Online worship resources for Sunday 2 August

The end of the world?

Welcome to Richmond Uniting’s Worship resources for Sunday 2 August.

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 2 August and discussion. You can listen to this with others or on your own.

This week, as we reflect on the feeding of the multitudes in Matthew 14.13-21 in the midst of COVID-19, Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to dive into thinking about ‘end times’ (the theological word for this is eschatology). We explore how might we might think of end times if we believe that in Jesus we discover divine reality.

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:

Christ be our Light by Bernadette Farrell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g0c4YeABTs

Invitation by Shawn Whelan
https://soundcloud.com/bucpost/invitation?in=bucpost/sets/tune-in

PDF of Invitation lyrics

Wondering Questions

  • I wonder how you were brought up to think about ‘end times’? What images come to mind?
  • Can you imagine that the Kingdom of God, that is coming on earth and will come in all its fullness, is kind, bringing nourishment and forgiveness and freedom from evil?
  • How might you stay with the story of feeding of the multitudes this week and the idea that Jesus longs to feed you? You may like to pray with this story, journal or make art.

If you would like to read a recent article about eschatology and COVID-19 below is a link to an article by Jesse Zink:

‘What does Christian Hope Look Like During a Pandemic?’
https://www.christiancentury.org/article/reflection/what-christian-hope-looks-during-pandemic?fbclid=IwAR2d436-LHYYFTcOJCLxKHiAykaBfQPWY8mXAnpdXOSoHU8urNx35VQqe0g