Archive for January, 2014

Sunday 26th January 20144

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

It was good to have some new people to share our worship with us today – we look forward to 2014 being a happy year for all at Tapton..

Sunday 26th January 2014

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

Leader : Mary Coates
Readings: Isaiah 62 1-5 (Sally Bradley
John 2 1 – 11 (Ken Pask)
The Wedding at Cana
Talk given by Christine Gore
A very familiar story, but seen from a different angle.
Why did Jesus provide the wine?
Was it a missed opportunity for him?
In those days a wedding would have gone on for a week or more – but the wine ran out. Is Mary just passing gossip to her son or is she asking for his help?? What was his tone of voice when he replied “woman why do you involve me, my time is not yet come” Did he mean it was not time for him to do God’s work? The stone jars were full of clear water – he turned this into wine for everyone. Old into new – sustenance of life.
Paul talks about the church being the bride of Christ – was he being the “”bridegroom” at the wedding by providing the wine for his people?
God does not want us to be solemn – he wants us to enjoy our lives with him – to drink the wine of sustenance.
Mary was audacious in asking Jesus for help – are we audacious enough in our asking ?
God WILL listen to us. But we have to be careful – God is not a magician or a Fairy Godmother – our asking has to be for the right reason – to lead others to God.
We have to be generous in our giving – everybody at the wedding had the wine, we should pass on God’s blessing to all whether we think they deserve it or not – GOD WILL DECIDE.
Think what God has done for you and pass it on
Water changed to wine – ordinary can be changed to extraordinary – we can be changed into something special if we only taste and see.

Bible Study 22nd January 2014

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Leader : Keith Bradley
Worship/Prayer
We started by discussing the story of Jonah who was called by God to go to Nineveh. But Jonah ran away from the Lord not because he was afraid but because he did not want to do as he was asked and boarded a ship to Tarshish.
The Lord sent a great storm and all the sailors were afraid, they cast lots to see who was responsible and the lot fell on Jonah who told them to throw him into the sea – which they did.
Jonah was swallowed by a great fish and was inside it for 3 days and nights. He prayed to God who listened to his prayer and saved him. This is an interesting story showing that if we disobey God he will punish us BUT if we are truly sorry and ask for forgiveness, no matter what our situation he will rescue us.
The power of prayer is beyond understanding and part of worship that brings us closer to God.
Worship and prayer go hand in hand. We worship the Lord who is our being but we also need to talk with him and to listen to him. John 17 20 tells us that after Jesus had prayed for the disciples he prayed for those who believe in him.
Philippians 4 8 is a wonderful passage, it lists all the things we should strive for and the result is “The God of Peace will be with you”. In Hebrews 12 v 1 we read “throw off everything that hinders ….. fix our eyes on Jesus”
The media bombard us with news etc., but we need to also hear what God has to tell us – we need to hear the needs of others, to share worship together, to devote our wills to the purpose of God to come closer to God and he will be with us to rescue us, to sustain us.

Sunday 19th January 2014

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

Leader : Pat Moseley
Jesus calls us o’er the tumult of our life’s wild restless sea, day by day his voice is sounding saying “Christian follow me.
What is the difference between Disciple and Apostle
Disciples are called to learn and follow him.
Apostles are called to go out and spread the word.
Readings: Prov.8 v22 Wisdom
Mark 3 13- 19 Jesus calls
Out of all the people gathered Jesus called 12 to be Apostles. they were from all walks of life, from fishermen to tax collector – they were ordinary men called to do extraordinary things. Later Paul was called and he was to be one of the greatest Apostles.
To be disciples we need a belief in Jesus, if we have this then he will use us. People are always watching for mistakes, and we will make them, but Jesus has called us and he will support us. If we ignore his call we become hard hearted. He called Simon (Peter) who rejected him three times – we are human but Jesus knows human failings – if we admit when we have done wrong and say we are sorry then he will use us. There is no need to be perfect – just have the desire to learn and follow him. He will use you – he said
“I have chosen YOU”

