Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Sunday 14th 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.


Hymn: StF 87 Praise to the Living God

Praise to the living God!
All praise be to his name,
Who was, and is, and is to be,
For aye the same!
The one eternal God
Ere aught that now appears:
The first, the last, beyond all thought,
His timeless years!

Formless, all lovely forms
Declare his loveliness;
Holy, no holiness of earth
Can his express.
Lo, he is Lord of all!
Creation speaks his praise,
And everywhere, above, below,
His will obeys.

His Spirit floweth free,
High surging where it will:
In prophet’s word he spoke of old,
He speaketh still.
Established is his law,
And changeless it shall stand,
Deep writ upon the human heart,
On sea, on land.

Eternal life hath he
Implanted in the soul;
His love shall be our strength and stay,
While ages roll.
Praise to the living God!
All praise be to his name,
Who was, and is, and is to be,
For aye the same!

Yigaddel Elohim chay weyishtabach Daniel Ben Judah (fl. 14th century) translated Newton Mann (1836–1926) and Max Landsberg (1845–1928)


Hannah’s Creative Prayer

There are times that we feel that God cannot see what we are going through and he’s leaving is to get through it alone.
Is there anytime that you have felt like this? 
Looking back, do you see times that you feel God was with you, supporting you through it? 
Do you feel see by God at the moment, why or why not?

Old Testament Reading: Exodus 19:2-8

The Israelites at Mount Sinai

19 1-2 The people of Israel left Rephidim, and on the first day of the third month after they had left Egypt they came to the desert of Sinai. There they set up camp at the foot of Mount Sinai, and Moses went up the mountain to meet with God.

The Lord called to him from the mountain and told him to say to the Israelites, Jacob’s descendants: “You saw what I, the Lord, did to the Egyptians and how I carried you as an eagle carries her young on her wings, and brought you here to me. Now, if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own people. The whole earth is mine, but you will be my chosen people, a people dedicated to me alone, and you will serve me as priests.” So Moses went down and called the leaders of the people together and told them everything that the Lord had commanded him. Then all the people answered together, “We will do everything that the Lord has said,” and Moses reported this to the Lord.

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

Today’s Psalm: Psalm 100

A Hymn of Praise

100 Sing to the Lord, all the world!
Worship the Lord with joy;
    come before him with happy songs!

Acknowledge that the Lord is God.
    He made us, and we belong to him;
    we are his people, we are his flock.

Enter the Temple gates with thanksgiving;
    go into its courts with praise.
    Give thanks to him and praise him.

The Lord is good;
    his love is eternal
    and his faithfulness lasts forever.

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

Today’s Epistle: Romans 5:1-8

Now that we have been put right with God through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. He has brought us by faith into this experience of God’s grace, in which we now live. And so we boast of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory! We also boast of our troubles, because we know that trouble produces endurance, endurance brings God’s approval, and his approval creates hope. This hope does not disappoint us, for God has poured out his love into our hearts by means of the Holy Spirit, who is God’s gift to us.

For when we were still helpless, Christ died for the wicked at the time that God chose. It is a difficult thing for someone to die for a righteous person. It may even be that someone might dare to die for a good person. But God has shown us how much he loves us—it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!

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

Today’s Gospel Reading: Matthew 9:35-10:8

Jesus Has Pity for the People

35 Jesus went around visiting all the towns and villages. He taught in the synagogues, preached the Good News about the Kingdom, and healed people with every kind of disease and sickness. 36 As he saw the crowds, his heart was filled with pity for them, because they were worried and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 So he said to his disciples, “The harvest is large, but there are few workers to gather it in. 38 Pray to the owner of the harvest that he will send out workers to gather in his harvest.”

The Twelve Apostles

10 Jesus called his twelve disciples together and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James and his brother John, the sons of Zebedee; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew, the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Patriot, and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Jesus.

The Mission of the Twelve

These twelve men were sent out by Jesus with the following instructions: “Do not go to any Gentile territory or any Samaritan towns. Instead, you are to go to the lost sheep of the people of Israel. Go and preach, ‘The Kingdom of heaven is near!’ Heal the sick, bring the dead back to life, heal those who suffer from dreaded skin diseases, and drive out demons. You have received without paying, so give without being paid.

