Sunday 17th January: Second 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 two more 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.
If you enjoy this web content and don’t already donate to the church by standing order or by church envelope, and you would like to give, you can click on the button below and follow the instructions:
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,)
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:
The first encounter Nathanael had with Jesus must have been a disconcerting one. They had never met before, but immediately
Jesus commends him for his faith and his integrity. Nathanael’s response shows his confusion as he asks Jesus, ‘How do you know me?’ Jesus explains he has seen him sitting under his fig-tree, indicating he knew Nathanael was a man of prayer. In rabbinic thought the fig tree was the place one sat to study the scriptures and so, in this initial conversation, Jesus was affirming he knew that he was meeting a man who spent time with, and who was devoted to God.
Meeting someone who we feel can ‘see through’ us can provoke different responses. When someone says the same thing as us at the same time, it can just be something to smile or laugh at and we pass it off without thinking too much about it.
But, for Nathanael, the thought of Jesus knowing so much about him was disconcerting, as it was for the Psalmist who speaks of his inability to escape from God: ‘where shall I go from your Spirit or where can I flee from your presence?’ In the same way we can feel uncomfortable if we think someone knows too much about us. We may consider it an invasion of our privacy or make us feel anxious. One way of responding is to put up barriers so that person, that friend, maybe even God, can’t get too close to challenge our comfort.
But there is a different way of dealing with that discomfort. It appears that Nathanael, despite that strange introduction, did not turn away (John 21.2) but stayed with Jesus. The Psalmist too, although he asks where he can go to escape from God, is also positive about the closeness of God’s presence. He could affirm that wherever he was God’s hand would guide him and hold him safe.
In a year when life has been so difficult, and when maybe we dreamed of escaping somewhere, the Psalmists words still ring true, that wherever we are, in whatever circumstances, we can be assured of God’s guidance and love and the conviction of God’s inescapable presence.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Revd Dr Christine Jones
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
Psalm 139:14 says that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made”, which means that we are all made to be unique and set apart. Bubbles are unique, they all have a unique size and path that they travel. Bring to God your unique gifts and give thanks for them and the purposes God has set for you. You could also pray for inspiration to know how to use you gifts to spread God’s love in the world.