Sunday 20th May 2018

May 20th, 2018

Pentecost

Today Tapton joined with Hillsborough Tabernacle, the Salvation Army and other friends for a service and lunch at Tabs.      The singing was led by the Salvation Army band.  We were well fed in spirit and body.    There was no service at Tapton this afternoon.

Sunday Worship – 13th May 2018

May 13th, 2018

Led by Susannah Youdan from Mayfield Wesleyan Reformed Church

Reading: Luke 24  The risen Christ.

 

Susannah used candles to illustrate the part light plays in our religious beliefs referring to:

In the beginning God said let there be light and there was light and with light began creation and in the Christian calendar on Christmas morning we sing the light has come into the world. For 33 years whilst Jesus Christ was on earth the light was good.

In Exodus they followed a cloud and then the light from a fire. The Wise Men followed the light of one star amongst millions, whilst ‘Wreckers’ used one candle in a jar to misdirect shipping into thinking they were heading to the safety of a harbour

In the transfiguration Peter saw Jesus in a radiant light but when Jesus was nailed to a tree, the light was snuffed out, the Temple curtain was torn from the top down the middle and there was an eclipse of the sun.

This final darkness led to the disciples being very afraid and hiding in a locked room with the windows closed YET still Jesus appears amongst them and insists the touch and feel his wounds. Jesus is risen on the third day as prophesied proving he has conquered death – God of the living.  Finally Jesus ascends into heaven where he lives forever interceding on our behalf.

Susannah challenges us next week to Stop, Watch and Pray.  Wait as God patiently waits for us. Answer him by saying “God, here am I”.

 

Christian Aid Walk – 7th May 2018

May 8th, 2018

A number of our congregation joined with approx 100 other walkers on the sponsored 6 mile Christian Aid Walk to the west of Sheffield.

The weather was glorious, the company great and whats more we were raising money for the many good causes supported by Christian Aid and CAFOD.

Many thanks to David Owens and the organising Committee for ensuring at least one walk went ahead despite all the obstacles placed in their way by other Charitable organisations.

Sunday service 6th May 2018

May 8th, 2018

Led By Rev Suzanne Nockels

Reading 2 Corinthians 8: 1-15

Suzanne introduced the theme of her service with a game of pass the parcel, each layer containing a reading or a question.

What have we received from another? – e.g. happiness, mobile phone, watch, wisdom

What have we inherited from past generations at church? – e.g. Family, the building, kindness, trowel (used to lay the foundation stone)

What item at home do you wish to pass on?

What will we pass onto future generations at Tapton?  – e.g. strong church, faith, friendship, improved building

Bible readings:  Luke 12 :13-21    Mark 10:17-22    Matt 5:5    – All include inheritence

Wealth can be a dangerous place – if you are rich  you will be thinking of money, if you are poor you are thinking of money.   To the rich man, Jesus said give away your possessions and he went away grieved.  Suzanne suggested we can grieve over things as well as people.  Scripture tells that the meek will inherit the earth, what do we want to pass on and when?

Do we give it the next generation now when we can see the joy of seeing them with it, will they like what we my consider precious?  Will they like the son in the Prodigal son ‘blow the lot’.

Previously Suzanne spoke on the uprising of discipleship, this time using the example of the first Christians the uprising theme continued on stewardship.

The Roman world was governed by the amount of wealth you had so why would you wish to give it away and lose your position in society? Old prejudices between the Greeks and the Jews led to wealth being hidden.

How do we live?  Do our shopping receipts indicate a Christian life. In world terms we are all rich but in Jesus eyes money takes up too much of our soul space.

Name a generous person – this isn’t what’s in the bank account but may be the time they give, empathy they share, how they listen to others.

Suzanne challenged us to consider:

  • Where is money more precious than God
  • This week give something away
  • Give a non material thing away – something of oneself

The world needs God

Prayer for the week

May 1st, 2018

Dear God, as I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears,  dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more hope than despair.  Never let me become so indifferent that I will fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child, or the twinkle in the eyes of the aged.    Never let me forget that my total effort is to cheer people, make them happy, and forget momentarily, all the unpleasantness in their lives.  And in my final moment , may I hear You whisper : “When you made My people smile you made Me smile”   Amen

Sunday 29th April 2018

April 30th, 2018

Leader: Darryl Lomas       Laughter in Church

At Tapton we start our Easter thoughts on Palm Sunday and carry on through the week with meditations and services all of which have a rather depressing theme as we build up our thoughts to the tragic events on Good Friday  however things change on Easter Sunday  when we are joyful  – He is Risen.    On other Sundays when we arrive in the building we are happy , we greet one another and we laugh together  but when the service begins a sombre mood develops and continues until the service is over and we meet again in the schoolroom over a cuppa and laugh.    In Eccclesiates 3 1-8  we are told  “There is a time for everything”     Tradition seems to say that the time of a church service is not the time for laughter –  why not???   Surely God and His son have a sense of humour – surely there were laughs with Christ and the people he met.  He talked about the blind leading the blind, into  a ditch,  he mentioned trying to get a camel through the eye of a needle   humour surely.   There are many many problems in this life  but laughter can help us to cope with them  –  try not to take everything seriously – try to inject humour into your life and those around you.  Not to laugh at people but to laugh with them.  You may be surprised what a difference this can make.

Sunday 22nd April 2018

April 24th, 2018

Service 2.45p.m

Leader: Suzanne Nockels

Sunday 15th April 2018

April 15th, 2018

Leader : Keith Austin

Palm 42

When you read this psalm do you feel that the author is suffering from depression or mental illness?  He says “I am depressed”  1 in 4 people has mental illness at some time in their lives  no matter how old or young.  The author says “why am I so sad?” perhaps it was because they were inward looking and did not take notice of  the world around them – Jesus said “Do not worry about tomorrow”  we all have to prepare for what may happen tomorrow but we do not need to worry about it  – the business of our mind must be stilled.

The spiritual world is beyond the natural world  – Jesus died and left the natural world for the spiritual one and then returned to the natural one.

John 16  v 12 –

Jesus refers to the Spirit of Truth who comes to guide you.

How can we find a gap between the natural and spiritual worlds?  Elijah sat in silence and heard God speak – in silence we can hear His voice  we need silence to help us fill the gap.

Spirit comes from a word meaning wind or breath  relax in silence and let God’s breath help you.

There is a verse in a hymn

A man who looks at glass   on it may stay his eye    or through it pass and then the heaven espy.

Don’t let your eye stay on the glass  – try to look through it and you will be surprised.

Sunday 8th April 2018

April 9th, 2018

Leader:  Suzanne Nockels

There are things in our daily lives which  we think are useless because they are misshapen, bad coloured,  i..e. bulbs which are strange shapes, dark colours,       eggs – nothing much to look at,   coal    black and hard,    chrysalis – ugly… but all these things change into something beautiful .  flowers,  chickens,    heat and flames, butterflies.  so it is with people..  how often we judge from outside appearance  or attitude.. but these things are often deceptive  – could be that someone is shy and withdrawn or just needing a smile of welcome – sad people can change into someone with joy in their heart.

So it was at Easter –  Luke 24  v 13 – the road to Emmaus  – two people walking from Jerusalem, full of woe, full of doubt, discussing he events  when Jesus joined them – they were so wrapped up in their troubles they did not recognize Him..   things were looking black, ugly, they were depressed  but He walked with them and eventually they knew who he was.

Let Him walk with us and whatever our mood He will listen and help us  and will eventually turn us into something beautiful for Him.

Bible Study Wednesday 4 April 2018

April 6th, 2018

Led by Keith Bradley

Theme – Wine

We considered:

  • What is wine?
  • How other religions consider wine?
  • What does the bible say?
  • Who drank wine in the bible?
  • Medicinal uses of wine.
  • A Christians attitude to wine