Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Sunday 10th May – Worship@home Service materials

Fifth Sunday of Easter

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This short act of worship has been prepared for you to use if you are unable to attend church by the Methodist Connexion.  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. 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.

Call to Worship – Millie and Hope’s Slides

Opening Prayer

Jesus said ‘I am the way’. He is the light that shines on us and through us. We come to seek the way that we may receive new life and serve in all that we are.

Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed! Alleluia!

Collect for the Day

(from the Methodist Worship Book (MWB))

Loving and eternal God,
through the resurrection of your Son,
help us to face the future with courage and assurance,
knowing that nothing in life or death
can ever part us from your love for us
in Jesus Christ our Saviour;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever

Hymn StF 252: Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Bread

Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or listen to it here:

Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Bread,
the Bread of Life for the world am I.
The Bread of Life for the world am I,
the Bread of Life for the world am I.’
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Bread,
the Bread of Life for the world am I.’

Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Vine,
the true and fruitful Vine am I.
The true and fruitful Vine am I,
the true and fruitful Vine am I.’
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Vine,
the true and fruitful Vine am I.’

Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Way,
the true and living Way am I.
The true and living Way am I,
the true and living Way am I.’
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Way,
the true and living Way am I.’

Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Light,
the one true Light of the world am I.
The one true Light of the world am I,
the one true Light of the world am I.’
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Light,
the one true Light of the world am I.’

Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Life,
the Resurrection and the Life am I.
The Resurrection and the Life am I,
the Resurrection and the Life am I.’
Jesus the Lord said: ‘I am the Life,
the Resurrection and the Life am I.’

Anonymous, Urdu

Let us pray together

Wondrous God
We are blessed that we can come together to praise you despite the restrictions and difficulties in our lives.
We come together to worship you and give you thanks. We celebrate our life together as your people.
In a moment of silence we share with you the things we want to give praise and thanks for today.

Moment of silence

Thank you for this delicate but awe-inspiring world we live in;
for the opportunities in the world to respond to your call.

Thank you for a world which is full of diversity,
where there are many opportunities to worship you
and to serve you and those we meet in different ways.

Help us not to use their differences as excuses to build walls that divide. Help us to see each difference as a rainbow of hope and as a pattern where each colour is linked and bound together by your unending love.

Forgive us, loving God,
when we do not  accept the diversity of the world;
when we forget that we are all your people,
loved equally and known to you by name.

Forgive us for our foolishness
and our thoughtless use of the gifts of your creation,
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

For our neglect of you, and our failure to care for others,
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

For our selfishness in prayer and our carelessness in worship,
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Moment of silence

Here is good news for all who put their trust in Christ. 
Jesus says: ‘Your sins are forgiven.’
Amen. Thanks be to God

(Words of confession from the MWB)

Today’s Gospel Reading:
John 14:1-14

Jesus the Way to the Father

14 “Do not be worried and upset,” Jesus told them. “Believe in God and believe also in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house, and I am going to prepare a place for you. I would not tell you this if it were not so.And after I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to myself, so that you will be where I am. You know the way that leads to the place where I am going.”

Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going; so how can we know the way to get there?”

Jesus answered him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one goes to the Father except by me. Now that you have known me,” he said to them, “you will know my Father also, and from now on you do know him and you have seen him.”

Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father; that is all we need.”

Jesus answered, “For a long time I have been with you all; yet you do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. Why, then, do you say, ‘Show us the Father’? 10 Do you not believe, Philip, that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I have spoken to you,” Jesus said to his disciples, “do not come from me. The Father, who remains in me, does his own work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me. If not, believe because of the things I do. 12 I am telling you the truth: those who believe in me will do what I do—yes, they will do even greater things, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask for in my name, so that the Father’s glory will be shown through the Son. 14 If you ask me for anything in my name, I will do it.

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

Today’s Epistle Reading: 1 Peter 2:2-10

The Living Stone and the Holy Nation

Be like newborn babies, always thirsty for the pure spiritual milk, so that by drinking it you may grow up and be saved. As the scripture says, “You have found out for yourselves how kind the Lord is.”

