Sunday 14th March: Fourth Sunday in Lent and Mothering Sunday
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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 Lent 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 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. She is preaching this week on Colossians 3:12-17 if you want to look at the Bible Reading she has chosen to preach on for Mothering Sunday
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:
I wonder how many times through this pandemic you have been unhappy with things and complained out loud or inwardly to yourself? Perhaps you haven’t agreed with Government decisions, perhaps you have been angry at the people who seemed to mindlessly flout the rules put in place to keep us all safe, perhaps you’ve complained when you were unable to attend church, or if you were, you were unable to sing; there are many reasons of late why we are likely to have moaned.
And this is how it was with the Israelites as they travelled slowly towards the promised land. They took their frustration out not only on their leader Moses, but also on God. They had forgotten the miracles God had performed for them, their faith was waning, and they refused to obey God’s law (see Psalm 78). We see too that when the Israelites complained things only got worse. They improved at once though when the people recognised that they had sinned against God through their attitude and actions.
When the bronze snake was hung on a pole the Israelites didn’t anticipate the fuller meaning that Jesus would bring to this experience. In the Gospel reading Jesus explains that just as the Israelites of old were healed of the sickness caused by the snake bites by turning their gaze towards the snake on the pole, we today can be healed from the sin that pervades our lives by turning our gaze towards Jesus’ death on the cross.
You see it was not the bronze snake that healed the Israelites, it was their renewed belief in God’s healing power, in God’s compassion for them, in God’s love for those created in God’s image and called beloved. Today, God’s healing power, compassion and love exists for each one of us too; it is there for the taking but like the Israelites we too need to recognise the times we stray away from the path of light that guides us and turn back wholeheartedly towards God.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Rev. Zena Smith
7. 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. In the glorious sunshine the daffodils are about to bloom in the central cross as you can see, come and see them as you celebrate Mothering Sunday today.
8. 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
Mothers are an important figure in our life. They nurture us at a young age and help and support us as we grow up. Think of someone in your life who was like a mother to you. Think of their love and how this has impacted you throughout life. You could pray and thank God for this person as they have helped you become the person you are today.