Online worship resources for Sunday 13 September

Sunday 13 September 2020

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 for worship at home that includes prayer, the bible readings and discussion for September 13th. You can listen to this with others or on your own. You may like to light a candle as you begin, and have paper and pen nearby to make your own notes or art responses during this worship service.

If you would like to connect with the Richmond Uniting Church community in other ways as well as in audio worship, for example for Midday Prayers or Zoom ‘morning teas’ please email: richmond.uniting@bigpond.com to register your interest.

What does forgiving others mean?

This week we continue to listen to the confronting story of Israel being liberated from Egypt in Exodus 14.19-31 and we explore Matthew 18.21-35. Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to think about what forgiving others means in light of Jesus’ command to call inappropriate behaviour to account.

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:

Garden written by Mikali Anagnostis – Leichhardt Uniting Church
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob5dAbmnn2o

Blessed are the merciful by The Porter’s Gate
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2el5YwegO0M

Wondering Questions

  • When you hear of Jesus’ call to forgive others, what ideas, feelings and images emerge for you?
  • What are your thoughts or questions as you think about holding together Jesus’ challenge to call inappropriate behaviour to account and to forgive others (Matt 18.15-22)?
  • How does knowing that forgiveness is about ‘letting go’ in the gospels contribute to your understanding of the call to forgive? Is the idea of forgiveness an ongoing process helpful for you? How might you ask Holy Spirit to collaborate with you in the soul work of forgiving others or yourself?