Sunday 23rd May: Pentecost 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…
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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 (5) watch ‘Politics in the Pulpit’ a resource from JPIT, 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 consider the Darlington Methodist District’s Worship at Home resource page:
5. or watch ‘Politics in the Pulpit’, a resource from JPIT (Joint Public Issues Team) looking at how issues in politics today can be considered in the light of today’s lectionary passages:
6. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
I don’t know about you, but I often find the anticipation of something is very different to what actually happens. That difficult conversation you build up in your mind and worry about that goes really well. The quick and easy piece of work that takes quite a few hours. The panic at finding a new place when, in the end, the journey is straight forward.
In our Gospel reading today, Jesus tries to give a sense of what it will mean for the Spirit of Truth to come to the disciples. I wonder if, when it came to Pentecost, what actually happened was very different from what they anticipated? After all, Jesus didn’t exactly say that there would be tongues of fire and miracles of communication involved!
We’ve definitely needed some miracles of communication over the past year. Different ways have worked for different people and, if we are honest, we haven’t always been able to anticipate what will work best straight away or get it right all the time. Yet, one of the things that strikes me about the story of Pentecost, is the way in which the Spirit breaks down barriers of communication. When that happens, people experience God in ways that are meaningful to them.
I wonder what barriers of communication we have seen broken down in ways that need to continue? What are the barriers that we still need to work on breaking down? How will we respond when what happens is different to what we anticipated? What will we learn from our experiences both over the past year and into the future?
This Pentecost, my prayer for everyone is that you may experience the Spirit of God at work in your life today. Oh, and don’t be surprised if it happens in ways you didn’t anticipate!
Take a time to sit quietly.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week byRev’d Lorna Valentine
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 daffodil cross may be past blooming now, but other parts of the garden are looking well as the Cultivate4life team are working on it on a Wednesday morning. There is even the new bench to take a rest on afterwards.
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
Hope and Millie’s Reflection Slides
Hannah’s Creative Prayer
This Pentecost, think about spreading prayer across the world. If you are able, set up a large bowl of water and find some pebbles. Drop the pebbles into the water and pray for something. The ripples the water will make represent the wave of prayer spreading out across the world. Prayer for family and friends, your local community and then keep widening the focus of prayer.