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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.’

Fairfield Church 12th Nov 2017

Here is all the information for the service this Sunday, November 12th at Fairfield Church, Evesham.

 

Three very different songs from three different decades, chosen by Peter and Julie Rowell and John Darby.  As it is Remembrance Sunday there is also something to help us remember all those affected by conflict both past and present.

Breakfast starts at 10 am and we will finish off with the final song around 11. am.  Looking forward to seeing you all.

Sarah Hewitt

 

The Reading is:

Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus said, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them; but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut. Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’ Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

 

 

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This week is our Communion led by the Rev. Julian Bomyer (whom we love very much)

We’ve got a new sung blessing at the end of the service (included in our Youtube playlist – no 4) so you can learn it in advance.  It is from the Northumbria Community and it is very lovely… and we’re going to sing number 1 in a round.

We also have another reading where Jesus is having yet another go at the Scribes and Pharisees.  The questions are set and we’re already to go.

 

 

 

Matthew 23:1-12 The Message (MSG)

Religious Fashion Shows

23 1-3 Now Jesus turned to address his disciples, along with the crowd that had gathered with them. “The religion scholars and Pharisees are competent teachers in God’s Law. You won’t go wrong in following their teachings on Moses. But be careful about following them. They talk a good line, but they don’t live it. They don’t take it into their hearts and live it out in their behavior. It’s all spit-and-polish veneer.

4-7 “Instead of giving you God’s Law as food and drink by which you can banquet on God, they package it in bundles of rules, loading you down like pack animals. They seem to take pleasure in watching you stagger under these loads, and wouldn’t think of lifting a finger to help. Their lives are perpetual fashion shows, embroidered prayer shawls one day and flowery prayers the next. They love to sit at the head table at church dinners, basking in the most prominent positions, preening in the radiance of public flattery, receiving honorary degrees, and getting called ‘Doctor’ and ‘Reverend.’

8-10 “Don’t let people do that to you, put you on a pedestal like that. You all have a single Teacher, and you are all classmates. Don’t set people up as experts over your life, letting them tell you what to do. Save that authority for God; let him tell you what to do. No one else should carry the title of ‘Father’; you have only one Father, and he’s in heaven. And don’t let people maneuver you into taking charge of them. There is only one Life-Leader for you and them—Christ.

11-12 “Do you want to stand out? Then step down. Be a servant. If you puff yourself up, you’ll get the wind knocked out of you. But if you’re content to simply be yourself, your life will count for plenty.

 

Questions:

How does God see us?
What does valuing ourselves involve?
Why is this a difficult balance?

 

It is a 5th Sunday this weekend which has meant in the past, a messy church, but as Ruth is away in we’ve decided to revert back to what we used to do – this means, a bring and share breakfast – so it’s anyones guess what it will be although, I happen to know there will be sausages, pancakes, toast, juice, fresh coffee (our new machine is fab!) and pots of hot tea… wonder what else there’ll be?

It is one of my favourite readings this week… see below… and in my opinion one of the most important and one of the hardest to do… I am interested to see what we make of it in our discussion times.

The children will be sitting with us this week throughout the morning, even the worship leader will be sitting with us, at the table, rather than in the corner.  Love our church so much – every week is different!

See you tomorrow!

 

 

Matthew 22:34-46 The Message (MSG)

The Most Important Command

34-36 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: “Teacher, which command in God’s Law is the most important?”

37-40 Jesus said, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.’ This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: ‘Love others as well as you love yourself.’ These two commands are pegs; everything in God’s Law and the Prophets hangs from them.”

David’s Son and Master

41-42 As the Pharisees were regrouping, Jesus caught them off balance with his own test question: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said, “David’s son.”

43-45 Jesus replied, “Well, if the Christ is David’s son, how do you explain that David, under inspiration, named Christ his ‘Master’?

God said to my Master,
    “Sit here at my right hand
    until I make your enemies your footstool.”

“Now if David calls him ‘Master,’ how can he at the same time be his son?”

46 That stumped them, literalists that they were. Unwilling to risk losing face again in one of these public verbal exchanges, they quit asking questions for good.

This Sunday we are pleased to be able to announce that the wonderful Keane family have stepped into Team D position taking over from Colin and Diana who are soon moving to be closer to family.  We are immensely grateful to both Colin and Diana for their faithful and loyal service in the two years they have been with us and we wish them all the best for their move.  I have told them about the ‘replacement’ clause in the contract they didn’t sign… but they just laughed like they thought I was joking! 😉

This weeks song choices are below, we will have Charlie on keys and Julie on percussion.  Neil and I are on a weeks holiday break by the seaside, so no sax or guitar this week.  See, every cloud and all that!

 

 

 

 

 

The reading is:

Matthew 22:15-22 The Message

Paying Taxes

15-17 That’s when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod’s followers mixed in, to ask, “Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don’t pander to your students. So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

18-19 Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, “Why are you playing these games with me? Why are you trying to trap me? Do you have a coin? Let me see it.” They handed him a silver piece.

20 “This engraving—who does it look like? And whose name is on it?”

21 They said, “Caesar.”

“Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his.”

22 The Pharisees were speechless. They went off shaking their heads.

 

Ruth will be with the children doing all the fun stuff.  What would we do without her!

 

See you next week!

Looking forward to Team Martha’s (yes, we have new names for the Teams! They chose them themselves!) contribution this coming week.  It’s a wedding feast!

The songs, chosen by the team and the reading are below.  There is a new, to us, song, so do watch the video in time for next week and we can sing our hearts out!

Do remember to check out the calendar of events too.

Team Martha
Fred and Noelle Beaumont.

 

 

 

Matthew 22:1-14 The Message

The Story of the Wedding Banquet

22 1-3 Jesus responded by telling still more stories. “God’s kingdom,” he said, “is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn’t come!

“He sent out another round of servants, instructing them to tell the guests, ‘Look, everything is on the table, the prime rib is ready for carving. Come to the feast!’

5-7 “They only shrugged their shoulders and went off, one to weed his garden, another to work in his shop. The rest, with nothing better to do, beat up on the messengers and then killed them. The king was outraged and sent his soldiers to destroy those thugs and level their city.

8-10 “Then he told his servants, ‘We have a wedding banquet all prepared but no guests. The ones I invited weren’t up to it. Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone you find to the banquet.’ The servants went out on the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on—every place filled.

11-13 “When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted a man who wasn’t properly dressed. He said to him, ‘Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that!’ The man was speechless. Then the king told his servants, ‘Get him out of here—fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn’t get back in.’

14 “That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’”

Hello again,

on Sunday 8th October at 10 am we are welcoming John, Pete and Julie who are one of our Leadership Teams to lead the worship (and provide those yummy sausages!)

Here are the songs that they have chosen:

 

 

Our reading is taken from Matthew 21: 33-46

Parable of the Evil Farmers

33 “Now listen to another story. A certain landowner planted a vineyard, built a wall around it, dug a pit for pressing out the grape juice, and built a lookout tower. Then he leased the vineyard to tenant farmers and moved to another country. 34 At the time of the grape harvest, he sent his servants to collect his share of the crop. 35 But the farmers grabbed his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. 36 So the landowner sent a larger group of his servants to collect for him, but the results were the same.

37 “Finally, the owner sent his son, thinking, ‘Surely they will respect my son.’

38 “But when the tenant farmers saw his son coming, they said to one another, ‘Here comes the heir to this estate. Come on, let’s kill him and get the estate for ourselves!’ 39 So they grabbed him, dragged him out of the vineyard, and murdered him.

40 “When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”

41 The religious leaders replied, “He will put the wicked men to a horrible death and lease the vineyard to others who will give him his share of the crop after each harvest.”

42 Then Jesus asked them, “Didn’t you ever read this in the Scriptures?

‘The stone that the builders rejected
    has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
    and it is wonderful to see.’[i]

43 I tell you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation that will produce the proper fruit. 44 Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.[j]

45 When the leading priests and Pharisees heard this parable, they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. 46 They wanted to arrest him, but they were afraid of the crowds, who considered Jesus to be a prophet​.

Questions:

Can you think of a time when someone said something that you agreed with initially (maybe you were listening to a talk, Christian or otherwise) and then uncomfortably thought “Well, I wonder if that applies to me me?”.
Did that change your view point?
What point was Jesus making?
Does it have any relevance to Fairfield Church and the wider Church of Jesus Christ today?

Fairfield Church Oct 1st 2017

Thank you to everyone who took part in last weeks birthday celebrations.  It was wonderful to have Bishop John with us to join in the service too.

 

This week is communion with our friend, Rev. Julian Bomyer and we are very grateful to Mandy for providing breakfast this week too.

 

This is what we will be singing…

 

Matthew 21:23-32 The Message

23 Then he was back in the Temple, teaching. The high priests and leaders of the people came
up and demanded, “Show us your credentials. Who authorized you to teach here?”

24-25 Jesus responded, “First let me ask you a question. You answer my question and I’ll answer yours. About the baptism of John—who authorized it: heaven or humans?”

25-27 They were on the spot and knew it. They pulled back into a huddle and whispered, “If we say ‘heaven,’ he’ll ask us why we didn’t believe him; if we say ‘humans,’ we’re up against it with the people because they all hold John up as a prophet.” They decided to concede that round to Jesus. “We don’t know,” they answered.

Jesus said, “Then neither will I answer your question.

28 “Tell me what you think of this story: A man had two sons. He went up to the first and said, ‘Son, go out for the day and work in the vineyard.’

29 “The son answered, ‘I don’t want to.’ Later on he thought better of it and went.

30 “The father gave the same command to the second son. He answered, ‘Sure, glad to.’ But he never went.

31-32 “Which of the two sons did what the father asked?”

They said, “The first.”  Jesus said, “Yes, and I tell you that crooks and whores are going to precede you into God’s kingdom. John came to you showing you the right road. You turned up your noses at him, but the crooks and whores believed him. Even when you saw their changed lives, you didn’t care enough to change and believe him.

 

Questions:

Have you ever been challenged about whether you are allowed to be somewhere?  Perhaps on private property, or in a club, or in the ‘wrong’ part of a building? Tell your own story – focusing on how it felt to be challenged.

We should work hard, not just to say that everyone is welcome and belongs, but to make sure that everyone really feels that they are welcome and do belong.  How can we do a better job of that here?

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been urged to forgive as many times as it takes; to follow a certain system for addressing inappropriate behaviour and today is a manifesto to welcome into our church, our homes and our lives those whom the world rejects as outcasts.    How can we help each other to do that?

It is our SECOND birthday today!

We welcome The Keane’s, Sally, Sean and girls to lead us in worship today along with Charlie, Julie, Neil and Sarah in the band and Ruth to lead the children’s worship.

There will be cake and sausages and toast and fresh coffee as usual as well as oodles of freshly brewed tea!

It was lovely to have a surprise visit from Richard Sandland last week and a special first star appearance from Baby Roud along with Mum and Dad, Philip and Sylvie!

 

 

 

 

 

This week’s scripture is bound to raise some great questions about how we could be following Jesus, but of course, you’ll have to be here to know what they are!   We are choosing the songs on Wednesday, so I’ll update this post then, when we know what we’re doing.

Matthew 20:1-16 The Message

A Story About Workers

20 1-2 “God’s kingdom is like an estate manager who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. They agreed on a wage of a dollar a day, and went to work.

3-5 “Later, about nine o’clock, the manager saw some other men hanging around the town square unemployed. He told them to go to work in his vineyard and he would pay them a fair wage. They went.

5-6 “He did the same thing at noon, and again at three o’clock. At five o’clock he went back and found still others standing around. He said, ‘Why are you standing around all day doing nothing?’

“They said, ‘Because no one hired us.’

“He told them to go to work in his vineyard.

“When the day’s work was over, the owner of the vineyard instructed his foreman, ‘Call the workers in and pay them their wages. Start with the last hired and go on to the first.’

9-12 “Those hired at five o’clock came up and were each given a dollar. When those who were hired first saw that, they assumed they would get far more. But they got the same, each of them one dollar. Taking the dollar, they groused angrily to the manager, ‘These last workers put in only one easy hour, and you just made them equal to us, who slaved all day under a scorching sun.’

13-15 “He replied to the one speaking for the rest, ‘Friend, I haven’t been unfair. We agreed on the wage of a dollar, didn’t we? So take it and go. I decided to give to the one who came last the same as you. Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Are you going to get stingy because I am generous?’

16 “Here it is again, the Great Reversal: many of the first ending up last, and the last first.”

We are looking forward to welcoming John, Peter and Julie to Fairfield Church, Evesham on Sunday morning as our Chief Breakfast Cooks and Worship Leaders!  Julie sources some remarkable sausages so I’m a bit excited about that.

Last week, Ruth Axten provided more wonderful children’s worship, including, no less a table tennis table!

The worship band will be a quiet affair this week with possible just Sarah on guitar and vocals, but we’re also sort of hoping that Julie may pop in to provide much loved percussion… Julie?

There will too of course be questions and prayers – we are a church after all!

Almost back in full flow now after the August holiday… Playlist below

Also the calendar is being updated so check it out for our latest activities…

 

 

Incidentally, it is back to church on Sunday, anyone you know who hasn’t been for a while who would love our community?

 

The reading is:

Matthew 18:21-35 The Message
A Story About Forgiveness

21 At that point Peter got up the nerve to ask, “Master, how many times do I forgive a brother or sister who hurts me? Seven?”

22 Jesus replied, “Seven! Hardly. Try seventy times seven.

23-25 “The kingdom of God is like a king who decided to square accounts with his servants. As he got under way, one servant was brought before him who had run up a debt of a hundred thousand dollars. He couldn’t pay up, so the king ordered the man, along with his wife, children, and goods, to be auctioned off at the slave market.

26-27 “The poor wretch threw himself at the king’s feet and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ Touched by his plea, the king let him off, erasing the debt.

28 “The servant was no sooner out of the room when he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him ten dollars. He seized him by the throat and demanded, ‘Pay up. Now!’

29-31 “The poor wretch threw himself down and begged, ‘Give me a chance and I’ll pay it all back.’ But he wouldn’t do it. He had him arrested and put in jail until the debt was paid. When the other servants saw this going on, they were outraged and brought a detailed report to the king.

32-35 “The king summoned the man and said, ‘You evil servant! I forgave your entire debt when you begged me for mercy. Shouldn’t you be compelled to be merciful to your fellow servant who asked for mercy?’ The king was furious and put the screws to the man until he paid back his entire debt. And that’s exactly what my Father in heaven is going to do to each one of you who doesn’t forgive unconditionally anyone who asks for mercy.”

 

See you on Sunday!