Archive for January, 2013

BIBLE STUDY Wednesday 30th January

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Leader Jean Bradley
Readings Ecclesiastes Ch.1 v1 – 10
Ch.4 v9 – 12
Ecclesiastes was written in Old Testament times and can seem disjointed with its apparently disconnected thoughts and sayings and observations on life BUT the theme is singularly “modern”; it is shared by any number of 20th century novels and plays. We discussed its relevance in our lives and those around us in todays world. With regard to Ch.4 “Two are better than one” and “a cord of three strands is not quickly broken” how true now as it was all those years ago.
When we have God in our lives it is not meaningless and when we are united with one another then our faith is strengthened.

Service 27th January

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Led By Mike Warren

Readings 1 Corinthians 12 – One body, many parts
Luke 4 v 16-22 – Jesus is rejected

Comparing the two readings Mike brought out how Paul presents his argument whilst Christ provokes argument.
Paul’s one body, many parts argument may be well known in churches these days but maybe not to the Church at Corinth where divisions already existed.
Everyone has a function and the church should be united. This was a practical argument – What God has brought together, factions should not tear apart.
Luke sets a very specific scene for Christ’s explosive address to the Temple. Christ had made a name for himself and attracted a crowd. He then astonishes them by his claim that the passage he had read from Isaiah 61 v1,2 had just come true. Until this time these words could only have been expressed by the Messiah, God’s anointed king – not a carpenters son!
Question
Do churches live what Paul preached or the list recorded in Isaiah?
Read them for yourselves.

Cancelled – Talk on Shackleton

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

Unfortunately due to the snow a decision has been taken to postpone this talk to a later date.
Apologies for any inconvenience caused

Shackleton’s journey to Antarctica 1914 – 7pm Saturday 26th January

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

This is the first in a series of talks at the start of our Centenary.

Dr Sally Bradley will give an illustrated talk on Shackleton with photos from her visit to Antarctica.

There is no entry fee but donations will be accepted

Service 20th January

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

We are very grateful that Lesley Davison felt able to make it through the snow to lead our worship.
Reading: John 1 v19-42
Lesley considered the message of John the Baptist cousin of Jesus through his mother. John acknowledged his position in life knowing Jesus was the Lamb of God and would be much greater than himself. John was more like an Old Testament prophet than a New Testament character.
The story is in all 4 gospels but John indicated that it all made sense with hindsight.
In John there is no mention of baptism of Christ but of two of Johns disciples Andrew and Simon Peter.
John was imprisoned by Herod who would consult John because he may have been scared.

John was preparing the way for Jesus but do we celebrate Advent properly?
People of God
Prophets of God
John the Baptist
Mary
We need to spend time understanding these people to see the love of God entering the earth

Bible study – 16th January 2013

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Discussion around Ephesians 6 v14ff – the armour of God and Philippians 4 v1-10 on instructions for livings Gods way.

How we need to be equipped to live a good life.

Service 13th January

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

Led by Rev. Alan Cooper
Reading:The Lord is my shepherd – the lowest of the low yet at the birth of Jesus and David was a shepherd.
Sheep are kept safe in the pen and the shepherd knows all his sheep. Jesus is the gatekeeper to the pen and keeps us safe.
Theme of love and trust

Service 6th January 2013

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Led by Deacon Darryl Lomas
Theme – Start of the centenary year at Tapton Congregational Church.
Recently saw a statement ‘soulmates are perfect for each other, not always perfect, but perfect for you’. Darryl suggested for ‘soulmates’ read ‘Christians’ or even ‘Taptonites’.
‘Taptonites are perfect for each other, not always perfect but perfect for you.’

Readings: Luke 14 v7-14 & Galations 6 v1-6

Why has the church survived over 100 years.
Five reasons:
Fellowship – 1 Peter 3 v8,9 Loving one another with kindness, humility, giving and helpfulness.

Hospitality – Luke 14 At Tapton you can expect to get a warm welcome. Simple love and humble giving.

Support – Galations 6 The church has offered a place of solace, help with burdens, assistance from others and importantly help from our Lord Jesus Christ.

Love of Jesus Christ – Matthew 22:37&38 Never changing unlike that of people. There have been darker times at the church: Congregation of 2, condemned roof and no money, however previous members had the comitment to keep the church open.

Love of each other – this is a command that drives us on. Matthew 22 v39.

May the church flourish over the next century.

Bible Study – 2nd January 2013

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

Led by Keith Bradley we discussed the Johns 3rd letter to the church leader Gaius.
Discussed
Hospitality and the need to commend and encourage the faithful.
Witness and action in support of the truth
Obedience to God’s word – Galations 6:6

Service 30th December – Gifts

Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

At Christmas time we can receive many gifts given by loved ones
Are the gifts what we want?
Are the gifts practical, what we need?
Are they gifts that someone else thinks we need?

In the same way we receive many gifts from God. Are they what we want, need or something God believes we should have? Because God loves us.