Archive for June, 2016

Saturday 9th July

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Once again we invite you to come and join us for an informal morning of singing

Chariots of Fire 29th June 2016

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

Despite the inclement weather we really enjoyed the showing of this film – it gave us an insight into how athletes feel about taking part and their thoughts on winning – it also showed us how important faith is and how over the years the idea of Sunday being God’s day has been forgotten. It was important to Eric Liddell and he stuck by his principles – do we?? All in all a very enjoyable and thought provoking morning. Thanks to those who arranged it and those who made the drinks afterwards.

Sunday 26th June 2016

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

Leader: Margaret Wells
Mark 3 20-35
How can Satan drive out Satan?
Each one of us has to make a decision as to who we think Jesus is.
There are three groups in today’s story
a. Jesus and his disciples
2. The huge crowd including scribes who came to heckle
2. Jesus’s family

We cannot sit on the fence we have to decide where we fit in. God calls each one of us to be part of His family.

25th June 2016

Sunday, June 26th, 2016

As part of the Crosspool Fetival week our organist John Silverton gave an excellent recital on Saturday 25th June

Bible study Wednesday 22nd June 2016

Friday, June 24th, 2016

Leader ; Edwin Ashforth
The second chapter of Genesis is known as Paradise and was written by two more of David’s scribes.
Man came from the dust of the ground and will return there.
God gave man the job of looking after his land – he was not made just to sit around and be part of it he had to work to keep everything as it should be and this is expected of man even to this day. We do not own the land we cannot take it with us when we die. It is up to us to do our best to care for it.
the name Adam means man.
God gave man free will but he abused it – the tree was symbolic – man was told not to eat of it but he did we must try and obey God’s word and not think we know better.

Next time it will be Adam and Eve

Sunday 19th June 2016

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Our minister Rev.Suzanne Nockels led the service today

Readings from Psalm 46 & Matthew 24:1-3

In Suzanne’s series of services on prayer she illustrated how limited our grasp of God’s gifts can be by pouring a packet of rice into the cupped hands of a member of the congregation. We should make the most of what we can hold onto and thank God for his grace.

Our prayers of thanksgiving for what we have helps us be brave as it is only when we recognise what we have can we be generous in OUR giving.

In a week of horror in Oklahoma and in Birstall where do we consider safe havens. All our safe havens can be invaded, In Jewish times the safe haven was the Temple and the disciples held the buildings in awe but Jesus said the walls wont stand for ever.

Our bodies can be classed as temples and our ideas of ourselves can be safe and we can retreat inwardly. Church can provide such a place of sanctuary and we must not fear because God is our refuge and strength.

Sunday 12th June 2016

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Leaders: Rev.Bill and Mrs Betty Bentham
Congregational Sunday
Today we sang hymns written by Congregationalists ..
Isaac Watts -1674-1748
When he was a boy he grumbled about having to sing chants in church and his father said instad of grumbling why didn’t he write something for them to sing – and so he did.
Phillip Dodderidge 1702-1751
wrote his hymns as sermons – none of which were published until after his death.
John Bunyan 1628-1688
Imprisoned for his faith.
The readings for today were
Luke 8 22-25 6-37
There have been things written about the journeys of Paul but no-one seems to have written about the journeys of Jesus Christ who travelled around during his time on earth – each gospel was wriiten by a different person who recounted what they felt were the most important parts of Christ’s journey. The Bible is a commentary not a biography. BUT three of the writers were so impressed with what happened on one journey when Jesus (who was tired) went out in a boat and fell asleep – there arose a great storm and the men in the boat knew what danger they were in, because they were fishermen, so they woke Jesus, and he calmed the storm much to everyones amazement – they thought the answer to their problems was to bail out the boat before it sank – sometimes when we know exactly what should happen in a situation – Jesus comes up with a much better solution if we only listen to him.
When they came to land a possessed man came running towards them – but Jesus calmed him – there was a herd of pigs nearby which ran off and were drowned and the local people felt very angry about this – the pigs were their livelihood and the man had lived in the tombs for a long time – why should the pigs die and the man be saved ??? so they told Jesus to go.
This story tells us not to ask Jesus to solve our problems if we cannot cope with the result. Trust Him – he knows far better than us what is the answer to our problems – just ask.

Wednesday 8th June 2016

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Bible Study
Leader : Edwin Ashforth
The theme for this session of studies is The Creation and this week the group heard about the first of two versions of the Creation at the start of Genesis. Chapter 1 is known as Primaeval and was written by David’s scribes who were very clever men up to that time everything had been passed down by word of mouth this is the first time things were written down.
There are many mentions of the number 7
7 words, 14 words, 35 words
God is mentioned 34 times Earth 21 times Firmament 21 times

Sunday 5th June 2016

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Leader: Rev. Suzanne Nockels
Readings: John 17:20-23 Acts 16:22-32

Suzanne will be looking at the theme of prayer over the next few weeks.
How amazing is it when you find someone has taken the time to pray for YOU?
Prayer is never wasted breath when you believe, even if you cant explain.
The story in Acts is amazing – how would we feel if thrown in jail and get an opportunity to escape?
Suzanne referred to the encouragement Terry Waite felt when he received a card from Bunyan Congregational Church indicating they remembered him and were praying for him.
For prayers and faith we give thanks to God who makes all things possible.
Amen

Sunday 29th May 2016

Sunday, June 12th, 2016

Leader: Susannah Youden