Online worship resources for Sunday 14 June

Welcome to Richmond Uniting’s Worship resources for Sunday 14 June.

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 recording that you can be used for worship at home that includes prayer, the bible readings for 14 June and discussion. You can listen to this with others or on your own.

This week, our first Sunday in ‘ordinary time’, we are invited to explore Matthew 9.35-10.23 and enter deeply into what this passage says about the core business of being a follower of Jesus. We also investigate what this passage does not say about being a follower of Jesus (hint – it is not about being nice). Throughout this worship we also explore the ways in which Christianity has been literally ‘white washed’ and what kind of disruptive and liberating anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-prejudiced life we are called into. 

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

Music Suggestions for Worship:

God be in my head (TiS 549) by Richard Pynson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCik9Us_K2A

Jesus Christ is waiting (TiS 665) by John Bell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6iIgzTu9P4

Wondering questions

  • I wonder what is most challenging in this reading for you?
  • I wonder if you have a tendency to mix up being nice with being loving? Do we speak up for Jesus’ inclusive love, or does fear of conflict keeps us quiet?
  • When people encounter us – as individuals and as church communities – do they encounter the Divine’s healing and life and liberation? Do we encounter these things ourselves in worship and church? If we answer ‘no’ to either (or both of) these questions, what needs to change?