Archive for December, 2017

Christmas Day

Monday, December 25th, 2017

We met for a brief service led by Suzanne Nockels, to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. It was wonderful to have with us 6 babies and their parents and also five older children with their parents as well as regular family members and some visitors  certainly a celebration of birth. We also looked as some photographs of some of our “older” members as babies and tried to guess who they were. This was an extremely happy time for all – a day to remember.

Sunday 24th December 2017

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Christmas Eve
Once again the church was lit mainly with candles. The service was led by Suzanne Nockels.
Most people have ideas of what they want their life to be, what occupation they want to follow, they plan their future in their minds – but quite often the future does not turn out to be at all as we planned … events occur which change our direction, or we decide differently and often this change of direction is for the best even though at the time we might not think so. Mary and Joseph did not want to change their plans for the birth of their baby to leave friends and relations and travel 100+ miles to register in the town of Bethlehem – they did not plan for their baby to be born in a stable, and yet this was such a momentous occasion that it is talked about even today.
It is good for us all to have hopes and aims for our lives but it is not good for anyone to be disappointed if things dont work out the way planned .. just live your life in the best way you know how and have faith that all will be well.

Sunday 17th December 2018

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Carols by candlelight service
Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Isaiah 9
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light
those who lived in a land of deep darkness
on them light has shined
We lit another advent candle
Between carols
We saw an enactment of a mother struggling with shopping, food, presents, children – carrying a physical and emotional burden.
We saw a shepherd, one of the lowest of the low – shunned by the people in the city, who was carrying a burden of being an outcast and yet the shepherds were the first people the angels told of the birth of the baby Jesus.
We are all carrying a burden of one sort or another … we were given a pebble each – as a symbol of the  load we carry and we brought these to the manger and left them there. We also had a candle each which we lit and also brought to the manger – so we had brought our problems to Him and also seen the light shone in our lives.
Mary had put her faith in the Lord when she was told she would have a baby – she had courage .. we all need courage during our lives to face whatever challengers are put before us – but if we trust in Him and bring our burdens to Him then we will all see the light.
Thanks to all the members of the congregation who took part in this service.   Thanks also to those who had decorated the church with all the candles etc.

Sunday 10th December 2017

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

OUR CHURCH ANNIVERSARY
We were delighted to welcome Rev. Janet Wootton from Bedford to lead our service today despite the snow and forecast of more to come.
Janet’s theme for the afternoon was darkness v light.
Janet told us of her visit to a remote part of India where she was asked to light a beacon on top of a mountain – when lit the flame spread up to the top of the pole to a beacon which could be seen for miles around – a light in the darkness showing christianity to all.
In Isaiah 60 we read “The light of the Lord will shine …..I The Lord will be your eternal light”.
John 9 tells the story of the man, blind from birth, whose sight Jesus restored on the Sabbath.
The man had been in darkness all his life but Jesus gave him light.
Some in the crowd blamed his blindness on sin.
When the man was healed he said it was The Prophet who had given him his sight
The Pharisees did not believe him. He was in the light they were in darkness.
His parents agreed he had been born blind but dare not go against the Pharisees so they said “ask him, he is an adult” they feared being thrown out of the temple.
Some are victims of prejudice and others are full of prejudice.
Some are in physical darkness, others emotional darkness – we are blind – but we will see.
Find Jesus He is the light of the world
Darkness is not stronger than light – if you come to Jesus you will find the light.
Reassure others – there will be darkness – but the light will overcome that darkness.

Advent Sunday Service

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Arranged by organist John Silverton involving a number of church members.

Theme: ‘But who may abide the day of His coming?’

Readings:

Malachi 3 vv 1-3,  Isaiah 64 vv 1-8,  Roman 13 vv 8-14, Mark 13 vv 24-37 & Luke 21 vv 25-27

Sermon led by Mr Darryl Lomas

As the church lit the first Advent candle there is a ray of hope in this season of hope.  Will we get the present we want for Christmas? Will family and friends take the hints or get something we dont want?

As we witness the build up to Christmas we are bombarded with adverts full of joy and goods but it wont be full of joy for all.  In Romans, God is the source of hope through his grace. Hope of what will come on earth – real hope.

Advent is latin for coming, the coming of our Lord and Saviour.  We will be tested and we hope for a good future for our families, but this is a time of waiting. The early church waited for the coming Messiah promised in Isaiah. Waiting can be a passive experience e.g. in a Doctors waiting room or at the train station. As Christians, as we await a second coming we must not be passive but prepare ourselves.

Some see the birth of Jesus Christ as a meek and mild event in a stable but his actions were radical so for the second coming we expect his arrival in judgement of  our actions or inactions. In Corinthians we read that we will get what we deserve.