Archive for June, 2017

Sunday 25th June 2017

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Leader: Suzannah Youden
Readings : John 17 4-11
Jesus always tried to be alone and quiet when he wanted to speak to his Father – to pray.
Luke 11 1-13
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven – God’s heaven is here – now
Thy will be done – total commitment total love on earth as in haven.
Give us our daily bead – the food we need and spiritual food – we need both to stay alive and we can share both with others.
Forgive us our sins – forgive all we do and say
As we forgive those who hurt us – love is unconditional
Lead us not into temptation -help us not to sin     Help us to keep God’s rules.
Deliver us from evil – which is all around us at the moment in the world
Yours in the power and the glory never ending
Amen – so be it
When things get overwhelming we need to find somewhere quiet on our own to speak to our Father and he will listen.
But we have to listen too This is a two way line.

Saturday 24th June 2017

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Today we had a mini bus up to York where we met up with friends from other churches in Jacobs Well a wonderful mediaeval hall .  the speaker in the afternoon was Rob Wyle.     There was ample time to chat with one another or to look round York.     Throughout the day we were supplied with plenty of cups of tea, cuppa soups or scones with jam and cream.
A very enjoyable day was had by all – thanks to Keith for arranging it all, and to Sally and Joanne for stalwart work in the kitchen all day.

Friday 23rd June 2017

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

WELL DRESSING

Don’t forget the Crosspool well dresssing at the corner of Selborne Rd and Watt Lane tonight

Sunday worship – Sunday 18 June 2017

Monday, June 19th, 2017

Led by Rev. Suzanne Nockels

Readings;  Psalm 126  &  John 15:9ff

In view of the recent terrible fire in the Grenfell Tower  Suzanne recalled Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.

Prayers were said for all those involved in any way in the fire.

As it was Fathers Day Suzanne asked what qualification was required to be the ‘best dad ever’. She read out a few quotes of new fathers and those soon to be fathers.

Apart from God the only other father referred to in the bible is Abram. He made monumental mistakes, he was a bad husband and didn’t treat his sons well. BUT he was chosen by God and God promised to be there for him. His strength being in trusting the promise and when he did things went well. Fathers don’t have to be best at everything.

John 15:9 is the farewell discourse of Jesus Christ.

On Fathers Day we can celebrate but for some it is a hard time and at a time of national tragedy and violence what is there to celebrate?

It was also the ‘Great get Together’ weekend to commemorate the death of Jo Cox MP so what is a celebration?  A good result or a party – those that grieve should not stay away, Nehemiah says Do not mourn – rejoice. A prophetic celebration gives us a little foretaste of what the Kingdom of Heaven is like but today!  Joy is contagious.

Suzanne asked if as Christians we were good at ‘letting our hair down’. Of course we are.

Sunday 11th June 2017

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Leader : Margaret Wells
Rules & Regulations
We all must live by certain rules and regulations but there are some that are so archaic that they do not apply any more.
Jesus brought a new message to open hearts and minds.
Reading :Mark 2 23-28 Mark 3 1-6
Jesus’s way conflicted with those whose ways strictly followed the laws of Moses. The reading is two stories – the first His disciples were walking through a field of corn and ate some of the ears BUT it was the Sabbath.        The second Jesus was in the Temple and there was a man with a withered hand who he healed – also on  the Sabbath.
The Pharisees were very annoyed about this and plotted to kill Him.
Jesus is here for us no matter what day of the week it is – he will not make us perfect but if you do your best he will show you the way to go.

Wednesday 7th June 2017

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Bible Study with Edwin Ashforth
Edwin continued with events in the life of Jacob and his family.
We must remember that this family are the foundation of the Jewish Heritage.
In those days it was possible for a man to have two wives and Jacob had Leah and Rachel who were sisters, as his two wives.
But women were only allowed to have one husband.
Everything in those days depended on power, over land, property and generations of families. They needed to marry and have children to carry on their tribes.
Jacob had a daughter with Leah – called Dinah meaning Judgement.
Dinah went into the nearby town and slept with Prince Shechem who loved her and wanted to marry her. He came to see Jacob and asked what Jacob wanted as a dowry for her – Jacob’s sons felt that their sister had been defiled and wanted revenge so they persuaded Jacob to ask all the men of the town to be circumcised – this was agreed to and when the men were all weak with pain Levi and Simeon went into the town and slaughtered them. This caused Jacob to be very angry with his two sons – he feared revenge from other towns. Levi only was given a small tribe in the future and Simeon was barred from having a tribe as their punishment for this deed. All Jacob’s other sons were given tribes to lead which led to the formation of Israel. To be continued in a fortnight ….

Pentecost Sunday 4th June

Monday, June 5th, 2017

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Reading: Deuteronomy 4:23-31

Suzanne asked us to consider the symbols of Pentecost in particular the flame of a candle.

The congregation felt the candle represented light, brightness, gentleness, warmth, steadiness and peace.

Do we know anyone that has the above attributes?

At the original Pentecost the disciples had been waiting 7 weeks (pent =50), probably sticking together scared of what happens next.  In Acts 2 they are gathered in an upper room when they experience speaking in tongues which everyone could understand, a rushing wind and the Holy Spirit burning in each of them.  They are accused of being drunk but Peter explains their actions.

Suzanne contrasted the destructive power of fire with the burning desires we experience.

There is nothing sinful in desire so long as the desire is focussed in the right direction. Christianity in the Hebrew shows an earthy desire with passion.

Humans should avoid selfish desires, rage and obsession so what is our flame within?