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Sunday worship 30 July 2017

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Led by Jonathan Youdan

Readings: Isa 61  and Luke 6:17-26

Text – ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh’ (NRSV)

Jonathan defined crying and asked why we cry? Is it because of friends or enemies, work or lack of work, family or church. Jonathan highlighted that most times it is as a result of contact with people usually due to frustration, regret, sorrow or failure.

Lou Goetz a Baseball coach coined the phrase as an umpire’ When you are right no one remembers, when wrong people always remember.’

Was this passage from Luke another version of that from the Sermon on the Mount  in Matthew but in a different chronological order?  Luke is more direct, more practical  and more personal aimed at YOU.   People listening to Jesus would recognise his message was personal to them.

Jesus says woe to you who laugh. For humans weeping is normal but you will be comforted by God.  Is there always something better to come?

Tapton welcomes the Greek Orthodox Church 29th July 2017

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Following lengthy discussions between the Members of Tapton and the Greek Orthodox Church, Saturday saw the Greek Orthodox Church hold their inaugural service in  Sheffield using Tapton who are very pleased to host them. Their service were privileged to receive a visit by Archbishop Gregorios Theocharous from London.

Sunday 23rd July 2017

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Leader:Margaret Wells
“Welcome”
We started the service by all getting a drink  (orange, blackcurrant or water) for someone else and welcoming them to Tapton.
Readings : Jeremiah 28 5
Matthew 7 40 -
“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me”
Margaret told us the story of a rich man driving his smart new car through a poor part of a city. A boy tried to stop him but he ignored him and drove on – at the next traffic lights he felt a bump on his car and this turned out to be a brick thrown by the boy – who admitted it but he said “take me to prison because I did it,  but only because my mother is very sick and I cannot get anyone to help her or take her to a doctor, and I didn’t know what else to do” – the man said “I am a doctor I will help you” He found the woman who was very ill and arranged for her to go to hospital – the boy then told the police he was ready to go to prison but the man said he was not going to press charges – he felt very guilty because he had ignored the boy in the first place – he kept the dent in his car as a constant reminder.  Not everyone can throw a brick to get attention.
Jesus said “Do unto others ….”
Even small things can make a difference – a smile, a friendly word,
Show care and compassion for others – hospitality was most important to Jesus -follow in his footsteps – we all need someone – try to be that someone who needs you. Are you the person who needs this or are you the person who can provide this??   Welcome is only one word but it means such a lot.
Prayer :
Pray for me
and I will pray for you
Think of me in all you do
and I will think of you
For the love of God is there for me
as much as it is for you
Amen

Sunday 15th July 2017

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
French, Italian, Spanish, Gaelic – all foreign languages and for a lot of people difficult to understand. Its much the same when Christians talk about their faith to non believers – its a foreign language – we must learn to speak as Jesus did in simple terms so that all can understand.
If you were to describe your faith how would you do it …. some answers received are :
A roller coaster- life has ups and downs.      Rebuilding broken walls – we all need help to do that.    Threads in a tapestry so many different weaves and warps and colours.    Climber trusting in his rope.   A brown banana when skinned it is white.    Mobile phone keeps us in contact both ways.
Reading : Acts 8 26-38 Philip and the Eunoch
who did not understand what he was reading until it was explained to him in more simple terms. How can we help others understand – Perhaps we need more tolerance, more patience, we need to be “with” people and not always feel it necessary to be there “for” them.

Suzanne called her talk “Close encounters of the simple kind” It is not easy to do something with people,  we feel we need to do it for them – do not try to see the world through their eyes. Be challenged to be changed.
This week ask yourself :
Who do you need to be “with”
Dont be tempted to retreat doing things “for”
Where might you be challenged to change ?

Sunday 9th July

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Leader : Darryl Lomas
“Treasure”
What would you take to a desert island as your treasure ??
Isiah 33 v6 Their greatest treasure is their reverence of the Lord.
Rdg. Matthew 14
Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.
People use metal detectors to try to find treasure but more often or not they do not find any. One man found a hoard of Roman coins in a field – as did the man in the shortest parable – he found treasure in a field – it was not buried deep – it was there for anyone to find if only they looked for it – the men were filled with great joy when they found the treasure – joy is a wonderful thing but earthly joy does not last long – heavenly joy is unfailing.
The man in the parable went and sold all his possessions to buy the field – maybe he thought by doing that he was not stealing it !
God’s treasure is there for all – there are no restrictions as to who can have it – we have great joy when we have the treasure of the Kingdom of God.
Luke 17 tell us “We are the field – the Kingdom of God is with us”
We have the whole package – the treasure in the field is with us for ever.