Archive for January, 2017

Bible study – 31 January

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Continuing the series of studies on the Kingdom of Heaven

As Jesus’s ministry continued the crowds listening reduced, possibly because the people could not understand

Jesus continued to teach on the Kingdom of Heaven and gave us the shortest parable in the bible – Matthew 13:44

The parable of the Hidden Treasure

What is our treasure? Not necessarily inanimate valuable item.

What is of value to us? eg irreplaceable memories

We all assumed the treasure was buried however Suzanne asked if the treasure was hidden in plain sight?

Is the treasure our faith? We can happen upon it or seek it out, often circumstances how much effort we put into seeking it out. How hard we pray.

We can come across it on the street, in church, in conversation – anywhere.

In the parable the man is overcome with joy at finding the treasure but rehides it, selling all he has to buy the field.

Was he selfish hiding the treasure again and then morally wrong in buying the field where he knew the treasure was.

There are many joys in life that are God given. We can experiennce that joy even when our lives are a mess. The joy f the Kingdom is bigger and more valuable than we ever know.

Luke 17:20-21 Kingdom of God within you

John 7:38 Streams of living water spring from his side and heart

Jesus told the woman at the well that the water he provided will be a spring from within.

Are we the field and the Kingdom of God is within us. We can happen upon it or deliberately seek it out.

Is the field relevant? The treasure is the Kingdom of Heaven and we can find the treasure in ourselves if we look.

Sunday 29th January 2017

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Leader: Rev. Sue Hammersley (from St.Mark’s Broomhill)
Candlemas – The end of the Christmas Season and the beginning of build up to Holy week.
Reading : Luke 2 22 – 39 As was the custom 40 days after a birth, Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the Temple and there they met Simeon who immediately recognised this baby was different – and he predicted many things for the child. They then met Anna who also saw this baby was different and she too predicted many things in the future. Both these people had been waiting with patience for the Messiah – we too must wait with patience. Turn from the crib to the cross.
Hebrews 2 10-18
It was important that God’s son should come on earth as a baby and live through all the many stages of life – “so that by his death he might break the power of evil….” v17 ” he had to be made like them, fully human in every way…”
All are equal on God’s sight – be prepared to reach out and witness to all.

Sunday 22nd January.

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Led by Rev Will Fletcher
visiting from The Beacon Methodist Church at Steven Hill.

The Week Of Prayer for Christian Unity,.

Readings:
Paul’s letter to the Corinthians chapter 5 v 14-20 … “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us; we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God”

Luke Chapter 15 v 11-32 … ‘ “My son,” the father said,” you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” ‘

We are called by God as Christians to be ‘people of love and grace’. To be people who draw others towards the love of God. To live and work in our immediate communities representing God by our actions however small or menial.
In these uncertain times, working together as Christians means we are not powerless. As Churches we can celebrate the differences between us and unite to support and help the community around us. As Christians we can act as ‘ambassadors of Christ’ people of light, hope and love. Not dwelling on the negatives but spreading hope to those around us.
Welcome all people , welcome differences, share simple friendship.
We are all powerful not powerless in doing this and we can make differences working and praying in Christian Unity together.

We shared the Methodist prayer of Commitment
” I am no longer my own but yours. Your will, not mine, be done in all things, wherever you may place me, in all that I do and in all that I may endure; when there is work for me and when there is none; when I am troubled and when I am at peace. Your will be done when I am valued and when I am disregarded; when I find fulfillment and when it is lacking; when I have all things, and when I have nothing. I willingly offer all I have and am to serve you, as and where you choose.

Glorious and blessed God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, you are mine and I am yours. May it be so for ever. Let this covenant now made on earth be fulfilled in heaven. ”
Amen.

Bible study – 18th January 2017

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

What and where is the Kingdom of God?

Kingdom of God, referred to as Kingdom of Heaven by Matthew as a good Jew avoids directly mentioning Gods name which was revered.

In Luke 4:43 Jesus proclaims the Kingdom of God not his healing and teaching.

The Kingdom is not mentioned in the Old Testament as the Jewish nation would wrongly translate this as a future empire.

What is the Kingdom? – Suzanne illustrated how difficult it is to even describe everyday objects and images so how do we describe the Kingdom. This is why Jesus used parables to get his message across.

Similarly how do we explain our faith, found in our heart.

We then considered parables of the ‘sower’ Mtt 13:3-9 parable ‘of the weeds’ Mtt 13:24ff and parable of ‘the mustard seed’ Mtt 13:31.

Jesus even explained some will understand parables and others will not but explains we are looking in the wrong place.

In Luke 17 we read how the Kingdom starts within us. Was this why Jesus was sent to us in human form?

Faith is also a seed in us, we can grow in faith.

Do you know God on the inside?

Sunday 15th January 2017

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Leaders: Fulwood Preaching Team, Fred, Steven and John.
Psalm 100
God’s Blessings
Reading. Ephesians 1 1-14
What will this year bring ?
Does God have a plan for us ?
In Ephesian we read – we already have Gods blessing – prepare to give Him praise.
Ch.2 vl “you were spiritually dead but he chose you..
His secrets have been made known to us.
v10 He will bring all nations together with Christ at the head.

What does the future hold ?? Trust in God He has a plan – praise His name.

Sunday 8th January 2017

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Start of a new year, there will be good thngs to look forward to and bad things to fear – just trust in God ,he doesn’t desert us.

Matthew 2 7-15 Three Wise Men
But were they wise? They called to ask Herod where to find the new baby king and as a consequence ” Herod was disturbed” (he was fearful)and he ordered all baby boys to be killed. When someone is disturbed, in fear, it is a natural thing to want to lash out. But Joseph was warned and he took his wife and baby away to safety away from fear of Herod’s men.
Try to get away from your fears, explore for a way to resolve them.
There is a hymn which may help you

“Fear not He is with thee
O be not dismayed
For He is they God
and will still give you aid.
He’ll strengthen and help thee,
and cause thee to stand
upheld by His righteous, omnipotent hand”

Wednesdy 4th January 2017

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Bible Study
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
What makes Christians different ?
We follow God’s way.
Mtt.13 10
The disciples asked Jesus “why do you speak in parables?”
Parables are a way of telling the people about God and His kingdom.
The workers in the Vineyard Matt 20
Did this cause jealousy anger envy ??
How would we cope in such a situation ??
Ecclesiastes 4 20 “…all the toil and achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This is meaningless, chasing after the wind.”
Do we reject kindness ? Romans 2 v 4
“God is kind” Try not to be envious of othrsr try to accept kindness when it is offered.

Funeral

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The funeral of Mrs Elizabeth Millls will take place at Tapton on Tuesday 17th January at 11.00a.m.

Sunday 1st January 2017

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

NEW YEARS DAY
Leader: Darryl Lomas
Darryl read to us a poem by Alan Titchmarsh called “The new Nativity”
Readings : Ezekiel 33 v10
1 Corinthians 15
CHANGE
Bob Dylan sang “The times they are a changing”
We change – clothes, hairstyles, decor, jobs etc. the list is endless but Tapton has been constant – we tend to always sit in the same chair Sunday after Sunday – it’s not that we don’t like change – we are happy with things.
New Year Resolutions – are they made so we change ??
Are we ready for change? Ezekiel said we must all look to change ourselves and others. death will lose its sting, we will be saved.
GOD doesnt change – He is our rock in life – we put our trust in Him.