Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Thursday 9th July

‘Bread of Life’

Daily Reflection for Thursday

Play video to hear Rev John’s introduction

Listen to the hymn tune below and sing along with the lyrics if you wish to.

Hymn StF 150: This is the day of rest

This is the day of rest,
to use as God intended:
time to renew our faith
and let our lives be mended;
time to fulfil our song
and time to rediscover
those to whom we belong,
and God who is our lover.

Here is the feast of life
to which we are invited;
here Jesus offers food
through which we are united:
food for a company
redeemed by blood and water,
food through which God declares,
‘You are my son, my daughter.’

This is the time of change
delivered by God’s Spirit
moving to life and health
those claiming little merit;
change which God’s love demands
to prove that faith is living,
change which must overflow
in justice and forgiving.

Glory to God on high,
to Christ and to the Spirit.
Glory to God on earth,
whose image we inherit.
Glory to God alone,
our sacrament and story,
in whom we live and move
till lifted into glory.

John L Bell (born 1949)
© 2002 WGRG, c/o Iona Community, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP, Scotland.
Used By Permission. CCL Licence No. 882296

Sung by Niamh Prior

Venite (Psalm 95)

Come, let us sing to the Lord

The Prayer of the Morning

Blessèd are you, Lord our God…

Psalm of the Day: 72

A Prayer for the King

Reading: John 6:52-59

Jesus the Bread of Life


Jenny Prior

Te Deum Laudamus

A Song of the Church

Prayers of Intercession

Let us offer our prayer
with all God’s people
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who ever lives to pray for us.

We pray for the needs of the world…
We pray for the Church…
We pray for all in trouble or distress…
We pray for all who make a new beginning today…

(Other petitions may follow.)

  Silent Prayer

God of compassion and mercy,
listen to our prayer.
May what we ask  in Jesus Christ your Son
be done according to his word, who said,

‘Ask, and you will receive,
  Seek, and you will find,
  Knock, and the door will be opened to you.’

To you, merciful God,
Through your Son,
In the life-giving Spirit,
Be glory and praise for ever.  Amen.

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.

Final Prayer

Lord our God…


Prayers and Readings used with permission:
Prayer in the Morning pages 5-14 from The Methodist Worship Book
and pages 37-52 of The Prayer Handbook 2019/2020 ‘Responding to the Gospel’,
both of these publications © Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. The Methodist Church in Britain

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