Sunday 24th January: Third in Ordinary during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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 one last time today.
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)
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:
Just as Jesus called Peter and Andrew, James and John, so he calls us to follow him. Just as they had to make a decision to do so, so do we. He calls us because he wishes to make us more useful to him, to make our lives more fruitful in the changing world around us. It’s a challenge because to follow him, means letting him take the lead. If he says do it, we do it. If he says don’t do it, we don’t do it.
Following Jesus means accepting him as the way, as far as our lives are concerned, taking him as the truth. God’s truth to us. It means accepting that he is the life, our life, and without him there is no life as God intended it to be.
So, if that is the case, the question is…….How are we doing – answering his call and following him?
You see, following Jesus is a transforming work, a continuing work because the day we came to the Lord was only a beginning of a conversion process that started and goes on and on. It really means ‘our becoming something we were not’.
So, are we further forward now than when we made that commitment to be a follower?
We can answer that question for ourselves because we know, if over the years, we have been able to do things that before we just couldn’t do. Like, talk to other people about our Christian experience, discuss God’s word with one another, share our doubts as well as our joyful discoveries; being aware of the knowledge of God’s help at our side at difficult times.
Can we say now that, looking back, we have known his presence and direction in our lives? Do we continue to do so? And what about the future? Those disciples Jesus called had no idea where his call would take them. They just went with him and continued to follow him which is what he expects of us too.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Keith Edlington
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. Even though it’s frosty the daffodils are starting to poke their heads out in the central cross as you can see, reminding us that Spring is on its 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
Millie and Hope’s Reflection
Hannah’s Creative Prayer
At the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, Jesus asks four fishermen to come with him and they immediately respond, saying yes. This was a life changing decision, and they were prepared to leave everything they knew behind for Jesus.
How easy would it be for you to respond to a life changing call so quickly from God?
Have you ever experienced God using the skills you have in a different way?