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Pentecost Sunday 9th June

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

No service at Tapton as we made the short trip to share worship with Hillsborough Tabernacle church and the Salvation Army at Tabs church on Proctor Place, Hillsborough, Sheffield

The sermon was given by Rev Suzanne Nockels on a theme of ‘breath’.

Sunday 2nd June 2019

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

Leader : Rev. Suzanne Nockels      Ascension                                                                                                                Readings :    Acts 1   1-10   Ephesians  1   11-22

Compare Jesus’s leaving on Good Friday and Ascension day        Sometimes we need to look at things twice  the first time we may be just a glance and we do not see everything that is there.     We must not think of the disciples reaction in today’s terms     life was much different then    they believed that the higher you were the closer you were to God  so anything going up was believed to be going to God.  Paul praised their belief.     Churches today must look up and around  not just straight forward         some people always look down or straight forward  never upward or round  it takes all sorts of people to make a church we must ccept everyone with the talents they can bring.

Sunday 26th May 2019

Sunday, 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

Monday, 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.

Mothering Sunday 31st Mzrch 2019

Monday, April 1st, 2019

There were many more people than expected to our afternoon tea (with scones, cream and jam and buns)   and it was lovely to meet them all.   Suzanne told the story of Hannah who waited so long to have a baby and when her son, Moses, was born she took him to the temple to stay with Eli.   We then talked of our memories   of various ages and compare  d these to today  which was a very interesting discussion.  What a  lovely way to celebrate Mothers Day.                                                                              Many thanks to those who worked so hard to prepare and serve this meal   not forgetting the washers up of course.

Saturday 16th March 2019

Friday, March 15th, 2019

Whatever the weather you can be assured of a warm  welcome at Tapton for a cuppa and chat this afternoon at 2.00

Sunday worship Sunday 30 December

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2019

Led by Mr Darryl Lomas

Reading Luke 2:25-35

Darryl thanked Pastor Blane for the ideas in his service.

As background to his service Darryl related the fact that in the 1950s and 60s Japaneses department stores looked to America for ideas how to make money at Christmas but chose a shocking central theme of nailing not Jesus on the cross but Santa Claus.

In the reading, Joseph and Mary had travelled to Jerusalem to take Jesus to the Temple. An old man and stranger (Simeon) led by the Spirit to go to the temple that day, approached Mary and Joseph recognising the child Christ and asked to hold him.   Simeon speaks of promises and prophesies, an early introduction to the death and sorrow to come in the life of Christ especially on the cross. He reveals there would be opposition to Jesus who will go on to be the salvation of the world not just for Jews but Gentiles as well.
There is no way to know how long Simeon had been waiting at the Temple but he represents how we, too, should anticipate the arrival of the Messiah. He feels comfort in holding the child and accepts the time is now right for him to die.

In celebrating the birth of Jesus we can recognise he came to share his life with us and we should realise that waiting in hope will not disappoint.

The presents that Santa brings are but nothing compared to the gifts from God.

Church walk

Saturday, December 29th, 2018

The weather was kind and we had a very pleasant stroll through Endcliffe Park to Forge Mill Dam cafe to enjoy refreshments and friendly discussion including about the institution of Communion and how it is taken by different denominations.

In our contemporary view of the Lord’s Supper, there is but one cup. However, historically, there were four, each with its own blessing and its own story to tell. They represent the four “I wills” that God declared in Exodus 6:6,7, and today they remind us of our journey as consecrated followers of Christ.

The Cup of Sanctification: “I will bring you out from under the burden of the Egyptians.”

The Cup of Judgment: “I will deliver you from their bondage.”

The Cup of Redemption: “I will . . . redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.”

The Cup of Praise: “I will take you for My people, and I will be your God.”

All four of these cups are not only part of the story of Passover but also part of our story with Christ.

Jesus and His disciples had already partaken of the first two cups and enjoyed their Passover meal. However, it was the third cup, the Cup of Redemption, that Jesus took “after the supper” and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you” (Luke 22:20, NIV).

But what about that fourth cup? Interestingly, it’s quite possible that Jesus did not drink from the fourth cup. Instead, after the third cup, He said, “ I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29, NIV).

That cup is His promise to us that He will return for us and that we will drink it together at the marriage supper of the Lamb.  Taken from the Bible Advocate online 29/12/2018.

 

Christmas Day Service – 10.15am

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Reading from Luke 2

It was good to be joined by a number of friends from Hillsborough Tabernacle Congregational Church.

Suzanne introduced the congregation to how we might say Merry Christmas in a number of languages from around the world.

At the Advent Service at the beginning of December  a ‘posada’,  a wandering crib, was circulated  amongst the congregation and for the month of December was passed between members and friends who added their thoughts to a notebook.  Suzanne shared some of these thoughts with us.

Suzanne then revealed the extent of the Roman Empire where the census was conducted. This was the first census so a new experience for the people.  Change was happening.

 

 

 

 

 

Carols by candlelight 23rd December 2018

Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

Carols by candlelight today at 2.45p.m.

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings:  Luke 2: 1-7    Luke 2: 8-20      John 18: 33-37

Suzanne reflected on the time someone put a ‘Darth Vader’ toy amongst the churches nativity scene.  ‘A stray in a manger’ but with a lot of imagination wouldn’t Jesus have welcomed such a stranger and isnt that the whole spirit of Christmas.

Christmas Dinner at Pilate’s house?

Have you ever wondered how and where famous people celebrated Christmas dinner and with whom? Did their identity change from that seen in public? Does our identity change during Christmas dinner with the family?

In the reading Jesus says ‘belonging to the truth’, how does that work?  Truth is subjective, relative to our own truth, fundamentally truth is knowable and can be owned.

However Jesus says he is not of this world. Is Jesus messing with us, truth is not something we possess, we belong to truth where truth is a person  ‘ the way, the truth and the life’.  We belong to Jesus in a different way to belonging a gym etc.

Christmas shows our limitations of belonging whereas Jesus never lets us down.