Archive for May, 2014

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Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Sunday 8th June 2014
The churches of the West Branch will meet at Wesley Hall, Crookes at 2.45 for the annual whit sing.
Why not come and join us??

Wednesday 28th May 2014

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Bible Study
Leader: Mary Coates
John 6 v 25 – 34
Jesus had just fed the five thousand and crossed over to Capernaum but the people followed him there. It was at this point that Jesus spoke to them about “The Bread of Life” but they did not understand. This is a difficult passage which we discussed at great length.
Bread is a necessity as is water
In John 4 v 13 Jesus told the Samaritan woman he was “the water of life”. Just as we need bread and water to sustain our bodies we need Jesus to sustain our day to day lives – he is a necessity.
We then went on to v 43 – 58
Bread and wine – bread and blood
The Communion Service
For those who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Eat the bread and drink the wine and believe in Him and you will have eternal life.

Sunday Service 25th May

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

Led by Jonathon Youden

Reading Luke Ch. 24 v 1-12
(The Resurrection)
“why seek ye the living among the dead?”
Do you know someone who isn’t always easy to spend time with? Who questions things , wont let things lie , challenges the status quo? Jesus was often like this. A rebel. Going against the religious leaders, the traditions of the day. He regularly shook up complacency. A preacher once described Jesus as “the worlds worst funeral director ” disrupting every funeral he went to including his own! His disruption caused even the Jewish leaders and the Romans to unite and plot his downfall. His death was not the end . He could not be buried then and he can not be buried now.
Today people still try to bury Jesus. They try to put him into the “tomb” of the past , into history. History and tradition are so important but we also need to accept change and move on and live in the present. Jesus is alive now and needs to be a part of our lives today.
We can not bury him by ignoring him as we lead our busy lives . Trying to bury him in the church itself. He is alive all week not just in the church on a sunday. We need to make him part of our lives , to trust him and follow him every day. sometimes we can be scared of Jesus making demands on our every day lives.
Jesus will not be buried in a place , or building or time . He is alive and will remind us he is amongst the living by disrupting our lives until we trust and follow him.

Sunday Service – 18th May

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Led by Rev. John Simms

Readings from Acts 2 and John 10

John referred to challenges for him in a book by Brian McClaren ‘More ready than we Realise’ with reference to the use of dance in evangelism.

Dancing is not everyone’s cup of tea especially older men.

Gordon Lynch in ‘After Religion’ refers to dance as a spiritual religious experience in which the dancer is self aware of their thoughts and movements.  In John 10;10 we are told to live life to the full.

Taking the Barn dance as his central theme:

Church life is like a barn dance – all dashing about but getting nowhere.

Togetherness – to have a barn dance you need a partner and as a partnership you join with other pairs to form the dance. In Acts 2:44 & 46 believers gathered together and acted in common selling possessions giving to the poor and meeting together in the temple courts.

What message do the numerous religious denominations and churches in close proximitygive out to non Christians about togetherness?

Evident joy – everyone eventually enjoys the barn dance despite it’s complexities. When you get to each dance the caller explains what to do but everyone laughs if it goes wrong. There is little if any ‘tut tutting’.  In Acts 2:46 every day they met and broke bread eating together with glad hearts.

The church has a lot to learn, do we explain our services to new comers and are we prone to criticize when things go wrong?

More at the end than the beginning - as with the barn dance people arrive with no intention of dancing but see others enjoying it and making mistakes so feel less inhibited about showing themselves up and join in.  Acts 2:47 the people were enjoying themselves and  ’ the Lord added to their number daily’.  They wanted to be at the party, they were compassionate and sharing life together.

Statistics would suggest that is not the case in our churches today.

But John with good use of humour reasserted the need for us to join the dance and interweave with the Trinity of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Jesus came that we could have life to the full.

