Online worship resources for Sunday 28 June

Welcome to Richmond Uniting’s Worship resources for Sunday 28 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 28 June and discussion. You can listen to this with others or on your own.

Reflecting on Psalm 13 and Matthew 10.40-42

In this audio form of worship Rev Dr Sally Douglas introduces a Table Liturgy for the Season of Pentecost and invites us to participate in this worship over a meal. See the PDF of the Table Liturgy below. This week’s audio worship does not include a full service, because we are all invited to utilise this Table Liturgy. Instead, the audio includes the bible readings for the day, and a reflection on the reading from Matthew 10.40-42.

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 Pentecost 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 Pentecost Season and utilise it for worship over a meal either alone, or with others, at home on Sunday 28th June 2020, the fourth Sunday in Pentecost. This simple written liturgy 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’ promise of the Spirit cascading like living water. While the liturgy includes bread and water, 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 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.

In preparation for this worship you are invited to print out the liturgy, gather a candle, bread and water, a bible, a hymn book if you have one, and some tea light candles if you would like to light these during the prayers for the earth.

Suggestions for music for worship

Praise with joy the world’s creator by John Bell and Graham Maule
(179 Together in Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQnFlu8HcOg 

Brother, Sister let me serve you by Richard Gillard
(650 Together in Song)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttW9oQ-yiuU

Wondering questions for the Week

  • How seriously do you take the claim that you bear the presence of Christ within you?
  • When people encounter you, do they encounter the love and presence of Jesus Christ? If so, how?
  • If you sense that people do not always encounter the love and presence of Christ when they interact with you, what blocks this within you? What needs to change?

You may like to take your insights into prayer during the week.

Table liturgy

Download the table liturgy