Wednesday 21st February 2018

February 23rd, 2018

Bible study led by John Silverton

Jeremiaah 32 & Deuteronomy 30 v 15

“today I set before you life & prosperity, death and disaster.   If you obey the commandments of your God …….you will live and increase  your God will bless you in the land to make your own.”

John explained to us the history of the lands in those days – it was interesting that often lands changed leadership merely by agreements between ruling bodies and not by battles.  The ordinary people in the land did not have any say in what happened – and this was likened to some of the events of the present day.

Jeremiah bought a field for seventeen silver shekels  and the deeds were signed and sealed and put in an earthen ware jar for safety, even though he knew he probably would never see it but God had promised that the land would eventually return to his people. v42 “people will buy fields and vineyards again”  At that time the people were starving , there were troops outside the walls and Jeremiah was in prison but he had faith and hope for the future.

In those days and today people do things their own way and God lets them to see how far they will stray from Him – but he knows what they are doing and eventually will step in and take charge.   However bad things seem in the world, or in our lives, if we obey God then he will help us to overcome.

Sunday 18th February 2018

February 19th, 2018

Leader : Suzanne Nockels

Wilderness

If you go somewhere new  how do you feel?   Are you most comfortable in places you know well ?  Somewhere familiar to us can be strange to others.  What do you think it would feel like to be in a desert for the first time ?  The Israelites had been led out of Egypt and were in the desert for 45 days when they began to grumble – bad as it had been before at least they were fed – in the desert this was not so certain –   Moses and Aaron were angry with the people for what they were saying but God heard and he sent Quails and Manna to feed them.  Their fear had won over their trust  and God understood.

Are you making plans for a holiday?  would Sheffield be an ideal holiday destination?  Would it meet your expectations?   Would you choose to be on a mountain top or in the wilderness?  Life has both to offer.  Where we meet God can be in many different places.  He will be there wherever we are.   Are your arms so full of  your everyday things that you are unable to reach out to Him?  Don’t be anywhere alone  reach out and He will come to you.

 

Sunday 11th February 2018

February 12th, 2018

Leaders : Rev.Bill and Mrs Betty Bentham

Betty told a story :  A village was due to have electricity for the first time and some of the villagers were overjoyed  but some  apprehensive.  When the switch on day came there were gasps   – the new lights were bright and showed up all the accumulated dirt in the cottages that could not be seen with candles or oil lamps – some villages immediately spent days cleaning their properties but others switched the lights of and went back to oil lamps  – ashamed that others had seen how dirty their homes were.

This is a tale of light v dark  – some folk like to live in the light but others prefer a darker place which does not show up their wrongdoings.

Do we switch the light on and switch the dark off in our lives?

Readings : Leviticus 4  1-4      Mark 1  40   Mark 2 1-12

FAITH – people with leprosy were outcasts – they rang a bell and shouted unclean and were shunned by everyone, including their families.    The man broke the law by coming near to Jesus – he did not however assume that Jesus would heal him  – he said “if you want to….”  Jesus did want to and he reached out and touched him and he was healed.  In the second reading four men brought their friend but could not get to Jesus so they lowered him through the roof – and Jesus told him to pick up his mat and go home.

The priests were annoyed because they believed that illness was a result of wrongdoing against God and only God could forgive.  But Jesus proved to them that sins can be forgiven.

Why did Mark put these two stories together ?  The man with leprosy had great faith that Jesus could heal him and the four men had faith that if they could get their friend to Jesus he would be healed.

If Jesus was here would we have such faith ?

Sunday 4th February 2018

February 5th, 2018

Leader    Suzanne Nockels

Whistle  –  Police….. referee…..  blower

If you feel there is something wrong then speak up – blow the whistle – it is not good to keep quiet just to avoid trouble.    If you think there is something wrong in church life then either tell one of the deacons or speak to Suzanne.   Jesus did not keep quiet when there were wrong doings in the temple even though it made him very unpopular with the priests.

Reading  Matthew 18   15-19

Five points arise rfom this reading

Breaking up and making up in church

When a relationship breaks   remember the love

Sometimes things are mistakenly said – sort it out  – do not leave it – think about both sides

Keep lines of communication open at all times

V19 says  “where there are two or three gathered  there will I be”

Remember Jesus is with us all the time and hears our arguments and he wants us to put things right.

Sunday 28th January 2018

January 29th, 2018

Leader: Rev. Suzanne Nockels

Reading  :  John 2   The wedding at Cana

Suzanne and her husband did a sketch about wine at a party in modern times.  The best wine was served last.

At the wedding in Cana only the servants knew that Jesus had turned the water into wine  that  miracle had been performed.   Jesus is amongst us now and still performing miracles but no one is aware of these  so no one says thank you to Him.

