Sunday 10th January: First Sunday in Ordinary
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…
And if you have missed your Covenant Service because we are now in Lockdown then you can listen / watch our Superintendent David Payne lead Covenant Service below also. And tell anyone who can’t access it online, that in addition to the sermon line 01388 436815, the daily reflections telephone line will carry this Covenant recording on 01388 436810 for the next three Sundays.
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
This Week’s YouTube broadcast
(live at 11am, at the same time as the radio broadcast, and available here after that, with 15 minutes of hymns to join in with beforehand,)
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Covenant Service with Rev David Payne
Click forward to start 13 minutes in if you don’t want to listen to the hymns whilst waiting for the service to start
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 or this link to biblegateway.com for this week’s Bible readings for the First Sunday in Ordinary Season from:
or follow this link to biblegateway.com for the Bible readings for Covenant Sunday if you wish to 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 at home sheet
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:
I’d like to invite you to take a few moments to think about water.
The gentle way it washes dirt from our skin
The powerful force that carves channels through rock.
The refreshing, heaven sent gift that brings life to our world.
A few years ago I visited Bushmead in Zimbabwe and the school my church has helped to fund there.
It was, as you might imagine a life changing experience, I was welcomed into the community and family home as both dear sister and honoured guest. Unlike many homes in Zimbabwe there was running water which meant that while my hosts took turns in the same bath water I was given the luxury of my own bathroom.
I’d been fundraising for the school for years so I knew what life in Zimbabwe was like or I thought I did. But the shock of turning on the tap to find no water (common place for them) was very real.
I have never been without easy access to clean water, even during essential plumbing works provision has always been made and I have known when water will be restored.
Of course, my hosts were prepared, in my excitement and wonder at all around me and the love I’d been shown I’d failed to notice the most basic, there in the corner was a pack of bottled water, ready for us.
Water is life, life without water cannot exist.
So what better symbol for baptism could there be, waters ability to cleanse, its power to transform and reshape and our total inability to live without it tells us much about the Spirit of God.
Through Baptism in Christ we have been washed clean and offered a source of ongoing renewal.
Through Baptism in Christ we have received the Holy Spirit, God’s presence in our lives, helping us to change and reshape ourselves into the people we are called to be.
Through Baptism in Christ we have been given life, true life, eternal life.
God is with us, flowing through us and out from us into our world. The source of life for all, a force which can never be completely cut off, a blessing that will never leave us.
There may be times when we don’t notice God’s presence, when we feel he is distant or has abandoned us and the tap gives nothing.
Don’t be fooled, God is always with us, waiting for us to discover him, turn to him, rely on him, waiting to wash through us and make us truly alive.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Liz Wood
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 snow as you go! The path is still visible through the snow and ice..
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
Millie and Hope’s Reflection
Hannah’s Creative Prayer
Baptism symbolises forgiveness and new life into the church. Jesus was changed and empowered at his baptism. It marked the beginning of a new ministry, a new direction to his life.
Think about how the Holy Spirit has empowered you and given new directions in your life, and what God may be calling you to do.