Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

10th May

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

The Bible has lots of names for Jesus…

Some of them are: Immanuel, Prince of Peace, Ancient of Days, Friend, Servant, The Word, Saviour, Good Shepherd, Rock. 
Which name for Jesus means the most to you at the moment?
What does it really mean to you?
What does this tell you about Jesus?
How could this help you to love and trust Jesus?

April 26th – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

This week I chose a 5 finger prayer.
Start with your thumb and work round to your little finger.
Hold your thumb and prayer for family and friends.
Hold your next finger and prayer for leaders and teachers.
Hold your next finger and prayer for the government and authority.
Hold your next finger and prayer for the weak or sick
and finally hold your little finger and pray for yourself.

April 19th – 2nd Sunday of Easter

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

Imagine you are seeing Jesus for the first time after him rising from the dead  just as Thomas did.
Would you believe he had risen before you saw him?
What would you say to him?
What might Jesus say to you?
Would you want to touch him, as he invited Thomas to do?

April 12th – Easter Sunday

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflection

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

Hello,
Hope that you and the congregation are both well. 

This week I did my first teaspoon (tsp) prayer on a youth Zoom meeting. We managed to pray about a range on things so I thought it could be a good idea for this weeks prayer.

T-thank you: Here you could thank God for Easter and all that it means and stands for
S-sorry: Jesus died on the cross for our sins. Ask God for forgiveness for the wrong you have done
P-please: Here you could ask God for help and guidance, especially at this difficult time

Happy Easter! 
Hannah

April 5th – Palm Sunday

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

Verse: Philippians 2:5-11

Create your own personal image of Jesus. When you read scripture, how do you imagine him looking? This image may be based on films, stained-glass windows or art images that you have seen, or perhaps on long-help personal ideas of how Jesus may have looked.

Using you own ideas of the image of Christ, begin to pray to him as you Lord and Saviour, giving thanks for the many things he has taught you as well as the stories he told and the man he was, as recorded in the scripture. 

Consider some ways in which you would like to deepen or renew your relationship with Jesus. Pray these though and ask him to guide you. 

Remember that Jesus died on the cross, but also that he rose in glory.

Pray for a renewed sense of Jesus’ resurrection power for you personally, and an understanding of how it can inform you onward journey with God.

How might it affect the part you play in the body of Christ, your church, and your local community as you serve God where you are?

March 22nd

Lent 4 – Mothering Sunday

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

Verses from Psalm 23…

Walking hand in hand with God, you’re led through green meadows so you can lie down and rest when you’re tired. You feel safe, comfortable, relaxed. You feel the cool breeze against your skin and warm sun on your face. Breathe in deeply the peace God offers you. Someone watches over you while you sleep. Rest a moment. 

God – the creator of all of this – is good. God is the one who takes care of you so everything you need is yours. When you feel thirsty, God leads you to a fresh stream. Feel the cool water, taste its sweetness. 

Your soul is restored and refreshed as you journey with God. You are gently guided along paths that offer life to you and to others, paths of good things, your heart is full. You really want to sing. Go ahead. 

Even when you walk through a dark, scary valley, there is nothing to fear. God is with you, protecting and comforting you. You’ll never be left alone. Feel yourself lifted into God’s strong arms as you journey through the dark.

God prepares a banquet for you in the midst of all your fears. You are God’s own. God blesses you with oil. Your joy overflows as you sit at the table and eat. 

Goodness and love will be with you always. You’ll live in the house of love forever and ever. Stay in the beauty of this love that never ends. Dance, play, rest. Enjoy. 

Imagine yourself in this place. Share your heart with God. Was there anything you heard that you found difficult? Spend some time considering that with God. Do you sense an invitation from God? How are you drawn to respond?

March 15th – Lent 3

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

I really liked the idea of the nail crosses for Sunday. The song that you mentioned could be playing in the background while the congregation are holding the crosses. And then I could say this prayer

Father God,

I kneel before you knowing that I have sinned against you in so many different ways, in what I have said and in what I have done. I know that I am a sinner and as such I was the cause of the Lord Jesus being crucified on the cruel cross to take the punishment that I justly deserve- to pay the price for my sins. Lord, I know that I am unworthy to come before you, but I ask for your forgiveness of all my sins, for the sake of you son, Jesus Christ- who died for me on Calvary.

Thank you Lord that you have promised that all who trust in Jesus Christ as Saviour will have their sins forgiven forever. We praise you Lord for Your grace and mercy on me- a sinner saved by grace, in Jesus name I pray,

Amen

March 8th – Lent 2

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

Verse: John 3:1-17

Creative Prayer:

In the reading, the Pharisee asked Jesus a lot of questions. Jesus was sat there with the Pharisee so he could verbally answer. Today, if we have a question for God, he can answer in different ways. Some people directly hear his voice while other people hear God in things that people have said to them. God talks to us in the way that we will hear him the best, we just have to listen out for him.

Ask people to write down a question that they would like to ask God. This could be personal or general question. I’ve seen people do this with writing on ripped up cardboard but it could also be done on paper. If people have time at the end of the service they could talk to other people about their question to see if they have answers, or the prayers could be taken home as a prompt for personal reflection or study.

March 1st Lent 1

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

Verse: Matthew 4:1-11Creative Prayer:Invite everyone to collect a stone. In the reading, Jesus refuses to turn stones into bread, so the stones they are holding are a symbol of perseverance and faithfulness in the face of temptation. Then say this prayer:

We pray for encouragement to remain true to God’s word.
Lord, when we are tempted to seek comfort over truth
Let us pray with Christ, ‘one does not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Lord, when we are tempted to demand you fulfil our wishes
Let us pray with Christ, ‘do not put the Lord you God to the test.’

Lord, when we are tempted to deny our faith in you
Let us pray with Christ, ‘worship the Lord you God and serve only him,’

Feb 23rd – Shining like the sun

Hope’s Slides

Hope and Millie’s Reflections

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

Because it’s Transfiguration Sunday on Sunday I found this prayer.

O God,
We open our eyes and we see Jesus,
the months of ministry transfigured to a beam of light,
the light of the world,
your light.
May your light shine upon us.

We open our eyes and we see Moses and Elijah,
your word restoring us, showing us the way,
telling a story,
your story, his story, our story.
May your word speak to us.

We open our eyes and we see mist,
the cloud of your presence
which assures us of all we do not know
and that we do not need to fear that.
Teach us to trust.

We open our eyes and we see Peter’s constructions,
his best plans, our best plans,
our missing the point,
our missing the way.
Forgive our foolishness and sin

We open our eyes and we see Jesus,
not casting us off,
but leading us down, leading us out –
to ministry, to people.
Your love endures forever.

We open our ears and we hear your voice,
‘This is my beloved Son, listen to him!’
And we give you thanks.

Amen

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