Sunday 13th December: 3rd Sunday in Advent
Listen to the service as a radio broadcast on 105.9 BishopFM at 11am Sunday morning, or stream it at 11am on the website through YouTube [and join in with hymn-singing for 15 minutes beforehand].
If you are interested in what is happening in the coming weeks over the Christmas period at church listen to Rev John with donkey and Mary and Joseph:
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.
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Radio podcast for 105.9BishopFM
(live at 11am, at the same time as the radio broadcast, on Sunday 15th November, and available here after that, with 15 minutes of hymns to join in with beforehand,)
An Advent Prayer 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 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) the pdf sheet The Vine. , or read (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 for the day.
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 read the VINE worship sheet which MWiB are supporting this year:
4. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
John the witness, whose testimony to the Jewish leaders began with those negatives:
I am not the Messiah
I am not Elijah
I am not the Prophet….
It is tempting to think that the Jewish leaders were also being negative, looking to point out John’s deficiencies, but what if they were really looking for the Messiah.
What if they were sad and disappointed that here they did not have whom they were looking for?
They didn’t know whom they were looking for – but they had to take some sort of answer back to those who had sent them, so they pressed John for more.
His reply still turns to the cryptic – I am not the one whom is to come, he is already amongst you, though you do not know him.
That the Messiah could be anyone was fully in the Jewish tradition.
The Messiah could be the person standing next to you.
The people who stand at the airport arrivals with a board with someone’s name on do not know who they are to collect.
They rely on the right person to come over and introduce themselves, but they are expected.
They wait for the right person to reveal themselves so that they can move on.
Is this the way we should be looking for the Messiah? Standing in a prominent place, holding a board with his name on, relying on him to come and find us so that we can move on.
Or should we be looking around at the crowd, in case the Messiah has walked straight past us and is expecting us to follow where he leads.
Jesus will leave enough clues in our everyday lives for us to recognize where he has been, where he wants us to go.
We need to make a conscious effort every day to see when Jesus is amongst us and to ask what he is calling us to do.
Take a time to sit quietly
During this season the Methodist Church is proclaiming “God is with us”. God is with us is more than a statement. It’s a reminder that God is always with us. We are encouraged to share our story (and other people’s stories) of walking with God in this extraordinary year. How might you share how God has been with you this week? Find out more here https://www.methodist.org.uk/christmas/
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Pat Heynes
6. 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. Enjoy the autumn leaves as you go! The path is still visible, if you kick the leaves out of the way.
7. 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
(if you haven’t found them before and are interested for yourself, your children or grandchildren, have a look at the Children’s Page where Millie posts for Young Church every Sunday at 10.30am and there are links to Bishop Auckland Parish and CAFOD children’s worship.
Youth Team Resources
Hope and Millie’s Reflection
Hannah’s Creative Prayer
Pray for Hannah this weekend as she prepares for her mock A levels