Online worship resources for Sunday 8 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 prayer, the bible readings and discussion for 8th 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 sustains you in the long dark night of the soul?

This Sunday Rev Dr Sally Douglas invites us to dive into Matthew 25.1-13. As we dive into this story Jesus tells we explore the idea of apocalyptic thinking and reflect on the question of what actually sustains us in the long dark night of the soul.

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:

Bless the Lord my soul (from Taize community)
(Together in Song 706)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4Svh-9ohg4

Atlas Song by Jonsi and Alex
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hN99HB68tsA

Wondering Questions

  • What is sustaining you right now, or has sustained you in the past in the long dark night of the soul?
  • How might you cultivate a practice of opening up to God’s presence in your life? What blocks this, or makes this difficult? Are there new practices for ‘tuning in’ to God that you would like to explore?
  • Have you caught a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven amongst us in the last week? What was this like? How might you join in?

Additional Resources

For more information about some contemplative prayer styles go the Praying in Real Life page of this website. Here you will also find suggestions of various authors, you may like to dive into their work: https://richmond.unitingchurch.org.au/category/prayer/