Archive for July, 2016

Sunday 31st July 2016

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Leader : Suzanne Nockels
who has just returned from holiday in the Inner Hebrides and took us on an imaginary pilgrimage round Iona.
We started at a cross – the basis of Christianity and moved on to the Abbey which was rebuilt by men from Glasgow who were out of work.
Then on to what used to be the Nunnery but which is now ruins There are no records of the women who were there and it seems somehow appropriate that it has not been rebuilt also. We spent some time quietly thinking about any women who had made a difference in our lives.
On to Martyrs Bay where the monks used to go down to greet ships arriving on the island but one day they went down with open arms to greet a boat of Vikings who slaughtered the all. Sometimes it is very hard to meet and greet people with open arms and a smile – sometimes it ends in disaster but we must keep on trying.
The war memorial – we pray for an end to all wars and remember those who gave their lives for us.
Crossroads – sometimes we are lucky if we have a choice which way to go – sometimes we choose the wrong way.
Sheepfold and fertile grassy bank near the beach providing food and shelter for animals – just as God provides care for us.
The only loch on the island with fresh water for the islanders.
Columba brought Christianity to the island but he had to leave it is difficult to leave things behind for us too but we have to do this if we are to move forward. God will be with us on our journey through life just trust in Him

Sunday 14th July 2016

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Leader : Jonathan Youden
Readings : Zechariah 2 3-13
John 1 1-13
Hebrews 6 13-20
What is life without hope ?
Mr Micawber said “something will turn up”
What is our hope – do we wait for something to turn up ?
Do you have a hope/vision what hopes has the world today ?? What hopes and visions does the church have today ?
Sometimes we have to beware what we hope for – when we get it we may be disappointed.
We al need hope and expectations and we have it on the word of a gentleman God that if we ask we will receive.

Sunday 17th July 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Service led by Darryl Lomas

Theme: Powerful women

Readings: Genesis 2:18ff Genesis 18:13-15 Genesis 27:8ff Exodus 2 2 Samuel 12:24ff Luke 1:41ff Luke 38

As Theresa May is elected Prime Minister Darryl considered the qualities of a number of women in the bible.

Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, Jochebed, Bathsheba, Elizabeth and Mary.

Qualities included: Godlike, Assertive, Patience, Faith, Perseverance, Humility, Loyalty, Strength

From the list of qualities, Darryl challenged the congregation to decide which quality we would wish our people in authority to have.

Sunday 10th July 2016

Sunday, July 10th, 2016

Leader Pat Moseley

Readings:Psalm 27 v1 v11-14
John 8 v12-16
Matthew 5 v14-16

Today is ‘Sea Sunday’.

Pat opened by talking about holidays ,about being by the sea and
how relaxing this could be. The sea is teaming with life , can be calm and beautiful but can also be turbulent wild and dangerous.
Over the years as man has used the sea for food and transport he has needed the help of fires and then lighthouses to guide him to safety and into the harbour.
Life is very often like the sea , sometimes calm and peaceful other times turbulent and so difficult to navigate. By following Jesus we literally follow the light to safer shore and a safe harbour. Jesus also asks us to be the light to go into the world and guide others ‘lost at sea’ into safety.
As in the Bible readings we can not hide our ‘light’ and expect to be effective Christians . By letting the light of our faith shine in us, others will notice.
Let’s be the lighthouse in the stormy seas ahead and gently guide
others to find Jesus.

Saturday 9th July 2016

Saturday, July 9th, 2016

It was lovely this morning to welcome so many ladies (sadly no men) to sing with our very own “Gareth” we learnt some new songs and even managed to sing three parts and all finish at the same time on the same note, a very happy time was spent by all. Thanks to Joanne and friends for providing the refreshments half way through.

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Bible Study with Edwin Ashforth
Another very interesting evening hearing about and discussing Adam and Eve and the Garden of Eden.
Who was to blame – ??? the man, the woman, the serpent??
When you look into this story it reveals many things that are not obvious at first – the scribes were telling everyone that God had put man on the earth to look after it and to work in it and woman was to be his companion and bear future generations. The serpent was temptation that everyone faces at some time or another – we must be prepared – we must try to avoid temptation – God’s House is the Garden of Eden where we can meet with Lord God.

We look forward to our next meetings with Edwin in October.

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Back at Tapton Suzanne led the service
Readings : Isaiah 6 1-9
John l
“I am a man of unclean lips”
We live in a messed up world – so many people have unclean lips – particularly this week things have been more than somewhat mixed up – man causes so many unclean things BUT the cross can change us, Jesus wipes our slate clean – we are then part of a cleaner world and it is up to us to try to help with the cleansing of the rest of the world – do not underestimate the power of the spirit.

Do you remember when …… ?
When did you last use the word SIN is this discussed any more. Have attitudes towards sin changed?? i.e what about keeping the Sabbath holy?
Has sin been re-branded?? Do we excuse it as ….. just “being human”?
With the police – there are laws/rules and anyone breaking those is punished.
What about God’s rules? what happens if we break those? Is sin a violation of God’s laws?

Don’t just say “sorry” back it up with actions.
Repent and enjoy life in peace with God.

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Service/picnic in the park
Due to wet weather during the last week the service was held in St. Columba’s but our spirits were not dampened, far from it. with the help of Loxley Band our voices nearly raised the roof – Suzanne Nockels led a very interesting session on race running (at slow speed) and Andy Wilcox from Hampden View gave us an interesting talk. After the service friends ate their sandwiches and chatted whilst listening to the band.

Sunday 3rd July 2016

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

We invite you to join us and other churches of the area to a service/picnic (bring your own sandwiches) in Lydgate Park at 12.30 the hymns will be led by Loxley Band. If wet in St.Columba’s. Our regular service will be at 2.45.