Sunday 31st January: Fourth 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…
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(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)
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 Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Season from:
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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:
A response of ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ isn’t true, is it? Words can hurt – and can be used with the intention of hurting – and the healing can be as hard as if we had been pelted with sticks and stones. Words are powerful – for bad and for good – and we see this in our Gospel reading today. In Mark we aren’t told what Jesus said in the synagogue, but we read that people were amazed at the way he taught and that he spoke with authority – his words are powerful.
But the power of words can diminish if they are not matched by actions. Jesus acted to heal the man with an evil spirit. His words and actions were gentle but carried authority which the people around him recognised, and again they were amazed. This was not the power of kings and occupying forces that oppressed. It was a power that responded in word and action to each encounter to bring wholeness.
We are all called to speak and act when we find a neighbour in need – a gentle word or an act of kindness can bring wholeness. We are not alone – the Gospel story teaches us how, and our faith communities and others of goodwill share the task.
None of us is too small for our words and actions not to make a difference. So speak and act with gentleness and with power to bring wholeness to your neighbourhood and to the world.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by by Neil Manthorpe
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
Light a candle and think about authority figures in your life that have let you down.
You know our hearts,
And you know the situations we are thinking about.
In Jesus’ name,
Help us to forgive those who have hurt us.
Now think of a situation where you might have hurt other people you had any authority over.
You know us and love us.
We are sorry for where our actions haven’t matched our words or our faith in you.
Forgive us and heal those who have been hurt.