Sunday worship – 27th August 2017

August 28th, 2017

Led by Darryl Lomas

Readings: John 6 & Matthew 14:13-22

Feeding of the 5,000

Following the beheading of John the Baptist, Jesus wanted to get away from it all so went on a boat across the lake but the crowd followed him.

He may have wanted to recharge his batteries but Jesus showed compassion and started to heal them.  Not to certain groups but to everyone. Where does our compassion start and finish, do we create boundaries?

What did Jesus have that meant the crowd stayed. The disciples were concerned over the welfare of Jesus and of the crowd but Jesus said let them remain. was he conscious of the little time he had left?  Jesus told the disciples to feed the crowd, why? Darryl suggested this is relevant to us today. We shouldn’t just be concerned we need to do something, was Jesus preparing the disciples for things to come?

Why didn’t the people have food? Were they not expecting such a long day?  Was this about physical food or spiritual sustenance?  Was the miracle getting people to share what they had actually brought for themselves?  Following Jesus isn’t just a Sunday afternoon at church, when we sign up  its for all it brings, the good the bad and the indifferent. Our real duty is to pass on spiritual sustenance.

Sunday 20 August

August 28th, 2017

Some members enjoyed camping in the surprisingly beautiful countryside of Birdwell near Barnsley.

The campers enjoyed the usual Saturday walk to Worsborough Dam and Wigfield Farm before being joined by other church members for games quizzes and a Chinese meal.

Sunday we gathered for our usual discussion based on our ‘pilgrimage’ to Church camp. We looked at the ‘goal’ of camp, deciding it was a time when we can get to know each other better. We then looked at journeys in the bible and the goals that were achieved.

Sunday 13th August 2017

August 13th, 2017

Leader: Rev Alan Hindmarch
Readings : 1 Kings v9 -
Matthew 14 v 22 -
Do you have little faith? Do you doubt ?
Many people have doubts – they feel they are not good enough ?
Barnes Wallace believed 100% that his calculations were correct and he could produce a bouncing bomb but many doubted him – when the bomb was first tried it failed but he persevered and checked his calculations  and this time on test, the bomb bounced and then exploded as it should – his belief was justified.
Sometimes we read our bibles and try to understand about Jesus but sometimes putting our learning into practice isn’t easy and we lose faith in ourselves.
When Peter saw Jesus walking on the water he wanted to do the same and set off to meet Jesus but his courage failed and he started to sink – Jesus reached out his hand and saved him – he will save us when our courage fails or we lose faith in what we are trying to do.
True belief is faith in forward looking – churches may have to change but we must have faith and believe.

Sunday 6th August 2017

August 6th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
In life there are safe  places and dangerous places and we are often told “stay away from the edge” It is not good to push people “to the edge” But Jesus was once in the synagogue and he annoyed the people so much they pushed Him out and kept pushing Him towards a dangerous edge – but He kept calm, turned and walked through them to safety. This must have taken a great deal of courage.
Psalm 56 v 4 reads “In God I trust and I am not afraid what can mere mortals do to me?”
Reading Galations 5 Freedom
We were then treated to a report from Joe Nockels of his recent visit to South Africa with a group from the Congregational Federation to the International Congregational Conference – churches were represented from countries all over the world and it had been a wonderful experience – the title of the conference was “Call to Freedom”
They had visited churches, and prisons – one where Nelson Mandella had been confined – and other places which had not had freedom – it made us realize what courage the people had needed to survive to obtain their freedom – something we take so much for granted.
Thanks to Joe for opening our minds and thoughts.
The service concluded with communion

Sunday worship 30 July 2017

July 30th, 2017

Led by Jonathan Youdan

Readings: Isa 61  and Luke 6:17-26

Text – ‘Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh’ (NRSV)

Jonathan defined crying and asked why we cry? Is it because of friends or enemies, work or lack of work, family or church. Jonathan highlighted that most times it is as a result of contact with people usually due to frustration, regret, sorrow or failure.

Lou Goetz a Baseball coach coined the phrase as an umpire’ When you are right no one remembers, when wrong people always remember.’

Was this passage from Luke another version of that from the Sermon on the Mount  in Matthew but in a different chronological order?  Luke is more direct, more practical  and more personal aimed at YOU.   People listening to Jesus would recognise his message was personal to them.

Jesus says woe to you who laugh. For humans weeping is normal but you will be comforted by God.  Is there always something better to come?

Tapton welcomes the Greek Orthodox Church 29th July 2017

July 30th, 2017

Following lengthy discussions between the Members of Tapton and the Greek Orthodox Church, Saturday saw the Greek Orthodox Church hold their inaugural service in  Sheffield using Tapton who are very pleased to host them. Their service were privileged to receive a visit by Archbishop Gregorios Theocharous from London.

