Sunday 11th April

Whitewater Benefice


God is Love - pixabay JackieLou DL (modified by Anna)Welcome to our online worship after Easter as we celebrate the living Lord Jesus amongst us! Jesus appears to his disciples many times following the early morning encounter with Mary Magdalene, and encourages them to believe that he is Lord, he has conquered death and sin, and is alive for ever. Each of them needs to come to their own response.

This weekend we also remember Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and give thanks for his life.  Peter Hewlett-Smith has known Prince Philip better than most of us, will speak as a Chaplain to the Grenadier Guards during our Zoom service, we also have Tim Maynes preach.

God of our lives,
we give thanks for the life of Prince Philip,
for his love of our country,
and for his devotion to duty.
We entrust him now to your love and mercy,
through our Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.

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
Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 852 1762 0782 & Passcode: 212121
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



For those who would like to read through a service in their own time, we are providing a shortened service for you to follow: with the readings, prayers and a recording of the talk.

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

Music: “Love Unknown" by Thomas Gray

This is based on the tune Love Unknown by John Ireland, associated with the popular Passiontide hymn “My Song is Love Unknown” and has been arranged, performed and recorded by Thomas Gray as part of the #LiveLent material produced by the church of England

Love Unknown

Welcome to worship

Welcome to our worship.
We continue to rejoice in our living Lord, alive for ever more.

Opening prayer

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.

Words of celebration

Alleluia, Christ is risen
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.
He has raised Jesus from the dead.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia!


Christ died to sin once for all, and now he lives to God.
Let us renew our resolve to have done with all that is evil
And confess our sins in penitence and faith.

Jesus Christ, risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in heaven.
In your mercy, forgive us.
Lord, hear us and help us.


May the God of love and power
Forgive you and free you from your sins,
Heal and strengthen you by his Spirit,
And raise you to new life in Christ our Lord.    


Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:
open the doors of our hearts,
that we may seek the good of others
and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace,
to the praise of God the Father. Amen.


Acts 4:32-35

32sharing & caring - pixabay from GeraltAll the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. 33With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all 34that there was no needy person among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales 35and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.

1 John 1:1-2:2

1That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched – this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.2The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us.3We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make our joy complete.

5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

2:1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Gospel - John 20:19-end

19On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

21Again Jesus said, ‘Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.’ 22And with that he breathed on them and said, ‘Receive the Holy Spirit. 23If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.’

stained glass window of Thomas & Jesus - pixabay falco24Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25So the other disciples told him, ‘We have seen the Lord!’

But he said to them, ‘Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.’

26A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you!’ 27Then he said to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.’

28Thomas said to him, ‘My Lord and my God!’

29Then Jesus told him, ‘Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.’

30Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. 31But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.





This Joyful Eastertide sung by St Martin's Voices in the grounds of Lambeth Palace (This hymn was recorded as part of the CofE online worship for Easter Day)
Link to Jesus Christ is Risen today (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)


The Early Christian Profession of Faith

Let us declare our faith in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received, and this we believe.


Prayers for the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince PhilipIn this moment of sorrow the Lord is in our midst
No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived,
what God has prepared for those who love him.

Blessed are the sorrowful; they shall be comforted.

Into your hands, O Lord,
we humbly entrust our brother Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
In this life you embraced him with your tender love,
and opened to him the gate of heaven.
The old order has passed away, as you welcome him into paradise,
where there will be no sorrow, no weeping nor pain,
but the fullness of peace and joy with your Son and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Heavenly Father, into whose hands Jesus Christ commended his spirit at the last hour:
into those same hands we now commend your servant Philip,
that death may be for him the gate to life and to eternal fellowship with you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Remember, O Lord, your servant Philip who has gone before us with the sign of faith and now rests in the sleep of peace.
According to your promises, grant to him and to all who rest in Christ, refreshment, light and peace;
through the same Christ our Lord.

Most merciful God, whose wisdom is beyond our understanding,
surround the Queen and the Royal Family with your love, that they may not be overwhelmed by their loss,
but have confidence in your goodness,and strength to meet the days to come
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Prayers of intercessions

Let us pray that our lives and our world may be transformed
by the light of Christ’s resurrection.

O God our Father, in the life and death and resurrection of Jesus you have made a new way, and a remedy for sin. In him you have opened to us the way to forgiveness from all our past sins, and a new inner life to live with his grace and power.

This is the message we have heard and declare:
that God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
Help us to put away all things that take us from you:
that lead us to walk in darkness;
silence the evil word,
choose to reject the unloving deed,
break the evil habit,
give us courage to resist wrong desires and ambitions,
to transform our lives for your glory and then we share your light with others.

We pray for those caught in destructive lifestyles,
in bondage to addiction or fear,
and for those who reach out to them with God’s love and practical care.
In Jesus’ name. Amen

We pray for your Church throughout the world:
in our western society, we are challenged to be different, being sent by our Lord Jesus with his values of sacrifice and service,
resisting consumerism, resisting tribalism, and apathy:
And in Myanmar, the Congo, and Syria
we hold our brothers and sisters in silent prayer now
for their protection, encouragement and support.
In Jesus’ name. Amen.

We pray for those amongst us who are sick or sorrowing,
bereaved or suffering in any way:
in a moment of quiet prayer please bring the ones you care for into the Lord’s presence
Lord, thank you for hearing our call to you
Lord, thank you for your love for each and every one
Please send help, hope and healing
surround them with your loving arms, and hold them close:
bring them joy.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

As our society opens up from the lockdown:
Lord, show us where you are sending us.
Where do you want us to serve you?
Who shall we draw alongside?
How shall we live to please you this week?
We ask for your enabling, and your guidance.
Send us out as your hands and feet to love and to serve in your name.

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

Alleluia, Christ has been raised from the dead!
The peace of the Lord be always with you. Amen.


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Reflecting on Holy Communion

We are not able to offer Communion in church at this renewed time of lockdown. However you may still like to take time to reflect on what it means to each of us that Jesus gave his own life that we might live life in freedom.

communion wine - from pixabay (spiegelbilder)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.

The Conclusion

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.
God has claimed us as his own.
He has brought us out of darkness.

He has made us light to the world.
Alleluia. Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

The Blessing

The God of peace,
who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus,
that great shepherd of the sheep,
through the blood of the eternal covenant,
make you perfect in every good work to do his will,
working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight;

And the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
be with you all today and always.

Go in Peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia! Alleluia!
In the name of Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!.

Easter at SJC

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Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Prayers for Prince Philip from
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