Welcome to the Sunday Online Worship 05/07/2020 of the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. Let us worship together, and sing if you are able, to our first hymn, which is “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”. From “Songs of Praise’ in an unidentified UK Cathedral. Can you recognise which one?

HYMN: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”


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 05 July 2020, from the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. Today we will be looking at the story of how Abraham’s son, Isaac, met his wife, Rebecca. We will hear how God provided from them and learn some important lessons from Abraham about family and about our life together as the Church of God.

Jesus says: “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”

We have come together in the name of Jesus the Christ to worship the God who loves us and sing with the Spirit who fills us. It is good that we are here. It is good that we are here by Christ’s invitation. for his yoke is easy and his burden is light.

We light the candle as a reminder that the light of Christ is always with us.

Light candle


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,

We thank you God for being with us each and every day, and especially being present with us as we gather to worship you and hear your word.  We ask your blessing upon us here today.  Be swift to answer the prayers of our hearts and receive from our hands all that is due to you.  Be present with us and help us to honour you and learn from you and to love you with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love one another in the way that Jesus loves us.  We ask it in his name. Amen.


The musical reflection for today is, “I heard the voice of Jesus say“. The song is from YouTube & the album, ‘Celtic Source Volume Two: Worship On Ancient Soil’. Horatius Bonar/adpt. & arr. Ralph Vaughn Williams. 


Ros & Keith Robinson Cootamundra Uniting Church lead us in the readings from Genesis & Matthew.

Bible readings from Genesis 24:34-38, 42-49, 58-67 & Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30


The speaker is Rev. Keith Robinson. There is a video of the message in the window below. The text can also be downloaded as a printable pdf file.


Go to the video below for the ‘Prayer of the people’, which are led by Keith & Ros Robinson. The video includes the Lord’s Prayer & a closing blessing by Keith.

Prayers of the people & blessing

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 in peace, love and care for one another in the name of Christ Jesus.

And may the love of God fill you, the wisdom of God guide you, and the strength of God support you and comfort you, both now and forevermore.  Amen

HYMN: “Breathe on me, breath of God “

The closing hymn is, “Breathe on me, breath of God”, from ‘Songs of Praise’. 

POSTLUDE: “For the beauty of the earth”

Today’s postlude is, ”For the beauty of the earth”, and it is sung by the Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary) choir. 

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