Sunday 18th April: Third Sunday in Easter
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 Palm Sunday 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 (4) the District Worship at Home resources or read (5) the Connexional reflection; or otherwise to come (6) to the church garden to prayer walk the labyrinth or or if nothing else to stay home (7) 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 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’m sure we all remember “I don’t believe it!” the catchphrase of Victor Meldrew, in the 1990’s sitcom “One Foot in the Grave.” It’s a phrase we can almost hear going round Jesus’ followers in our Gospel reading today. They were frightened and incredulous, which are normal reactions when the boundaries of our experience and knowledge are challenged. We don’t always accept and believe what we see and are told. (I think there are still those who believe the moon landing in 1969 was a hoax!!)
After Jesus had given them physical proof that he was indeed alive, he went on to link their knowledge of scripture with their current experiences, explaining this was part of God’s greater plan and they were part of it. His teaching expanded their thinking, preparing them for the start of their journey from the familiar into a new future, which involved risk, anxiety and uncertainty.
Generations of Christians have wrestled with the question of the best way to live following the teaching of Jesus in their own time and situations. Over the last year our daily life has not been normal, and many have been trying to hold on to what they know and find what God may be saying to us in our time. As we are emerging from the coronavirus restrictions, we are aware that much has changed within people’s hearts and minds, and we are trying to process how to move forward as the people of God.
There are parallels here with this event in Luke’s gospel; both situations are extraordinary and isolating, with an uncertain future on many fronts, and in both instances, Christ’s followers are called to witness to what he reveals of God’s love. So, now in these uncertain and unsettling times as we claim “I do believe it!” we face the question of how we share the gospel in our new and different circumstances.
May God send us His vision and wisdom.
Take a time to sit quietly.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Revd. Maree Farrimond
6. 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. As we remember the events of Easter 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
Great 50 Days
Series of Readings for the days
between Easter and Pentecost
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)