Online worship resources for Sunday 18 October

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 October 18th. 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’, or a theology group discussion please email: richmond.uniting@bigpond.com

Doubts, Domesticating God and the Call Into Wild Faith

Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to explore the double temptation of suppressing our doubts and domesticating God as we reflect on Exodus 33.12-23 and Matthew 22.15-22. Sally challenges us to engage with wild faith, in which we are honest about our doubts and sorrow and we are open to the vastness of God in the midst of our lives.

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:

Let earth and heaven combine by Charles Wesley
(305 Together in Song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AObZgDqBMIA

Weeping Mary (trad) this arrangement by Sam Amidon
Here Sam Amidon sings with Richard Reed Parry and Crash Ensemble
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8ugDQFYaEE

Wondering Questions

  • Right now in your life do you feel able to be honest with God about where you are at? Can you share with God your experiences of consolation – when you feel joy, peace or love? Can you also share with God your experiences of desolation – when you feel that God is absent, or you feel empty or bereft? What prayer styles might help you speak more honestly with God?
  • How do you react to the idea that we can be tempted to put God in a box, or domesticate God into our personal ‘pet’ who always supports our political ‘side’ or worldview?
  • When you notice yourself, or others, making God small, domesticating God, how might you respond with grace – and refocus yourself again to the vast wild, kindness of God?