Come to the Lord, the living stone rejected by people as worthless but chosen by God as valuable. Come as living stones, and let yourselves be used in building the spiritual temple, where you will serve as holy priests to offer spiritual and acceptable sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. For the scripture says,

“I chose a valuable stone,
    which I am placing as the cornerstone in Zion;
    and whoever believes in him will never be disappointed.”
This stone is of great value for you that believe; but for those who do not believe:
“The stone which the builders rejected as worthless
    turned out to be the most important of all.”
And another scripture says,
“This is the stone that will make people stumble,
    the rock that will make them fall.”

They stumbled because they did not believe in the word; such was God’s will for them.

But you are the chosen race, the King’s priests, the holy nation, God’s own people, chosen to proclaim the wonderful acts of God, who called you out of darkness into his own marvelous light. 10 At one time you were not God’s people, but now you are his people; at one time you did not know God’s mercy, but now you have received his mercy.

Reading taken from 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 the fifth Sunday of Easter 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

and/or read the reflection from the Connexional resources below here…

1. When you read this passage what words drew you?

For me it was the image of the builder using the material that others would have overlooked.

Have you ever seen the “free to use” pile at Ikea or the bargain basement section? I often look at it and think “what can anyone do with that?”. It’s warped, it’s split, it’s chipped, and it’s of no use. The “free to use” pile is often overlooked as we tend to want the perfect boxed version of what lies there. Who in their right mind would ever use “rejected” materials to build a house? You just don’t do that – you don’t start with a bad foundation because you know it won’t last.

2. Do you find it strange that Jesus builds in a way that’s poles apart from what is expected?

He uses the warped boards, the chipped sheets of wood, the lame sticks, the stuff that everyone else is looking past and in many cases tosses aside. It’s almost like he rejoices in using materials that everyone else would “reject”.  It’s almost like he’s loading up his trolley with all the crooked, broken, and warped wood that he can and he’s strutting around with it saying, ‘look at me’ and what I can use – do you want to question my decision making.

“How are you going to build a house with that??” 

“Are you blind? That wood is warped, you’ll never get it past building control!”,

“There is a huge pile of perfectly good material over there, use that.”

You can almost hear Jesus’ voice, “No, I’m going to build my house. And nothing is going to stop me.”… “These crooked, warped, broken pieces of wood are perfect and they’re all mine.” And off he goes, building the Church: one broken stick at a time; one chipped board; one piece of 2 by 4 that is too short and needs to be joined to another plank of 2 by 4.  And believe me, in Christ we don’t have to worry about the building inspector; in Him we are loved and welcomed. In His grace and with the gifts he gives us we can build His church, we can reach out to others and share His love and forgiveness. His welcome to all no matter how broken they may be.

3. How will you use the gifts God gives us to reach out to others and to build his Church?

Take a time to sit quietly

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?

A Time of Prayer

God our Saviour,
We pray for those who feel hopeless that they may hear your good news and be freed from their anguish.

We pray for those who have had their expectation of hope torn away, for those who feel discarded and deceived.

We pray that the Church will stand together with those who are suffering, working for acceptance and peace.

We pray for those who are beginning to hope, those who dare to dream of a better tomorrow.

We pray for all affected during this Covid-19 pandemic. We pray for those who are poor, sick, homeless, lonely, imprisoned, weighed down and powerless.

May your love reach them and may we all stand together. May your Church reach out to those in need, so that all may come to give thanks to you, and celebrate together.

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

Hymn StF 690: The Church’s one foundation

A prayer of blessing

God the Father,
by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,
strengthen us to walk with him in his risen life;
and may almighty God bless us,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Original Materials (unless referenced)
by Cathie Steele, Vale of Glamorgan Methodist Circuit

One thought on “Sunday 10th May – Worship@home Service materials

  1. Thank you, Hannah, Millie and Hope for your contributions to our weekly services. They are always inspiring, and help us to feel we really are in church. Keep up the good work, Susan

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