Sunday 25th October: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Connexion calls our worship style “hybrid” as it mixes worship that is on telephone, on radio and online with worship that is in buildings.
Our new camera not only means that you can listen to the service as a radio broadcast on 105.9 BishopFM at 11am Sunday morning, but it now also can be streamed at 11am on the website through YouTube.
Below you can find the radio podcast if you can’t listen on BishopFM and also the YouTube video stream, which will go live at 11am on Sunday. You will also see the regular extras including the video of Susan’s sermon and all age video from Youth Team member, this week, Hannah.
Radio podcast for 105.9BishopFM
(live at 9.45am on Sunday 25th October and available here after that)
If you haven’t listened to the audio or video services above, and wish to read the lectionary readings before considering these further worship resources for this week, follow this link to biblegateway.com for this week’s Bible readings from:
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!
As we continue to worship online, we have a pick and mix approach to this sermon slot. You can choose to listen to (1) Susan’s sermon as we have had through lockdown. Today you might also choose to look at (2) the pdf sheet from Roots or (3) an all-age video talk by Youth Team member, Hannah, or (4) the Connexional reflection or otherwise to come (5) to the church garden to prayer walk the labyrinth or or if nothing else to stay home (6) and simply take time for yourself and reflect on the readings you have just read and heard.
1. If you would like to listen to a sermon for today by Local Preacher Susan Thorne, click on the video below
2. or you might choose to click on the image below to go to the pdf rootsontheweb adult sheet with further thoughts on these readings
3. or an All age Talk this week, by Youth Team member, Hannah, reflecting on the verse for today:
4. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
The BBC’s Question Time, for me, is compulsive viewing, even though I often find it infuriating when the politicians avoid answering questions by skirting round the issue or answering a question that wasn’t asked. I’m sure I’m not alone in my frustration!
Many questions have been on our minds throughout the Covid-19 crisis. Would fewer lives have been lost if lockdown measures were introduced sooner? Were care homes, including MHA facilities, dealt with properly? Could more lives have been saved if…? All of these are difficult to answer. One slip of the tongue from a politician could lead to political trouble. No wonder they are reluctant to give a straight answer! In no way do I defend politicians, but concede that journalists’ questions are often loaded to trip them up. This is nothing new. In the gospel reading, Jesus is asked a loaded question in similarly politically-charged times, not by a journalist but a lawyer.
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Matt. 22:36
This question is dynamite. Jesus is being asked to make a judgement on which of God’s commandments, written in the laws of Moses, is greatest. This is like asking a politician which law of the land is the most important. Imagine the field day the tabloid press would have!
I dare say that the lawyer was very pleased with his question, certain he had Jesus trapped. There was no answer he could give that would not land him in deep trouble.
How wrong could he be? Rather than picking out two of the laws, Jesus expertly sums up the whole of God’s law: love God and neighbour. This answer silences the lawyer and the pharisees, as there is nothing for them to argue with.
We may argue over points of doctrine and practice within Methodism and across denominations. It would be so much better if our primary motivation was always to simply love God and neighbour. The church and the world would certainly be better places and, as Charles Wesley writes, ‘the joy of heaven’ would ‘to earth come down’.
Forget the difficult questions, focus instead on Christ’s simple answer – love! Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind; and love your neighbour as yourself. Amen.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Tom Ferguson
5. or take a walk to the church garden and pray as you walk around the labyrinth there, silently listening to God as you travel inwards to the cross at the centre and then back outwards again into the world
6. and/or sit quietly and reflect on the prayers, readings and thoughts here and listen for what God might be saying to you through them
Youth Team Resources
Hope and Millie’s Reflection
Hannah’s Creative Prayer
At the moment, it can be difficult to feel joy and have strength. We can often fear that we can’t regain the happiness we have experienced in good times. Today, think about tough times that you have been through. Pray for a renewal of your strength, committing your worries into God’s hands. However weak you feel, trust as you pray that God’s joy can be your sustaining strength.