HomeFaith Simple Living

Welcome to ‘HomeFaith Simple Living’, which has been prepared by the Eastern Region of the Riverina. We have assembled some videos, music, stories and prayer, as well as some fun activities for the young at heart to enjoy anytime.

Song

The opening song for today is, “Will you come and follow me” (The Summons), by John Bell. The video is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o469PRLdbHU

Opening prayer

Let us pray. God of Life, we travel with you, not always feeling sure or secure of where you are leading.Yet we follow as you have shown us the way of love, truth, compassion and acceptance. Your call to us to leave our possessions is demanding but as we do, we find freedom from our own self- interest and we gain glimpses of the God who is much bigger than our own limited worlds. God who walks with us, Jesus Messiah, Spirit who is always present, we journey with you. Be with us now, as we worship you, and as you lead us into the future. Amen.

Bible reading

The reading for today is from the Gospel of Mark 10:17-31. You may like to read this out aloud.

As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘you shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not bear false witness, you shall not defraud, honour your father and mother.'”

He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions. Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!”

The story about the camel!

And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” 

They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age–houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions–and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

And/or video of reading

This is a dramatic re-enactment of today’s reading (with a little extra) by the Lumo Gospel. If you have trouble connecting you can go direct to YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HO7Ln9sSzAA

Reflective music

This song is recorded and filmed in the rolling hills of Keswick, UK. ‘Hymn of the Saviour’ from the ‘Creation Awaits’ album by EmuMusic. The video is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GtxAzoD1W0

Reflection

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

Prayer of response

Go to the video below for the prayers, which are led by Ros Robinson from Cootamundra Uniting Church. The video includes the Lord’s Prayer & the closing 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.

Blessing

As you go into the coming days, remember this: put away all falsehood and trust in the Lord. May the love of God surround you, the grace of Jesus Christ be upon you, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you, both now and forevermore. Amen.

Song

The closing hymn is the video is, “The rich young man” (Simple living), and it is sung by Kristyn Getty. It is in the window below and if you have problems connecting you can go directly to YouTube at:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX-a_ibnHB0

Fun activities

Here are the fun activities for October, that you can do whenever you want. They explore the theme that all people, including children, are important and precious to God. They are from the VicTas Synod of the Uniting Church and can also be found at:
https://ctm.uca.edu.au/children-and-families/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2015/07/Messy-Church-at-Home-Youre-Precious.pdf

Resources: HomeFaith Simple living

  1. All music excerpts in the Vimeo videos was Creative Commons or purchased as royalty free and did not require acknowledgment.
  2.  Opening prayers based on the opening prayer from © 2020 Saltbush Community Minister, 20 Sep 2021. Accessed at https://mk0saltbushjgscmdg3h.kinstacdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2021-10-10-Pentecost-20-Mark-10-17-31-gods-and-God.pdf.
  3. HomeFaith Simple Living was prepared on 09/10/2021 and is based on the Revised Common lectionary reading for Proper 23B.

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