Bishop Auckland Methodist Church

Sunday 18th July Worship@home resources

Sunday 18th July: Sixteenth 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 – 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 biblegateway.com for this week’s Bible readings for Palm Sunday from:

Jeremiah 23.1-16; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2.11-22; Mark 6.30-34,53-56

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:

Time to Reflect

There is a sense of accountability with the disciples to Jesus and to each other. Perhaps, accountability isn’t the best word, though? Maybe ‘fellowship’ might be a better word. In what ways have we encouraged each other during the pandemic and in what ways are we going to encourage others as we move out of it?

  1. Jesus told the disciples to rest. Rest, as we know, is important and taking a break away from all things church and all things ‘life’ is as important too. How can we improve our resting? Sometimes, some of us, feel guilty if we have a long rest!
  • What does it mean to you that Jesus is a shepherd? What other biblical references can you think of that use the image of God or Jesus as a shepherd?

Take a time to sit quietly

thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Matthew Ramsden


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

Today, think of opportunities to find a snippet of rest in the busyness of a normal day. This could be anything from sitting on a park bench for a couple of minutes or using some time in the day to pray for something.

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