Archive for February, 2018

Sunday 25th February 2018

Monday, February 26th, 2018

Leaders : Susannah & Jonathan Youden

Jesus said ” Come unto me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest”

Psalm  139    Luke 8  22   Jesus calms the storm

Susannah sang a beautiful song – Burdens are lifted at Calvary,  Jesus is very near.

We can be weary by things we face day to day  situations affect people in different ways.  King Nebuchadnezzar thought he was far better than anyone else but God put him down for 7 years – a lesson to us all.  Jesus calmed the raging sea and also the demons in the troubled man – our situations sometimes need Him to calm them too – he can calm the storms of life and he can calm disturbed or worried minds   but for Him to do this  people have to let Him  – we all need Jesus  –  have you let Him into your life??

Susannah then read of poem by Thos. Washbourne

 

Wednesday 21st February 2018

Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Bible study led by John Silverton

Jeremiaah 32 & Deuteronomy 30 v 15

“today I set before you life & prosperity, death and disaster.   If you obey the commandments of your God …….you will live and increase  your God will bless you in the land to make your own.”

John explained to us the history of the lands in those days – it was interesting that often lands changed leadership merely by agreements between ruling bodies and not by battles.  The ordinary people in the land did not have any say in what happened – and this was likened to some of the events of the present day.

Jeremiah bought a field for seventeen silver shekels  and the deeds were signed and sealed and put in an earthen ware jar for safety, even though he knew he probably would never see it but God had promised that the land would eventually return to his people. v42 “people will buy fields and vineyards again”  At that time the people were starving , there were troops outside the walls and Jeremiah was in prison but he had faith and hope for the future.

In those days and today people do things their own way and God lets them to see how far they will stray from Him – but he knows what they are doing and eventually will step in and take charge.   However bad things seem in the world, or in our lives, if we obey God then he will help us to overcome.

Sunday 18th February 2018

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Leader : Suzanne Nockels

Wilderness

If you go somewhere new  how do you feel?   Are you most comfortable in places you know well ?  Somewhere familiar to us can be strange to others.  What do you think it would feel like to be in a desert for the first time ?  The Israelites had been led out of Egypt and were in the desert for 45 days when they began to grumble – bad as it had been before at least they were fed – in the desert this was not so certain –   Moses and Aaron were angry with the people for what they were saying but God heard and he sent Quails and Manna to feed them.  Their fear had won over their trust  and God understood.

Are you making plans for a holiday?  would Sheffield be an ideal holiday destination?  Would it meet your expectations?   Would you choose to be on a mountain top or in the wilderness?  Life has both to offer.  Where we meet God can be in many different places.  He will be there wherever we are.   Are your arms so full of  your everyday things that you are unable to reach out to Him?  Don’t be anywhere alone  reach out and He will come to you.

 

Sunday 11th February 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2018

Leaders : Rev.Bill and Mrs Betty Bentham

Betty told a story :  A village was due to have electricity for the first time and some of the villagers were overjoyed  but some  apprehensive.  When the switch on day came there were gasps   – the new lights were bright and showed up all the accumulated dirt in the cottages that could not be seen with candles or oil lamps – some villages immediately spent days cleaning their properties but others switched the lights of and went back to oil lamps  – ashamed that others had seen how dirty their homes were.

This is a tale of light v dark  – some folk like to live in the light but others prefer a darker place which does not show up their wrongdoings.

Do we switch the light on and switch the dark off in our lives?

Readings : Leviticus 4  1-4      Mark 1  40   Mark 2 1-12

FAITH – people with leprosy were outcasts – they rang a bell and shouted unclean and were shunned by everyone, including their families.    The man broke the law by coming near to Jesus – he did not however assume that Jesus would heal him  – he said “if you want to….”  Jesus did want to and he reached out and touched him and he was healed.  In the second reading four men brought their friend but could not get to Jesus so they lowered him through the roof – and Jesus told him to pick up his mat and go home.

The priests were annoyed because they believed that illness was a result of wrongdoing against God and only God could forgive.  But Jesus proved to them that sins can be forgiven.

Why did Mark put these two stories together ?  The man with leprosy had great faith that Jesus could heal him and the four men had faith that if they could get their friend to Jesus he would be healed.

If Jesus was here would we have such faith ?

Sunday 4th February 2018

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Leader    Suzanne Nockels

Whistle  –  Police….. referee…..  blower

If you feel there is something wrong then speak up – blow the whistle – it is not good to keep quiet just to avoid trouble.    If you think there is something wrong in church life then either tell one of the deacons or speak to Suzanne.   Jesus did not keep quiet when there were wrong doings in the temple even though it made him very unpopular with the priests.

Reading  Matthew 18   15-19

Five points arise rfom this reading

Breaking up and making up in church

When a relationship breaks   remember the love

Sometimes things are mistakenly said – sort it out  – do not leave it – think about both sides

Keep lines of communication open at all times

V19 says  “where there are two or three gathered  there will I be”

Remember Jesus is with us all the time and hears our arguments and he wants us to put things right.