Archive for October, 2015

Bible Discussion 28th October 2015

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Leader: Edwin Ashforth
Week two learning about the book of Esther
In Chapter 2 Esther and her uncle Mordeecai come into the story but Edwin chose to move on further to Chapter 3 and introduce Haman – this man was in a high position next to the King and he wanted everyone to bow down to him but Mordecai would not do so – here we have a repeat of the Vashti story someone in a high position being disobeyed and we hear what Haman decided to do to try to keep his position. This is the first mention anywhere in the world of Semitism and also made us realize that things that happened in 483 BC are still relevant today – nothing is new – there is so much of this story with an interest in today’s world – we look forward to hearing Edwin in a fortnight’s time.

Sunday Worship 25th October 2015

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Leader: Rev Suzanne Nockels
Psalm 139
The first reading of this psalm was a different version to our pew bibles then we read the psalm again from pew bibles and thought which verse gave us the most comfort – then again which verse was most worrying for us.
God is a very personal God as shown by the choice of different verses
John 1 – 35 -51
The first two who followed were Jesus were John’s followers one of whom was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother – he spent time with Jesus and then went to find his brother to come and join them. Jesus then called Phillip to follow him and Phillip in turn asked Nathanial to come but he was sceptical and said “Does any good thing ever come from Nazareth?”
Following on the theme of invitations we see from this that “Come and See” is a wonderful invitation – Jesus calls us all to do just that.
As we read in the psalm God knows us better than we know ourselves he knows our every thought he is in our personal space – he makes us feel vulnerable – trust in Him – come and see.

Sunday worship 18th October 2015

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Suzanne reflected on the life of Edith Cavell and posed the question what will we die for or more importantly what do we live for?

Sermon based on readings Mark 8:34-38 & Romans 6:1-11

Jesus is in Caesarea Philippi found in the Golan Heights on the Jewish border with Syria and named after two Roman leaders in Augustus Caesar and Philip who ruled with rampant power and fear.

The area was also scattered with statues and images of Pan, the God of nature and all things wild.

It also became the scene of an emotional boundary between Peter and Jesus Christ. Peter cannot understand why Jesus will suffer when he has come as the long awaited King and God among the people.

This is one of the biggest put downs in the bible as Jesus clearly shows Peter there is no middle ground. Has Peter got it so wrong he will question his discipleship so far and where does he start again?

Have we ever been challenged to make a sacrifice for someone else? Can such a sacrifice be liberating?

Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us on the cross, he was not afraid as he died to free us.

Will Christian belief lead to obedience and suffering as a result? Discipleship does come at a price!

Bible Discussion 15th October 2015

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Leader: Edwin Ashforth
The Book of Esther
Chapter 1 9 – 22
Edwin followed on from his talk last Sunday when we had heard about King Xerxes giving a banquet when everyone drank as much as they wished to verse 10 when “he was in high spirits” he summons his wife Queen Vashti to appear before him and his friends – wearing her crown ??? and nothing else ??? but she refuses his command – he is furious – feels humiliated and so confers with seven nobles of Persia – wise men who advised the King – among them was Memukam – the rest of the story is interesting …. We discussed at great length equal rights of men/women the role of women in society then and now – a very interesting evening.

Sunday 11th October 2015

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Leader : Edwin Ashforth
Reading: Ecclesiastes 5 8 – 17
Edwin will be leading Bible Study this coming Wednesday and three alternate Wednesdays and his talk today was to set the scene :
The Book of Esther : This book begins with the information that King Xerxes who ruled over 127 provinces from India to Cush – the Persian Empire – wanted to show off his wealth so he organised a party for everyone, there is mention of gold and silver, purple, and as much drink as the people wanted – all signs of abundant wealth – BUT was this just generosity on his part or was there an ulterior motive??
Is there a relevance in this story to today?
It should be noted that God is never mentioned in the book of Esther.
The King was in power – it would appear that his aim was to get all the nobles and courtiers etc drunk at the party so they would give him what he wanted. A war council was imminent and he wanted them all on his side.
All these millions of years later there is another war in this area – innocent people are being killed or made homeless and are fleeing risking their lives in small boats to cross the Mediterranean as man fights man. Things have not changed.
Edwin will continue with discussions on the book of Esther ……

Saturday 10th October 2015

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Illustrated talk by Mike Spick

We had a very interesting guided tour in Sheffield starting at Surrey Street, Leopold Street, West Street
etc. etc. through Barkers Pool, et., finishing in the Peace Gardens. We were shown pictures of the streets then and now and told how they got their names.
Brought back many memories.

Sunday 4th October 2015

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Joseph Nockels came to talk to us about time he spent with a group of young people from CWM (Congregational world mission)in the Netherlands with a pioneering church called Kerk oP De Kop – translated as Church on its head – based on traditional David Livingstone but trying to be outgoing and suiting the needs of those outside the building. Rotterdam is rebuilding in the ashes left after the war and the church is rebuilding too. A church is not necessarily a building – a church is where God is and people worship Him.
This was a very informative talk – well presented.

Readings : Jeremiah 18 1-7 The potter
Ephesians 2 1-10 Death to life.
God is the Potter the artist
Has Jesus changed us?
We are God’s handiwork, his masterpiece. He works with what he has – he can refashion
A masterpiece is created by the artist not the sitter
Will you let God make you into a masterpiece?? Will you be pliable so he can mould you or will you be hard and make it difficult?? Do you care enough to want to let God change you?
“Create in me a clean clean heart
Create in me a work of art
Create in me a miracle
Something real that you can feel.”

3rd October Lunch at the Tavern

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

On Saturday 3rd October 30 members and friends of the church will enjoy a lunch at the Crosspool Tavern, having taken down the harvest decorations at church.

2 October – Visit by pupils from Lydgate Junior School

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

120 pupils from Lydgate Junior School visited the church and heard 3 bible stories from the bible featuring bread and made sour dough figures for a harvest loaf.

1st October – Harvest at Kings Court

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Residents from Kings Court came together in the evening for a harvest gathering led by Rev Suzanne Nockels