Sunday 19th September: twenty-fifth 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:
The above Politics in the Pulpit relates to the lectionary themes for last week, but for the first Sunday in Creationtide it is very relevant, and as there isn’t and edition for this week, if you didn’t watch it last week, you might be interested in finding out more about COP26 and the work of the young people in the CJ4U – Climate Justice for You – scheme of the Global church.
6. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
Time to Reflect
The media is full of people who claim that they are great, but what really makes a person great? The media uses it to say, what people have done or said, and sometimes they promote a person to idol status.
Mohammed Ali used to have a saying that he was the greatest, because he could beat anyone in the boxing ring.
In our readings today Jesus teaches the disciples about greatness. The disciples had been having an argument as they were walking along the road. Not about what they heard, or where they were going, but about who among them was the greatest. I did wonder how they were measuring their greatness, perhaps it was
· The one who learnt the most, or
· The one who had provided the most or
· The one who had brought the most people to Jesus.
They all felt they had reasons for thinking that they were the greatest.
In his letter James was addressing the churches, about this kind of rivalry, which was happening in the churches, he says it stems from the desires that are within them, and when they do not get what they want they fight and quarrel.
We can see the same in our churches today.
When I started attending church, I sat on the back pew next to someone I knew. On the 4th week I was there, a woman came and stood in front of me and said, I was in her place, and then lectured me on how she had worked her way up from the front pew to the back to earn that seat. What I eventually found out was; that in winter, the pew was a warmer seat because it had a heater behind it.
Jesus wanted the disciples to understand that the role of discipleship is not about power and status, but about serving. Jesus called a child over to help Him explain.
A child in their culture had nothing to offer, he or she had no status. A child would be at the beck and call of the adults and was expected to be obedient and serve the adults.
Jesus told the disciples that one who serves those who can offer nothing in return will be the greatest.
Today Methodists along with other churches are learning this way of discipleship with Nightstop, Foodbanks and charity groups that help the vulnerable people in their towns and villages across the whole of Britain. The vulnerable people, are those perhaps through no fault of their own, have come to the edge of society. They may have been made redundant, or their benefits have not been paid, and in some cases, they have sold everything they have to settle their debts and are left with nothing. With this work, people are now beginning to revise their opinion of those who go to church. They no longer see us as a load of goody goodies, but as a group of people who care for others in our community.
The people who we help, ask ‘are we getting paid for the work’ after all, a lot of the people who they meet, would not do work for nothing. When our answer is ‘No’, they want to know why do we do it? The answer is; because our faith teaches us, to love and care for our neighbours.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Linda Ashworth
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
Youth Team Resources
Hope’s Images for the week
Hope, Millie and Hannah have now left the Youth Team to go to pastures new – see what they are up to by look at the Youth Worship Team page, and see what Connor, Abbie and Niamh are doing as they form this year’s continuing Youth Team. However, Hope has left us behind images for every Sunday of the 3-year lectionary cycle. See her images for this lectionary Sunday below:
3 years ago we took the theme: ‘The gift of wisdom’