None of us are happy when we run out of something but usually we find some way to replenish our stocks.

If God asks us to do something He will be with us and help us to do it.

Wednesday 24th January 2018

January 25th, 2018

Bible study led by Darryl Lomas

Matthew 14  v 44  A man found treasure and bought the field it was in so he could keep the treasure.  This gave him contentment and joy

Paul in prison writes to the Phillipians in  Ch4  v 10 – 23  thanking them for their gifts and thoughts and telling them how content he was with his life.

What brings us joy and contentment?  When is it easier to be content?

Could we be content in a prison or in other difficult circumstances and would it be easier if  we had contact with good friends  who sent gifts and letters ctc.?   Joy can be from giving generously and sacrificially   and can be from receiving as well as giving.

These points were discussed and this proved very interesting.    Different personalities and situations affect how we give or accept gifts  butalways  friendships are important in being part of the contentment and joy in our lives.

Sunday 21st January 2018

January 21st, 2018

Due to snow and the problems of getting to and from Crosspool  it has been decided to cancel the service today.

Sunday 14th January 2018

January 15th, 2018

Leaders: Fulwood Preaching Team  Fred, Claire, John

“God’s Grace”

Psalm 148   Praise The Lord

Ephesiaans 2   1  You were dead in your transgressions

Paul told them they were dead spiritually, they had followed the ways of the world, they had been led away from God,  they had followed their natural desires.

God raised them to life again – He has created us for a life of good works for Him

What good works have you done or are going to do    in His Name?

Wednesday 10th January 2018

January 11th, 2018

Bible study with Keith Bradley

Matthew Ch.2

Matthew’s gospel is the only one to mention the visit of strangers from the East to see baby Jesus.  It is a very interesting passage to read and discuss ….                                                                 a.  There is no mention of how many men came   but it has been assumed because there is mention of  three gifts that there were three.                                                                                               b. It is not clear what Magi were – some bibles say they were astronomers, some   magicians, some seers, some kings.  But again it is assumed these were wealthy men because of the gifts they brought.                                                                                                                                                      c. There is no mention of their names and yet through the ages they have been known as Caspar,  Melchior, Balthasar.       Is this fact or fiction?                                                                            d. They had followed a star until it brought them to Jerusalem where they asked Herod   “where is the baby born to be king of the Jews?”  this upset Herod and when he asked his wise men they told him Bethlehem.      We all know the rest of the story BUT do we realize that this  would probably have taken place about 2 years after the baby was born…these men had travelled from far off lands, on camel which would have been a very long slow journey –  hence Herod wanting to kill all babies of 2  and under.                                                                                         e. This would also account for why the visit was to a house and not a stable  – Mary & Joseph had by this time managed to find themselves a house to live in.

These men had faith to follow a star wherever it led them, even to Herod’s palace, and  in the end they found Jesus and worshiped him.       Are we following a star to lead us to Him?      Do we expect Him to come to us ?   Have we faith that our journey will  lead us to Him.        How bright is your star?

Sunday worship – 7th January

January 8th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings:   Opened with Psalm 29  & Mark 1:4ff

Suzanne recounted that in 18 years of  ministry she has conducted numerous baptisms and weddings, yet could not immediately recall the names of those involved. She could remember the families all dressed smartly and it was always obvious who did or did not go to church.

Superficially the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist presents a lovely picture with with white fluffy dove against a blue sky with sunshine above the azure blue River Jordan.  However in the ancient world the earth was flat above which was a domed firmament. The stars were seen as holes in the firmament providing access to and from heaven. Humans were earthbound with God held at a safe distance.

At the baptism of Jesus, God removed that safe barrier when he RIPPED and TORE open the sky as in the other occasion God tore the curtain separating the Holy of Holies in the Temple.  The dove wasn’t as we know it white but a Rock Dove or pigeon which was the lowest form of sacrificial animal in the Temple. This pigeon is tough and resilient carrying messages huge distances.

Then God’s voice took over providing affirmation and assurance but using what tone?  Was it all powerful or meek and peaceful?  Certainly the first time in centuries God had spoken to anyone.

Invited guests might expect those conducting the baptism to be suitably dressed but Jesus presented himself before the the scruffy John the Baptist, not only unkempt but an outsider who disagreed with most things and forgave sins without the involvement of the hierarchy in the Temple.  John asked for repentance not just in the past but also for the future.

What will 2018 hold for us? We will all face different circumstances, some hard some wonderfully warm, loving and kind.  Think more during all these times of Jesus, remember the Holy Spirit in us is tough and we have God’s goodness, love and grace to see us through.

Amen