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Sunday 8th November Worship@home resources

Sunday 8th November: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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.

Radio podcast for 105.9BishopFM

YouTube broadcast

(live at 11am on Sunday 8th November and available here after that, but as it was timed to go live with the Act of Remembrance at 11am, it has a 15minute ‘stream starting shortly’ which if watching back you might like to fast forward through or just start the video 15minutes in)

Worship Extras…

A Prayer for Remembrance from the Methodist Church

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 for this week’s Bible readings from:

1 Thessalonians 4.13-18; Matthew 25.1-13

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:

Time to Reflect

It is important for us as human beings to have moments in our busy lives when we look back at the history which has moulded our individual and collective story. Today we look back at the story of the conflicts that have been, and remain part of, our human experience. We remember particularly the wars that engulfed the world in the 20th Century as we reflect on how these and further conflicts have shaped our world today.  History tells us something of the background to the emerging conflicts of the 20th and 21st Centuries. We have the opportunity to respond to that story by seeking not to repeat the conflicts of the past and to join in the hoped for peace which was sought by those who were involved in the conflicts which ended in 1918 and 1945/6. Micah’s vision of ‘beating swords into ploughshares and spears into pruning hooks’ has still to be realised but that doesn’t mean it is lost, for the vision remains and as Christians we recognise that God continues to challenge us to seek God’s justice and peace for all within the world.

We live in a fast-changing world in which many conflicts remain which means that the ways of peace and justice remain fragile. That fragility is seen in the story of many individuals who lost their lives in the conflicts of the 20th century and in our time. We remember them all as individuals and remind ourselves year by year of the challenges which bring about conflicts within and between nations and remain mindful of how we can work for peace today. The causes of conflict are many, but the causes of peace are many too, in a world divided by inequality and injustice, where those with the least are usually the most affected by the conflicts going on around them. 

As Christians we seek that way of justice and peace which Jesus shares with us and with our world. ‘Greater love has no one than this but to lay down their life for their friends’, he says. There have been, and continue to be, many acts of self giving in time of conflict. There are those who have refused to stand by when others are persecuted, peacemakers have died in the cause that they were so passionate about, individuals have taken the place of those who are about to die, lives have been changed for the better as a consequence of some having given up their lives so that others might live. 

We see that in our reading today. Jesus was caught up in the politics and practice of his day. He too was brought into the conflicts of his day and was taken from a place of peace to the violence of the cross. To lay down his life though was not just for his friends around him at the time but for all of us, for all time, for ever. Perhaps it is in Jesus’ act of self-giving love that the rumour of war is subsumed into the deep rumour of peace, echoing through the centuries, coming to us in the midst of the clamour and disorientation of the conflicts in today’s world. We are remembering today a complex area of human experience which has shaped people and nations and which continues to do so today.

Perhaps we can reflect further today on Micah’s vision where ‘nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more; but they shall all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid’. We’re not there yet but today we remember the sacrifice of many in the past who brought peace to their world in their time, as we work for peace in our lives, the life of our community and the life of the world today.  May we always hold close and share that rumour of peace which comes from God who upholds those we remember today.  God’s love casts out all fear – that place of peace is worth working for and sharing with our world today, which is a fitting way to remember all those who gave their lives in the service of others.

Take a time to sit quietly

thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Philip Wagstaff

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

The poppy represents remembrance and hope for a peaceful future. This Remembrance Sunday, remember all those who have lost their lives in conflict, those fighting at the moment, and those affected by conflict in their country. Pray for a peaceful future, where there is no war and fighting.

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