Online worship resources for Sunday 15 November

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 a full worship service that you are invited to participate in – with prayer, the bible readings, silence, discussion and wondering questions for 15th November 2020. 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

What are the stories you tell?

This Sunday Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to dive into Matthew 25.14-30 and to explore the questions of what stories we tell about ourselves, others, the church and God. Sally invites us to notice the ways in which these stories impact on our experiences of life, others and God and to investigate whether the stories we tell align with the story of God embodied in Jesus. In worship this week we also honour NAIDOC Week and acknowledge Remembrance Day.

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:

Holy Holy Holy by Reginal Heber (Together in Song 132)
This version by Sufjan Stevens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-liS9e2IY8

What’s going on by Alfred Cleveland, Marvin Gaye, Renaldo Benson
This version sung by Jimblah featuring Ellie May
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZPvmZdZ6sU

Wondering Questions

  • What stories do you tell yourself about the church or others?
  • What stories do you tell yourself about yourself and your gifts?
  • What stories do you tell yourself about God’s nature and presence?
  • Do these stories align with how Jesus embodies divine reality – as the God One who lives and dies and rises in gentleness, non-retaliation and extravagant compassion?
  • What new stories might you learn to tell yourself about yourself, about others and about God?

Additional Resources:

The books mentioned in worship today were: