Sunday 11th July: Fifteenth in Ordinary
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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:
This reading has some echoes of a parent saying to arguing siblings ‘remember who you are and behave like it!’
This church, who themselves, as Gentiles, had been the strangers, the excluded, have been included into God’s community, welcomed in, loved, are now debating and arguing: What should the criteria for acceptance be? How can we make sure only the ‘right sort of people are included?
The irony is striking and it speaks to us too – we who are also included only by God’s grace. We who also can easily get sidetracked into debating who to keep out, rather than focussing on God who graciously includes us all.
Of course communities do need boundaries and limits about behaviour and ensuring safety. It is not ‘welcome all, and behave exactly as you like’.
But that isn’t the writers’ point – it isn’t even about the church all agreeing. It is instead about understanding what great grace we have received, and offering that to each other. It’s about allowing God to be the most important one in our communities. It’s about allowing the Peace that Jesus brings to make the difference, and to be the Peace between us (even if we never do agree on some things…). It’s about deep listening to each other. It’s about reconciliation in Jesus, which includes a real commitment and change to how we behave. It’s about our debate being gracious, our focus being Jesus, our hearts being open to God’s transformation.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Ruth Yorke
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
Are there any images or symbols that you associate with authority and power? For example, a crown, a police badge, or a clerical collar. Today, pray that all the symbols of authority and power may be influenced by those who speak truth, love and justice and use the power that they have wisely.