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Advent Sunday service – 2nd December 2018

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Opened with Malachi 3:1-3  and hymn ‘O Come, O Come Emmanuel’

Suzanne brought a small decorated box to the service, – a posada, explaining it was a wandering crib. In the box was a nativity scene and Suzanne asked the congregation to take possession of it for 3-4 days before passing it onto someone else in church. In the box is a notepad on which holders should express any thoughts they may have whilst holding the box.

Suzanne then asked who would we give house room to:

  • Would we take in a baby and nurture it?
  • Would we take an adult into our home?
  • Would we welcome Christ in Glory?
  • Would we take in a judge – at the second coming?

At this point the first candle on the Advent ring was lit  reading Matthew 25:13.  The new venture of an Advent Wall was then introduced and it is hoped the wall will bring all users of the church together rather than a wall that divides.

Following Readings: Isaiah 64: 1-8    Suzanne posed the question ‘What does it mean to say Come Lord Jesus’

Can we plan happiness or organise real joy? At Christmas do we really know what we want and what will bring real joy?  Joy is something we receive not something to be grabbed or chased and Suzanne compared it to catching a butterfly.  Sit still until it lands on you and experience the joy!

Advent is like waiting for the butterfly, often joy coming after suffering and something needs surrendering.

In Matthew 8: 5-13 we read of the centurion used to giving orders but when his boy is ill he surrenders all his power and Roman ideals to approach Jesus. His belief being strong when he declines the  offer of Jesus to come to his house just asking Jesus to give the order. He returns home to experience the joy of his bit beig recovered.

We finished watching ‘the Tea Man’ who sets up a free tea wagon and gives up so much living on 1/5th of the average US income but leading to new interactions and friendships of all races and religions.  He started a band and strangers became friends!

 

 

 

RASCALS Seniors party – Saturday 1st December

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

The church must thank Tracy Roberts from RASCALS Breakfast ad After School Club for once again putting on a wonderful Christmas party for members and friends of Tapton.

Thanks Tracy

Bible Study Wednesday 28th November 2018

Saturday, December 1st, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

As we enter Advent, Suzanne asked us about our feelings when we’re waiting for something e.g. an operation, birth or buying a home?

She recited a poem by RS Thomas ‘Kneeling’ including ‘Prompt me God but not yet, the meaning is in the waiting’.

Advent means coming – waiting in stillness, embracing the present and savouring the future.

Biblical accounts of people waiting:

Gen 18:10-18  and Abraham as he waited to reach the Promised Land and have his children, with Sarah laughing in disbelief.

Isaiah 7:10-17  where Isaiah says look out for signs – what is God doing for us, can we spot it especially in the small things

James 5:1-8   when people were feeling persecuted and justice failing them. It was a time of haves and have note waiting a 2nd coming.

We have to wait and cannot speed the second coming up, even as we pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.