Sunday 25th April

Whitewater Benefice


Sheep: Easter Sunday in Rotherwick from MarionWelcome to our online worship after Easter as we celebrate the living Lord Jesus amongst us! We are full of joy because we celebrate that ‘He is not here; He has risen, just as he said!’

Jesus has also announced: ‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’ We rejoice in the new life he offers to each and every one of us. As his sheep, we seek to follow closely, and offer the same good news to all around us.

The photo on the left is Sheep, taken in Rotherwick on Easter Sunday!

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

11:00am to 11:30am for 3 to 8yrs and 11:30am to 12:00 for 9-14yrs.
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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



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

“The Lion and the Lamb" played by Caroline Bushman

The Lion and the Lamb

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.

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!


Christ died to sin once for all, and now he lives to God.
And this is God’s command:
to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ,
and to love one another as he commanded us.
Let us now take a moment to reflect on our lives
and bring our failures and burdens to him for forgiveness and healing.

You raise the dead to life in the Spirit.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart.
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided.
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.


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, faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.


pastoral scene - Lee Abbey - Marion de Quidt


1 John 3:16-end

16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

19This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20if our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: we know it by the Spirit he gave us.

Gospel - John 10:11-18

Jesus Sheperd window - from Pixabay - StephenMuir11‘I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

14‘I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me – 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that are not of this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life – only to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.’


Talk from Jennie


This week Jennie is talking about the Good Shepherd. We have recorded Nikki reading the Gospel reading & Jennie's talk on the Good Shepherd and included it here.

The Gospel & Jennie's talk



The Lord's my Shepherd - Stuart Townend
Link to The Lord's my Shepherd (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.


SheepA response to God’s love for us:
This is love, not that we loved God,
but that he loved us and sent his Son.
He is the sacrifice for our sins,
that we might live through him.
If God loves us so much
we ought to love one another.
If we love one another
God lives in us.

As we follow our Good Shepherd,
we bring the needs of our brothers and sisters to him.

Dear Lord,
we pray for your Church around the whole world.
For leaders and for members,
that being known and being loved,
we share your love with others.
That in our ministry and mission
we may not lead any astray
but follow you faithfully.

We pray for your Church
that we may stand firm for peace with justice.
That we may not run away in danger,
but offer our lives to support the weak,
give a voice to the voiceless,
and protect the vulnerable.
May we think clearly,
serve earnestly,
love dearly.

We pray for those who are sick,
in body or mind or spirit.
We pray for those who have lost loved ones.
We name them in the quiet now.
As you have promised in your word
to travel through the valley of darkness,
may you stay close to each and every one,
your Shepherd rod and staff to comfort them.
Bring strength and light and healing.

We give you thanks for every generous gift received,
that has been like new pasture,
clean water,
abundance of blessing poured out,
opportunities offered,
friendships received.
We take a moment to remember them and thank you for them now.
Fill our hearts with your peace and contentment.
Help us to live freely and confidently
in trust and hope.

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

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.


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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

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!.



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.
from Marion De Quidt & also from Pixabay under the terms of their license
Music used by permission of the performers under CCLI licence 1378112, OneLicense A-641368 and PRS LOML LE-0023927
The Lion and the Lamb by Leeland Mooring, Brenton Brown, Brian Johnson Played by Caroline Bushman, © 2015 Meaux Mercy (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing) / The Devil Is A Liar! Publishing (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing), Thankyou Music (Admin. by Integrity Music) / Bethel Music Publishing (Admin. by Song Solutions)
Hymn: from YouTube under under appropriate licensing

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