Sunday 18th April

Whitewater Benefice

Introduction

children of God- image from pixabay lumix2004 (modified by Anna)Welcome to our online worship after Easter as we celebrate the living Lord Jesus amongst us! This week we are reflecting on what it means to be children of God.

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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Junior Church

10:00am to 10:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 10:30am to 11:00 for 9-14yrs.
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11am Hook APCM via Zoom
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6pm Holy Communion from Hook also via Zoom
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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

CandleFor 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: “The Father's Song" by  Matt Redman played by Caroline Bushman

The Father's Song

Welcome to worship

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

The Greeting

The light and peace of Jesus Christ be with you.
The glory of the Lord has risen upon us.
Let us rejoice and sing God’s praise for ever.

Collect

Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with
boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen us to proclaim your risen life and fill us with your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.
Amen

 

Readings

Acts 3:12-19

12When Peter saw this, he said to them: ‘Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

17‘Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. 18But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. 19Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

1 John 3:1-7

1Children of GodSee what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

4Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. The one who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

Gospel - Luke 24:36-58

Jesus appears to the disciples

36Jesus appears to disciples - window - pixabay - Dorothée QUENNESSON While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’

37They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38He said to them, ‘Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds?39Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.’

40When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. 41And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, ‘Do you have anything here to eat?’42They gave him a piece of broiled fish, 43and he took it and ate it in their presence.

44He said to them, ‘This is what I told you while I was still with you: everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.’

45Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. 46He told them, ‘This is what is written: the Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,47and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.48You are witnesses of these things.

 

Talk from Shona

Shona

This week Shona is reflecting on 1 John 3 verse 1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!.

Reflecting on 1 John 3 verse 1

 

Hymn

To God be the Glory
Link to To God be the Glory (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 intercessions

Prayers of Intercession
Loving Father, provider of all good things
we come before you today in the quiet of our homes
giving thanks for your presence with us.

 

We bring before you those people, places and circumstances which cause us sorrow and anxiety naming them now in our hearts….

 

We raise our voices to thank you for the joys of this day, the answers to prayer that we have already seen, and we offer our prayers in this time to your eternal mercy trusting in your goodness.
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

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

Offertory

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Reflecting on Holy Communion

You may 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.

Final Prayer & Blessing

God the Father,
by whose love Christ was raised from the dead,
open to you who believe the gates of everlasting life.
Amen.

God the Son,
who in bursting from the grave has won a glorious victory,
give you joy as you share the Easter faith.
Amen.

God the Holy Spirit,
who filled the disciples with the life of the risen Lord,
empower you and fill you with Christ’s peace.
Amen.

He is not here. He is risen.
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
Alleluia, alleluia.
In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia, alleluia.

Children of God

Copyright details

Liturgy and prayers from Common Worship. Services and Prayers for the Church of England. Times and Seasons © 2006. The Archbishops’ Council. Church House Publishing.
Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
Images:
from Unsplash.com which is a free, Creative Commons image library. From A Church Near You, Church of England
From Pixabay under the terms of their license agreement(images from lumix2004, spiegelbilder & Dorothée QUENNESSON), which gives us the right to alter images for our own use
Music:
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
The Father’s Song by Matt Redman Played by Caroline Bushman, CCLI Song 2988177, © 2000 Thankyou Music (Admin by Integrity Music)
Hymn: from YouTube under under appropriate licensing


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