Saturday 6th October 2018

October 4th, 2018

Tapton was host to friends from Congregational churches in the North East Area   with a welcome meal  at 12.30.   The speaker was Rev Peter  Thomas  from Grasssington,  he gave us various ideas for spreading the word  telling us about his visits to schools,      The business side of the meeting covered many things of interest to us all.    After the meeting we met again over a cup of tea.   A good time was had by all.

Bible Study

October 3rd, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Based on Genesis 22:1-4

We reflected on the faith of Abraham as he was instructed to sacrifice his son Isaac.

Do we recognise our  gifts from God and take them for granted?   Here was God asking for his gift of Isaac back.

We considered the hardest thing faced by all the characters in the story, in particular the faith shown by Abraham.

Considering the earlier promise God made to Abraham in Gen 21:12 indicating Isaac would provide Isaac’s offspring

In the New Testament in Hebrews 11:17-19 Paul comments on the ‘sacrifice’ of Isaac and considers the idea of resurrection.

Finally Suzanne compared the qualities of Abraham with that of Jesus Christ with the attitudes shown in Philippians 2:6-10.

Sunday 30th September 2018

October 1st, 2018

Leader: Suzanne Nockels        Week 3 of “Ruth”

Reading:  Ruth 3  1-15

Naomi says to Ruth “I must find a home for you”

Home – what is a home ?   It is a familiar place, a private place, a warm place, a relaxing place.   It can be any four walls and roof if Jesus comes and makes His home with us.    Ruth’s life had been very grey and depressing for years  but she was young and had hopes for a greener future.  Her life was a “bare patch”  where is your bare patch?     Nature reclaims derelict buildings and bare patches with greenery.  There is hope for anyone going through a grey patch.

Ruth had been working in the field gleaning  but now the harvest was over and a night of celebration was planned  -Naomi told Ruth to put on her best gown and perfume and go to the party,  find out Boaz and sleep at his feet.   This she did without question.    When Boaz awoke he asked who she was  – Ruth told him he was her kinsman and  redeemer   he listened to her and promised to help.

Who do you think you are most like in this story ??      Are you Naomi  – a wise person who sees what is needed and nudges folk along.  Or Ruth, who does what she is asked to do but is a strong character who speaks up when necessary. Or Boaz  someone who does not know their worth, their abilities ??

Sunday 23rd September 2018

September 23rd, 2018

Leader : Ray Briddon

The theme for today was “Messiah”

Reading :  Psalm 19   Mark 8 21-

We were treated to a guitar solo from Ray “Let your love be my guide”

In Mark 8  v22   Jesus asks the disciples “Who do people say that I am ?  and “Who do you say I am ?”    they replied the people were divided  some say John the Baptist, some Elijah and others  one of the prophets.      Peter had no hesitation in saying “You are the Messiah”  The Son of God.

The Messiah was known as “The Anointed one”  Kings were anointed (and still are) with Holy Oil      Priests sere anointed with Oil   The Messiah is also a priest  Prophet were anointed with oil  The Messiah is a prophet.

Again Ray sang to us    “The Anointed one”

Do we agree that Jesus is The Messiah – does he tick all the boxes ??      Yes,  of course – He fits every mention of The Messiah in the  Bible

If we believe he is The Messiah then we need to :  be saved,  be forgiven,  have salvation, surrender to His will.   Can we do this ???

 

Sunday 16th September 2018

September 15th, 2018

HARVEST FESTIVAL

Whats in the bag ??   We were shown a bag containing various items of food and asked what dish we could prepare from them.  Food banks provide people with bag of items of food  out of which they have to feed their family for a week.  We brought bags of items  for Ben’s Place where they provide a meal for the homeless.   Today is our Harvest Festival and we give thanks for all we have received and for those people who are helping others in need.

Continuing with the theme of Ruth .. Naomi  and her husband and two sons left Bethlehem when there was a famine and moved to Moab  where the two boys married Moabite women.   Unfortunatley after 10 years the men in the family died and Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem  –  her two daughters in law said they would go with her but Orpah changed her mind   only Ruth remained.   They arrived back in time for the harvesting and Ruth went to  glean in the fields.  It turned out the fields were the property of Boaz and he fell in love with Ruth and they married.

Nationalization or privatization ??      in Leviticus 19 it says “don’t reap to the edge of the field and dont pick up grapes that have fallen – leave them for the needy”  today our window ledges were =decorated to illustrate various Sheffield well known products  Hendersons, Steel, Bassets, Our Cow Molly and the Sheffield Honey Co.  Some private some national  but all providing good products  and we brought items for Ben’s place.  We gave thanks for all good gifts around us  for the harvest of different things.

 

 

Sunday worship 2nd September 2018

September 6th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

Readings Psalm 102  & Ruth 1:2-21

Suzanne covered the life of Ruth & Naomi as vulnerable economic migrants.

In particular the mood of Naomi (meaning ‘sweet’) but she wanted to be called Mara (meaning ‘bitterness’).  Did God cause the change?

Suzanne asked what we would feel if we experienced just a little of what they had gone through?  God is great and you can make God what he is to you. Engage with an expansive God or just allow God to walk alongside us.

Women crossing borders today are still vulnerable. Refugees see Ruth ‘selling out’ and side with the figure of Naomi.

Walking together allows us to love them but how far will that love take us together, how determined are we? We are not Jesus who came alongside so many people, but are we good Ruths? Walking with others can be difficult.

The only person who can walk all the way is Jesus.

Learn more as Suzanne considers the book of Ruth over the coming weeks.

 

Sunday worship 26th August 2018

August 31st, 2018

Led By Rev. Liz Maitland

Liz is the Chaplain for a Hospice Chaplaincy linked through Tapton for the Congregational Federation.

Readings Romans 8:12-17  &  John 3:1-17

We join Nicodemus and Jesus Christ having a heart to heart conversation.  The reference to darkness in John relates to not knowing and complication.

Nicodemus asks a question but after the conversation was it any clearer to him?

WE are faced with many questions that do not have an answer.  Why has it happened? What’s my life meant? What happens when I die?

Was Nicodemus testing a theory that Jesus was from God, wanting to know the mystery of miracles. How did he understand being ‘born again’?

God loves us like a parent and a new born child.  Abba Father, we are children of God.  Nicodemus was asking if God was happy with the direction he was taking?

We can all continuously wrestle with questions but not arrive in any place of certainty.

 

 

 

 

 

7th September 2018

August 22nd, 2018

The talk on the rise and fall of music halls has been cancelled.  Sorry folks.

Sunday 12th August 2018

August 13th, 2018

Leader :Margaret Wells

Travels/Journeys   whether on a holiday, business trip, commute to work or just out and about we all are on a journey   -life is a journey    Wherever we are going we need to be prepared and organized –  some journeys are straightforward  others more complicated.   In the Bible there are many stories of journeys   Exodus 12 v 31 we hear of the journey Moses had to take to lead the people out of Egypt  – God told them how to prepared and what they should do. Mary & Joseph took a journey when they set off for Bethlehem on Gods advice.  Jesus travelled many miles doing His Father’s work but his last journey Luke 19 v28 was riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

We are travellers with God  do we do His work ?

August 2nd, 2018

Tapton is open as usual for services at 2.45p.m on a Sunday   but sorry no blog due to holidays