Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Sunday 21st June – Worship@home Service materials

This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use if you are unable to attend church.  If you are well enough why not spend a few moments with God, knowing that other people are sharing this act of worship with you. This act of worship has been prepared based on the Methodist Connexional ‘Worship during the Coronavirus pandemic’ available here.For Bishop Auckland Methodist Church, the slides and creative prayer from Hope, Hannah and Millie have been added as well as an audio sermon by Local Preacher, Susan Thorne.

Welcome and call to worship

Hymn: StF 467 I need thee every hour

I need thee every hour,
most gracious Lord;
no tender voice like thine 
can peace afford:
I need thee, O I need thee,
every hour I need thee;
O bless me now, my Saviour;
I come to thee.

I need thee every hour;
stay thou near by;
temptations lose their power
when thou art nigh:
Chorus

I need thee every hour,
in joy or pain;
come quickly and abide,
or life is vain:
Chorus

I need thee every hour;
teach me thy will,
and thy rich promises
in me fulfil:
Chorus

Annie Sherwood Hawks (1835-1918)

Collect for today

Today’s Psalm: Psalm 86

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord,
    for to you do I cry all day long.
Gladden the soul of your servant,
    for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul.
For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving,
    abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you.
Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer;
    listen to my cry of supplication.
In the day of my trouble I call on you,
    for you will answer me.

There is none like you among the gods, O Lord,
    nor are there any works like yours.
All the nations you have made shall come
    and bow down before you, O Lord,
    and shall glorify your name.
10 For you are great and do wondrous things;
    you alone are God.

Old Testament Reading:
Jeremiah 20.7-13

Jeremiah Complains to the Lord

Lord, you have deceived me,
    and I was deceived.
You are stronger than I am,
    and you have overpowered me.
Everyone makes fun of me;
    they laugh at me all day long.
Whenever I speak, I have to cry out
    and shout, “Violence! Destruction!”
Lord, I am ridiculed and scorned all the time
    because I proclaim your message.
But when I say, “I will forget the Lord
    and no longer speak in his name,”
then your message is like a fire
    burning deep within me.
I try my best to hold it in,
    but can no longer keep it back.
10 I hear everybody whispering,
    “Terror is everywhere!
    So let’s report him to the authorities!”
Even my close friends wait for my downfall.
“Perhaps he can be tricked,” they say;
    “then we can catch him and get revenge.”
11 But you, Lord, are on my side, strong and mighty,
    and those who persecute me will fail.
They will be disgraced forever,
    because they cannot succeed.
Their disgrace will never be forgotten.
12 But, Almighty Lord, you test people justly;
    you know what is in their hearts and minds.
So let me see you take revenge on my enemies,
    for I have placed my cause in your hands.
13 Sing to the Lord!
    Praise the Lord!
He rescues the oppressed from the power of evil people.

Reading taken from Biblegateway.com Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Today’s Epistle Reading: Romans 6:1-11

Dead to Sin but Alive in Union with Christ

What shall we say, then? Should we continue to live in sin so that God’s grace will increase? Certainly not! We have died to sin—how then can we go on living in it? For surely you know that when we were baptized into union with Christ Jesus, we were baptized into union with his death. By our baptism, then, we were buried with him and shared his death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from death by the glorious power of the Father, so also we might live a new life.

For since we have become one with him in dying as he did, in the same way we shall be one with him by being raised to life as he was. And we know that our old being has been put to death with Christ on his cross, in order that the power of the sinful self might be destroyed, so that we should no longer be the slaves of sin. For when we die, we are set free from the power of sin. Since we have died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him. For we know that Christ has been raised from death and will never die again—death will no longer rule over him. 10 And so, because he died, sin has no power over him; and now he lives his life in fellowship with God. 11 In the same way you are to think of yourselves as dead, so far as sin is concerned, but living in fellowship with God through Christ Jesus.

Reading taken from Biblegateway.com Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 10:24-39

24 “No pupil is greater than his teacher; no slave is greater than his master. 25 So a pupil should be satisfied to become like his teacher, and a slave like his master. If the head of the family is called Beelzebul, the members of the family will be called even worse names!

Whom to Fear

26 “So do not be afraid of people. Whatever is now covered up will be uncovered, and every secret will be made known. 27 What I am telling you in the dark you must repeat in broad daylight, and what you have heard in private you must announce from the housetops. 28 Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather be afraid of God, who can destroy both body and soul in hell. 29 For only a penny you can buy two sparrows, yet not one sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent. 30 As for you, even the hairs of your head have all been counted. 31 So do not be afraid; you are worth much more than many sparrows!

Confessing and Rejecting Christ

32 “Those who declare publicly that they belong to me, I will do the same for them before my Father in heaven. 33 But those who reject me publicly, I will reject before my Father in heaven.

Not Peace, but a Sword

34 “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world. No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; 36 your worst enemies will be the members of your own family.

37 “Those who love their father or mother more than me are not fit to be my disciples; those who love their son or daughter more than me are not fit to be my disciples. 38 Those who do not take up their cross and follow in my steps are not fit to be my disciples. 39 Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.

Reading taken from Biblegateway.com Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Time to Reflect

Don’t forget that you can also tune into the website here every day of the week to listen to church friends sharing daily reflections, including Bible readings and inspiration… or get them on the telephone on 01388 436810… do join us!

If you would like to listen to a sermon for today by Local Preacher Susan Thorne, click on the file below

Click on the image below to go to the pdf rootsontheweb adult sheet with further thoughts on these readings

Hope and Millie’s reflection slides

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life” -Romans 6:4

Is there something that prevents you from stepping out and living to the full the new life that God offers you?
Are you held back by lies, hurt, anger, bitterness, forgiveness or the memory of past events? 
Let go and let God!

Prayers of Intercession

Eternal God, we come to pray as your co-workers and co-carers in your world. We know you already care and are already there in the places and with the people for whom we pray.

In a moment of silence we pray for people suffering, in pain, depression or anxiety. We pray for all those who work to alleviate suffering.

We pray for communities struggling in poverty, overcrowding and hunger, for people feeling disconnected and for those who are working together to bring comfort, food and help.

We pray for governments and those in power around the world, for wisdom and the desire to put the wellbeing of their people first and to work together with other countries in peace.

We bring all our prayers, in trust and confidence, in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
and lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom
The power and the glory
For ever and ever
Amen

Hymn: StF 41 Blessed be your name

Blessèd be Your name
In the land that is plentiful,
Where Your streams of abundance flow,
Blessèd be Your name.
And blessèd be Your name
When I’m found in the desert place,
Though I walk through the wilderness,
Blessèd be Your name.

Every blessing You pour out I’ll
Turn back to praise.
When the darkness closes in, Lord,
Still I will say:
Blessèd be the name of the Lord,
Blessèd be Your name.
Blessèd be the name of the Lord,
Blessèd be Your glorious name.

Blessèd be Your name
When the sun’s shining down on me,
When the world’s ‘all as it should be’,
Blessèd be Your name.
And blessèd be Your name
On the road marked with suffering,
Though there’s pain in the offering,
Blessèd be Your name.

You give and take away,
You give and take away.
My heart will choose to say:
Lord, blessèd be Your name.

Matt & Beth Redman
© 2002 Thankyou Music/Adm. by worshiptogether.com songs excl. UK & Europe adm. by Kingswaysongs, a division of David C Cook www.kingswayworship.co.uk  Used by permission.

Closing Prayer

May Immanuel God be with us, bless us with the deep heart-knowledge that God is with us, and as we share the reality of ourselves with God, may we know ourselves held and beloved. Amen

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