Sunday 26th May 2019

May 26th, 2019

Leader : Darryl Lomas  (our church secretary)       The Tree of Life                                                                                           Readings : Genesis 1 v6-`13     Genesis 2  15-17   Revelations 22   1-3                                                                                           Trees are mentioned in the bible many times from Genesis to Revelations   the beginning and the end.                        In Genesis we read that God put Adam in a beautiful garden with plants and trees  and one very special tree “The tree of Life” and if he ate the fruit of that tree he would die.   In Revelations we read about trees again.                            Trees are the longest living thing on earth   there is one that is known to be 4,851 years old and it survives in harsh conditions in a desert in California.                                                                                                                                                       Psalm 92 mentions trees   verses 12- 14                                                                                                                                               even if a tree is cut down it will survive and grow        Isaiah 41  v 17  God will provide for his people when they are short of water and food  and he will provide for trees too.    Jesus was cut down but rose and grew again and his acts live on to this day.

Sunday Worship – 19th May 2019

May 20th, 2019

Led by Rev. Zadie Orr

Reading John 14: 31ff

Theme – creation and love

Zadie asked us to consider the similarities and differences between a hammer and a nail, needle and cotton, tortoise and turtle, banana and plantain.

The bible reading told the story of Peter (a Jew) and Cornelius ( a Gentile). Gentiles were considered unclean by the Jews but God told Cornelius to call on Peter ( the one who denied Christ). Peter gave Cornelius the good news of Jesus Christ, probably through his testimony and Cornelius filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues wants to follow Jesus.

Peter baptizes him and stays for a meal again frowned upon by the Jewish authorities.

Jesus before he was crucified had told the disciples that he was going to a place they could not follow and commanded them to ‘Love one another’, an old testament message from Deuteronomy and Leviticus they would already understand. Jesus however went further by saying: ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.  He then added ‘Love one another as I have loved  so all the world will know you are my disciples’.

Here we see similarities but different instructions. We must always be looking for the differences however small they may be.

Jesus showed us a sacrificial love  –  going to his death on the cross. It was also an unconditional love with no strings attached. His love also showed a practical element identifying the ‘them and us situation in Palestine at that time between Jews and Gentiles.

Today can we identify and as Christians stand together against injustices and oppression however small they are?  A real practical way of showing Christian love.

Christian Aid Walk – Monday 6th May

May 6th, 2019

As in previous years a number of folk from Tapton took part with over 100 walkers in the Christian Aid May Day Treks.  Meeting people from Lincoln and Ripon as they walked.  Sally Bradley was sponsored by members from the church and raised over £150.

Tapton also provided the official front and back walkers on the 6 and 12 mile walks.

 

Sunday 5th May 2019

May 6th, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels      How strong is your faith ?    Do you sometimes wonder if something you have been told is true ?  The women who went to Jesus’ tomb could not believe what they were seeing, they ran to tell their friends that the tomb was empty and Jesus had risen  but when they got there they were not believed  and Peter had to go to he tomb to prove it to himself.

Reading :  John 21  v 24  Thomas did not believe that Jesus had visited his friends and needed proof for himself.  When Jesus showed him His hands he said “My Lord  my God”  he knew beyond doubt,  Do we doubt ourselves, our belief,   Easter is not just one day   it was a testing ground for a lot of people and it is a testing ground now for us  DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN THE EASTER STORY?

Sunday 28th April 2019

April 29th, 2019

Leader : Fiona Ball (from Crookes)

Psalm 46  God is our Refuge and Strength a very present help in trouble.

Ecclesiastes 4  9  Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labour

Relationships  with God – He said “Lo I will always be with you” and as we go through life we know that He has kept His word     we all suffer rejection, failure,  happy times,  blessings  – good times and bad but He is constant whatever happens He is with us.  Sometimes it is not easy to remember this and we find our true friends when we are in trouble.

We were then each  given a small stone – sharing – if we share and love one another then He will be with us –  we are not perfect but we do our best.

Fiona sang and accompanied herself on the guitar “Jesus you are my friend”

Easter Sunday

April 29th, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels

Friday 19th April 2019

April 19th, 2019

A good crowd of people walked behind the Cross on a GOOD FRIDAY PILGRIMAGE WALK  from St Lukes  Lodge Moor to Lodge moor shops,  St.Francis,  Crosspool shops  ending at Tapton for a short service led by Rev.Suzanne Nockels.   a meal was provided for the pilgrims following the service,

Maundy Thursday Meal and Service – 18 April 2019

April 18th, 2019

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

We enjoyed a splendid ‘Last Supper’ meal then took the parts of the disciples partaking in this last meal with Jesus and reflecting on their experience with him.

Darkness approaches with the coming crucifixion and that darkness has the power to overwhelm and suffocate the good.  As with the disciples we all have fears and and shadows around us and within our lives.  Jesus walks towards those fears and shadows to set us free because of his love for us.

Wednesday 17th April 2019

April 18th, 2019

Bible study was cancelled in order that members of the church could attend Sheffield Millennium Gallery to hear from Rev Suzanne Nockels about ‘The Last Supper’ painting by Leonardo Da Vinci.

An informative evening in which members of the church reconstructed the painting taking on the roles of the various disciples.

Monday 15th April – Kings Court

April 18th, 2019

Rev Suzanne Nockels led Eastertime worship at Kings Court