Advent Sunday service – 2nd December 2018

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

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

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’.

Sunday worship 25th November 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Afternoon tea service – 28 October 2018

October 28th, 2018

Led by Rev Suzanne Nockels

We enjoyed this new way of fellowship over some splendid home baked cakes and buns with tea or coffee.

The theme for this Sunday when the clocks went back one hour = ‘Time’

Suzanne asked each table to consider 3 questions:

  1. Have you ever turned up for something at the wrong time?
  2. Have we ever sensed it was the ‘right time’ to do something?
  3. If we could live at any time  history when would it be?

Bible reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

An opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on earth.

Thank you to all the bakers and helpers