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Sunday 22nd September 2019

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

Leader :Margaret Wells   Reading   Philemon

Philemon is a book of only one chapter  22 verses   but it has been a great influence over the years  – Paul is asking the people to forgive Philemon his sins and accept him back into the family  (He has been in prison)   this is a very difficult thing for him to ask  –  we do not find it easy to forgive anyone and accept them back with open arms  no matter what they have done.   If our neighbour has entirely different views than ours  can we accept him and be good friends with him ?    There is a saying  “Never forgive  never forget”  and this is difficult to ignore.    Do we speak to those we meet when we go shopping, or on public transport ?  How much harder it is to accept someone into our close family circle.   Slavery stilll exists  do we try to befriend those we feel  might be not so free as we are?      There are many ways to befriend people  –  start by saying hallo to  a stranger and see where it leads.

Sunday 1st September 2019

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels   Redings :  Ecclesiastes  9  7-15  John 10 7-10                                                               It is the 1st September today  children are going back to school, holidays are over, the start of autumn.   Have you joyous memories of sumer?  There has been joy during the Summer Joys programme at both churches  and joy on our summer holidays as well as other joyful occasions.   No a l life has been joyous but during the bad times we are upheld by the thought that these will end and joy will come.     Suzanne and Keith have just been to a museum in Paris which was about the Allies  entering Paris 75 years ago.  There was a dress on show which had been made by a lady who had heard that the allies were coming and she made the dress in anticipation of this event.  Can you imagine the joy she felt when she was able to wear it  after being occupied by German forces they were once again free of oppression.       Ecclesiastes has many references to joy       i.e   1  2        2  24-25         6  1-2     9  7-10

Suzanne and Keith were given a voucher from the church  to hear Kate Busby at the City Hall for their Silver Wedding

Saturday 31s August 2019

Sunday, September 1st, 2019

Keith and Sally Bradley opened their garden and provided scones and buns and plenty of tea and coffee in aid of our pipe organ  which is in need of repair.   Ably assisted in the kitchen by Joanne.    Despite a heavy rainfall about 12.30 which soon cleared everyone had a lovely time.  Thanks to the Bradleys for their hard work

Sunday 25th August 2019

Monday, August 26th, 2019

Leader :  Pat Moseley    Readings :  Psalm 121   Mark  6   45-52

It is not possible to value the peace of God.    The sea of Galilee is surrounded by hills and these funnel wind down into the lake and cause sudden storms.  but when there are no storms this is is very peaceful place  and once seen can never be forgotten.   Jesus had gone into the hills to pray when the sudden storm arose on the lake and his disciples were having difficulty with the boat  and he walked out to them on the water and calmed the storm.  He still can come to us when a storm rises in our lives.  But if we remember Psalm 121  “I will lift my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help” Much nearer to home is the Hope Valley with its hills   and if we can get into the hills we can be close to God and be at peace  without all the distractions of city life.   Psalm 23  “Th Lord is my shepherd” is also related to the hills and  sheep grazing   and as the shepherares for his sheep  so our God cares for us.

Garden Party

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019

Some of us from Tapton went to Glentworth to the home of Rev Bill nd Mrs Betty Bentham on Saturday `13th July  for a garden party they had arranged for the North East Area of the Federation.  We had quizes, a treasure hunt round the village    and an opportunity to visit the old church for private meditation and  look round    there were plenty of cakes, scones with cream etc., and an endless supply of cuppas   it was  pity that only 4 churches of the N E Area were  represented   the others missed a wonderful happy day.

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.