Home Worship 5 April 2020

Dear Friends,

I hope this email finds you coping okay. More and more people are finding themselves at home most of the time. This can be both a place of sanctuary and potential stress. Please find ways to care for yourself during these days. Feel free to ring the church office on (08) 8295 1771 if you would like to speak with me about how you are travelling.

I’ve attached the guide for your worship this Sunday—or whenever—and a resource for Holy Week. The Holy Week material includes an image, a Gospel reading from the Passion of Christ narrative, and a prayer. I hope you find it enriching as we move through this season together in our own way.

This Sunday is Palm Sunday. I’ve chosen an alternative reading for worship––the story of Jesus’ washing the disciples’ feet. As we explore friendship with God and others, this seemed like an important story to hear. 

The Moving into Prayer section offers two possibilities for engagement––an art engagement and the practice of foot washing. I’ve written the guide so you can choose the foot washing option whether you are with others or by yourself. I encourage you to read through both options before you begin worship and choose which one speaks to you at this time. Alternatively, feel free to use both engagements, in one sitting or during prayer at another time.

May the peace of Christ be with you,


Rev. Christine Gilbert
Minister of the Word
St. Andrews by the Sea Uniting Church
92 Jetty Road, Glenelg SA 5045