Archive for April, 2017

Sunday 30th April 2017

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Leader : Suzanne Nockels
The road to Emmaus
It is so easy to miss something if you are not looking for it.
On the road to Emmaus Jesus joined the two and walked with them but it was not until he joined them for a meal that they knew who he was.
When we are wrapped up in our own world we do not see Him although he is there with us sharing our experiences and supporting us when we need Him. We need to open our eyes.
Psalm 40
In the London marathon one competitor’s legs gave way and though he struggled he kept collapsing and was giving up when another man encouraged him with words and then physical support and they finished the race together. What an example to us all.
On our road we sometimes need help to finish – but Jesus is with us and shares our experiences. Do we offer support to others in their need? Do we help them along their road?

Wednesday 26th April 2017

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

Bible Study
Leader : Mary Coates
After his crucifiction Jesus appeared to His Disciples many times over a period of 40 days. In Acts 1 we read He gave them the command not to leave Jerusalem but to wait for the gift His father had promised – that is the Holy Spirit in Acts 2 v1 they were all together in one place when the Spirit came upon them and they were speaking in many tongues. This was the gift Jesus had told them about. They then went out travelling to different lands talking abut Him and doing good. Stephen was stoned to death for his belief.
Are we strong/ brave enough to go into our area and talk about Jesus? – we believe in Him but have we faith enough to discuss Him – do we try to be like Him and do good ? Jesus asks us to be the same as His disciples and go out into the world and tell others that He is risen and is still with us – if you can do this He will go with you. Just talk to Him and ask for His support and He will give it.

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Leader: Rev. Bill Bentham
In the first reading Jesus appeared to his disciples but Thomas was not there. When his friends told him  Thomas did not believe.
Seeing is knowing            When the women went to the tomb and found it empty they thought they had gone to the wrong one. They did not believe He had risen.We often do not believe what we are told – we find it difficult to believe what seems impossible. Like Thos and the women we doubt,  but we should take strength that Jesus appeared to the women and said he had risen,    and he appeared a second time to the disciples and this time Thomas was there.       Jesus understands we have doubts and sometimes need proof.  He will come to any individual who has doubts or is in crisis and will help their unbelief.  Then we can, as Thomas did say   “My Lord my God”.

EASTER

Friday, April 14th, 2017

This year Suzanne is leading us through the Easter story by using famous paintings -
Maundy Thursday – “The Last Supper” by Leonardo DeVinci
Good Friday – “The Crucifixion of Jesus” one old painting by Matthias Grunewald and a more modern one by Chagall(1938)
Easter Sunday - “The Resurrection” by Pierro Della Francesca.

These give much food for thought – and visually bring the Easter message home visually and emotionally.
Certainly a weekend that will long be remembered.

Bible Study – 12 April 2017

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Led by Keith Bradley

Reading Genesis 11:1-9

‘Pride before a fall’

We considered the story of the Tower of Babel. Why when the people were working together in building a tower to be nearer God did God intervene causing confusion and stopping the work?

The people didn’t recognise they were building the Tower of man-made material for their own benefit rather than for God’s benefit.

It is so easy to become proud of what we achieve but God prefers humility, where we see the best in others recognising everyone is special.

All we do should be done in faith and Christ centred.  We considered what we do personally and as a church?

Sunday 9th April 2017

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

PALM SUNDAY
The service today was put together by John Silverton. Various members of the congregation taking part as we followed the story of Christ from His entry into Jerusalem to His crucifixion. The theme was      there is always hope.
“now we follow the crowd as it leads to the cross, and yet even as the world grows dark, we cannot lose hope. Because God is with us, God will be with us, whatever happens, we are not alone.”

There will be a Good Friday service at 10.15a.m on April 14th.

Sunday worship – 2 April 2017

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

Led by Rev. Suzanne Nockels

Reading:  John 11:17-44

Jesus arrived too late having waited with his disciples and was chastised by Mary and Martha for not being there for his friends as Lazarus died. If only…..  faith and waiting is hard.

Smells linger and bring back memories form the past and we read of the practical Martha concerned by the expected smell of Lazarus if the tomb is opened. When he emerges he needs help  unbind his bindings.

Lazarus may live but his place is taken by Jesus, who the Pharisees determine has to die.

Take a whiff of what God does for us and it will help with all the other smells.