Sunday 6th January: 5th Sunday of 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
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
Each and every one of us is called by God. Sometimes he can call us to a specific individual task which can also be rather challenging. It can take us completely out of our comfort zone. One thing that we are all called to do however is to share the good news with all we meet. Although in the circumstances that we have found ourselves in these last two years it can be quite a challenge to do just that. But it is important that we do so. That we give people the hope
and the light that they need right now. Hope and light they can find in Jesus.
Our reading from Luke today talks about the calling of the first disciples. They had no idea what would happen when they were first called by Jesus but they took a risk, a chance. They left everything else behind to follow him. They weren’t the people that you would have expected Jesus to pick to follow him and to help him in his mission. But they were the people that would change the world. Jesus equipped them to carry out the tasks that he had called them to just as he equips us all to enable us to do the same. You may be thinking what can I do? He won’t call me. I can’t do this or I can’t do that. But actually you are wrong. For he calls and equips every one of us because he knows what we can and can’t do and enables us to fulfil his calling on our lives. We just need to listen and to trust. Then to go out and do what he asks us to do knowing that he goes with us and will never leave us. I am a Brownie leader and whenever one of the girls says to me I can’t do this my reply to them is something along the lines of “can’t” is not a word in the Brownie Guide dictionary. Yes you can do it. So just as you may think I can’t do what God is asking me to do actually you can because he will equip and support you so that you can carry it out. For nothing is impossible with God.
So what is God calling you to do? Have you answered that call? If not then why not? Trust in him, continue to follow him and answer his call knowing that he is with you every step of the way. God calls each and every one of us to change the World in some way. So let us do just that. Let’s change the world together bringing hope and light to all we meet.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Rebekah Fairhurst Bolton Methodist Missi
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
Go make disciples
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: