Online worship resources for Sunday 26 July

Reflecting on Psalm 105.1-11, Romans 8.26-39 and Matthew 13.31-33

What to do when we have no words left for prayer…?

Welcome to Richmond Uniting’s Worship resources for Sunday 26 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 26 July and discussion. You can listen to this with others or on your own.

In this audio form of worship Rev Dr Sally Douglas introduces a Pentecost Season Table Liturgy and invites us to participate at home in this worship over a meal. See the PDF of the Table Liturgy below. The 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 Romans 8 focused on the question of prayer and desolation.

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 July 2020, 8th Sunday in Pentecost. 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 sharing the 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 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.

In preparation for this worship you are invited to gather a candle, bread and water, a bible and some tea light candles if you would like to light them during the prayers for others.

Table Liturgy PDF

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

Wondering Questions

I wonder how you react to the idea of there being seasons of ‘desolation’ and ‘consolation’ within our spiritual journey? Which season are you in right now? How are you seeking to draw close to God?

Paul shares his conviction that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord, not even death, or things present or things to come (Rom 8.37-39). How do you react to this claim? How might you take this claim into your life?

When you don’t know how to pray what do you usually do? Prayer is not about having perfect words. There are many ways to pray and, as Paul states, Spirit Holy helps us when we no longer have the words. How might you be open to Spirit in prayer, even when you no words?

  • Silent prayer?
  • Prayers written by others?
  • Drawing?
  • Weeping?
  • Singing?
  • Walking prayer?

You may like to experiment with different ways of praying this week.

Music suggestions for worship

When Christ was lifted from the earth by Brian Wren

(TiS 248) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2SFCSjuNuI

O the deep, deep love of Jesus by Samuel Francis

(TiS 232) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPXapfFfesA