Archive for April, 2016

Wednesday 17th April 2016

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Bible Discussion
Leader : Keith Bradley
How do we regard signs ?? Are they useful or a nuisance? How many times do we ignore a sign? Do we think there are too many signs – in shops, on the roadside??
What about the signs from God – do we see them, do we heed them?? Do we try to go our own way and ignore them??
He has promised that he will always be with us to guide us – do we believe that or do we sometimes go our own way and find ourselves on the wrong path. Are we sometimes influenced in what we do by other people? Sometimes these are sent by God to lead us BUT beware sometimes they are false prophets. Are we led by our heart or mind??
There are many references in the Bible telling us that God will lead us – we must let him – we must read all the signs.
e.g.
Psalm 32 ” I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you”
Colossians 3 17 “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, to it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Lord. whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the lord, not for human masters.”

BIG SING

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Adults If you enjoy a good sing then come along to Tapton on Saturday 30th April 10.30 – 12.30 and join others of like mind. You don’t need to be a good singer to enjoy a good sing just come and enjoy yourself. Refreshments available.

Sunday 24th April 2016

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Leader : Suzanne Nockels
“The Word”
Bibles are not just another book to put on the shelf – they are to be read. Some bibles have been passed down through generations and hold many memories, others are in constant use and indispensable to their owners – some are well loved and tatty some are pristine – its easy to know which ones are cherished. But how do we pass scripture on to others who maybe don’t own a bible or if they do they never read it -
Nehemiah 8 1-12
The people knew they had forgotten the law (the first five books of the bible) and asked Ezra to read it to them – when he had read and others had explained the meaning of the words the people were sad, but they were told to rejoice that they now had heard and understood what was written.
`There are many stories in the first 5 books as well as the rest of our bible of today, to teach us and inspire us and help us with our faith. Learn and understand and then spread the word so that others can also be inspired.
“Lord for Thy word,
the word of life which fires us,
speaks to our hearts and sets our soils ablaze,
teaches and trains rebukes us and inspires us:
Lord of the word, accept your people’s praise”
Timothy Dudley-Smith

Sunday 17th April 2016

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Leader : Margaret Wells
Keith and Margaret did a little drama showing the difference between an old time shepherd and a modern way of running a sheep farm – one showed love for the sheep – the other was high tec.
But it was interesting that the modern group called themselves Pastoral Carers.
We then heard a modern version of Psalm 23.
Todays reading was John 10 v22-30
Jesus talks of His sheep – He is the good shepherd – he knew each one – he led and they followed – nowadays things are reversed the flock go first.
Can we see ourselves at His sheep – following Jesus who is always at the front. He knows when we stray, he forgives and calls us back.
If we follow the shepherd he will show us the way – how to help where we can, where we are needed. We need to listen for His voice and know what he wants us to do.
Remember Jesus will be there for us all the day and night.

Wednesday 13th April 2016

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Bible Discussion
Leader : Edwin Ashforth
Continuing The Beatitudes
v. 9 Happy are the peacemakers…
this does not necessarily mean peacemakers in war situations – it can just as easily be applied to any human in a normal day – anger, greed. jealousy, all these do not lead to peace – peace is contentment – to be content with whatever situation we find ourselves in – not try to change it by being aggressive, or angry. Romans 12 v18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, it is written “It is mine to avenge, I will repay, say the Lord”
v10 Happy are those who are persecuted for my sake – how many of us would be persecuted for our belief? Rejoice and be glad for great is your reward.
Jesus was trying to prepare his disciples for life without him – from verse 1 when he tells them to open their minds and spirits and accept his teachings and each verse is connected to the one before until at the end he is preparing them for being persecuted on his behalf –
they did not understand his teachings until after his death.
This chapter has so very much to teach all of us – to show us what Jesus wants from us – how life can be with God. It will be difficult no-one can dispute that but our reward will be great.

Many thanks to Edwin for opening our eyes.

Sunday 10th April 2016

Sunday, April 10th, 2016

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Keys – we all have keys – for the car/house etc.. For letting people in or for keeping them out?
The Disciples were scared after the crucifiction and locked themselves away – but Jesus appeared with them – a locked door could not keep him out when they needed him.

Reading : Nehemiah 6 v l…
Thee is a force in this world that tries to undermine good things – people try to be manipulating .
Nehemiah is threatened – to try to stop him completing the building of the wall – 5 times this happens to try to wear him down but he resists – he asks God for help and says “why should a man like me run away and hide?”
H.A.L.T.S.
Hungry – to fill a void in life
Angry – don’t make decisions if you are angry
Lonely – beware of false friends
Success – ask God for help and you will succeed.
Nehemiah would not hide in the temple – he would not stay behind a locked door – he carried on with Gods help and he rebuilt the walls of the city. He finished what he had set out to do – and so can we if we let God help us to overcome any threats or undermining of our intentions.

Sunday worship 3rd April 2016

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Led by Jonathan Youdan

Readings: Isaiah 42 v10-16 & Luke 24 v13ff

Jonathan suggested the one story he may take onto a desert island is the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus.

On this occasion the disciples did not recognise Jesus though he knew who they were. Why would they recognise him? As far as they were concerned Jesus was dead.

He did not enlighten them until they invited him in for hospitality.

Jonathan referred to the readings in Revelations 3 v 20 and Genesis 3 v10. ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock’ & ‘ I heard of you in the garden but I was afraid as I was naked’.

We need to recognise the signs and open the door to God not only when we want something, but there is a price to pay. It will result in change and we must be prepared to embrace that change.