Sunday 12th January 2014

Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Leader : Susannah Youdan
(our thanks to Susannah for coming to take the service despite being unwell). Also thanks to Tom Lomas for playing the organ.
Readings: Luke 2 21 – 40
Jesus is 8 days old
Luke 2 41 – 51
Jesus is 12 years old
It was usual when a Jewish baby reached 8 days old he had to be circumcised – so Jesus’ parents took him to the temple to be consecrated and it was there they met Simeon and Anna both of whom praised the Lord and told his Mother and Father that their son was the longed for Messiah.
All of us have anniversaries each year – the Jews were no different.
Every year they travelled to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. When Jesus was 12 they were there as usual and had been travelling home for a day when they realised he was not in the group so they returned to the city to look for him. After 3 days they found him in the Temple and Mary was, quite naturally, angry with her son who was sitting among the teachers and asking questions.
But Jesus replied “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Fathers House?” But they did not understand.
In Jewish Law a boy does not become a man until age 13 and so Jesus was still a boy in the eyes of the Jewish Law.
He became a man – getting the people who walked and lived in darkness to turn to God, their darkness was sin – we are all sinners – none of us is perfect – God’s son died for us to take away our sins. He is the gate – anyone who enters by him will be saved.

The service was followed by Holy Communion.

BIBLE STUDY Wednesday 8th January 2014

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

Leader : Pat Seedhouse
We used our St.James’ Bibles to look at various verses to find ingredients to make a BIBLE CAKE.
1. Judges 5 V 25 Butter 8 oz
2. Jeremiah 6 v 20 Sugar 8 oz
3.l Samuel v 25 Honey tbl spn
4.Jeremiah 17v11 4? eggs
5.1 Samuel 30 v 12 Raisins 8ozs
6.Nahum3 v 12 Figs 8oz chopped
7.Numbers17 v8 2oz almonds
8.l Kings 4 v 22 1lb flour
9.IIChronicles 9 v 9 spice to taste
10.Leviticus 2 v 13 Pinch of salt
11. Amos 4 v5 yeast tspn
12 Judges 4 v 19 milk 3tblspn

Beat 1,2 & 3 till creamy
add 4 still beating
5, 6 7 still beating
add 8, 9 & 19
then add 11

Bake 1 1/2 hours
gas 3 elec. 170

Please let us know if you make this cake.

Friday 3rd January 2014 – Walk

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Some people say ‘start the new year as you mean to go on’. Well today, despite a forecast of stormy weather, eight friends and two dogs from the church had a very pleasant stroll around Dam Flask, broken only with refreshments at Bradfield Post Office.
Whilst the intrepid walkers were out, other members of the church were taking the Christmas decorations down ready to be stored for next year.

Sunday 5th January 2014

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

Leader : Darryl Lomas (Church Secretary)
Theme : J O Y
Readings: John 2 The wedding at Cana
Galations :5 c 22 “The fruits of the Spirit are love, JOY, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Thessalonians : 5 “Be joyful always”
Christmas has been a season of Joy but is joy reflected in our church life? Do problems in the church and in the world outside take precedence over our joy?? How often do we give thanks for God’s gifts and ask for his help with the homeless and helpless and sick but do not give thanks for those who bring us joy those who make us laugh, or give us pleasure – the artist, the author, the actor etc..??
Jesus would want us to care for others but he would want us to be joyful – he had charisma he must have – why else would thousands of people turn up to listen to him speak (Matthew 14)
Jesus was active – he did things – he brought pleasure (the wedding at Cana).
Faith should be joyful
John 15 v ll “I have told you this so my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete”
We CANNOT we MUST NOT be miserable in our faith in our showing of the love of Christ if we are this will reflect on those around us – those outside who judge us – our life in the Church.
WE MUST HAVE J O Y

BBC Radio 4 Broadcast – 5th January 2014

Saturday, January 4th, 2014

At 08:10 hrs Sunday 5th January, BBC Radio 4 will broadcast a programme featuring reference to Elsie Chamberlain

www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nrnw4

Elsie Chamberlain was a leading figure in British broadcasting and religious life. She was a pioneer in many areas: the first woman chaplain to the armed forces; the first nonconformist minister to marry an Anglican clergyman; the first woman producer in the religious broadcasting department of the BBC, and the first woman to present the daily service on the radio. Her broadcasting accustomed many listeners to the idea of a woman leading public worship. And she became the first woman to occupy the chair of the Congregational Union of England and Wales and almost certainly the first woman anywhere in the world to head a major denomination.

WE WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014