Sunday 15th August: twentieth 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…
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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 songs from the repertoire of Millie and Hope to join in with beforehand)
If you want to see the Pixar – Disney short film ‘La Luna’ written by Enrico Cassarosa that this service is based around, please view on Disney Plus: https://www.disneyplus.com/en-gb/movies/la-luna/372ZAYaXo1xh or the DVD is available of Amazon.co.uk at https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pixar-Short-Films-Collection-Region/dp/B0091NWBK4
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:
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 at home 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
How good is it to eat a slice of a freshly baked loaf of bread? How good is it to have a treat and buy a lovely filled sandwich from a delicatessen. We have a favourite one in Harrogate I need no excuse to pass. I am satisfied after partaking of the bread.
The day before our passage today, on the far shore of the lake, Jesus had fed over five thousand people by multiplying five loaves and two fish. They now gather round him again, looking for more. They expected more free and satisfying food. They did not expect a deep sermon! He tells them that such food cannot last, just like the manna from heaven that Moses gave their ancestors in the desert.
The true bread which he now offers is his own flesh. Some, of them were horrified. Many of his followers, indeed, were to leave him on hearing this.
Peter and the Twelve, however, remained faithful. They were with him at the Last Supper when he again took some bread, blessed it and gave it to them, saying ‘Take it, and eat it, this is my body.’ This is my body. Similarly with the wine. They knew that “eating of him” meant receiving his goodness as a healthy and satisfying spiritual gift.
Bread nourishes us, so Jesus uses that term to describe himself. But ‘living’ bread is an attempt to reveal more deeply how profoundly he nourishes us. He offers us a relationship in which we can ‘abide’ in security. We need that life-giving relationship more than ever today in an unhealthy world. By taking of him, we can live for ever.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Rev. Ian Pruden
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
We are all individuals, yet we are bound together by our faith. The image shows plaited fabrics, the pink and blue strands represent us, and the red strand represents Jesus, a part of us that can’t be easily separated.