Archive for October, 2016

Sunday worship 30th October 2016

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

Led by David Carter bringing the greetings from Hillsborough Baptist Church

Reading Matthew 12: 14-21

Theme Bruised but not broken

In verse 12 the Pharisees are meeting to plot the destruction of Jesus because he opposed what they were doing to the community.

They could not bring any legitimate charges against him, however he was crucified.

Do we recognise Jesus was compassionate and tender?

In verse 20 we read of a bruised reed.

God will not allow us to be broken but we may expect to be bruised living in the real world – an anti Christian world.

We may be strong or weak in character but things change and the strong may become weak and the weak stronger. God is with all of us.

Two strong characters in the Bible who fell from grace: Peter who came to deny Christ and David who in Psalm 32 acknowledges his sin.

There is much beyond our control and if we rely just on ourselves we will fail. Remain watchful and careful for each other and live close to God.

Allow God to build us up and strengthen us. We all sin but God is merciful.

Jesus as the strong and mighty lion of Judah was contrasted to the lamb of God empathising with us.

God forgives sin and is not judgemental.

Wednesday26th October 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Bible study
Leader: Edwin Ashcroft
Once again a very interesting evening
Edwin talked abut 3 parables the first two saying the same thing but in different ways
Luke 15 v 1 The Lost Sheep and v 6 The lost coin.
Jesus painted mental pictures for his disciples and us. We must understand how they related to events at the time and how we can relate them to now.
The shepherd left his flock safely and went in search of the lost sheep -
when he found it he carried it back to the rest of the flock. When the coin was lost a search was made and it was found.
Both times there was rejoicing that what was lost had been found.
X ref psalm 23
The third parable was
Matt 29 v 1 The workers in the vineyard. The ones employed first were happy to work for a denarius but when the owner employed others who had been in the market square all day but not working and he paid them all the same they were angry.
Peter had been chosen first and he felt he had more rights than the others who were chosen later but Jesus made it plain that all have the same rights to Him He said “The first shall
be last and the last shall be first”
In His sight we are all equal no matter how long we have followed him. When the lost sheep is found and brought back then that is just as important.

Sunday 23rd October 2016

Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

Leader: Rev Alan Hindmarch
Readings: Joel 2 “….. rejoice in the Lord your God for he has given you the autumn rains ….”
2 Timothy 4 6-9 16 – “…. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race”
Luke 18 v 9
Jesus tells the parable of :The Pharisee who thought he was better than anyone else and the tax gatherer who was humble.
Some people are too confident in their own right and look down on others less fortunate. God has promised – and given – us so much we should be grateful. Say thanks to God for all he provides us with
Love God love your neighbur

PLEASE NOTE

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

PLEASE NOTE

Due to holidays and sickness there will NOT be a “Bat & Chat” on Wednesday (19th) or the social gathering on Friday of this week.

Sunday 16th Oct.2016

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

A joyful heart is good medication
Leader : Suzanne Nockels
Todays service was based around health/hospices/chaplaincy.
We welcomed Liz Maitland Chaplain of a hospice in Bradford who we sponsor.
She explained her role and was asked questions about her faith in her work, on behalf of us al,l by Suzanne.
The reading was Luke 13 v 10
“Jesus heals a crippled woman on the Sabbath”
It is hard sometimes to lift ones eyes from the ground, especially during illness, guilt or shame.
Adam & Eve were free and unashamed until they met the serpent and then when they heard God coming they hid because they were naked and ashamed “Who told you that?” God asked.
Jesus saw the woman and set her free of her crippling burden – he will set us free. Walk tall, stand straight and look the whole world in the eye
Jesus does not lower his eyes – he sees us wherever we are looking and he helps us to look upwards.

Harvest at King’s Court – Friday 14 October 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Led by Rev. Suzanne Nockels

Residents of King’s Court were joined by members from Tapton for a Harvest Festival.

Suzanne asked for different types of apples, pears, oranges and bananas. Highlighting the fact that all bananas are derived from the Cavendish banana which is now blighted and has not got the resilience of say the varied variety of apples available. Are we like a banana or one of the other fruits? Do we yearn for everything to be the same or do we encourage variety in our life.

Then we heard in Samuel about King David craving fresh spring water. His men set out to find some. They struggled against a number of adversaries but managed to retrieve some spring water for the King. The King rather than drinking the water offered it to God. When did we last crave God?? Psalm 42 uses the symbolic craving of the deer for water and we closed with the hymn ‘As the Deer pants for the water’. An excellent service.

Wednesday 12th October 2016

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Bible Study with Edwin Ashcroft
Over the next three sessions Edwin will be talking about some of the 35 parables
Tonight he spoke about Luke 5 27. Jesus was eating with his disciples in the house of Levi and the Pharisees came and asked why he was eating and more especially in the house of a tax collector whilst John and his followers were fasting? Jesus replied with three answers
He asked why not make friends of the bridegroom whilst he is still with you – it will be time to fast when he is taken from you – this was a prediction that he was to be crucified.
Do not take a piece of new cloth to patch old cloth it will not work.
Do not put new wine in old skins or the skins will burst.
He was telling them that the old ways were good but were of John and the old testament – he had come to bring new ways they were to love one another and not try to mix old with new – they were to move on – God had sent his son to show them how to do this which he did by means of parables – it had been predicted in the old testament that he would speak in parables Isaiah 30 v 21
“your ears will hear a voice behind you saying This is the way, walk in it etc…”
they were now being told by Jesus to listen to his voice – to throw away the old and take on the new. God did not want sacrifices of lambs he had sent his son to be the final sacrifice – The Lamb of God.
If we today are to be Christians we must move forward following where Christ has led us.

Harvest Festial 9th Oct.2016

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Unfortunately due to her young daughter being taken ill the General Secretary was unable to take our service today however our Minister Suzanne Nockels kindly stepped in.
How do you know when a fruit is ripe ???
Various answers depending on the fruit itself.
Autumn is the season of fruitfulness – Harvest comes each year without fail it is to be relied on – so is God and his goodness.

Luke 9 v 10 Jesus feeds a great crowd
The disciples wanted to buy food to feed the crowd but Jesus blessed the loaves and fish and there was enough and plenty left over.
Revelations 18 v10
Jerusalem was destroyed and the merchants wept for loss of custom
Most things today are at a cost – but we must always remember that what God gives is given freely the air we breath, the water we drink etc. No one has a right to them more than anyone else.

Thought for today – !How can you give freely ???

Sunday 9th October 2016

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

HARVEST FESTIVAL
at 2.45 pm The General Secretary of the Congregational Federation, Yvonne Campbell, will lead our service We are asking for gifts of tins, packets etc. not perishables, which will be taken to the S6 food bank,
Please come and join us

Sunday 2nd October 2016

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
The first part of the service was the baptism of baby Jennifer Bradley daughter of John and Gemma
The second part followed with the theme of trying to hide when we hear God’s footsteps and that he loves us and shines his face on us but also we must remember that he is our Father and sometimes has to chastise us if we misplease him.
The reading was a modern version of Psalm 16
the talk was based on the stories of Adam and Eve and Elijah and prophets of Baal. Both contain the questions “Where are you? Why are you hiding from me?
Sometimes God asks us the same questions
How do we answer him ??
There is no point trying to hide from Him, He will find you.