Welcome to the Sunday Online Worship 22/11/2020 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. Most words are included or links to them are provided.
HYMN: “Rejoice the Lord is King”
Let us worship together, and sing if you are able, our first hymn, which is “Rejoice the Lord is King”. The video is below & a separate link is provided if you prefer to go directly to Youtube.
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 window below.
Welcome to the Sunday online worship for 22/11/2020 from the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. Today is the last Sunday of the church year, and is also know as, ‘Christ the King Sunday’. It is a day when we remember that Christ is now seated at the right hand of God, and is Lord over the church and all creation. Let us join together in the Call to Worship, which is based on Psalm 100.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord.
Let us worship the Lord with gladness.
Let us enter God’s court with thanksgiving and praise.
And bless God’s name with song and prayer.
For the Lord is good. His faithfulness endures forever.
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 God, through Jesus, you shared our humanity and gave the world a new understanding of power – a power shaped by love and righteousness, by justice and mercy. Through Jesus, you rescued us from the power of darkness and evil and brought us into the realm of holiness, light and love.
And so we are gathered here today as your flock, drawn together by our faith, with trust in your steadfast love, grace and promises. Accept our praise and prayers of adoration and thanksgiving for this great gift of yourself in Jesus – ‘born a child, and yet a king – born to reign in us forever’.
However, we come into the hall of Christ our King with the baggage of our long journey through life. We bring hopes and fears, victories and defeats, love and indifference, generosity and selfishness. We we now place everything before you, O God, trusting in your wisdom to sort out the true from the false, and the treasures from the rubbish.
Fill our lives with the gifts of your Spirit, as we fix our eyes on the humble King who walks with wounded feet along the road we must take. And may we understand that through Christ, our sins are forgiven. In his name and to your glory, we pray. Amen.
The musical reflection for today is, “Behold“ (see acknowledgments for copyright information) . The video is below & a separate link is provided if you prefer to go directly to Youtube.
Rev. Keith Robinson leads us in the readings from Ephesians 1:15-23 & Matthew 25:31-46.
The speaker is Rev. Keith Robinson. There is a video of the message in the window below.
Prayers of the people & Lord’s Prayer
Go to the video below for the ‘Prayers of the people’, which are led by Ros Robinson. The video includes the Lord’s Prayer & a closing blessing by Keith.
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
As Jesus commissioned the Apostles to go into the wider community in his name, so we are sent by God to love and serve the community in which we live, work and play.
May Christ the King pour upon you his abundant gifts, and make you faithful and strong to do his will. And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit be with you, now and always.
HYMN: “There’s a light upon the mountains“
The closing hymn is, “There’s a light upon the mountains”. The video is below & a separate link is provided if you prefer to go directly to Youtube.
Today’s postlude is, ”Go forth in his name” by Graham Kendrick, The video is below & a separate link is provided if you prefer to go directly to Youtube.
- Musical reflection. Behold, Emu Music © 2018 Liv Chapman, Curtis Smith, CCLI Song Number 7115560.