Sunday 30th January: 4th Sunday of Ordinary
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This Week’s YouTube broadcast
(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
5. or listen to ‘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 Song of Simeon celebrates his recognition of the baby Jesus as the Messiah.
This recognition contrasts starkly with the rejection Jesus experiences in the synagogue in Nazareth about 30 years later as told in our Gospel reading.
In a similar way Jeremiah writes confidently at the start of his work “Now the word of the Lord came to me”, yet when, following God’s word, he took the message to God’s people he, and God’s word, were initially met with rejection.
When we hear God’s word do we accept it or reject it? This is not an easy question, as we must first ask if it is really God’s word. Jesus himself warns us to beware of false prophets. So we cannot simply accept any notion that occurs to us, or message we are given, as being the word of God.
At this time our ability to ask if this is the Word of God may be limited if we cannot attend our normal worship and have only limited contact with others.
We can, however, start by asking of the word we have received, be that directly by God speaking to us or through the witness of a fellow Christian, does it reflect the loving God we know? Paul helps us answer that question with his explanation of the love of God in 1 Corinthians 13. This may not be the end of our journey, but may be a very good beginning.
Once we know if it is the word of God, can we follow it and proclaim it as Simeon and Jeremiah?
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Edwin Adam Wells
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. The lighting at dusk last week gave a wonderful image as did dawn with the frost last Sunday morning.
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 654 – The Love of God comes close ❤️
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: