Sunday 4th July: Fourteenth 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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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:
The bible is full of ‘pairs’ … Moses and Aaron, David and Jonathan, Elijah and Elisha; soul-mates who supported each other as they grew, so Jesus sends His disciples out two by two so that they might support each other. With His instructions, Jesus is telling them that ‘as God has provided for His people in the past, so He will provide for you’.
When I go on a trip I always take far too many clothes with me, most of which come back un-worn. No chance of the apostles doing that, but, as in the middle east the temperature can drop substantially when the sun goes down, I’ve always been surprised that they didn’t have an extra shirt, just a staff and sandals … that reminded me of another journey, when the Israelites were getting ready to leave Egypt at the first Passover and they are told (from The Message bible Exodus 11:11) “Be fully dressed with your sandals on and your stick in your hand”.
As God has provided for His people in the past, so He will provide for you. Being told not to take any food suggests that God will also fulfil that basic need. This is unsurprising; the Israelites spent years as desert nomads and so developed the custom of hospitality, and here is another parallel to the Exodus, with God providing enough manna each day for everyone.
As God has provided for His people in the past, so He will provide for you. However, what about money? The Israelites were told to “ask your neighbour and any guests in her house for objects of silver and gold, for jewellery and extra clothes” (Exodos 3:22) so that they didn’t go into the desert with nothing. Some commentaries cross-reference this reading to Matthew 10 v 10 which says (MEV) “the workman is worthy of his keep” suggesting that for work, the disciples will be fed.
As God has provided for His people in the past, so He will provide for you. Aren’t we blessed… this loving God who was and is and will be forever has provided in the past, does so today and will continue to do so until the end of time. Thanks be to God Amen.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Ann Seatonl
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
Think about what you brought with you to church today, or what you have on you right now. Imagine you are going on a journey and have none of these things with you, no coat, bag, keys, phone. How do you think the disciples felt being told to do this journey? How do you think that this would feel?