Sunday 22nd August: twenty-first 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 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
You pause, chewing the end of your pen or with your hand hovering above the screen or keyboard trying to ‘find the right words’. There is something very important to share, something sensitive to disclose and perhaps these simple words have to bear the weight of strong emotion. Sometimes recently bereaved people find they are avoided or ignored by others who ‘can’t find the right words’ and are embarrassed and feel awkward. We’ve come up with the idea of ‘mis-speaking’ to refer to times when words come out wrong or unintentionally convey an unfortunate or unacceptable meaning. Those of us who have had to write or record words during the pandemic, particularly those who have tried to speak of God in this context, have felt the pressure of finding the ‘right words’. At times when we could not touch, could not pass on a gift or share food together and our words have been weightier and more precious.
Jesus’s words here were and are difficult and disquieting. And people can’t take it, they back off, they walk. And Jesus asks, so poignantly and directly, if the disciples want to leave too. This is where Peter makes a great confession of faith, faith which knows that it has nowhere else to turn. In the Gospels we often hear of Peter putting his foot in his mouth, foul-mouthed Peter denying his Master. But here Peter speaks so clearly, speaks for all the disciples and all of us, ‘where else can we go, you have the words of eternal life’.
Jesus’s words are here not bland and reassuring. Jesus does not tell the disciples or us ‘what we want to hear’. These words are strong and they stick in the heart and mind, they take root in us. They are compelling, they draw us in. Even when things don’t make sense, and we don’t quite ‘get’ what these words mean, the words of Jesus hold us, Jesus holds us. In these days Jesus holds us, and holds onto us still, through the words we read in the Bible, the words we sing to ourselves in our homes, the words of worship we share with each other.
There are times when we can’t find the words, and times when words run out, when words cannot be enough. There are times when we can’t put into words what we feel as individuals or together. There are times when we can’t adequately explain how our experiences connect with what we believe, but like Peter, we grasp the words and Word which draw and hold us. This is what we’ve got, what we stick with, this is enough, enough for life and faith: ’where else can we go?’
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Miriam Stevenson
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
Today, think about the happy and sad times of the past week.
First, focus on events of the past week that have made people happy.
Take a moment to thank God for these times. Then think of any events that may be sad or worrying that have happened in the past week.
Take a moment to pray for these times. Remember God is just as close to us in the good times as in the bad.