Archive for August, 2014

Sunday 31st August 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Leaders: Christ Church Fulwood Ministry Partnership Team
Michael, Jon and John
“Unity and Mission for the Glory of God”
Reading : John Ch17 1-17
What was important for Jesus – his great desires are in the reading.
1. That the Father would be glorified by his son and that he would give his son glory so the son may return the glory to the Father he loves.
2. That the disciples be kept safe from the evil one – the world hated them – they needed God’s love. By sharing the gospel they spread the love of God that they may remain in His love.
3. Jesus prayed for us that we would live in love – so the world will believe.
The way we behave shows who we belong to – if we are loved , we love.
Enter into God’s love and be loved and share his love with all.

Sunday 24th August 2014

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Service Led By Edwin Ashforth

Readings From Ecclesiastes Ch. 3 1-8 and 9-15

‘Everything that happens in the world happens at the time God chooses’

Edwin talked about Vanity. The Vanity of human beings making decisions and being certain of those decisions without listening to God.
The constant need for man to battle to have the most possessions, to be the wealthiest to have social status in the belief it will bring happiness and fulfilment. Ploughing ahead in life without Gods guidance. Very often we ignore Gods voice and refuse to change .

Edwin shared his Personal Testimony of his path to Christianity. He resisted Gods voice for a long time until eventually giving up his own vanity and following Gods choice of a new Life for him. Thought provoking and interesting.

We can try to listen to Gods voice and follow his direction or ignore him , believe in ourselves and never really find true happiness.

Sunday 17th August 2014

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Led by Mike Warren

Readings from: Romans 11 & Matthew 15 v:21-28

Against the background of conflict around the world with persecution causing death, destruction and humanitarian disasters, Mike reflected on the approach of the Canaanite woman to the disciples and Jesus Christ in Tyre and Sidon (Matt 15).

Jesus Christ had lost patience with the reaction of the Jewish authorities complaining about all he did ( healing on the Sabbath and not washing before eating) so he had moved away with his disciples for a rest break.

The woman had heard of this stranger coming to Tyre and Sidon who was able to heal. At first Jesus ignores the pleas of the woman to cure her daughter. Despite the rebuttal by Jesus and the disciples, she  did not give up continuing to pester them. Jesus eventually agrees to see the woman, but explains he cannot help as he ‘was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel’. So had God written off all other races?

Certainly not. By no means!

Jesus recognises her obvious faith and she is rewarded when he changes his mind and responds to her request saying he had not found such faith in Israel.

It is clear Jesus responded to all and Paul in his letter to the Galations  indicates they should work for all, not exclusively those in faith.

Sunday 10th August 2014

Sunday, August 10th, 2014

Leader: Rev. Alan Hindmarch
Readings: Genesis 37 1-18 Joseph and his brothers
Romans 10 5-15 Salvation for all
Matthew 14 22-32 Jesus walks on water.
“Truly you are the Son of God” He was not recognized who he really was.
Have faith, trust – this is the root of living. Seek to do His will.
LOVE all sorts of people – share with them – love is open ended – it shows in the way we treat people.
Do as God wants you to do. Joseph did as his father wished even though he knew his brothers hated him.
Are we obedient – do we share God’s love – His message??
Romans says “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news – how can they believe if they are not told??”

Wednesday 7 August 2014 – Soup and Roll Club

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Two dozen people gathered for Soup and Roll Club this week, enjoying good fellowship over soup and a roll followed by cheese and biscuits, then a choice of buns and cake.

The speaker this week was Keith Bradley, Emergency Planning Officer for Sheffield and Rotherham, doing a presentation on the 2007 floods in Sheffield.

Soup and Roll is held on the first Thursday in the month and the next will take place on 4th September

Sunday 3 August 2014

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Led by Alan Cooper assisted by David Carter

Readings from:  Proverbs 3 and 1Peter 5

In commemoration of the anniversary of the start of World War I we started with hymn 756 in Congregational Praise – I vow to thee my country.

Alan then recounted a story of the young man given a copy of  the Gospel of John before going to war, contacting his parents to inform them he was going to meet the Heavenly Father through the redeemer Jesus Christ and then them receiving his effects including a completed section of the Gospel of John

The message from Alan was based on the experiences of Peter and lessons learned during his time living alongside Jesus Christ.