Archive for November, 2018

Sunday worship 25th November 2018

Wednesday, November 28th, 2018

Led by Jonathan Youdan

Readings: Genesis 1:1-3 & 24-31      Colossians 1:15-20     John 1:1-10

Jonathan considered the different ideas of the Creation narrative in Genesis.  Is it a literally true story or a folk story?

He compared the study of natural sciences with Physical science exploring the How, and Metaphysical sciences Why?  He asked why waste time disputing the reasons when we should just glory in the fact it has happened.

He related the story told by Canon Michael Green of a man walking across a field who finds a watch. It was clearly made by someone not put together by chance.

Consider the beauty of the universe comprised of 92 elements in an ordered state. In Genesis God looked at the creation and was pleased.  Unfortunately the world is not the same now and we read of it changing by Genesis Chapter 3.

Trustees accept responsibility, they may not be the owners but legally maintain and ensure the correct use of buildings and running of organisations. In Gen 1:28 mankind becomes the trustees and stewards of the world.

Jonathan went on to consider the production of cash crops, natural resources being used up and environmental issues.  We need to be aware of such issues and make things happen. The public has massive influence – consider ‘Fairtrade’ and use of plastics.

Question your MP and that way we can make the world more pleasing for God.

 

Sunday worship 18th November 2018

Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Led by Rev. Suzanne Nockels

Readings:  Exodus 3 & 4  /  Ezekiel 18: 1-7  / John 9: 1-5

Theme –  Excuses, excuses!

We have all made excuses to avoid doing something we didn’t want. In Exodus we read of Moses and despite being told God would be alongside him, we read of the excuses he used not do God’s will.  Eventually on telling the truth God allows him to be accompanied by Aaron.

Suzanne asked us to consider doing a small thing for God without trying to excuse ourselves.

The sermon considered the ‘generation gap’.

In Ezekiel we read of the proverb used by the Israelites to highlight the generation gap. What do children pick up from their parents. Older generations make choices which can impact on their children and grandchildren but punishment for sin is not an heirloom to be handed down.  Similarly spiritual righteousness cannot be passed down, we need to find our own here and now.

As with Moses, remember God is beside us in everything we do.

 

 

Bible Study – Wednesday 14th November 2018

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Bible Study   led by : Darryl Lomas   Isaiah 2      The first verses are about the Temple of the Lord   Mount Zion      being in Jerusalem  when all nations will go and learn the ways of the Lord  “they will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks” – “Come let us walk in the light of the Lord”.     v6 then moves on to talk about the people worshiping silver and gold  and idols   they are advised to hide from the fearful presence of the Lord  for the Lord will be exalted and the arrogance of man will be brought low.     v22  stop trusting in mere humans who have but a breath in their lungs   why hold them in esteem.

We talked about the two wars and other wars – caused by man  – jealousy, greed,  without regard for human life or consequences    the Lord will come and rule His world and put an end to all the terrible things that man does to man   His peace will come when men lay down their weapons and worship Him.

Sunday 11th November 2018

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Remembrance Sunday    Our service started outside (in the rain) at 10.45  and continued until 11.00a.m when we had a 2 minute silence.  We then went indoors for the remainder of the service.  After the service refreshments were served in the schoolroom  and we had an opportunity to talk abut the memorial stone which is to be placed in our memorial garden.   There were memorial cards for anyone who had memories to share of anyone who had been involved in WW1 or WW2  these will be put in a memorial book.    This was a very moving morning  when we remembered the sacrifices made in all conflicts.

Remembrance

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

On Friday 9th November we have a speaker coming at 7.30  to tell us about Crossspool in the first war   and on Sunday our service will be at 10.45  and will be followed by a discussion over a cup of tea  about the proposed Crospool memorial for all those who have suffered in conflict and where it is to be placed etc.    Please come and join us as this is important to everyone in Crosspool

Sunday 4th November 2018

Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Leader Suzanne Nockels   Today we welcomed Verna as a church member.          Does  anyone like change ?       Change is not easy   whether its our work,  our eating habits, where we live.                                                                                                                                                                        We are told we are made of clay – it can be moulded,  but it can also crumble.   But  in the hands of a skilled potter it can be made into something very special.     We are in the hand of God  who can mould us as He wishes  no matter what mess we are in.     By being church members we are working for God and helping Him to mould others and ourselves   and it is good that Verna has now become a member of Tapton     God has brought her to us  to bring ideas and perhaps change.

The service concluded with Communion   followed by refreshments & cake for Verna.