03 Apr Worship resources for Easter Sunday 4 April
We are gathering for face-to-face worship at Richmond Uniting on Easter Day 4 April at 10am. Everyone is very welcome. For those who cannot join us in person, we are offering online resources for worship at home.
The online audio consists of the biblical reading(s) and the reflection (sermon). You may like to spend time in silent prayer before – and after – listening to the audio. Or you may like to utilise the written liturgy provided here. This simple, inclusive liturgy is created to be used in conjunction with the audio. It offers the shape for worship and give spaces for your own prayers and reflections.
- Isaiah 25.6-9
- Mark 16.1-8
Listening to the Women
On this Easter Day Rev Dr Sally Douglas challenges us to listen to the women apostles – Mary the Magdalene, Salome and the other Mary – attending to both their words and experiences (it is an ancient and contemporary challenge to listen to, and believe, women). In doing so, Sally invites us to expand our understanding of what faith is. Christian faith is not static but includes wrestling, questioning and acknowledging the whole range of our our human emotions – even fear – and learning to trust Jesus in the middle of all this messiness – the one who loves us to death and through the other side.
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
The New Testament translation that Sally reads from is by David Bentley Hart. More information can be found at: https://www.amazon.com.au/New-Testament-David-Bentley-Hart/dp/030024844X/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&keywords=the+new+testament+david+bentley+hart&qid=1617255343&sr=8-4
The poem/blessing “Easter Sunday 2004” that Sally read, is by Melbourne writer Catherine Lewis from her book Coming Home: Meditations, Prayers Poems. Find out more here: http://poeticachristi.org.au/?page_id=1576