Sunday 3rd October: twenty-seventh in Ordinary and Harvest Festival
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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:
6. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
Time to Reflect
The Gospel reading has much to say about relationships, and our reactions to aspects of it may vary.
I’ve only recently discovered the concept of ‘kin_dom’ instead of ‘Kingdom’, although I believe it’s been around for a while, and is in the title of at least one book.
(The old model of civilization kingdoms were an area of land inhabited by people who were ruled by a king. Kingdoms had a top-down organizing principle. Kin-doms are self-organizing systems that are fostered in kin-ship – the recognition that we are all kin, working together cooperatively and collaboratively).
How do you react to the concept of ‘kin_dom’ as a counterbalance to ‘Kingdom’?
In the Gospel, as the narrative proceeds, tension mounts. Jesus in many ways fits the pattern of a Rabbi but doesn’t fit expectations. Even those who followed him closely struggle. He mixes with all the wrong people. He talks about the last being first and the first last – and even welcomes children!
What is it about children that Jesus is holding up as an example to emulate?
I think it may be to do with expectations. Children are much more accepting of people and situations, not held back by the accumulated assumptions, prejudices, status and power of adults. So, they come open and in humility.
The psalm says that God made us ‘rulers’ over creation, only a little lower than God himself (v. 5). However, it is also ‘through the praise of children and infants’ that God silences the foe and avenger (v.2). It might look as though the psalmist is talking about ‘Kingdom’, but maybe it’s more about ‘kin_dom’.
In our kinship relationships it’s all too easy for us to slip into a ‘Kingdom’ approach to one another, full of set expectations, demands even, instead of rejoicing in one another for who we are, loved children of God.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Pamela M. Cram
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:
Niamh’s Hymn for this week
Singing the Faith 112 O Lord our Lord throughout the earth
To accompany Lectionary reading, Psalm 8, with images by Molly and James from Climate Action for You CA4J
written by John Bell (born 1949) after Psalm 8 ©1993 WGRG, c/o Iona Community, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow, G5 9JP, Scotland. www.wildgoose.scot
Bishop Auckland Methodist Church www.bishopmethodist.org.uk CCL Licence No. 882296 CCL Streaming Licence 1457011
Sung by Niamh Prior, local Youth Team member
Accompaniment: Singing the Faith CD set Publisher: Coventry Central Hall ISBN: SF107-NB-13 Published: 01/07/2013