, inspire them with your wisdom, and give them courage to pursue the paths of justice and peace. We ask for your comfort for people around the world suffering directly from Covid-19 may they know the power of healing, for those missing loved ones, may they know the power of your love and those who are suffering through loneliness or financially in the lockdown may they know the power of your hope.

Lord of eternity,
May Your Kingdom come


We pray for your Church, both throughout the world and in our own community. Renew us and all Christian people in your love, unite us by your Spirit, strengthen us for your service, and fill our hearts with your joy and peace. We give thanks for the way we can continue to worship you as a church family through technology such as Zoom and the internet and we think of those in our community who struggle to join our worship at this time. We pray for our Rector Marion, the ministry team and all those who serve in our church, may they know the strength and resources that only you can provide in these challenging times.

Lord of eternity,
May Your Kingdom come

We pray for our families and friends and those we know who are going through times of difficulty and distress. May they know your comforting presence in their sadness, your healing grace in their illness and pain and your guiding hand in their anxiety and uncertainty. We pray for those on our pew sheet who need our prayers at this time; John Clements, Nicky, Ivor Williams, David and Lynda, Lorna Nodder, Joyce Baldock, Melanie, her niece, Joan Mandry, Trevor Owen, Derek Martin, Anne Hallowes. We also give thanks for good things that have happened in our own lives and in the lives of those whom we know, things which we celebrate and the blessings they bring.

Lord of eternity,
May Your Kingdom come

We remember those who have died in faith and now dwell with you in glory for ever. May their example challenge us and their commitment inspire us to worship and serve you, our King and Master, until we join them in eternal praise around your throne. We think this week of those who have recently died; Sally Gale, David Bourne and we remember and give thanks for the life of Paul Lochead who died this time last year.

Lord of eternity,
May Your Kingdom come

Loving God, you have taught us that the power of the heart is greater than the power of wealth and might. Hear us as we pray for the fulfilment of your reign. We ask this through Jesus Christ our King to him be glory and power for ever. 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.


The Peace

To crown all things there must be love,
to bind all together and complete the whole.
Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.
The peace of the Lord be always with you


Lord God, we pray that Christ may be King of our hearts and as we reflect on your calling in our lives, we offer these gifts to contribute to the building of your everlasting kingdom here in this community. Amen

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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.



King of Ages
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May Christ our King make us faithful and strong to do his will, that we may reign with Him in glory; and may the blessing of God Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with us all evermore. Amen.

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


Blessing - photo Anna Shergold

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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. and is copyright © ROOTS for Churches Ltd. Reproduced with permission
Open the eyes of my heart - Music taken from Worship Lyric Videos - all rights reserved
My loving God - Buxtehude - played by Stephen Davies
Hymns from YouTube under appropriate licensing
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