Online worship 15/08/2021

Welcome to the Sunday Online Worship 15/08/2021 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. 

HYMN: “PRAISE TO THE LORD

Let us worship together, and sing if you are able, our first hymn, which is ‘Praise to the Lord’. 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=roxlm_gCb7c&t=5s

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 15 August 2021 from the Eastern Region of the Riverina Presbytery. Today we will continue to draw insight from the words of Jesus that he is the bread of life. And we will also learn from King Solomon, and how he valued wisdom above the riches of this world.

Come, let us worship God, for great are the works of our Lord.

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

Light candle

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 care of the land, on which we live today.

Let us pray,

God of all wisdom, open our hearts and minds to your name, 
to your mercy, so that we can acknowledge that all along you have loved us. May we be warmed and empowered by your love.

And teach us to know you through listening to your words spoken and modelled by Jesus. For he is always with us, to teach and guide us. 

Draw our hearts and souls into your presence, feed us on the bread that only you can give, and quench us with your waters of life. Amen. 

MUSICAL REFLECTION

The musical reflection for today is, ‘God be in my head’, by Calgary Girls’ Choir. 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=8MIT53inUtA

BIBLE READINGS

Today’s readings are from 1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14 and John 6:51-58.

1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Then David slept with his ancestors, and was buried in the city of David. The time that David reigned over Israel was forty years; he reigned seven years in Hebron, and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. Solomon sat on the throne of his father David; and his kingdom was firmly established.

Solomon loved the LORD, walking in the statutes of his father David; only, he sacrificed and offered incense at the high places. The king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the principal high place; Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. At Gibeon the LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream by night; and God said, “Ask what I should give you.”

And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant my father David, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you; and you have kept for him this great and steadfast love, and have given him a son to sit on his throne today. And now, O LORD my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David, although I am only a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. And your servant is in the midst of the people whom you have chosen, a great people, so numerous they cannot be numbered or counted. Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, able to discern between good and evil; for who can govern this your great people?”

It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches, or for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, I now do according to your word. Indeed I give you a wise and discerning mind; no one like you has been before you and no one like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honour all your life; no other king shall compare with you. If you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your life.”

John 6:51-58
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats of this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?”

So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.”

REFLECTION

The speaker is Mark Faulkner, from the Saltbush Community, and 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 ‘Prayer of the people’, which are led by from Ros Robinson from Cootamundra Uniting Church. 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

Let us be open to the bread that nourishes the soul. Let us be seekers of the bread of life. Let us share this bread amongst others, near and far. 

Eternal One, bless us and the people we meet along the way. Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

HYMN: “AND CAN IT BE “

The closing hymn is, “And can it be“, by Charles Wesley. 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=sQeIGbKqiw8&t=41s

POSTLUDE: 

Today’s postlude is “In Christ Alone”. 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=8kvFtXphmMU&t=78s

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