Welcome to the Sunday Online Worship 19/07/2020 of the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. This service is a mixture of pre-recorded videos & some YouTube videos for music. The words are usually included, either underneath the video or within the video itself.
HYMN: “All my hope on God is founded”
Let us worship together, and sing if you are able, to our first hymn, which is “All my God on God is founded” from St. Alban’s Church, Bristol UK. 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 19/07/2020 from the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. Today, our call to worship is based on Psalm 139.
Holy God, you know us inside and out, through and through. You search us out and lay your hand upon us. You know what we are going to say even before we speak. We praise you, O God, for this wonderful knowledge, that whoever we are and wherever we go, you are with 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,
Lord God, you know us through and through; you know our sitting down, and our getting up. You sense what we are thinking from far away; you understand our journeying and our resting.
In fact, you are familiar with the way we do everything; even before we speak, you know what’s on our mind. You are in our past, and in our future, you surround us with your love and your reassuring hand is upon us.
This wonderful knowledge is beyond our understanding; it surpasses everything, and is beyond our grasp. For the stories we share, for our life together, and for the breathe of your Spirit among us, we thank you, Holy and blessed God. Amen (based on Psalm 139)
The musical reflection for today is, “O God, you search me and you know me (Psalm 139)“. The music is by Bernadette Farrell.
Linley Chaplin from Cootamundra Uniting Church leads us in the readings from Genesis 28:10-19a & Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43.
The speaker is Rev. Keith Robinson. There is a video of the message in the window below. If you also wish to open a PDF version of the sermon in a new tab for reading or printing select:
A reflective morning prayer found on Youtube.
Closing Prayer & Blessing
Go to the video below for the ‘Closing prayer & Blessing’. The video includes a prayer for others, the Lord’s Prayer & a closing blessing by Keith.
Lord, in silent prayer, we bring to you the particular concerns that are on our heart for our world, our nation, our community, our families and ourselves…
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.
In the power of the Holy Spirit we now go forth into the world, to fulfil our calling as the people of God, the body of Christ. Go into this week knowing God’s hand is upon you, blessing you and nurturing the life of Jesus within you through the energy and power of the Holy Spirit.
HYMN: “Let us build a house“
The closing hymn is, “Let us build a house”, and it is sung by the Collegiate Church of St. Mary, Warwick.
POSTLUDE: “You will be found”
Today’s postlude is from the musical “Dear Evan Hansen”, with people from a virtual choir singing, “You will be found”.