Archive for September, 2015

HARVEST SERVICE 27th September 2015

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Leader Suzanne Nockels
Readings : Isaiah 55 1-5 John 7 37-44
MILK – what do we use it for? in tea, custard, rice pudding etc. what is the cost of milk before we get it ? farmer, transport, management.
CHOCOLATE – what do we use it for ? celebrations, comfort, treats What is the cost? Labour, cocoa beans, transport
WATER what do we use it for? drinking, washing,
Cost? Priceelss, cant survive without it.
All things have uses and worth but most cost money, time, labour
God provides – he gives freely love, forgiveness, peace, healing.
Don’t try to pay him back just accept and be glad.

God says – come – all invited – he is generous
Some things bought with money don’t give lasting satisfaction – what God gives has long lasting satisfaction.
Water, wine, milk come drink and live
There is mention of water in the bible – spiritual water refreshes, cleanses and cools.
Wine is mentioned in the bible spiritual wine reminds us of the blood shed for us.
Milk is also mentioned – a land flowing with milk and honey. Spiritual growth.
Jesus said that anyone who is thirsty should come to him – come and drink and take Him into your life.
Try and drink from God have a sample of what he offers – give out some samples to others with His love.

The church looked lovely and it was good to see so many people there.
The goods brought will be taken to the S6 food bank.

HARVEST WEEKEND

Sunday, September 27th, 2015

Saturday 25th September 2015
The church was open from 2 – 4p.m for anyone to look at our harvest display. five windows and the communion table were decorated to depict hymns. It was good to welcome regular friends and also some ex “Taptonites” for a chat over a cuppa in the schoolroom. Our Harvest celebrations will continue this afternoon with a service of thanksgiving led by our minister Suzanne Nockels at 2.45p.m.

Sunday worship 20 September 2015

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Led by Jonathan Youdan

Readings: Isaiah 52 v7-12; Philippians 4v 1-9; John 14 v15

Jonathan related the current troubles in the world to those being experienced 2,500 years ago. News of peace was welcomed as good news and all proclaimers of peace are welcome.

The Old Testament prophets were looking forward to a time of peace.

Isaiah was more aligned to the definition of Peace = Freedom from disturbance/tranquility with Micah nearer the definition of no war/law and order.

The church at Philippi was a troubled place and was expected to show a spirit of unity.

We read of a peace that passeth understanding, something greater than we can understand something our faith can bring us.

13th September 2015

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

Leader: Ray Bridden (from Bakewell)
Readings: Psalm 150 – Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord
Acts 17 v 16 Paul in Athens

Ray played the guitar and sang a lovely solo “I am yours, now and forever”
The breath of God
In Genesis 2 v 7 God breathed the breath of life into Adam
We take breathing for granted – how many breaths do you think you have taken since you were born???
In Ezekial we read about the dry bones – they were put together but did not live until they had breath. Without breath there would be no life for any of us. When God gave breath he also gave a soul and freedom of choice.
The purpose of breath is to praise Him. We sing All things praise him we should mean it.
Paul told the Athenians God gave breath to all
Give God the glory Praise His name

Sunday 6th September 2015

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
If you are planning a party what do you need ?
food, decorations, music – but firstly you need invitations and people, Suzanne’s theme for the next few services is “God’s Invitation” So we will be inviting anyone who wishes to join us to come to our celebrations of Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas. We do not wish to “poach” anyone from any other church but there are events which would not do this.
Today’s reading was Matthew 14 v 29 – 33
Jesus walks on water
Heros. At some time or another in our lives we have a hero whether it be fictional, historical or someone closer. Does God invite us to have a heroic life, Is Faith a magical word that will make us heroes in other peoples eyes.
There is a saying “If you want to walk on water you have to step out of the boat”
Jesus sent the men out in a boat and then he walked out to them on the water – Peter saw him but before he stepped out of the boat he needed reassurance that it was Jesus he saw – he then stepped out of the boat but he lacked faith and started to sink. How many of us seek reassurance before we attempt anything out of our comfort range – and even when given that we lose faith and fail
Is church like a boat? We are a group who travel life together through calm and stormy seas life is not always pleasant sometimes it can be very difficult – it is just moving forward together. No need for heros – we are all in the same boat.