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

Time to Reflect

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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

Time to Reflect

Every year we tell the story of Jesus … through Advent to Christmas … through Lent to Easter … through the Easter season to the Ascension and on to Pentecost when we celebrate the birth of the church and the coming of the Spirit. And it’s a glorious story … full of challenges and hard choices and wonders, and betrayal and suffering. And it’s a story that ends with joy, hope, forgiveness and new life.
But today the story has been told and we move back into what the lectionary calls “ordinary time”. The story’s been told but it hasn’t ended. In many ways it’s just begun. You and I, together with all those who worship across the world today … whether we’re reading and reflecting on written services like this one, or sharing in streamed services on the internet, or gathered in households for prayer, or alone in our homes … we are the church, and we live in ordinary time … we live with the joyful knowledge of the resurrection, and there is work to be done.
In our Gospel reading it was compassion for those in need that moved Jesus to commission the twelve disciples and send them out to help with the work. He sent them out to those who needed the message of hope, to those who needed healing, and he sent them out to love and bring healing to those whom society considered untouchable and unlovable – the outsiders and the outcasts. To such as these the disciples were called to proclaim the good news of the Kingdom of God.
And it’s the same today. Our buildings may be closed but the people are still here. For some the needs are obvious, for others they are hidden, invisible to casual observation. And society still has its outsiders and outcasts.
Healing takes many forms – physical, emotional, mental, spiritual. There are people who need our prayers. There are people who need us to reach out to them … to hear a friendly voice on the phone or receive a card or a letter or a ‘hi’ across the internet. There are people who need more practical help. Some encounters will be easy and pleasant … others will not.
So, as the church year moves once again past Trinity Sunday and back into ordinary time, we’re reminded afresh that every day is a new beginning. Our buildings are closed but the Church is not, and Jesus, filled with compassion, is still calling workers to the field to proclaim the Kingdom of God in word and deed. And the field to which he calls us is all around us.
Take a time to sit quietly

Hope and Millie’s Reflection Slides

A time of prayer

Our Father in heaven we lift our world to you today, knowing that you have called us to do so and knowing that you care about even the smallest detail of that world.

We lift to you all who suffer today at the hands of others, through war, greed, the abuse of power, or the abuse of words. May they find you standing with them, giving them strength. May they find your people upholding them and giving them a voice, that your love may be seen and known.

We lift to you all those who find themselves in positions of authority today, whether it be by choice, or because their skills have been recognized and needed, or because there is no one else available. May they seek wisdom in the right places and have the humility to know when they need help.

We lift to you all who suffer today as a result of this pandemic; through sickness, through the loss of loved ones, or through the exhausting workload of caring for others.  May they know comfort, healing, reassurance and hope.

And we lift to you all those known to us personally who are in need today … (name them) … May they find grace, healing, and blessing.

We bring all these prayers in the name of Jesus who taught us when we pray to say …

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 407 Hear the Call of the Kingdom

Hear the call of the kingdom,
lift your eyes to the King;
let his song rise within you
as a fragrant offering
of how God, rich in mercy,
came in Christ to redeem
all who trust in his unfailing grace.

Hear the call of the kingdom
to be children of light
with the mercy of heaven,
the humility of Christ;
walking justly before him,
loving all that is right,
that the life of Christ may shine through us.

King of heaven, we will answer the call.
We will follow, bringing hope to the world,
filled with passion, filled with power to proclaim
salvation in Jesus’ name.

Hear the call of the kingdom
to reach out to the lost
with the Father’s compassion
in the wonder of the cross,
bringing peace and forgiveness,
and a hope yet to come:
let the nations put their trust in him.

King of heaven, we will answer the call …

Keith Getty (b. 1974), Kristyn Getty (b. 1980) and Stuart Townend (b. 1963)

Closing Prayer

May the One who makes all things new fill us
with grace, hope, peace and joy that together
we may live and work to God’s praise and
glory in our world. Amen.

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