Sunday 21st November: thirty-fourth in Ordinary – Christ the King
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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
We come to the Sunday, which is the last in our lectionary year, the day we might know as “Christ the King Sunday”. Next week, the 1st of Advent, we begin a brand-new lectionary year, as we make our preparations for Christmas and the coming of Jesus whom we call the King of Kings.
What comes to mind when you think of a king? What do you picture? What things do kings have and how do they act?
Did you picture a man dressed in fine clothes, a robe around his shoulders, seated on a throne, a crown on his head, and servants in attendance? A castle and riches? Did you picture someone in charge giving orders and instructions, perhaps a little bossy?
Today we are remembering Jesus as King but Jesus’ life on this earth was very unlike that of what we imagine when we think of a king. It’s very different from what our children play when they play kings and queens or dress up as them.
My children are all now young adults but when they were little, they loved the series of touchy-feely board books that all start “That’s not my…” And finish with the sentence “That’s my… it’s … is so…”, you have probably seen them.
I wonder if we wrote one about Jesus being our King how it would go?
Perhaps something like this…
That’s not my king his robe is too glittery
That’s not my king his crown is too hard
That’s not my king his sceptre is too short
That’s not my king his throne is too smooth
That’s not my king his treasure is too rough
That’s my King his smile is so loving…
Maybe have a go at writing your own thoughts.
Today, as the people of Jesus, surely part of our responsibility is to support the vision of the one, we call King. To live it out in reflection of our king’s values.
Jesus consistently reached out to serve the underserved, the neglected, the oppressed and the hurting. He is the king who fed the hungry and healed the broken. As members of his kingdom, we are surely called to do the same.
To think further on: What kind of King is Jesus and how are we to help bring his Kingdom to this earth?
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by y Yvette Edwards, Local Preacher in the Newport and Lower Wye circuit
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 autumnal as our local biodiversity gardening group (come and join them on a Wednesday morning) along with Cultivate4life team are working on it on a Wednesday morning. Have a look at the new hedge that has just gone in over by the manse fence…
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
StF 333 Majesty
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: