Welcome to the Sunday Online Worship 06/09/2020 of the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. This service includes some pre-recorded videos prepared by the region in addition to some YouTube videos for music. Most words are included or links to them are provided.
HYMN: “Come, Christians, join to sing”
Let us worship together, and sing if you are able, to our first hymn, which is “Come, Christians, join to sing”. To help with the singing, the words of all hymns will display within the video.
WELCOME & CALL TO WORSHIP
The ‘Call to Worship’ and ‘Opening Prayers’, which are in the video below, are led by Rev. Keith Robinson. The words are underneath the video.
Welcome to the Sunday online worship for 06/09/2020 from the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. Today we will be focusing on the story of the Passover in Exodus, which reminds us that God has been powerfully at work in the lives of ordinary people throughout history.
In the name of Jesus we have gathered here, to rejoice with the Spirit who inspires us, to worship the God who utterly loves us, and to celebrate the Lord who still lives among us.
We light the candle as a reminder that the light of Christ is always with us.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
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 custodianship of the land, on which we live today.
Let us pray,
O Lord, glorious is your name in all the earth! With worshippers throughout the centuries, we offer you, O God, our thanksgiving and praise because our lives are graced by your faithfulness and your glory. You delivered the Israelites of old from enslavement simply because you loved them. You delivered us from sin through Jesus Christ because you love us. And today we celebrate a new spring, which reminds us of new beginnings and how your love reaches out to us all.
Be with us now and bless us, pour out your Spirit on us here today, give us the restlessness of the bursting bud, and the joy of bearing fruit. We make this prayer through Jesus your Son, who brings Spring into our lives and life into our being. Amen.
The musical reflection for today is the “Aboriginal Our Father“.
Rev. Keith Robinson & Ros Robinson lead us in the readings from Exodus 12:1-14 & Matthew 18:15-20.
The speaker is Rev. Keith Robinson. There is a video of the message in the window below. The text can also be downloaded by selecting the link immediately below.
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE & LORD’S PRAYER
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 – 06 Sep 2020″. 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.
WORD OF MISSION & BLESSING
May you be filled with strength to keep working for justice. May you be filled with the light that overcomes darkness. May you be filled with hope that fosters joy, and may the loving embrace of God and this community go with you.
May the justice of God guide our ways. May the loving kindness of Christ fill our hearts. And may the courage of the Spirit shape our work. Amen.
HYMN: “ When I needed a neighbour “
The closing hymn is, “When I needed a neighbour”, and it is sung by the Romsey Abbey Choir, Hampshire, England.
POSTLUDE: “Lord of all hopefulness”
Today’s postlude is, ”Lord of all hopefulness” (Slane), sung by the choir of St. Alban’s Cathedral, Hertfordshire, England.
- Word of mission & blessing. ‘Words for worship’, September 6 2020.
LATEST NEWS POSTS
- Facebook FeedSelect the button ‘View post’ below for the latest 10 posts in the EasternRiverina Facebook page. This is a new page and this post will remain at the top of the lists of new posts for a trial period.
- NSW Gov Letter 14/08/2020NSW Government letter to religious leaders, 14/08/2020. The NSW Gov letter 14/08/2020 particularly discusses COVID-19 clusters in churches, singing, mask wearing, physical distancing & completion of relevant safety plans.
- COVID-19 Guidance Note 14Covid-19 Guidance Note 14 from the NSW/Act Synod of the Uniting Church in Australia.
- NSW Chief health officer letterPlease see attached letter from NSW Chief Health Officer to places of worship dated 29 Jul 2020. Note that she asks all churches to register with the NSW Government as COVID-safe.
- NSW/Act Synod Newsletter 24/07/2020NSW/Act Synod Newsletter 24/07/2020