Sunday 10th October: twenty-eighth 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
When reading a bible passage one of the things I sometimes do is to try and put myself in the reading, imaging what is happening around and what the feelings are of those mentioned in the passage.
In today’s gospel reading, we hear of a man, described as the rich man, running up to Jesus to seek answers. I imagine that something in his life must have caused him to run to Jesus, kneel down and ask his question. The rich man has a desperation behind his question; a desire to know the answer, a desire to find out the answers from the teacher.
Many of us have had times in our lives when we have asked the same kinds of questions. The type of question I find myself asking in the middle of a sleepless night or in the middle of the day when I find myself longing to know all the answers, it’s an in the moment kind of question about life, that moment in time, what do I need to do to receive God’s grace and live a life filled with his plans for me.
The rich man knew the answer to the question that he asked Jesus but he still felt the need to ask “…what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
When things go wrong or not in the direction we thought they would, we’d often like to turn back time, to long for something different but unless we’re a time traveller, Dr Who or Doc and Marty McFly, that won‘t be happening to us.
The rich man is wanting a different quality of life, a second chance and Jesus’ words may sound like a challenge, a list of things he has to do or a list of things he has to accomplish before he will inherit eternal life.
What if, instead of thinking of the list as challenges, we think of them as words of hope and words of recovery. I’m not thinking of rescue and needs as a prize; but as an alternative; the gift of being able to start again with God in our lives.
Jesus offers us hope and salvation in the grace of God. To receive God’s grace, we may need to let go of the things that are holding us back. This may be our riches or the things we are doing in our lives that don’t lead us in the direction that God intended. We need to invest in what God is offering us and take up his offer.
Like the rich man we may grieve for what we have to give up, for what we need to change, for the things we are asked by God to do differently. The rich man may have appeared to turn away from what he was being asked to do but we don’t know this for sure, we don’t know what he did after he left. He may have gone home and immediately changed his life, he may not have done it immediately, it may have been weeks, months or years later. We don’t need to know what the rich man did; we need to think about our response, how we respond to God’s call on our lives.
What is God asking you to do? Where do you need God’s guidance and direction in your life? Are you living a life filled with God’s grace or are there things you need to let go of, things you need to do more of? Do you see the hope that comes with having the Holy Spirit as your guide and Jesus in your life? There is so much on offer if we just listen to God’s call.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Cathie Steele
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
Nearer my God to thee…
To accompany Tony’s sermon on Joel chapter 1
Rebekah’s image of the week
Rebekah is a member of Sunday@3 and enjoys photography… She is offering her photos to help us reflect each week: