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Fairfield Church 25th Feb 2018

 

This coming Sunday we have the Family Keane leading our morning worship.  So I know we can all expect tough questions from question master Sally!  Along with of course, fab sausages and other delicious breakfast items.

The reading this week is Mark 8:31-38 and as you can expect in Lent, it will draw us into some difficult questions.  

Last week’s service certainly did with some surprising results!  He moves in mysterious ways and all that!

 

The songs this week are soooo beautiful, especially a new one to me ‘Every Promise’ I have totally fallen in love with it.  So do listen to it so that we all can sing it with some gusto on Sunday.

Mark 8:31-38 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection

31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.”

34 He called the crowd with his disciples, and said to them, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel,[a] will save it. 36 For what will it profit them to gain the whole world and forfeit their life? 37 Indeed, what can they give in return for their life? 38 Those who are ashamed of me and of my words[b] in this adulterous and sinful generation, of them the Son of Man will also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 8:35 Other ancient authorities read lose their life for the sake of the gospel
  2. Mark 8:38 Other ancient authorities read and of mine

 

 

…and as for what those questions will be, you’ll have to come to find out!

 

Fairfield Church 18th Feb

This week’s service is brought to you by Fred and Noelle Beaumont who will be helping us explore Mark 1:9-15 (see below) The worship songs for this week are available on our YouTube playlist on the Fairfield Channel.

It is a really important job to choose the songs that fit with the reading so that the whole service has a flow and direction that brings everyone to a greater understanding of the scripture for that week and all our teams do a great job of this week after week.

This week’s service explores the Spirit as the heart of Jesus’ experience of baptism, whilst angels support him during testing times in the wilderness. Jesus returns to Galilee, proclaims that the kingdom of God is near and calls people to repent.

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 1:9-15 The Message (MSG)

9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

God’s Kingdom Is Here

12-13 At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by Satan. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.

14-15 After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kingdom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”

Questions to follow…perhaps…maybe?

Ha ha ha…..

Many thanks to Rev. Julian for a lovely communion last Sunday and to everyone who helped with the clear up at the end, we greatly appreciated it.  We really do need to recruit another body for Team….err… D? Any offers?

This week’s service will be led by John, Pete and Julie (which means those lovely sausages!  No, I’m not saying John, Pete and Julie are sausages! )

Pete has been super organised and already sent me the information I needed to set the blog up.  Having moved from The Message to NRSV last week (apologies for not posting that, it was a rubbish team last week, ahem…) this week we’re heading over the The New Living Translation.  Reading and questions below, under the YouTube playlist.

See you all there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Songs for this week

 

 

Mark 9 v 2 to 9  – New Living Translation 

The Transfiguration

Six days later Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up a high mountain to be alone. As the men watched, Jesus’ appearance was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white, far whiter than any earthly bleach could ever make them. Then Elijah and Moses appeared and began talking with Jesus.

Peter exclaimed, “Rabbi, it’s wonderful for us to be here! Let’s make three shelters as memorials[a]—one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” He said this because he didn’t really know what else to say, for they were all terrified.

Then a cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my dearly loved Son. Listen to him.” Suddenly, when they looked around, Moses and Elijah were gone, and they saw only Jesus with them.

As they went back down the mountain, he told them not to tell anyone what they had seen until the Son of Man[b] had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept it to themselves, but they often asked each other what he meant by “rising from the dead.”

 

 

Questions

Why do you think Peter said ” let’s build 3 shelters as memorials” or “let us build 3 dwellings”?
Have you ever said something you wish you hadn’t when you’ve been in a situation where you’ve felt afraid, nervous or unsure of what was going on. Can you remember what it was?
Have you ever experienced the glory of God in your life? If so what was it and what was it like?

Postscript…

Love this… it was a suggestion from Rootsontheweb.com for this Sunday.

Fairfield Church Jan 28 2018

GREETINGS!

 

Many apologies for the ‘no posts’ of the last two weeks – holidays do sometimes get in the way don’t they of regular activities.  I’m back from a delicious week in the sunshine and here I am at my desk getting ready for next Sunday!  We have the Keane Team leading us, and I know Sally is bound to get some really top questions going to get us all thinking about the scripture, which this week is Mark 1:21-28 – short and sweet, well, it’s short in any case.  Our song choices are below via our YouTube channel and when I receive the questions from Sally I will post them below.

We look forward to seeing you all on Sunday at 10 am for the usual Fairfield Breakfast Welcome!

 

 

Mark 1:21-28 (MSG)

Confident Teaching

21-22 Then they entered Capernaum. When the Sabbath arrived, Jesus lost no time in getting to the meeting place. He spent the day there teaching. They were surprised at his teaching—so forthright, so confident—not quibbling and quoting like the religion scholars.

23-24 Suddenly, while still in the meeting place, he was interrupted by a man who was deeply disturbed and yelling out, “What business do you have here with us, Jesus? Nazarene! I know what you’re up to! You’re the Holy One of God, and you’ve come to destroy us!”

25-26 Jesus shut him up: “Quiet! Get out of him!” The afflicting spirit threw the man into spasms, protesting loudly—and got out.

27-28 Everyone there was incredulous, buzzing with curiosity. “What’s going on here? A new teaching that does what it says? He shuts up defiling, demonic spirits and sends them packing!” News of this traveled fast and was soon all over Galilee.

 

 

 

Well, we’re back this Sunday.  I feels like we’ve been away for ages, but it is in fact only ONE week!  I for one, am really looking forward to seeing everyone again.  It is our first service of the month and of the year and therefore it is our simple, informal, communion.  

Songs are below and Ruth chose the last one, which I’ve managed to find a Rend Collective version of, which I’m pretty excited about.

 

Questions are below the reading… 

See you tomorrow! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark 1:4-11 The Message (MSG)

4-6 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.

7-8 As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptising you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”

9-11 At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are my Son, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

The Message (MSG)Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson

 

 

Questions:

So, perhaps the voice that Jesus heard is for us, too: ‘You are my son/daughter, with you I am well pleased.’

To consider at home this week: How does that make you feel? And…

What difference could that make to your daily life?

Questions for today:

Why does it matter what John the baptiser wears or eats? Should we attach importance to the camel-hair and leather belt, linking him to Elijah (2 Kings 1.8); or to the honey, linking him to Aseneth, the legendary pagan princess who became the mother of patriarchs (Joseph and Aseneth)?

Do these links suggest that God may have roles for everyone, irrespective of religion, race or lifestyle?

How good are we at not stereotyping people, or, on the other hand, at excluding them for being different?

Could our communities take further practical steps towards bridging cultural differences?

Fairfield Church 17th December

So, we’re heading to Advent Three this Sunday.  Last week at Fairfield Church we lit the candle of peace and explored the scripture about John the Baptist, our questions led us to think about who in the 21st Century is like John and how easy (…and useful…) it is to confess our wrongdoings to God and to each other.  A great supplementary question was, who’s purpose does it serve?

This week it is the candle of Love and our reading is below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

John 1:6-28 The Message (MSG)

6-8 There once was a man, his name John, sent by God to point out the way to the Life-Light. He came to show everyone where to look, who to believe in. John was not himself the Light; he was there to show the way to the Light.

Thunder in the Desert

19-20 When Jews from Jerusalem sent a group of priests and officials to ask John who he was, he was completely honest. He didn’t evade the question. He told the plain truth: “I am not the Messiah.”

21 They pressed him, “Who, then? Elijah?”

“I am not.”

“The Prophet?”

“No.”

22 Exasperated, they said, “Who, then? We need an answer for those who sent us. Tell us something—anything!—about yourself.”

23 “I’m thunder in the desert: ‘Make the road straight for God!’ I’m doing what the prophet Isaiah preached.”

24-25 Those sent to question him were from the Pharisee party. Now they had a question of their own: “If you’re neither the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet, why do you baptize?”

26-27 John answered, “I only baptize using water. A person you don’t recognize has taken his stand in your midst. He comes after me, but he is not in second place to me. I’m not even worthy to hold his coat for him.”

28 These conversations took place in Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing at the time.

 

Fairfield Church 10th Dec

The season of watching and waiting…

So we’re heading to our second week of Advent… we’re watching and waiting for the arrival of the King.  We’re considering our mission of sharing the gospel with all the nations.  We’ve talked about what the gospel is, whether we think all nations have been reached yet and what our part is in that mission.  We really enjoyed Rend Collective’s ‘He’s My Rescuer’ this week, so I think we’ll be having that again sometime soon.

This week, we’re turning our gaze to John the Baptist… reading below and here are Pete, Julie and John’s fab song choices. I especially love…  Waiting Here for You by Martin Smith, one of my favourite videos too.

 

 

Mark 1:1-8 The Message 

John the Baptizer

1-3 The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah.

Watch closely: I’m sending my preacher ahead of you;
He’ll make the road smooth for you.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!

4-6 John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.

7-8 As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. His baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”

 

 

Questions to consider this week:

What do you think that the “people of the day” would have thought of John?
Are there any parallels in the Christian church movement today?
Are we able to confess our wrongdoings ( sins) without fear?

Fairfield Church 3rd Dec 2017

How can it be first Sunday already!  It must be a sign of my age that time seems to be speeding up… (hey, no need to comment…)

This week we welcome our lovely friend Rev. Julian to lead us in a service of communion and we have another great new song too.  I may even remember to bring our Advent Candles in for our countdown to the day we celebrate Jesus’s birth.

I am going to remind you every week until we get there that on Christmas Eve we are having an open and well publicised Mince Pies and Carols service (10 am as usual) and will not be meeting on New Year’s Eve the following week – services will resume as normal the week after that.  It’s also in the Calendar!

So here are our songs for this week…. see I’m super early this week! (No birthday cake left…)

 

 

Mark 13:24-37 The Message

24-25 “Following those hard times,
Sun will fade out,

    moon cloud over,
Stars fall out of the sky,

    cosmic powers tremble.

26-27 “And then they’ll see the Son of Man enter in grand style, his Arrival filling the sky—no one will miss it! He’ll dispatch the angels; they will pull in the chosen from the four winds, from pole to pole.

28-31 “Take a lesson from the fig tree. From the moment you notice its buds form, the merest hint of green, you know summer’s just around the corner. And so it is with you. When you see all these things, you know he is at the door. Don’t take this lightly. I’m not just saying this for some future generation, but for this one, too—these things will happen. Sky and earth will wear out; my words won’t wear out.

32-37 “But the exact day and hour? No one knows that, not even heaven’s angels, not even the Son. Only the Father. So keep a sharp lookout, for you don’t know the timetable. It’s like a man who takes a trip, leaving home and putting his servants in charge, each assigned a task, and commanding the gatekeeper to stand watch. So, stay at your post, watching. You have no idea when the homeowner is returning, whether evening, midnight, cockcrow, or morning. You don’t want him showing up unannounced, with you asleep on the job. I say it to you, and I’m saying it to all: Stay at your post. Keep watch.”

Apologies for the very late posting of this week’s service… my birthday on Monday has thrown my whole week out.  I blame the cake!

Thank you to everyone who sent me happy birthday wishes, I had a wonderful time.

I have discovered a new song this week – with thanks to Roots on the Web for the song list this lovely song came.

Of course, this Sunday will be a bitter sweet farewell to our lovely and much loved friends Diana and Colin.  We will miss them heaps, and wish them every blessing for their move in a few weeks and a very happy life up Stourbridge way.

 

 

 


 

Matthew 25.31-46

31-33 “When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.

34-36 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what’s coming to you in this kingdom. It’s been ready for you since the world’s foundation. And here’s why:

I was hungry and you fed me,
I was thirsty and you gave me a drink,
I was homeless and you gave me a room,
I was shivering and you gave me clothes,
I was sick and you stopped to visit,
I was in prison and you came to me.’

37-40 “Then those ‘sheep’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?’ Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.’

41-43 “Then he will turn to the ‘goats,’ the ones on his left, and say, ‘Get out, worthless goats! You’re good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because—

I was hungry and you gave me no meal,
I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,
I was homeless and you gave me no bed,
I was shivering and you gave me no clothes,
Sick and in prison, and you never visited.’

44 “Then those ‘goats’ are going to say, ‘Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn’t help?’

45 “He will answer them, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.’

46 “Then those ‘goats’ will be herded to their eternal doom, but the ‘sheep’ to their eternal reward.”

When we are given something to invest, what do we do with it?

How best is it to use our God given talents?

We explore the parable of the talents this week, along with lovely breakfast and some super new songs (see below)

Remember to check our Calendar for an update of what is going on inside and outside of church  See you Sunday!  We have another special visitor on Sunday!

 

 

Fairfield Church, Evesham, playlist for Sunday 19th November, 2017. 

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Matthew 25:14-30 The Message (MSG)

The Story About Investment

14-18 “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.

19-21 “After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

22-23 “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’

24-25 “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’

26-27 “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.

28-30 “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’