Sunday 8th August: nineteenth in Ordinary
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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 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 h 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:
Politics in the Pulpit is taking a break for the month of August. It will be back at the start of September
6. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
Time to Reflect
To be a Christian is to live in relationship with God through Jesus and with each other. This is the message that comes across in our readings today.
The Gospel reading is part of the discussion between Jesus and the crowd in which Jesus describes himself as the Bread of Life. In the wilderness the Israelites had to put their trust in God to provide the physical food to sustain them day by day on their journey and in this part of the discussion Jesus is saying, ‘take me into your very being, make me the foundation of your life, put your trust in me and I will provide the spiritual food you need to sustain you on your journey to eternal life.‘
The reading from the letter to the Ephesians gives some rules for living and ends with the command to be imitators of God, as beloved children, and to live in love, as Christ loved us. We are made in the image of God … children of God … and we are being called to be true to that image … to love God and our neighbour … for when you look at the reasons for the rules they are all about relationship. Speak the truth for we are members of one another; don’t live by stealing from others but work honestly so as to have something to share with the needy; don’t speak evil with your mouth but use your words to build one another up and give grace to those who hear; forgive one another as God in Christ has forgiven you.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Charity K.M. Hamilton
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 garden is looking well as the Cultivate4life team are working on it on a Wednesday morning. You can even take a rest in the sunshine after your walk!
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
This week, if you are able write a prayer of confession, or a word or picture representing whatever you would like God to erase from your life. This could include wrong behaviours and past hurts or anger.
Give this issues to God in prayer and offer up your prayer by crumpling up the paper.
God promises to forgive you and give you a clean slate.