Online worship resources for Sunday 19 July

Welcome to Richmond Uniting’s Worship resources for Sunday 19 July.

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 19 July and discussion. You can listen to this with others or on your own.

This week, our seventh Sunday after Pentecost, Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to engage in contemplative Christian worship. We explore Psalm 139.1-14, 23-24 through the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, sacred reading.  We also discuss how we do not to come to the bible with a neutral lens – instead we come to the bible already shaped by our experiences and what we have been taught about God – and this influences how we actually hear sacred text.

To read more about the contemplative prayer practice of Lectio Divina, here is a link to some writing by Richard Rohr:

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:

This week we are being invited into much more silence than usual and so there are no song suggestions.  However, for some quiet reflective music, you may like to enjoy – or explore praying with – this incredible piece by Arvo Part, Spiegel im Spiegel.

Arvo Part – Spiegel im Spiegel

Alternate Lord’s Prayer 

Life-Giver, Pain-Bearer, Love Maker
Source of all that is and that shall be.
Father and Mother of us all.
Loving God, in whom is heaven:

The hallowing of your name echo
through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed
by all peoples of the world!

Your heavenly will be done
by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom
sustain our hope and come on earth.

With the bread that we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.       
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,
now and forever, amen.

by Jim Cotter Uniting in Worship 2, p. 218.