Thanks to the Rev. Simms

Correction

Friday, May 16th, 2014

The Book of Kells is in Dublin, not on Lindisfarne as stated in Bible Study 14th May. We apologise for this error

Wednesday 14th May 2014

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Bible Study
Leader : Edwin Ashforth
fourth in a series on the Gospels
John
In the Book of Kells, on Lindisfarne, Mark calls Jesus a Lion, Luke A Teacher, Matthew an Ox, and John an Eagle.
The first three gospels we looked at were basically recounting the story of Jesus’ life, his miracles, his journeys etc.. but John looks at Jesus from a totally different point of view. His gospel was written 30 years after the others, from Ephesus (where he had gone with Mary, mother of Jesus). it is the most difficult to understand, but is the most beautiful. It was written for those whose faith was wavering BUT faith was needed – it is for those who believe that Jesus lived, Jesus died and Jesus rose again. In the first three gospels the word belief is mentioned 23 times but in John it is 49 times.
There are many omissions in this gospel e.g. no baptism, no temptations, no last supper, no Garden of Gethsemane, etc.
In Ch 21 v 24 John writes “This is the disciple who testifies to these things and who wrote them down. We know that his testimony is true”
John was the only one of the disciples to die a natural death.
John was a Jew and in his religion the No.7 was most important therefore in his gospel he mentions things in sevens i.e. 7 x “I am” 7 x miracles, etc.
Jesus was loved in the North but feared in the South – Jerusalem was the seat of power – he was a threat to those in office – they had two choices – either to accept him as the Son of God and let him take over their places, or get rid of him. They chose the later
How long would Jesus last if he came on earth today??? Would he be a threat?

We have come to understand how different the four gospels are to each other and to think about each one in a different light.
Thanks to Edwin for four very different bible studies. We look forward to hearing what he has to say on another subject some time in the future.

Sunday 11th May 2014

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Leader: Rev. Alan Hindmarch
Readings :  Genesis 28 10-22       Jacob’s dream
Peter 2 v   l       Living stones
John 4 19 – 26

“You are like living stones being built into a spiritual house”  When you are young   you think the denomination you attend is the best but as you  grow older  you realise this is not so – there is much more to Christianity – a body of believers  is THE CHURCH.Jacob found God but thought he was just in that particular place – he did not understand that God is everywhere.     Jesus is the living foundation stone – the rest of us are living stones forming His  Church.                          Actual buildings are just tools for worship.
Go out beyond the walls to serve and bring others into believing.

Sunday 11th May 2014

Sunday, May 11th, 2014

Hallelujah                                                                                                                                         Rev. Suzanne Nockels has accepted our call to be part-time minister at Tapton and Hillsborough Tabernacle.
God be praised.

Sunday 4th May 2014

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

Leader: Rev. Suzanne Nockels
For the children – various pairs of socks were placed around the church, they had to remember which pair were where and then find the one asked for – then the socks were moved around and the children then had to find them in the new places – Jesus died and returned to a new life – he moved from his old place to a new one – Resurrection means we have a new address – it is inevitable that we sometimes try to go back to the old place – to the old days – but we must move on.
Acts 2 22-41 There are people we can identify with in the Easter story – some who desperately wanted to see Jesus again and others who were glad he had gone – it is the same with us – there are people we would like to see again and others who we are glad are gone.
The people in the reading were told they had blood on their hands. They are brought face to face with the man they had crucified -” he is now Lord and Messiah” the victim becomes the victor.
Saul saw the light, literally, when he was on the Damascus Road – he asked “Who are you” “I am Jesus who you persecuted” came the answer – he was led from spiritual blindness into the light.
He moved on to a new life. Victims are a source of hope – forgiveness is difficult for all of us.
Something new is possible. Repent and start again – a new life with Jesus. Things have moved forever.

Bible Study 30 June 2014

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Led by Edwin Ashforth

Third in a series on the gospels

This study focussed on Matthew.
Written by Matthew Levi a Jew and a Tax Collector, to tell the Jews that Jesus Christ was the prophesied Messiah.

Probably the third gospel to be written but due to the many references to the Old testament was placed before Mark to provide continuity as the first book of the New Testament. Written from the personal experience of Matthew.

Matthew follows Joseph’s line and the book is seen as the most human with teaching of Jesus contained in five sermons.
These develop from lifestyle and Mission in the Kingdom through growth and the community of the kingdom, finishing with the future.