Sunday 23rd July 2017

July 23rd, 2017

Leader:Margaret Wells
We started the service by all getting a drink  (orange, blackcurrant or water) for someone else and welcoming them to Tapton.
Readings : Jeremiah 28 5
Matthew 7 40 -
“Whoever welcomes you welcomes me”
Margaret told us the story of a rich man driving his smart new car through a poor part of a city. A boy tried to stop him but he ignored him and drove on – at the next traffic lights he felt a bump on his car and this turned out to be a brick thrown by the boy – who admitted it but he said “take me to prison because I did it,  but only because my mother is very sick and I cannot get anyone to help her or take her to a doctor, and I didn’t know what else to do” – the man said “I am a doctor I will help you” He found the woman who was very ill and arranged for her to go to hospital – the boy then told the police he was ready to go to prison but the man said he was not going to press charges – he felt very guilty because he had ignored the boy in the first place – he kept the dent in his car as a constant reminder.  Not everyone can throw a brick to get attention.
Jesus said “Do unto others ….”
Even small things can make a difference – a smile, a friendly word,
Show care and compassion for others – hospitality was most important to Jesus -follow in his footsteps – we all need someone – try to be that someone who needs you. Are you the person who needs this or are you the person who can provide this??   Welcome is only one word but it means such a lot.
Prayer :
Pray for me
and I will pray for you
Think of me in all you do
and I will think of you
For the love of God is there for me
as much as it is for you

Sunday 15th July 2017

July 17th, 2017

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
French, Italian, Spanish, Gaelic – all foreign languages and for a lot of people difficult to understand. Its much the same when Christians talk about their faith to non believers – its a foreign language – we must learn to speak as Jesus did in simple terms so that all can understand.
If you were to describe your faith how would you do it …. some answers received are :
A roller coaster- life has ups and downs.      Rebuilding broken walls – we all need help to do that.    Threads in a tapestry so many different weaves and warps and colours.    Climber trusting in his rope.   A brown banana when skinned it is white.    Mobile phone keeps us in contact both ways.
Reading : Acts 8 26-38 Philip and the Eunoch
who did not understand what he was reading until it was explained to him in more simple terms. How can we help others understand – Perhaps we need more tolerance, more patience, we need to be “with” people and not always feel it necessary to be there “for” them.

Suzanne called her talk “Close encounters of the simple kind” It is not easy to do something with people,  we feel we need to do it for them – do not try to see the world through their eyes. Be challenged to be changed.
This week ask yourself :
Who do you need to be “with”
Dont be tempted to retreat doing things “for”
Where might you be challenged to change ?

Sunday 9th July

July 9th, 2017

Leader : Darryl Lomas
What would you take to a desert island as your treasure ??
Isiah 33 v6 Their greatest treasure is their reverence of the Lord.
Rdg. Matthew 14
Where your heart is, there will your treasure be also.
People use metal detectors to try to find treasure but more often or not they do not find any. One man found a hoard of Roman coins in a field – as did the man in the shortest parable – he found treasure in a field – it was not buried deep – it was there for anyone to find if only they looked for it – the men were filled with great joy when they found the treasure – joy is a wonderful thing but earthly joy does not last long – heavenly joy is unfailing.
The man in the parable went and sold all his possessions to buy the field – maybe he thought by doing that he was not stealing it !
God’s treasure is there for all – there are no restrictions as to who can have it – we have great joy when we have the treasure of the Kingdom of God.
Luke 17 tell us “We are the field – the Kingdom of God is with us”
We have the whole package – the treasure in the field is with us for ever.

Sunday 25th June 2017

June 25th, 2017

Leader: Suzannah Youden
Readings : John 17 4-11
Jesus always tried to be alone and quiet when he wanted to speak to his Father – to pray.
Luke 11 1-13
The Lord’s Prayer
Our Father in heaven – God’s heaven is here – now
Thy will be done – total commitment total love on earth as in haven.
Give us our daily bead – the food we need and spiritual food – we need both to stay alive and we can share both with others.
Forgive us our sins – forgive all we do and say
As we forgive those who hurt us – love is unconditional
Lead us not into temptation -help us not to sin     Help us to keep God’s rules.
Deliver us from evil – which is all around us at the moment in the world
Yours in the power and the glory never ending
Amen – so be it
When things get overwhelming we need to find somewhere quiet on our own to speak to our Father and he will listen.
But we have to listen too This is a two way line.