Online worship resources for Easter 3 Sunday 26 April 2020

Reflecting on Psalm 116.1-4 and Luke 24.13-35: Encountering the Risen Jesus at the table – Rev Dr Sally Douglas

Welcome to Richmond Uniting Church’s Worship resources for Sunday 26 April.

We are currently not worshipping as a gathered community due to the COVID–19 pandemic – but we are still worshipping together in new ways. Below you will find an audio introduction to this weeks worship, which includes a Table Liturgy, the bible readings for the day, and a reflection on Luke’s account of the people on the road to Emmaus (Luke 24.13-35). The audio for this week does not include a full service, because we are all invited to join in worshipping over a meal instead this week.

Listen to this week’s service using the embedded player below. You can also copy this link into your podcast player of choice if you would like to receive updates as they are released: https://anchor.fm/s/c70d97c/podcast/rss

Table Liturgy for the Easter Season

Background:

Evidence indicates that in the early church people gathered for worship in homes, over meals. You are invited to print out this Table Liturgy for the Easter Season and utilise it for worship over a meal either alone, or with others, at home on Sunday 26th April. This simple worship service is grounded in John’s Gospel. It focuses on Jesus’ words, declared in the midst of ministry that he is the bread of life and on Jesus’ declaration of being the true vine. While the liturgy includes bread and juice, it is does not include Holy Communion. John’s Gospel does not include an account of the last supper Eucharist.

This liturgy includes prayers, pauses, spaces for song, for personal reflection and for shared discussion – if you are eating with others. If you are engaging in this worship alone, you may wish to have pencil and paper on the table, so that after the Gospel reading you can write or sketch about your ideas, questions and insights as you eat.

For this worship you are invited to gather a candle, bread and juice, a bible, and some tea light candles if you would like to light them during the prayers for others. This weekend around Australia we honour ANZAC Day. You may like to particularly pray for peace and to pray for returned armed service men and women, especially those with PTSD, as well as for victims of conflict and violence.

This article by Rev Dr Sally Douglas published on the Crosslight website further explores worshipping in lockdown, holy communion and gathering at the table.

Download the Table Liturgy for the Easter Season

Thoughts about Music:

Guide me though O Great Redeemer by William Williams

(Together in Song 569)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=wT4n1hGjDDg

This is version of this Welsh hymn concludes by singing in Welsh.

Let us talents and tongues employ by Frederik Herman Kaan

(Together in song 537)

www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJdSjR7VA6Q

This hymn is sung best with drumming or dancing