Sunday 4th April: Easter Sunday
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)
Methodist Women in Britain of our Darlington District have also produced an Easter Service
The MWiB Easter Service can be found on YouTube:
Please join us as we enjoy worshipping together celebrating Easter.
Also today The Big Church Sing – Easter Special!
Raise your voices to your favourite Easter hymns on Easter Sunday – 4 April, live on the Methodist Church’s YouTube channel at 4pm. – Watch through this page below:
Be part of this huge Easter singing festival as we worship together across the nation and globally with acclaimed Christian musicians and other very special guests! All performing to support the work of All We Can for some of the world’s marginalised communities!
You won’t want to miss it!
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 Palm Sunday 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 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 and watch a bonus video they have provided for Easter:
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:
Have you heard? Easter’s cancelled – they found the body! So joked my barber to me, with reassuring annual regularity, but always leading on to a surprisingly deep conversation about the impact of Christ’s resurrection on the worldwide church.
Those women first, and then the disciples, had far more world-shattering news to share. Have you heard? Death is cancelled – Jesus is alive again! This time they weren’t joking.
Without question, the resurrection of Jesus was the one event that blew apart all time and space, resetting clocks and calendars, returning us in that early morning garden to a very reset of Creation. The empty tomb turned timid, fearful disciples into fearless proclaimers of the Gospel. Have you heard? Jesus is alive – and living in your heart!
How does Christ’s resurrection help you to face death today?
“Every Sunday is Easter Sunday” – why might people say that?
Take a time to sit quietly.
A time of prayer
Thine be the glory, risen conquering Son;
Endless is the victory thou o’er death hast won.
On this Easter Day, we remember those who have gone before us to glory. May we, like them, inherit your eternal kingdom.
We pray for all who are fearful today: people living alone; people who have endured great trials; people who are scared for each new day. Come among them and breathe your resurrection peace.
We pray for your worldwide church, united today in joyful acclamation of the risen Christ. May we, your church, daily witness to the life of the risen Christ in our own lives through our love for God, self and neighbour.
We pray for the leaders of the world, and for the people they govern. Endue them with wisdom and justice, so that they might govern all people with equity.
Finally we pray for ourselves. In Christ we are indeed more than conquerors. May Alleluia! be our triumphant song today and always.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Heather Wilson
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. The daffodils are blooming in the central cross as you can see. It was poignant to stand at the foot of the cross and sing ‘When I survey the wondrous cross” on Good Friday. As we celebrate Easter Sunday we can remember that those golden daffodils point to new life and resurrection as found in the risen Christ!
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
After Jesus died, his friends felt like all their hopes and dreams had died with him.
Until three days later when they found the tomb empty, Jesus had risen.
We all have hopes and dreams, this morning think about what you hope and dream for the future.
You could pray and ask God for help and guidance
for your hopes and dreams.
Great 50 Days
Easter Sunday marks the beginning of the period traditionally called the great 50 days. On the first day we celebrate the resurrection of Christ, on the 50th day we remember the day of Pentecost, sometimes called the birthday of the church. It is a time of hope and celebration.
We hope that you have now received copies of Mark The Great 50 Days and that these have been distributed ready for use from Sunday. There are further ways to share this resource and to join in the conversation:
· You can receive the reflection for each day by email each morning. If you are not already registered to receive The Great 50 Days emails you can register here.
· You can follow the reflections on Facebook (Search for TheGreat50Days)