Sunday 5th July: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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
Jesus, I come to you to celebrate your love and to receive your word.
You taught that we must worship God in spirit.
I long to worship with your people,
but I know you are with me in these difficult times.
Hymn StF 610: Best of all, God is with us
Sing/ Read /pray /proclaim the words or listen to it here to this year’s Conference themed hymn:
Let us pray together:
I am in wonder at the world you have created
and the life you have given me.
I thank you for that gift of life
and the joy of sharing my life with others.
I have not always lived my life as you would wish.
Yet, even as I confess this to you,
I know your forgiveness by the suffering and death of your Son,
Jesus Christ, my Saviour.
Hannah’s Creative Prayer
This week use the Little Miss and Mr Men to help you pray.
Mr Happy– say thank you for something that makes you happy
Little Miss Naughty– say sorry for something you have done wrong
Mr Bump– ask God to be with someone who is not well at the moment
Little Miss Sunshine– say thank you for something that brings ‘sunshine’ to your life
The President’s Address to the Conference 2020
If you wish to, take half an hour now to listen to the President’s Address from our new President, Rev Richard Teal, to the Methodist Conference which took place last weekend
Today’s Gospel Reading:
16 “Now, to what can I compare the people of this day? They are like children sitting in the marketplace. One group shouts to the other, 17 ‘We played wedding music for you, but you wouldn’t dance! We sang funeral songs, but you wouldn’t cry!’ 18 When John came, he fasted and drank no wine, and everyone said, ‘He has a demon in him!’ 19 When the Son of Man came, he ate and drank, and everyone said, ‘Look at this man! He is a glutton and wine drinker, a friend of tax collectors and other outcasts!’ God’s wisdom, however, is shown to be true by its results.”
Come to Me and Rest
25 At that time Jesus said, “Father, Lord of heaven and earth! I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden from the wise and learned. 26 Yes, Father, this was how you were pleased to have it happen.
27 “My Father has given me all things. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
28 “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke and put it on you, and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in spirit; and you will find rest. 30 For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.”
Today’s Epistle Reading:
15 I do not understand what I do; for I don’t do what I would like to do, but instead I do what I hate. 16 Since what I do is what I don’t want to do, this shows that I agree that the Law is right. 17 So I am not really the one who does this thing; rather it is the sin that lives in me. 18 I know that good does not live in me—that is, in my human nature. For even though the desire to do good is in me, I am not able to do it. 19 I don’t do the good I want to do; instead, I do the evil that I do not want to do. 20 If I do what I don’t want to do, this means that I am no longer the one who does it; instead, it is the sin that lives in me.
21 So I find that this law is at work: when I want to do what is good, what is evil is the only choice I have. 22 My inner being delights in the law of God. 23 But I see a different law at work in my body—a law that fights against the law which my mind approves of. It makes me a prisoner to the law of sin which is at work in my body. 24 What an unhappy man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is taking me to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who does this through our Lord Jesus Christ!
This, then, is my condition: on my own I can serve God’s law only with my mind, while my human nature serves the law of sin.
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
Hope and Millie’s Reflection
Prayers of Intercession
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 459: Captain of Israel’s host and Guide
Sing along or listen to this hymn which always concludes Methodist Conference…
A prayer of blessing
May the blessing of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit rest and remain with each of us sharing His worship today and always.
Original Materials by Ralph Frankland Hymns reproduced under CCLi 882296 taken from the Connexional sheet published for Worship at Home during the pandemic.
Used with permission © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. The Methodist Church in Britain