Sunday 30th May: Trinity 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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(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:
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 (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:
There are times when we enjoy a mystery – it’s fun to work out the answer and we feel good if we can get there by our own effort.
But for the same reason, we find the mysteries we face in life more difficult; because our efforts to understand them can be frustrated.
Why is it that we have the health we have, and not that of others?
Why is it that we have the wealth we have and not that of others?
Why do some people suffer, and not others?
Why do some go hungry? Why must some travel far from home to find almost-safety?
What is the purpose of my life at this point in time? And why do I find this difficult if it’s meant to be?
Why do so many people of the same faith disagree? Why do some people of faith try to force it on others?
Why is love so difficult to discern sometimes?
Your own mysteries may be very different to these. We listen for God, but do not hear. We look, but do not see. Like the people of Isaiah’s generation, we get things wrong.
“The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.”
Jesus explains that no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above. We cannot perceive them as God does in this life; we have to be ready to receive fresh perceptions from the light of a love which came, not to condemn, but to save the world:
Including you: Including your mysteries.
Take a time to sit quietly.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by V. Phillips
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. Or even join the service for Trinity with Rev John at 11am in the garden 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
Hope and Millie’s Reflection Slides
Hannah’s Creative Prayer
If you are able, go outside, or imagine a landscape. Take time to be in God’s awesome presence. Look at the sky, trees, birds and whatever else you can see, appreciating and paying attention to all that you can see, all while standing in God’s presence.