Sunday 30th May

Whitewater Benefice

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Introduction

Trinity - © ROOTS for Churches Ltd www.rootsontheweb.com. Reproduced with permission.Welcome to our online worship - this Sunday we explore the mystery of God in the Trinity. Our theme is ‘Getting to know God’ as we experience Him, one God, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

God is discovered hidden in plain sight in our individual and communal lives: awesomely ‘other’; intimately close; sometimes both. Our encounters with God draw us into deeper, more wholesome and interconnected relationships. We find that God is untameable yet present to every leaf and flower. God is wonderfully comforting, yet uncomfortably challenging! His visible presence is everywhere, yet elusive, as if God had just gone around the corner.

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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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 you focus your worship on Christ, the one who gave his life that each one of us might draw close and know that through him we have eternal life.

“Living Hope (How Great the Chasm)“ by Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham played by Caroline Bushman

Living Hope (How Great the Chasm)

Greeting

Welcome to our worship.
We rejoice in our three in one God

Holy, holy, holy is our wonderful God!
Creator! Saviour! Sustainer!
Let us worship our God of infinite mystery,
yet who is closer to us than our own breath.
Amen.

Hymn

Holy, Holy, Holy!
Link to Holy, Holy, Holy! (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Prayer of Praise

Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we praise you for the might and the mystery of your being.
Amen.
We praise you for the uniqueness and the unity of your fellowship.
Amen.
We praise you for drawing us together and for setting us apart.
Amen.
We praise you in song, in silence, in the mundane and in the mystical.
We praise you.
Amen.

 

Confession

God of truth, we bring to you our sorrow for our sins.
For seeking earthly absolutes and not eternal mysteries:
We are truly sorry.
For rooting ourselves in the finite and not nurturing the infinite within:
We are truly sorry.
For saying ‘I’ much more than ‘we’ and for damaging relationships:
We are truly sorry.
Forgive us and strengthen us, we pray.
For we are truly sorry.
Amen.

Living God, you choose
to save, not to judge,
to forgive, not to condemn,
to turn towards, not away,
to show us your nature and not to hide.
You allow us to know you,
to love you and to serve you –
and for all these things, and more, we are truly thankful.
Amen.

Collect

Holy God faithful and unchanging:
enlarge our minds with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw us deeper into the mystery of your love,
that we may truly worship you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
Amen
 

 

Readings

Gospel - John 3:1-17

Jesus teaches Nicodemus

3:1Now there was a Pharisee, a man named Nicodemus who was a member of the Jewish ruling council. 2He came to Jesus at night and said, ‘Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.’

3Jesus replied, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.’

4‘How can someone be born when they are old?’ Nicodemus asked. ‘Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother’s womb to be born!’

5Jesus answered, ‘Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. 7You should not be surprised at my saying, “You must be born again.” 8The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’

9‘How can this be?’ Nicodemus asked.

from Pixabay, with permission (user Geralt)10‘You are Israel’s teacher,’ said Jesus, ‘and do you not understand these things? 11Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man.14Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,15that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.’

16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him

 

Talk

© ROOTS for Churches Ltd. Reproduced with permission This week Tim's talk was recorded during the 10am Zoom. 

The talk is exploring the mystery of God in the Trinity. Our theme is ‘Getting to know God’ as we experience Him, one God, as Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

 

Hymn

How shall I sing that majesty
Link to How shall I sing that majesty (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

 

Declaration of Faith based on Ephesians chapter 3

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

God the Father Bless us.
God the Creator, we pray for the world, brought to birth by your love;
We thank you for the wonders of your creation and the beautiful earth upon which we live. We ask that we may learn to take care of this world and of each other. We pray for the efforts being made to limit our impact on the environment and for the Climate Change summit later this year in Glasgow.

We remember too, that many people in this world are suffering due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we thank you for the development and deployment of vaccines and the commitment of health professionals to help those in need. We think of countries like India, Pakistan, Argentina and Nepal where many people are suffering the ill effects of the covid-19 virus. We pray that help and resources may come to help those in need

God, Father, Son and Holy spirit: we ask for new life in you

God the Son Protect us
God the Saviour, we pray for humanity. Out of compassion for creation, you sent your Son Jesus Christ to live among us and die for our sins on the cross. We pray that the world may know of your great love for all people and may we learn to share this love with each other. We pray for those people who are oppressed in the world, thinking of the people of Myanmar, North Korea, Hong Kong and the Uighur Muslims in China. We pray that the fragile cease fire in Israel and the Palestinian territories may hold and a way of living together found.

In his ministry Jesus healed many people, we bring to you those whom we know are ill and need our prayers. We give thanks too for good news about ourselves or loved ones that remind us what a wonderful God you are. We remember too those whom we have loved and died, and people who are mourning loved ones, we thank you for the gift of human relationships and the happiness they bring and we pray for comfort when those we love are no longer around.

God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: we ask for new life in you

God the Spirit, guide us
God among us, we pray for the church, which you created, sustained and filled with love. May the Holy Spirit give us vision and courage, unity with one another and the strength to serve you in the world. We ask for your blessing on those entrusted with leadership in our church, thinking of the leaders in the Winchester Diocese; Bishops Tim, David and Debbie, and the review of governance currently taking place. We pray for our own benefice as we look to the future after the lockdown and pray that you will guide us to be the body of Christ in this community

God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit: we ask for new life in you

God the Father, bless us, God the Son, protect us, God the Spirit guide us, now and evermore. 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

Offertory

Lord God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as we respond to your mystery and your love, we pray that you will accept these our gifts. May they be used so that others in our community and in this world will know of your glory and love.

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Hymn

Thou whose Almighty Word
Link to Thou whose Almighty Word (from YouTube, opens in a new tab)

Final Prayer & Blessing

Wonderful God,
help us to keep adventuring with you.
May we allow ourselves to be filled
with visions of your awesomeness,
and may we know your presence
closer to us than our own breathing.
Thank you for creating us,
for being visible to us in Jesus,
and for inspiring and empowering us
with your interweaving Spirit.
Amen.

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

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Readings taken from Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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“Living Hope (How Great the Chasm)“ by Brian Johnson, Phil Wickham played by Caroline Bushman
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