Sunday 14th February: Sunday before Lent
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 Fifth 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:
Before Elisha picks up the mantle of Elijah, which declares Elisha to be Elijah’s successor, he sees Elijah whisked off to heaven in a whirlwind with chariots of fire. A moment of powerful revelation before the hard work begins.
Before the disciples went with Jesus on the final journey to Jerusalem three of them are given a glimpse of Christ’s heavenly glory on a mountain top. A moment of insight into the real identity of the man Jesus before they had to face the suffering and sacrifice that was to be endured by the Son of Man.
Take a moment to reflect on the difficult periods of your life. What previous experiences have helped you during those times? How have you seen God at work that has enabled you to endure?
There were 9 disciples who were left at the bottom of the mountain and the 3 who were there were instructed not to tell. I wonder (and invite you to wonder too) what the reaction of the 9 was?
This episode comes 6 days after Peter has acclaimed Jesus as the Messiah which was immediately followed by Jesus’ first prediction of his death. That was something Peter objected to and on the mountain he wishes to prolong the experience by building but God answers with a cloud, a declaration of the identity of Jesus, “This is my Son, the Beloved” and the instruction, “Listen to him.”
We know the full Biblical story of what was to come but for the disciples out of this glorious revelation there was the simple command “Listen”
Listen when Jesus tells you of the way of the cross, listen when he tells you it is not an easy way.
Listen when he speaks of death and resurrection.
Listen when he speaks of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
And to us God still says, “Listen”. Listen when God speaks to you in your life today.
Take a time to sit quietly and listen to God’s voice to you today.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Rev Anne Smith
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
Dear Love so Divine
whose love casts out fear;
there is fear that surrounds us.
Yet hope that shines through
in the makers of vaccines,
in the doctors and nurses,
whose love exceeds fear.
May we too show love that exceeds every fear
and remember a world which awaits human care
and whose illness is as real as those of its people.
May we show it love which exceeds every fear,
in the strength of a Saviour whose victory brings hope,
in the presence of Spirit who inspires and creates.
Prayer by Chich Hewitt https://greenchristian.org.uk/show-the-love-prayer-2021/