Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Sunday 6th June Worship@home resources

Sunday 6th June: Tenth in Ordinary

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)

Worship Extras…

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 for this week’s Bible readings for Palm Sunday from:

Genesis 3.8-15; Psalm 130; 2 Corinthians 4.13-5.1; Mark 3.20-35

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:

To fulfil His mission on Earth, Jesus did not surround Himself with religious leaders nor with His family, but with those willing to dedicate themselves to God’s service. However, He did not reject the idea of families working together, as we see in His calling of Peter and Andrew, also James and John.

Similarly our Christian calling may involve family or be within the context of the church; or it may require us to work with strangers outside the context of our Christian worship.

The current pandemic has been devastating for many who have suffered as a result of illness, or of the illness of others. It has had a profound effect in other ways such as loss of work or ability to meet with others.

It has also meant that many have had to depend on others to meet some of the needs of life. For some this has meant relying on family, friends or neighbours. Others have had to turn to a stranger.

When Jesus speaks of those doing the will of God being his Mother, Brothers or Sisters, He does not mean that they are literally his blood relatives. He means that those people are part of His life, as if family.

As we serve God we should welcome those willing to work with us to proclaim God’s Love and to show His Love in the world. It may feel that they mean as much to us as our family. This doesn’t lessen the meaning of family, but elevates the importance of fellow workers, those whom we serve and those who meet our needs at this time through Jesus, our Lord.

Take time to sit quietly

thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Ralph Frankland

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

This week, think of different qualities that help to build a community, for example inclusion. And then think of different qualities that can destroy a community, for example exclusion. Which qualities do you think apply more to God’s community and why?

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