Sunday 1st November: 31st 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 10.45am 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 10.45am 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:
A Prayer for All Saints Day from the Connexion
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) no all age video today, 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
4. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
Methodists tend not to do Saints Days. But remember that in the New Testament all the faithful are saints. Saints are real people not those figures portrayed in stained glass windows. We have all known many saints – those who brought us to faith, those who encouraged us on our way, those who provided the care and concern we all need from time to time. Saints are also those who challenge and question, who invite us to rethink our cherished attitudes and favourite ways of doing things and ask us to test them against the call of God in this age. All of them are the saints we commemorate at All Saints’ tide. All of them are our partners in prayer and in service.
Later you might find time to read Luke’s more challenging version of the Beatitudes (Luke 6,20-31). In either version, how do these words speak to us, the saints of this generation? By world standards even the poorest in Britain are incredibly rich – that is one reason why so many migrants want to come here. Yet I, like many who have experienced hospitality in the world’s poorer places, can attest to the fact that the hospitality offered by many of the world’s poorest people is way in excess of what they can expect to receive in the rich world.
Frequently, the saints, famous or unsung, have not really known where God was leading them, why God wanted something done, or how to go about doing it. Often they doubted whether they would have much impact – for humility is frequently the mark of a true saint. But they got on with it. And we are called to follow their example, to follow the great heritage of all God’s faithful people down the ages. Let us pray that we may live up to whatever he is calling us to do in this age.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Dudley Coates
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
This week think about how your faith is like a flame. Take a candle and as you look at the unlit wick, pray about your own flame of faith. Be honest with God about how brightly or dimly you feel your faith is burning at the moment. As you light the candle, pray that your passion for God may be re-ignited. As the flame grows, say a prayer of thanksgiving to God for the ways he has helped you to shine the light of his love through your words or actions.