Archive for February, 2015

Sunday 22nd February 2015

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015

Leader: Susannah Youden Reading : Luke 2 41-51 Jesus in the Temple
“Mary treasured these things in her heart” There are things in life that are worth much more than silver and gold, Jesus, our families, friends, memories, peace, love, happiness. Do we treasure Jesus do we put him first on our list of treasures??
Susannah sang a solo about The Lord being more precious than silver.
We were all given a sweet and when we unwrapped them we found not a sweet inside but a bible verse – a treasure to keep.

Saturday 21st February 2015

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Some of us have been to Walkley Ebeneezer this week to support, and boo, our church secretary Darryl in his role as Abanazaar (the baddy) in the pantomime Aladin, which was extremely enjoyable from start to finish. Well done to all the cast.

Bible Study – Ash Wednesday – 18th February 2015

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Led by Keith Bradley
Theme – “sackcloth and ashes”

Main Readings – Isaiah 58:1-6 & Matthew 6: 1-6 & 16-18

For many Christians, Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the period when we prepare for the death and resurrection of our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Lent is a period of fasting and repentance but a time we allow God into our lives admitting: ‘the truth that is deep within us’. Psalm 51:6

Biblical significance of ashes can be seen in the old testament to express grief, repentance or sorrow for sins. Jesus quoted the practice in Matt 11:21

Will you be giving something up for Lent?

Sunday 15th February 2015

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Leader: Suzanne Nockels
Readings : Mark 1 14-15
Ephesians 5 8-20
We started by looking at postcards of a picture in The Graves “The Hours” Six females, all with the same face, the first waking, second, washing, third spinning, fourth eating, fifth playing instrument, sixth sleeping. Working through the hours of the day but busy and sitting so close together there is no room for God.
Following from the readings: The two verses from Mark pack a punch.
The Greeks had two words for time Kronos – time as in clock, hours.
Kairos – God filled.
This passage is the first time in Mark that Jesus speaks and he says “The time is come” from now hope will fill your lives. Kairos time.
The moment of truth.
The place, the Kingdom of God is near. It can be anywhere in our day to day lives when God is with us.
New time – New Kingdom
Do you want to be part of that?
Repent – turn around – away from.. towards…
Believe in the Good News
Jesus is Lord

12th February 2015

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

we held a “Thinking Space” meeting to put forward our feelings as to where we think God is wanting us to take Tapton in the future. This was very constructive and we went home with many thoughts.

Sunday 8th February 2015

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Leader: Mike Warren
Readings: 2 Corinthians ch.3 1-6
Mark 2 13-22
Zaccheus was a very small man. He worked for the Romans as tax collector and was despised by his fellow men. When he heard that Jesus was coming he climbed a tree to be able to see better, Jesus stopped beneath the tree, inviting himself to the house for a meal. This disgusted all the people standing around – Jesus was eating with a tax collector. After this Zaccheus offered to give half his wealth to the poor and to repay any monies he had overcharged – thanks to Jesus befriending him, he was changed and went on to be a popular man.
In 2 Corinthians Ch.3, Paul talks about “the spirit of the law” and “the letter of the law” The old testament sets out a framework for behaviour. The letter of the law. Separation
The New Testament is concerned with rehabilitation. The spirit of the law.
Jesus was questioned about keeping the law – the letter of the law – he will speak to anyone willing to listen, he ate with Levi and Zaccheus, thought by many to be against the law. Jesus said “those who are well do not need a doctor, only those who are sick”
Sinners need to know the love of God.
Jesus removed barriers.
Sometimes today the church applies the letter of the law not the spirit of the law. No law can make people good – only the love of God.
Live in the spirit which gives life.