A quick worship resource
So, sadly we won’t be meeting again tomorrow. Here’s a quick resource we can all use tomorrow (or anytime this week) to join in worship and reflection together even though we are apart.
You might also like to join in live for worship at another location, for example 10am PItt St in Sydney, or 10am Port Macquarie (you can watch live or watch a prerecorded service). I suspect that after this week, churches still wont be meeting, and the presbytery will probably restart online live zoom services too, which are even more interactive.
Take a minute to breath wherever you are, mask or no mask. God is here. Breathe in the comfort of God’s presence, Breathe out our stress and worries.
Bible Reading: Mark 7:1-23
Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?” He said to them, “Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.’
You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.”
Then he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.’ But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, ‘Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban’ (that is, an offering to God)— then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.”
Then he called the crowd again and said to them, “Listen to me, all of you, and understand: there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.”
When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. He said to them, “Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.) And he said, “It is what comes out of a person that defiles. For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”
You might like to reflect on this song, Start from where you are
The video sermon/reflection comes from Peter Overton, formerly minister at Orange, and now part of Saltbush ministries, which connects rural congregations in the Uniting Church NSWACT. I haven’t watched it yet, but when I think of all the bits and pieces I’m juggling at the moment, the suggestion that I reflect on What to Let go, to keep and to embrace is a good one for me. Maybe it will be for you too, even just in thi next week of covid lockdown. Perhaps we can chat about it when we regather:
What do you let go?
What do you keep?
What do you embrace?
What do we let go?
What do we keep?
What do we embrace?
What do you let go? What do you keep? What do you embrace?
What do we let go? What do we keep? What do we embrace?
So wherever we are, we remember that the love of God, the kindness of Jesus, and teh communion of the Spirit is with us. Amen.