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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.

 

Sunday worship – 16th December 2018

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings:  Matthew 1:18-25     Luke 1:26-38

Suzanne displayed an image of ‘The Annunciation’ by American artist, Henry Ossawa Turner (1898).

We reflected on the young girl sat on a bed with hands clasped in a dim room, gazing at a bright light at the foot of the bed.  This was his representation of Angel Gabriel visiting Mary.  Mary an ordinary person finding a connection with God.

Suzanne asked if we live our lives by a given script, was it meant to be or like in panto do we go off script? What was the script for Mary? Protect her reputation, get married and have children. Whilst Joseph as a good Jewish man would do their bit for the community, find a girl with a good reputation, get married and have children.  Neith Mary nor Joseph stuck to the script!

The narrative around Mary and Joseph contains a hint of danger and threats, if not to Mary and Joseph, to their families. In this  case God intervenes.

Mary does not accept disgrace because she listens to God which we can do with practice without conforming to cultural expectations.

 

 

 

Church Anniversary Sunday 9th December

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Led by Rev Bill Bentham and Mrs Betty Bentham

Reading: Luke 15:  11-32

Bill asked why the parable of the Prodigal Son for a church anniversary?

Advent is a time to look forward and consider the journey that the church has undertaken. What has happened in the last 12 months, has the church remained the same, moved backwards or continued to move forward? Everyone connected to the church will have their own opinion.

We tend to all have a personal ‘jobs to do list’ and we cannot afford to just stand back and ignore those jobs. Anniversary is not just about the church but about those connected to church, the Congregational Federation and the NE Area.  Churches are closing but we have seen the new church developing in Pickering.

Churches are not just about the members, at Scunthorpe CC half the Samaritan Purse boxes are filled by people outside the church, at Tapton our Advent Wall boxes are being filled by all the organisations using the church. Not a dividing wall but a uniting wall.

There is a dilemma about worship. Why will people volunteer and do favours for the church but not attend worship?

We might consider ourselves a small congregation but Paul on his journeys made a massive difference, seeking out Christian communities and engaging with them.  St Augustine was cent by Pope Gregory to evangelise in Britain but was met by Celtic Priests already here and he went to Canterbury where the church already existed.

Back to the Prodigal Son – this was Jesus telling us we have freedom to make decisions and live by them. We look at happy days and see joy but Jesus reveals the joy is false and will collapse. To the Jews the story of the wayward son is heightened by him working with the pigs!  To the Jew leaving God is deemed to lead to everlasting purgatory, but the love of God wants us to return.

Perhaps the title of the Prodigal Son should be changed to God the Father of the Prodigal Son.

There will always be sympathy for the eldest son who remains faithful to his father but the parable reflects on the returning son and the celebration that will result when anyone returns to God at any time providing it is genuine.