Online worship resources for Sunday 4 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 4th. 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.

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Covid-19 Conspiracy Theories and the mantra of self fulfillment

Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to explore why some people are denying the seriousness of Covid-19. We wrestle with the shadow-side of contemporary forms of spirituality and engage with the Divine call into collective responsibility, as we reflect on the 10 Commandments in Exodus 20.1-4, 7-9, 12-20 and in Matthew 21.33-46.

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:

Music Suggestions for Worship:

Trinity Song by Sandra McCracken

Instrument of Peace by The Porter’s Gate

Wondering Questions

  • What do you think about the claim that contemporary ‘spirituality’ culture focuses on personal fulfilment and does not focus on ideas of responsibility, service or sacrifice? Do you agree, why? Do you disagree, why?
  • How do you react to the idea that the call to take responsibility – to care for neighbour and stranger and enemy and self – is a call to reflect Divine reality? What are the potential gifts and shadows of taking this call seriously?
  • How might you embody love and grace towards someone who has wildly different views to your own?