Archive for March, 2014

30th March 2014

Sunday, March 30th, 2014

Mothering Sunday
Leaders; David and Margaret Chennells (from Scunthorpe)
Reading John 9 “Jesus heals the blind man”
5 people read the various parts – we were asked to close our eyes during the reading to get a small idea as to what it is not to be able to see, just to hear. Some people have very good eyesight and some need glasses to help them see. What do we need? The Pharisees accused Jesus of sinning against the law and God – in answer he accused them of being blind to the truth. How blind are you – do you need Jesus to help you to see? The blind man had been left out of society, he was a beggar who had been sitting at the same place most of his life so much so that he had become almost invisible, people did not see him anymore. How often do we not see people in need of our help or caring??
Do we see people as Jesus would have seen them??
We must ask God to open our eyes to help us to see.

During the service all the ladies were given a bunch of daffodils as it was Mother’s day.

Sunday 23rd March 2014

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Leader: Russell Blackwell
Readings: John 4 5-26 27-42
The Samaritan Woman at the well.
Jesus was waiting at the well whilst his disciples went into town for supplies. The woman there saw him as a weary, dusty traveller asking for a drink of water – but when he told her what he knew about her life she was amazed and recognized him as someone special. She could not understand why a Jew would ask a Samaritan for water – there were many things she did not understand. The water in the well is still but he said he would give her living water. The disciples did not understand when they returned and offered him food, which he refused.
Many people think they know things but then find out they do not actually understand.
Peter thought he understood himself when he said he would stand by Jesus, and then denied him three times. The woman at the well was so impressed she went into the town and told everyone to come and meet him, asking “is he the Messiah?” they came, talked with him, and believed. Jesus is the Good Shepherd he knows his sheep individually, by name, he knows us individually – if you seek you will find him – he is waiting to be found.
Go in confidence that others will say “This man Jesus truly is the saviour of the World”

Bible Study Wednesday 19th March 2014

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Leader: John Silverton
Balak and Balaam
Numbers ch.22 23 24
This reading led to much interesting discussion – Balek was King and he summoned Balaam, who was a Midionite who blessed and cursed people for payment , to travel 400 miles to curse the Israelites, but the outcome was not what he wanted. There are two interesting sections to the story – the one of the King and Balaam and one of Balaam and his donkey. Also some beautiful words in the poems. Balaam has been accused of being greedy and of wrongdoing e.g. 2 Peter 2 :15 Rev. 2 : 14 but there is no written evidence to support these claims. He blessed the Israeilites and did NOT accept any reward for it. (see also Micah 6 : 5) As for the poor donkey it had served him faithfully and yet when it saw what he did not he beat it (three times) how often do we “take it out” on our friends if they see/understand things which we do not – we do not wait and question – we just act irrationally.

Sunday 16th March 2014

Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Leaders: Rev. Bill & Mrs Betty Bentham
Readings: 1 John 4 v 6
Matthew 12 22-32 Jesus and Beelzebul
A record of crucial events in the life of Jesus.
Observance of the Sabbath – they challenged him and he answered – David and his followers ate the sacred bread.
Healing on the Sabbath -Jesus said they adjusted the rules to suit themselves.
They wanted to be rid of Him – they went to great lengths to try to achieve this – they were willing to allow the voice of the mob to condemn Him. Jesus was defiant he challenged them openly and he gave them a warning because their argument was self destructive.
Jesus says “If you are not for me you are against me” You cannot sit on the fence.
The Holy Spirit brought God’s truth to enable us to recognize and understand the truth, if you destroy this you cannot not be forgiven.

Sunday 9 th March 2014

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Leader Rev John Simms.

Readings Genesis 2 15-17
Matthew 4
Lent
We were asked to think about what we had given up for Lent. Is this what Lent is about? We thought about Jesus being in the desert for forty days and nights and being tempted by Satan.
In our lives we have so much freedom , freedom to travel anywhere we want , freedom to communicate in so many ways , freedom to shop when and where we want for example. However we need boundaries . We need limits to the freedom. We get tempted to cross the boundaries and we tend to want the one thing we are told we cant have! If we do cross the line we need to acknowledge our wrongs before we can move on and be forgiven. Crossing the line will always have consequences. For us our sins will be forgiven if we ask. Jesus died on the cross to take our sins away. Lent is about the journey we all take from the ‘desert’, the temptations and the ultimate forgiveness.

Sunday 2nd March 2014

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Leader: Margaret Wells
NT Readings: 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 & 16-23 Servants of God
Matthew 5:38-48 Teaching about revenge

The passage from Matthew describes how Jesus teaches his disciples radical ideas contrary to their Old Testament scriptures.

The Old Testament taught to take a tooth for a tooth and an eye for an eye in a bid to minimise retaliation but the New Testament teaching of Jesus was to turn the other cheek.

The disciples were perhaps surprised at such teaching as they expected a warrior as a Messiah. not a ‘peace maker’. The Old Testament perspective was to love your neighbour and hate your enemies but Jesus instructed us to pray for those who persecute us.

As Christians we should welcome all comers and be honest followers of Christ.