Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Sunday 21st February Worship@home resources

Sunday 21st February: First Sunday in 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…

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)

Worship Extras…

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 Lent from:

Genesis 9.8-17; Psalm 25.1-10; 1 Peter 3.18-22; Mark 1.9-15

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 watch (4) the Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT) ‘s broadcast this week on the lectionary passages or consider (5) the District Worship at Home resources or read (6) the Connexional reflection; or otherwise to come (7) to the church garden to prayer walk the labyrinth or or if nothing else to stay home (8) 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 watch the ‘Politics in the Pulpit’ from JPIT picking up on this week’s lectionary passages:


5. or consider the Darlington Methodist District’s Worship at Home resource page:

6. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:

Here we are at the beginning of a new Church season in Lent 1. There are two readings for today. The Gospel passage should be familiar to folk as portions of it have already featured twice in this year’s lectionary and the Genesis passage which I find particularly applicable to our present situation worldwide.

Noah and his family have been restricted to an Ark for 378 days, not just 40 days. Which is so similar to how long this Pandemic has been making our lives difficult. When Noah disembarks and makes sacrifices to God, then God promises to establish a covenant which has the rainbow as a sign.

What will you sacrifice to God to open a way for God to bless you? Our hands are full of many different things that we need to let go of before we can take up new things.

Just as God wiped the earth clean of all wickedness by way of the flood waters so too does the Baptism of repentance wash us clean.

The wilderness, like Lent is also a time for reflection, fasting and spending time in prayer as we prepare for what God is going to do in us and through us.

What are the “struggles” that you have faced in this last year? What path will you take in the Lenten season ahead?

Take a time to sit quietly.

thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Fiona Calverey


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 this Lent, think of anything you would like to do differently in your life- for example, a bad habit you would like to change. 

Maybe Lent would be a great time to change this thing in your life. If you decide to, pray for help and support from God throughout Lent as he can be with you.  

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