Archive for May, 2019

Sunday 26th May 2019

Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Leader : Darryl Lomas  (our church secretary)       The Tree of Life                                                                                           Readings : Genesis 1 v6-`13     Genesis 2  15-17   Revelations 22   1-3                                                                                           Trees are mentioned in the bible many times from Genesis to Revelations   the beginning and the end.                        In Genesis we read that God put Adam in a beautiful garden with plants and trees  and one very special tree “The tree of Life” and if he ate the fruit of that tree he would die.   In Revelations we read about trees again.                            Trees are the longest living thing on earth   there is one that is known to be 4,851 years old and it survives in harsh conditions in a desert in California.                                                                                                                                                       Psalm 92 mentions trees   verses 12- 14                                                                                                                                               even if a tree is cut down it will survive and grow        Isaiah 41  v 17  God will provide for his people when they are short of water and food  and he will provide for trees too.    Jesus was cut down but rose and grew again and his acts live on to this day.

Sunday Worship – 19th May 2019

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Led by Rev. Zadie Orr

Reading John 14: 31ff

Theme – creation and love

Zadie asked us to consider the similarities and differences between a hammer and a nail, needle and cotton, tortoise and turtle, banana and plantain.

The bible reading told the story of Peter (a Jew) and Cornelius ( a Gentile). Gentiles were considered unclean by the Jews but God told Cornelius to call on Peter ( the one who denied Christ). Peter gave Cornelius the good news of Jesus Christ, probably through his testimony and Cornelius filled with the Holy Spirit and speaking in tongues wants to follow Jesus.

Peter baptizes him and stays for a meal again frowned upon by the Jewish authorities.

Jesus before he was crucified had told the disciples that he was going to a place they could not follow and commanded them to ‘Love one another’, an old testament message from Deuteronomy and Leviticus they would already understand. Jesus however went further by saying: ‘Love one another as I have loved you’.  He then added ‘Love one another as I have loved  so all the world will know you are my disciples’.

Here we see similarities but different instructions. We must always be looking for the differences however small they may be.

Jesus showed us a sacrificial love  –  going to his death on the cross. It was also an unconditional love with no strings attached. His love also showed a practical element identifying the ‘them and us situation in Palestine at that time between Jews and Gentiles.

Today can we identify and as Christians stand together against injustices and oppression however small they are?  A real practical way of showing Christian love.

Christian Aid Walk – Monday 6th May

Monday, May 6th, 2019

As in previous years a number of folk from Tapton took part with over 100 walkers in the Christian Aid May Day Treks.  Meeting people from Lincoln and Ripon as they walked.  Sally Bradley was sponsored by members from the church and raised over £150.

Tapton also provided the official front and back walkers on the 6 and 12 mile walks.

 

Sunday 5th May 2019

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Leader : Suzanne Nockels      How strong is your faith ?    Do you sometimes wonder if something you have been told is true ?  The women who went to Jesus’ tomb could not believe what they were seeing, they ran to tell their friends that the tomb was empty and Jesus had risen  but when they got there they were not believed  and Peter had to go to he tomb to prove it to himself.

Reading :  John 21  v 24  Thomas did not believe that Jesus had visited his friends and needed proof for himself.  When Jesus showed him His hands he said “My Lord  my God”  he knew beyond doubt,  Do we doubt ourselves, our belief,   Easter is not just one day   it was a testing ground for a lot of people and it is a testing ground now for us  DO YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN THE EASTER STORY?