Online worship resources for Sunday 29 November

This Sunday we begin worshipping again as a gathered community but we know for some people it will not be possible to join us for face-to-worship. 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, discussion and wondering questions for 29 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

Hope is not a strategy

This Sunday, the first Sunday in Advent, Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to dive into Mark 13.24-37 and to explore idea of hope. Sally invites us beyond the idea of hope as wishful (or deluded) thinking and into a robust understanding of Christian hope that acknowledges the messiness of life and that leans into the loving presence of God amidst this mess.

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:

O come O Come Emmanuel anon. 18th century – based on Antiphon 9th century or earlier (Together in Song 265)
This version by Sufjan Stevens
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4zk5C02Nr0

Steadfast by Sandra McCracken
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKlrXbvlnY0

Wondering Questions

  • I wonder how you react to the word hope?
  • Do you find it easy to be hopeful or does fear or does worry dominate you?
  • How might you cultivate robust hope – that is not about predicting outcomes or pretending that everything will be awesome – but that draws its strength from the active presence of God who is weaving the good, and bringing new life, in the midst of the mess?