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Sunday 27th February Worship@home resources

Sunday 27th February: Sunday before Lent – Transfiguration Sunday

Listen to the service as a radio broadcast on 105.9 BishopFM just after the 11am Sunday morning news, or stream it at 11am on the website through YouTube – See below…

Below you can find the radio podcast if you can’t listen on 105.9 BishopFM and also the YouTube video stream, which will go live at 11am on Sunday. You will also see the regular extras including the video of Susan’s sermon.

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Radio podcast for 105.9BishopFM

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)

Worship Extras…

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 for this week’s Bible readings from:

Exodus 34.29-35; Psalm 99; 2 Corinthians 3.12-4.2; Luke 9.28-36,(37-43)

Don’t forget that you can also tune into the website here every day of the week to listen to church friends sharing daily reflections, including Bible readings and inspiration… or get them on the telephone on 01388 436810… do join us!

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

In today’s Gospel lesson, Jesus takes Peter, James and John with him into the remoteness of the mountains to pray and, as he does so, Jesus is transfigured and shines with God’s glory.

In that moment, Moses (representing the Law) and Elijah (representing the Prophets) suddenly appear alongside Jesus testifying to who he is.

Let us not forget that both Moses and Elijah themselves went high into the mountains and hills to pray and to meet God;  to find direction for the future.  As Jesus stands side by side with these iconic figures from the Old Testament, the past and the future are brought together and there is an extraordinary breakthrough of the divine into time and space.

It is not just that the veil between earth and heaven seems very thin; it is actually drawn aside. God’s glory is revealed and the future comes into the present.

By their very nature, mountain-top experiences are fleeting and rare and often come out of the blue – yet when they happen their impact and effect upon us last far longer than the actual moment itself.

As we reflect upon this passage from Luke’s Gospel in the context of our own lives, I wonder about our mountain-top experiences. Have we had any? If so, how did we react and what was our response? Looking back upon them, were they seminal moments in our lives?

Writing in the Guardian, some years ago now, Oliver Burkeman spoke of  ‘thin places’, “a Celtic Christian term for ‘those rare locales where the distance between heaven and Earth collapses’, to quote Eric Weiner.”

It seems to me that those ‘thin place’ moments and mountain-top experiences are speaking about the very same thing.  Those times when we suddenly become aware of the sense and presence of the divine and we know that God is with us.

As we ready ourselves once more for our Lenten journey setting off into the rugged wilderness, may we be both attentive to and aware of those thin places and mountain-top moments and allow them to transform us as God continues to change us ‘from glory into glory’!

Take a time to sit quietly

thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Revd Keith Underhill

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 259 Jesus, on the mountain peak

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:

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