Welcome to the Sunday Online Worship 05/09/2021 of the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. This service includes some pre-recorded videos prepared by the region in addition to some music videos. 


Let us worship together, and sing if you are able, our first hymn, which is “How great thou art”. The lyrics were written by the Swedish preacher, Carl Boberg, after he got caught in a violent midday storm. Sung at Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, Wales. The video is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:


The ‘Call to Worship’ and ‘Opening Prayers’, which are in the video below, are led by Rev. Keith Robinson. Most words are included underneath the video.

Welcome to the Sunday online worship for 05 September 2021 from the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. Today we will be looking at the letter of James and exploring God’s call for us to love generously without distinction and live out our faith by our actions. Today is also Father’s Day in Australia, and many of us are celebrating the role that our fathers and other special men have played in our lives.

As we begin our worship, let us also acknowledge the Wiradjuri people. They are the first inhabitants of our region, and part of God’s good creation. We honour them for their care of the land, on which we live today.

We come to worship to learn and grow together as the people of God; 
to put aside our distinctions and show compassion and love to all.
We come to be sent out and live our lives of faith in all we do. 
Let us now worship God together and pray.

ABOUT Father’s Day

This is a short video about how Father’s Day is celebrated throughout different countries in the World. It was made in the USA and doesn’t mention Australia, but we already know about that!


Today’s readings are read to us in the video below by Rev. Keith Robinson and are from James 2:1-10, 14-17 and the Gospel of Mark 7:24-37.


The musical reflection for today is, “Bring many names” by Brian Wren, performed by the FCCB Virtual Choir. The video is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at: 


The speaker is Rev. Keith Robinson, and there is a video of the message in the window below. 


Go to the video, ‘Father’s Day Prayers”, which are led by Lauren from the Great Ashby Community Church, & then see the closing video underneath titled, ‘Closing prayer & blessing – 05 Sep 2021″. The words of the ‘Lord’s Prayer’ & ‘Blessing’ are included underneath.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread and forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.


May the unconditional grace of our Lord Jesus Christ make us gracious; may the generous love of God our Father make us compassionate; may the fellowship and power of the Holy Spirit fill and empower us; that we might live out our faith by our words and our deeds. Amen.


The closing hymn, “O for a thousand tongues to sing”, by Charles Wesley. Sung by the New Irish Choir and Orchestra. The video is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can enter the following YouTube URL in your browser: 

POSTLUDE: “When I needed a neighbour”

Today’s postlude is “When I needed a neighbour”, and it is sung by the Romsey Abbey Choir, Hampshire, England. The video is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:

RESOURCES for Online Worship 05/09/2021:

  1. The call to worship, opening prayer and blessing were based on: 
    Lay Leaders Liturgy: Worship Resources, Sunday 05 September 2021, MediaCom EDUCATION. 
  2. All music in the Vimeo videos was purchased as royalty free and not requiring acknowledgment.
Eastern Riverina Uniting Churches