Online worship resources for Sunday 25 October

What is the point?

In this audio form of worship Rev Dr Sally Douglas introduces a Table Liturgy for the Season of Pentecost and invites us to participate in this worship over a meal. See the PDF of the Table Liturgy below. This week’s 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 – Deuteronomy 34.1-12 and Matthew 22.43-46 and a reflection on the reading from Matthew.

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

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

Table Liturgy for the Pentecost 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 Pentecost Season and utilise it for worship over a meal either alone, or with others, at home. This simple written liturgy 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’ promise of the Spirit cascading like 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 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 print out the liturgy, gather a candle, bread and water, a bible and some tea light candles if you would like to light these during the prayers for the earth.

Music suggestions for Worship

Alleluia, Alleluia (based on Psalm 84) by Gemma
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3pUZg7djfvo

Wondering Questions

  • How might you love God, not just obey God or try and please God, in your life? How might you spend time this week loving God with your heart and soul and mind and strength?
  • How might you spend time this week loving your neighbour? How might you reach out in kindness or generosity to someone you don’t know?
  • How might you spend time this week loving yourself? How might you be gentle with yourself and care for yourself?
  • Which of these types of loving is trickiest for you at present?

Download the Table Liturgy for Pentecost