Sunday 17th Jan

Whitewater Benefice


Welcome to our online worship for this Sunday, the third Sunday in 2021, which is Epiphany 2. 

There will be a live worship service using zoom at 10am, which will be open 15 mins beforehand for technical sound checks & notices.  For any children we have weekly activities which follow the same theme and are used for junior church and for children joining the Zoom Meeting - click here for activity sheets for this week.

10am Worship via Zoom
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Meeting ID: 885 7772 4059 Passcode: 101010

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 & Passcode:760169


If you are unable to join the Zoom Meeting using the link, you can phone in on 0203 051 2874  and use the appropriate meeting ID & passcode


Welcome To Worship

looking up at the HeavensWelcome to our worship. We are in the special season of ‘unveiling’ or ‘manifestation’ which the church calls Epiphany.

This is a season when Jesus is revealed as the Messiah, the Christ.  Last week was the Baptism of Jesus.  To come in the next few weeks is the miracle at Cana in Galilee, the conversion of St Paul who was the Apostle to the Gentiles, and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.


Music: “For the little organ book" by Hubert Parry & played by Richard Joyce

For the little organ book

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.


O worship the King, all glorious above
Link to O worship the King, all glorious above (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


The grace of God has dawned upon the world
through our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who sacrificed himself for us to purify a people as his own.
Let us confess our sins.

Lord God, our maker and our redeemer,
this is your world and we are your people:
come among us and save us.

Lord Jesus, illuminate the darkness in our hearts:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, open our eyes to your saving love:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord Jesus, unstop our ears to hear your living word:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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


Eternal Lord,
our beginning and our end:
bring us with the whole creation
to your glory, hidden through past ages
and made known
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Bible Readings

Revelation 5: 1 – 10
1Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. 2And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, ‘Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?’ 3But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. 4I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. 5Then one of the elders said to me, ‘Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals.’

6Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the centre of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7He went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. 8And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. 9And they sang a new song, saying:

‘You are worthy to take the scroll
    and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
    and with your blood you purchased for God
    persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.
10You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
    and they will reign on the earth.’

John 1: 43 - end
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, ‘Follow me.’

44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, ‘We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote – Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.’

46‘Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?’ Nathanael asked.

‘Come and see,’ said Philip.

47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, ‘Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.’

48‘How do you know me?’ Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, ‘I saw you while you were still under the fig-tree before Philip called you.’

49Then Nathanael declared, ‘Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.’

50Jesus said, ‘You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig-tree. You will see greater things than that.’ 51He then added, ‘Very truly I tell you, you  will see “heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on”[ the Son of Man.’

Talk from Shona


Just as I am
Link to Just as I am (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 of Intercession

God of love, You call each of us by name yet we are foolish enough to think You do not know our hearts, hear our words, see the mistakes we make and the pain we cause. As You are holy and know, so You are gracious and forgive. Hear us now as we join in prayer to You.

God of reconciliation, we pray for the world. May those countries that are divided by doctrine or partisan politics, class or race be united. We bring before you the USA, as they prepare for a new administration; may the country be healed and made whole again. We pray for our own government and ask that You give our leaders wisdom and integrity to establish right priorities in the response to the continuing medical and social crisis of coronavirus.  We pray for a peaceful world where security rests upon trust rather than threats, where nations join together and share resources and knowledge to fight environmental destruction and economic poverty rather than turn against one another in war.

Open our hearts, Lord, …
That we might answer Your call.

As we start this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, we pray for Your church throughout the world, that it might be welcoming and inclusive of all Your children. We pray for church leaders, in all denominations, that they might have a vision of Your Kingdom, the courage to believe that change and transformation in the church and the world is possible and the strength to work towards the establishment of Your Kingdom here on earth.

Open our hearts, Lord, …
That we might answer Your call.

God of deliverance, we pray for all who feel alone: for refugees who have left behind their country, their homes and all that is familiar; for those imprisoned for protesting human rights; for those persecuted for their faith like Christians in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. We pray for those who feel isolated because of the pandemic: for students, for those in nursing homes, for all those unable to see their families.

We pray for those who are ill and suffering, for all who are worried, for those who are grieving, or in distress, and for a world paralyzed by the repercussions of pandemic.

Open our hearts, Lord, …
That we might answer Your call.

God of glory, may we all know Your grace and the love of friends near and distanced. May we go out into the world renewed by our worship and strengthened by our fellowship, alert to Your call, ready to follow Jesus Christ and sustained by the love and power of the Holy Spirit.


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

God will speak peace to his people,
to those who turn to him in their hearts.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Reflecting on Holy Communion

At this time when we cannot 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.


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Final Prayer & Blessing

God of glory,
you nourish us with your Word
who is the bread of life:
fill us with your Holy Spirit
that through us the light of your glory
may shine in all the world.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.Amen


Be thou my vision 
Link to Be thou my vision (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.
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.
Photograph by Shona, used with permission.
Organ opening music: Richard Joyce playing Hubert Parry “For the Little Organ Book” & from YouTube under under appropriate licensing
CCLI - St Johns Hook, 827213

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