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Sunday worship 18th November 2018

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Led by Rev. Suzanne Nockels

Readings:  Exodus 3 & 4  /  Ezekiel 18: 1-7  / John 9: 1-5

Theme –  Excuses, excuses!

We have all made excuses to avoid doing something we didn’t want. In Exodus we read of Moses and despite being told God would be alongside him, we read of the excuses he used not do God’s will.  Eventually on telling the truth God allows him to be accompanied by Aaron.

Suzanne asked us to consider doing a small thing for God without trying to excuse ourselves.

The sermon considered the ‘generation gap’.

In Ezekiel we read of the proverb used by the Israelites to highlight the generation gap. What do children pick up from their parents. Older generations make choices which can impact on their children and grandchildren but punishment for sin is not an heirloom to be handed down.  Similarly spiritual righteousness cannot be passed down, we need to find our own here and now.

As with Moses, remember God is beside us in everything we do.

 

 

Wednesday 14th November 2018

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Bible Study   led by : Darryl Lomas   Isaiah 2      The first verses are about the Temple of the Lord   Mount Zion      being in Jerusalem  when all nations will go and learn the ways of the Lord  “they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” – “Come let us walk in the light of the Lord”.     v6 then moves on to talk about the people worshiping silver and gold  and idols   they are advised to hide from the fearful presence of the Lord  for the Lord will be exalted and the arrogance of man will be brought low.     v22  stop trusting in mere humans who have but a breath in their lungs   why hold them in esteem.

We talked about the two wars and other wars – caused by man  – jealousy, greed,  without regard for human life or consequences    the Lord will come and rule His world and put an end to all the terrible things that man does to man   His peace will come when men lay down their weapons and worship Him.

Sunday 11th November 2018

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Remembrance Sunday    Our service started outside (in the rain) at 10.45  and continued until 11.00a.m when we had a 2 minute silence.  We then went indoors for the remainder of the service.  After the service refreshments were served in the schoolroom  and we had an opportunity to talk abut the memorial stone which is to be placed in our memorial garden.   There were memorial cards for anyone who had memories to share of anyone who had been involved in WW1 or WW2  these will be put in a memorial book.    This was a very moving morning  when we remembered the sacrifices made in all conflicts.

Remembrance

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

On Friday 9th November we have a speaker coming at 7.30  to tell us about Crossspool in the first war   and on Sunday our service will be at 10.45  and will be followed by a discussion over a cup of tea  about the proposed Crospool memorial for all those who have suffered in conflict and where it is to be placed etc.    Please come and join us as this is important to everyone in Crosspool

Sunday 4th November 2018

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Leader Suzanne Nockels   Today we welcomed Verna as a church member.          Does  anyone like change ?       Change is not easy   whether its our work,  our eating habits, where we live.                                                                                                                                                                        We are told we are made of clay – it can be moulded,  but it can also crumble.   But  in the hands of a skilled potter it can be made into something very special.     We are in the hand of God  who can mould us as He wishes  no matter what mess we are in.     By being church members we are working for God and helping Him to mould others and ourselves   and it is good that Verna has now become a member of Tapton     God has brought her to us  to bring ideas and perhaps change.

The service concluded with Communion   followed by refreshments & cake for Verna.

Afternoon tea service – 28 October 2018

Sunday, October 28th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

We enjoyed this new way of fellowship over some splendid home baked cakes and buns with tea or coffee.

The theme for this Sunday when the clocks went back one hour = ‘Time’

Suzanne asked each table to consider 3 questions:

  1. Have you ever turned up for something at the wrong time?
  2. Have we ever sensed it was the ‘right time’ to do something?
  3. If we could live at any time  history when would it be?

Bible reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

An opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth.

Thank you to all the bakers and helpers

 

 

Sunday worship

Monday, October 22nd, 2018

Led by Susannah Youdan

Susannah led the congregation through the ‘Apostles Creed’

Readings: Acts 17:22-31  & 1 Corinthians 15

Saturday 20th October 2018

Saturday, October 20th, 2018

Coffee & refreshments this afternoon  2-4.00 o clock

Sunday 14th October 2018

Sunday, October 14th, 2018

Leaders : Rev.Bill & Mrs Betty Bentham

Betty told us one of her memorable stories   this time about a young man who went for an interview at a telegram office  –  there were several applicants all sitting round waiting to be called  – suddenly  onegot up and went into the interview room –  he came out with the manager who shook his hand and said he had got the job  –  the others were amazed   they hadnt’ even been called in,  and asked why –  they were told  the morse tapping they had all heard had called them in one by one     but only one person had listened enough to recognize what it was  –   do we listen to be called   or are we too busy with other things  ??

Readings : – Genesis 17   Luke 19   Zacheus                                   This is a story we all know, full of action,  but do we get caught up with the story and miss the message? The previous chapter had told about the rich man who was told to give away his wealth – this continues from there – Jericho was a a rich trading place – the Romans knew this and appointed tax collectors to get as much money as they could out of the citizens – Zacheus was one.   He heard that Jesus was coming so he hid in a tree – but Jesus knew he was there and told him to come down and provide a meal.   During this perhaps Jesus told Zacheus of his moral responsibility – we are not told – but it is clear that this man who had been rejected by all is neighbours was sort out by Jesus and  redeemed.    This is a story to know and tell that God intervenes in this world  – Jesus was sent to save those who are lost

Sunday 7th October 2018

Sunday, October 7th, 2018

Leader : Suzanne Nockels       week 4 of Ruth

A straight line  – is life like a straight line or does it have ups and downs ?  Boaz thought that someone closer in line to Naomi’s husband should have the option to buy the plot of land which Naomi was selling  and which had belonged to her husband  and as was the custom in those days  whoever owned this land  owned Ruth too. The man who said he would buy the land  did not realize this and when he found out he withdrew his offer  so Boaz bought the land  v13 so Boaz   took Ruth to be his wife and she bore him a son. A grandson for Naomi.   So both women’s lives were certainly not a straight line   – first the famine in Bethlehem, then the move to Moab,  the deaths of the men in the family, the journey back to Bethlehem,  the hardship of living as two women without a man,  then the sale of the land and Boaz and Ruth’s marriage –  is your life a straight line  or do you have ups and downs?

 

The service ended with Holy Communion.