Sunday 29th August: twenty-second 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 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:
6. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
Time to Reflect
Over the last 19 months (plus) we have been instructed again and again to observe the ritual of washing our hands, in bathrooms everywhere, in restaurants, and cafes, and even in our churches signs appeared telling us not only how to wash our hands but also how long for, there have been some creative suggestions, from singing Happy Birthday to reciting the Lords Prayer as we carry out what for many of us has now become a frequent ritual, and something we do not just before we eat a meal.
Yesterday I visited my daughter, and was shown by my almost 2 year old grandson how clever he was pulling his stool up to the sink and carefully washing his hands without help before we ate lunch. Interestingly neither mum nor grandma did this!
As I reflect upon that I can almost feel the shock of the Pharisees and scribes who noticed with horror that Jesus disciples were eating without taking part in the ritual of handwashing, thus rendering them defiled. This handwashing along with the washing of pots and cups and more were an integral part of life, showing an outward devotion to God, to the wider community and in some senses to themselves.
Jesus however is not concerned by his disciples actions (or should I say inactions). He points to ritual for rituals sake as being wholly inadequate. To honour God with outward signs whilst having hearts and minds set upon other things was not enough, the ritual, like our sacraments should have been what we often refer to as an outward sign of an inner grace, a reminder, as our baptism service records, that God has indeed accomplished “All this for you”.
Jesus wants something deeper than outward signs, he wants people to live lives focused upon the goodness and grace of God, people who are living lives centred upon love, to become visible signs of the grace of God at work. He wants us to be clean, to reflect holiness both inwardly and outwardly.
Now I am not suggesting that you should stop washing your hands in these pandemic times, (I make a note for myself there), but perhaps you might use this ritual as a chance to pray, to turn your attention to God, to allow those moments to become an opportunity to examine your heart, or simply to allow the love of God to wash over you as the water washes over your hands. Just as Brother Lawrence found the opportunity to worship God in what he saw originally as menial kitchen work, peeling potatoes and washing pots, thus redeeming it, maybe we can find opportunities every day to find, worship and celebrate God in all things.
thought from the connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Sally Coleman
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, use a teaspoon prayer to lead us in prayer.
T– Thank Jesus for his example that we can live by.
S– Sorry for any time that we have strayed from Jesus’ example.
P– Ask for help to always lead by Jesus’ example and show this through our lives.