Archive for March, 2015

31st March 2015

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

Folk from Tapton joined friends at Kings Court. We started by playing noughts and crosses but this time it was eggs and Christian crosses then we had hot cross buns and sang Easter Hymns and then heard Suzanne tell the story of some of the crosses she has collected over the years.
One was a small hand held cross which gives personal comfort when words or spirits are failing.
The second was a cross with beautiful colours on it from South America.
Another was brought for her by husband Keith from Ethiopia – the 2nd oldest Christian country.
The next from Coventry Cathedral made from nails from the old bombed cathedral. the Provost wrote “Father forgive them” after the bombing the same words Christ used from the cross.
Then The British Red Cross – founded in 1859 by a Swiss man who went to find Napoleon during a battle and was shocked by all the wounded and he founded a society to help any war wounded people – the symbol of the society is the reverse of the Swiss flag, a red cross on a white background. The society bring comfort, healing and help – the same as Jesus.
The last cross was made from palm leaf – the people in Jerusalem waved palm leaves and shouted with joy as Jesus entered the city but later they were the same ones who shouted for his death. None of us is perfect – we do not support Jesus all the time as we should.
The reading for the evening was Luke 24 1-10
Isaac sang a lovely little song.
After the Easter blessing Suzanne handed round chocolate Easter eggs and wished everyone a Happy Easter.

Sunday 29th March 2015

Sunday, March 29th, 2015

PALM SUNDAY
The service had been put together by our organist John Silverton and was led by Suzanne Nockels.
We started by gathering outside the church with palm crosses to celebrate Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem riding on a donkey. After various scriptures were read we re-entered the Church singing All glory, laud and honour.
The old testament reading was Isaiah 50 4-7 and Psalm 61.
Suzanne then talked to us – the people of Jerusalem were on a high because Jesus had overthrown the moneylenders in the temple and they had very high hopes for the future – BUT – these were soon dashed by disappointment -he was to be taken prisoner, flogged and crucified – they wanted everything to be right for Jesus.
There are times in our lives when we have high hopes and want everything to be right and are disappointed – Have you ever been disappointed in Jesus?
He is not always our Superhero – get to know the REAL Jesus – shed your elusions and you will not be disappointed.
Then followed an enactment by various members of the congregation of the events on Palm Sunday, his arrest, trial and finally his crucifiction.
During the service we sang a hymn by W H Vanstone “Morning glory, starlit sky ….” to a new tune written by our organist, John Silverton, called Tapton Hill.
The prayers of Intercession took the form of the reading of a hymn written in Belfast which is very appropriate for troubles today.

Our next Easter Service will be on Good Friday at 10.15a.m

Sunday 22nd March 2015

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Leader: Rev.John Simms
Readings: Jeremiah 31 31-34
John 12 20-33
“We want to see Jesus” If we were asked that would we know what to do and what to say? Phillip asked Andrew and together they went to Jesus because they did not know how to answer the Greeks who asked the same question.
In John 12 v 24 Jesus says ” Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies it remains a single seed”
Jesus is going to Jerusalem knowing it is to certain death – but he will rise again.
Our salvation depends on dying which leads to a better life.
Grains of wheat left in a bag do not change, but they have three options : to stay where they are and remain the same, to be ground into flour, made into bread and eaten or be put into the ground to die but then grow again.
Billiions of Christians follow the seed sown by Jesus which died and lives again in them.

Wednesday 18th March 2015

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Bible Discussion Group
Led by Suzanne Nockels. Various people had brought their favourite passages which they read to us and we then discussed. This was a very interesting evening.

Sunday 15th march 2015

Sunday, March 15th, 2015

Mothering Sunday
Leader: Suzanne Nockels Readings: Mark 1 29-34 Jesus heals Simon’s mother in law.
1 Tim. 3 1-13 Leaders in Church
Both Matt.23 v37 and Luke 13 v 34 compare Jesus to a mother hen protecting her chicks.
Susan brought various items all with a different smell – some nice and some nasty – Paul said that you and I are the aroma of God.
We then all received a bunch of daffodils from the church.
Missionaries went out and in they were brave people who stepped out into the unknown to spread the word. They gave up their personal responsibilities. Sometimes home responsibilities take over.
Simon brought Jesus into his home to help his sick mother in law – Jesus will come into our homes and share our families with us – don’t put up barriers – take time to think what you need from Jesus in your life/family – what can he do for you? Some people live alone – they have no-one to share their life – Genesis 2 18 says” Not good that man shall live alone” Jesus is ready and willing to come into your home – he is not a person as such but his presence will help. Take time to be quiet and know God. Don’t just be like the missionaries and be brave and go out for him. invite him in.
Those who put God first in church must also have God in their home.

The service was followed by a “daffodil” scone/cream/jam tea.

Sunday service – 8th March 2015

Sunday, March 8th, 2015

Led by Rev. Alan Hindmarch
Readings: Exodus 20: 1-17, 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, John 2:12

‘The power of God to Salvation’.
The power of God is demonstrated in Jesus Christ. Jesus taught on the Kingdom of God and in the transfiguration we see the Kingdom impinging on earth with Jesus speaking with Moses and Elijah.

In the Temple Jesus chased out the animals and overturned tables where although the law of the land, the sale of animals and money changing into Temple currency was being used to make unscrupulous profit. The Temple was a market not a place of worship.

If we live with Jesus, we live in the Kingdom of God, we are part of the Kingdom and the Kingdom is with us. Ignore it at your peril!

Rowan Williams previous Archbishop of Canterbury said we look in a mirror and we see ourselves, God looks in that mirror and sees himself.

Wednesday 4th March 2015

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Bible Study
Leader: Mary Coates
We started with Isaiah 9
Where he prophesied that the future King would be from Galilee,
then we moved to Matthew 5 The Sermon on the Mount where Jesus is at Galilee and is talking to his disciples.
This is a very familiar passage but until we discussed each verse in turn we had not really fully understood its meaning.

Sunday 1st March 2015

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Disciples : Jesus taught in various ways, in various places. Do we learn from him?
He called his disciples -
Mark 1 16-20 he calls fishermen to leave their work and their families and follow him to become fishers of men.
Luke 5 1- recounts the story if the miraculous amount of fish caught and “then they followed him” he didn’t ask this time.
John 1 35 He asks “What are you looking for?”
Different ways Jesus asks people to be his disciples – he is asking today –
What are your desires ?
What are you looking for?
Life is complicated, it can be hard.
God helps us to take charge – he helps us to leave our past life behind us and move forward to the life Jesus wishes us to follow.
Put your trust in The Lord