Archive for January, 2015

Sunday 1st February 2015

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Service cancelled due to snow and ice on pavements.

Sunday 25th January 2015

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Leader: Pat Moseley
Readings: John Ch.4 5-15 19-26 29-42
Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.
Over the years differences had grown between Jews and Samaritans so much so that there was so much antagonism between them they would not even use the same cup.
Yet Jesus (a Jew) asked a Samaritan woman for a drink.
Today we live in a multi- faith society, there are divisions in churches, different denominations. We should live in Christian love, toleration of each other. Jesus did not criticise – nor should we.
Just believe in Him and he will be with you always

Wednesday 21st January 2015

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Bible study cancelled due to snow.

Sunday Worship 18th January 2015

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

As you will note from the front page of our web site, during her services in 2015, Suzanne will be considering the theme of ‘Hope’ using passages from Mark’s gospel.

Today’s service included readings from:
Isaiah 43
Mark 1

Suzanne asked the congregation “What is worth queueing for? It may be FA Cup Final tickets or a favourite band BUT would it be the opportunity to confess and repent?

Jesus joined many others in the wilderness seeking John the Baptist for just this reason.

We all need information before we undertake tasks or make journeys – sometimes that information is vital. If only I’d known………..

Following his baptism in the river Jordan, Jesus received such information. The skies were rent open and God spoke “You are my son with whom I am well pleased.” Jesus went on to face a number of challenges and to challenge recognised order but in the full knowledge that God loved him.

Baptism and accepting the right hand of friendship from a Church Secretary can be a relatively easy route towards becoming a Christian or a Church member. Would we still become members if we had to jump out of an aeroplane without the vital information on how to deploy a parachute?

Martin Luther the reformer was reputed to have the phrase “Remember you are baptized” written above his desk. Lutherans believe we enjoy God’s grace through faith.

A number of the congregation then accepted an invitation from Suzanne to come forward and remember their baptism through a symbolic baptismal act.

At times of trial, we should remember we are baptized, confident we have the vital information that God is with us and he loves us.

Suzanne finished by challenging us to this week, stand with someone we would normally bypass or listen to something we might ordinarily avoid. We all need to become peacemakers.

Sunday 11th January 2015

Sunday, January 11th, 2015

Leader: Jonathan Youden
Epiphany – journeys
Readings: Numbers 9 15-23 The Fiery Cloud.
Matthew 2 Visitors from the East.
The cloud led the Israelites – when it settled they stayed, when it moved they moved on. It was a sign from God to lead them.
We all use roads – but do we know the road signs?? Do we know the signs on the journey of life?? The wise men were led by a star. Some signs are not so obvious – we may see miracles, and wonders but do not recognise these as signs – they are not always spectacular.
Railway signals are to tell us when a train is coming but sometimes they need a look-out man too to back them up.
As you journey through life keep a look out for the signs where God wants to lead you – this might not be where you want to go, you may not feel capable of going, but trust in Him.
As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold;
as with joy they hailed its light, leading onward, beaming bright, so, most Gracious God, may we led by you for ever be.

Bible Study Wednesday 7th Jan.2015

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Leader: John Silverton
Epiphany
The showing – manifestation
evidence/proof
The visit of the Magi
The baptism of Christ by John the Baptist
The changing of water into wine.
We discussed the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, reading two versions
John 1 29 – 34
Matthew 3 13- 17
The spirit came down from heaven (dove) and declared “This is my Son, whom I love”
In those days the act of baptism was a cleansing, the washing away of sins. Why did Jesus want to be baptised, he had no sin?? Because he completely identified himself with humanity’s sin and failure and also as an example to his disciples.
The Holy Spirit came down not to overcome sin but to equip him for his work. John tried to dissuade him but Jesus was adamant that he should be baptised “to fulfil all righteousness” as prophesied.
We then briefly talked abut the visit of the wise men, and the changing water into wine (the first miracle) all were proof that Jesus was different – that he was The Son of God.

Sunday 4th January 2015

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
We started by trying to do two puzzles – one a Labyrinth the other a Maze.
A Labyrinth – a journey from start to finish – you cannot go wrong – its all so straightforward.
A Maze- many twists – may have to go back and start again – make mistakes – not easy to decide which way to go – take detours –
These two are comparable with ways of life – has 2014 been a labyrinth for you or has it been a maze???
Isaiah 30 v 20 says : Whether you turn to the right or the left your ears will hear a voice behind you , saying “This is the way, walk in it”
Readings Isaiah 60 1-7
Matthew 2 1-2
The visitors were not Wise Men, not Kings and we are not certain how many there were, may have been 3 or many more. There are various theories as to this and also as to who they were.
They were among the unlikely visitors to the baby in the stable The first were shepherds who were grubby and poor then came these other visitors bringing wealthy gifts from afar, who had followed a star
into unknown territory – they had to put their trust in their belief that it would lead them.
They were not such wise men because they went first to Herod to ask abut the new baby king – Herod – was a tyrant – and their visit left him in turmoil, leading to the slaughter of infants – who paid the price for this indiscretion. There was great joy because of the birth of Jesus but also great sadness.
On our journey through life have we been indiscreet, made mistakes, left a trail of destruction – has someone else maybe paid the price??
The magi wrongly thought the prophesy in Isaiah 50 saying that Jerusalem would be great was what they should believe at this time instead of Micah 5 which said Bethlehem
was the chosen one. The wise men were again not so wise.
On our journey through life how wise have we been – God will show us the way if we let him lead us – step out in faith, try not to be too wise.
Know who and where to worship in 2015.