Sunday 20th June: Twelfth in Ordinary
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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:
As we turn to the word of God and reflect together, the verse I think that is important for us in our reading set for today is v. 40. In v. 40 we hear the Lord Jesus saying “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” But before we go deeper with that verse, let’s explore the reading a little bit more and then consider what those words may mean for our context today.
First, we are presented with the disciples in a boat. It’s noted that Jesus is leaving the Jewish area for the first time and crossing over to a Gentile area. The disciples where seasoned fishermen so could have handled a storm, but it is noted that this storm is so terrifying that the disciples couldn’t handle it and the waves were going in the boat (reminders of the Old Testament story of Jonah here).
Second, Jesus is asleep during the storm. The stilling of the storm is a story of Jesus’ lordship over chaos and evil (water/the sea in the Old Testament is controlled by God and here Jesus is claiming that authority too). Maybe, Jesus sleeping through the storm was showing his authority and toughness.
The gospel according to St Mark (this is debated), is said to have been written to a community who are going through times of trial and suffering and that one of purpose of St Mark is that it was written to encourage those who are going through such things. In later Christian art, the boat came to symbolise the suffering community and perhaps would have taken comfort from the disciples’ failure to grasp who Jesus is as in our reading.
It’s similar for us, isn’t it? We’ve had a tough time lately going through this pandemic. People have lost loved ones, livelihoods, people’s mental and physical health has deteriorated. We could perhaps relate to the disciples in a storm and being petrified whether we’ll survive. But as followers of Jesus, He calls us to trust Him.
“Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” In the storms of life, we have two options. We can go our own way and think we know where we are going. Or we can turn to Jesus and trust in His life, death, resurrection, and ascension and follow in His path. May we all grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus, and never lose the awe and wonder of His majesty and power.
Take a time to sit quietly.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Matthew Ramsden, Local Preacher | Bolton Methodist Circuit
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
- When Jesus calmed the storm, he asked his disciples “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith in me?”
- •Have you ever been in a difficult situation that was out of your control?
- • Did you feel like Jesus wasn’t there or like he didn’t care? How did that feel for you?