Sunday 27th June: Thirteenth 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…
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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:
Today on conference Sunday, as our church leaders gather to confer, we reflect on Mark’s narrative of restoration and healing. Pause for a moment and ponder on what the world has been through in this last year. Consider how much we and the whole world needs the healing and restoration that Jesus models in this story.
We need healing and restoration from the Pandemic, healing and restoration from injustices, healing and restoration from the appalling ways humans treat other humans who are not like them.
The story within a story of the haemorrhaging woman, sees Jesus unpicking a long injustice that this child of God had endured for much of her adult life. Let alone the discomfort, pain, and weakness the condition brought to her, she would have been ostracised, kept apart from society and held at a distance because due to her condition she was considered to be “unclean”, “untouchable”. You did not want to be seen as “unclean” in 1st Century Palestine.
Dramatically, Jesus makes a big fuss that he has been touched. The embarrassed disciples try to play down the issue. The woman, now embarrassed herself, owns up, expecting the wrath of the Rabbi she has now made unclean, through her touch. The crowd who knew the woman would have been offended on his behalf! Of course, there is no wrath from Jesus. Just as we would expect, there is the opposite – LOVE. There is acceptance, there is healing. Her supposed uncleanness is not a reality to Jesus, and he makes it known in his gracious reaction and words of healing.
Not only does Jesus heal her medical condition, He shows society that she was not unclean and as he has graciously welcomed and healed; so should they, and so should we.
Ponder this week: Who in our lives and our churches needs acceptance, inclusion, healing and restoration, or a seat around our communion table? And what can we each personally do, to model Jesus’ healing and restoration for church, society, and world?
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Revd Phil Warrey
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
Show your grace to me and my family.
Give us hearts that are so generous we will be able to share with those who need help.
May we give ourselves first to you, and then to others.
Help us to give of our means, even beyond our means.
May we relieve the needs of those who are poor and whose lives are burdened.
Help us not only take action to do good, but to complete the good we set out to do.
Help us to excel in everything- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in love.
In the name of Jesus, I ask for your help in giving us a gracious spirit.