Online worship resources for Sunday 22 November

Meeting God on the edges

Reflecting on Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24, Psalm 100, Matthew 25.31-46

In this audio form of worship Rev Dr Sally Douglas introduces a Pentecost Season Table Liturgy and invites us to participate at home in this worship over a meal. See the PDF of the Table Liturgy below. The 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, and a reflection on the reading from Romans 8 focused on the question of prayer and desolation.

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 Season of Pentecost

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 Season of Pentecost and utilise it for worship over a meal either alone, or with others, at home on Sunday 22 November 2020. This simple worship service 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’ declaration of sharing the 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 eating with others. 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 gather a candle, bread and water, a bible and some tea light candles if you would like to light them during the prayers for others.

Wondering Questions

  • When was the last time you fed the hungry, or clothed the naked, or welcomed the stranger or visited the sick or those in prison? How might you do this again this week?
  • Do you need to share more of your wealth – or your gifts or your time – with those who have nothing, or little, as you seek to follow Christ?
  • Are you ready to meet Christ the disruptive king in the hungry, the naked, the stranger, the sick or those in prison? If you take this parable seriously how does your image of God change?

Music Suggestion

Turning over tables by The Brilliance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cewLXaG3XsY

Table liturgy

Download the Table Liturgy for Pentecost 

Additional Resources

To see a little more about Boroondara Community Outreach check out these short films: https://www.bcokew.org/stories.html