Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Sunday 3rd January Worship@home resources for Covenant Sunday

Sunday 3rd January: Second Sunday of Christmas and Covenant Sunday

Listen to the service as a radio broadcast on 105.9 BishopFM just after the 11am Sunday morning news, or stream it at 11am on the website through YouTube [and join in with hymn-singing for 15 minutes beforehand] – See below…

Click on the video above to hear Rev John’s Happy New Year wishes

Below you can find the radio podcast if you can’t listen on 105.9 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

YouTube broadcast

(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,)

Worship Extras…

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 for Covenant Sunday from:

Exodus 24:3-11 Jeremiah 31:31-34 Romans 12:1-2 John 15:1-10

or this link to for this week’s Bible readings for the Second Sunday of Christmas from:

Ephesians 1:3-14  • John 1:(1-9), 10-18

or this link to for this week’s Bible readings for Epiphany from:

Isaiah 60.1-6; Psalm 72.1-7,10-14; Ephesians 3.1-12; Matthew 2.1-12

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 on the readings for the Second Sunday after Christmas click on the video below

2. or you might choose to click on the image below to go to the pdf rootsontheweb at home sheet with thoughts on the epiphany readings

3. or read the VINE worship sheet on the readings for second Sunday after Christmas which MWiB are supporting this year:

4. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources linking to Covenant Sunday for this week below:

The image of the vine is an organic picture.  The branches are growing in the vine. They are connected to every other branch through the vine and fruit grows naturally on the branches. The branches have no choice. They are part of the Vine. But Jesus’ use of this image to speak of our relationship with him offers choice and invites our participation. We are asked to abide in the vine and so grow and be fruitful.

Today, we choose again to trust God, to walk with Jesus and to live in the ways of the kingdom.

Take the Methodist Way of Life Card.  Before you say the covenant prayer, read through the commitments on the card and reflect on which of these you want to grow in during the coming year.

As far as we are able, with God’s help:


  • We will pray daily.
  • We will worship with others regularly.
  • We will look and listen for God in Scripture, and the world.

Learning and Caring

  • We will care for ourselves and those around us.
  • We will learn more about our faith.
  • We will practise hospitality and generosity.


  • We will help people in our communities and beyond.
  • We will care for creation and all God’s gifts.
  • We will challenge injustice.


  • We will speak of the love of God.
  • We will live in a way that draws others to Jesus.
  • We will share our faith with others.

May we be a blessing within and beyond God’s Church, for the transformation of the world.  

Take a time to sit quietly

thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Henderson-Merrygold

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. Enjoy the autumn leaves as you go! The path is still visible, if you kick the leaves out of the way.

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

(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

Hannah’s Creative Prayer

A part of the covenant prayer that stuck out to me was “You are mine and I am yours.”
This year, how can you live and pray in your own strengths, as well as in God’s?
How are you going to focus more on God, and follow his word and guidance throughout the year?

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