Virtual Sunday Services 26/04/20

Pastor David Fielding

Dear Castlefields Friends,

We pray that the Lord will “..make His face to shine upon us”  as we once again meet together while we are apart.

Here are the hymns and other details for tomorrow’s services along with a children’s handout sheet for young families.

Every blessing.
David.

Download children’s notes: AM children’s sheet.

Download AM & PM hymn sheet: http://castlefieldschurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/C-News17-260420.pdf

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message with Pastor David Fielding; PM message with Richard Carvell.

These messages are now available on Spotify & Apple Podcasts.

Virtual Sunday Services 19/04/20

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Attached are the details for our services today:

  • A hymn sheet showing the Bible Readings & Sermon titles.
  • An activity sheet (a crossword) for the children to complete, based on the morning Bible passage & sermon. 

We pray for a day of true blessing from the Lord.
David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee 

Download children’s notes: AM children’s sheet.

Download AM & PM hymn sheet: http://castlefieldschurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/C-News13-190420.pdf

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM message with Pastor David Fielding; PM message with David Sherwood.

***The website team is aware there are issues with the RSS feed for those of you listening on Apple Podcast, Spotify or another podcast player. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible. Thank you.***

Transcript of Good Friday Message in Chinese

Castlefields Church Good Friday service 10-4-2020 中文版

马太福音 27:27-54

耶稣:最终的牺牲

阅读马太福音27章前后,我们先思考整个事件的背景,然后集中在27-54 中最后的第九时(下午三点左右)耶稣大声的呼喊。最后考虑对我们的生活的启示。

  • 耶稣在园中忧愁,极其难过。 马太26 v36 园中的祈祷。他在祈祷中挣扎着“我父啊,倘若可行,求你叫这杯离开我”最终发出了美好而充满爱的牺牲的请求“然而不要照我的意思,只要照你的意思”。
  • 逃跑的使徒。路加22 记录了使徒彼得三次不认主,出逃痛哭。
  • 耶稣在审判时对犹太祭司长,彼拉多,和希律的回应。路加22-23
  • 耶稣被判定十字架后受鞭刑,被士兵藐视戏弄,给他头上戴了荆棘扭做的王冠。路加23
  • 路加23,耶稣赴刑场时已经极其虚弱,以至于不得不由另一个人帮他背着十字架。

耶稣被钉十字架是早上九点,他整整被钉在上面6个小时。开始的3个小时里,有三件事被记录在圣经中:

当他被钉在十字架上时,尽管剧烈痛苦一定遍及全身,他却没有为自己的痛苦哭号,反而为周围的人祈祷,“父阿,赦免他们。因为他们所作的,他们不晓得。”路加23。并不只是为周围的士兵,更是为了周围的祭祀等人的祈祷。

当他看到他的母亲玛丽时,对玛丽和约翰说“母亲,看你的儿子”“看你的母亲”。约翰19。耶稣既是完全人又是完全神,可以完全体会人心和情感。

在他旁边被钉在十字架上的两个强盗之一,开了眼,意识到自己是罪人,转身对耶稣说“我主,求你记念我”。耶稣以慈悲和怜悯回应“我实在告诉你,今日你要同我在乐园里了”。

之后从正午,第6至9时,遍地都黑暗了。耶稣直到第9时(下午3点)“大声喊着说,我的神,我的神,为什么离弃我”。这是耶稣第一次这样的呼喊。这里并没有写道其他任何人,只有耶稣和父。这之间发生了什么,是不寻常的,极严肃的变化。

为什么大声呼喊

耶稣在这里没有用“我父”而用了“我的神”,这样大声的,绝望的呼喊,他在之后的这三个小时中经历了什么?他喊了两次“我的神”,可以感受到他累积的痛苦爆发出来以至于难以忍受。他大喊“为什么离弃我”,耶稣自世界之初就与上帝在一起,作为永恒的神,与父的亲近的关系也是永恒的,在这一刻这种最丰富最温暖最亲近的关系却消失切断了。他是为了我们被父离弃,在这时没有人来帮他,没有天使,没有自天国的声音和微笑,他替我们承受了被上帝谴责的罪人的可怕折磨。在十字架上,耶稣替我们承受了罪人的惩罚,我们才能在耶稣中被上帝所接受。正如耶稣所说过“我是好牧人,好牧人为羊舍命” 约翰10:11。上帝爱人,他献出自己的儿子拯救世人。

我们能从中学到什么

1 罪的严重性

罪将我们与上帝分离。我们从出生就因为继承了亚当的堕落本性而与上帝分离。罪是内心的态度,罪是与上帝为敌,敌视,挑衅,反对上帝的意志,与爱正相反。爱是愿成为他人的祝福,罪是极度的自我。耶稣唤我们得救赎,我们也为那些无视上帝的人忧虑。我们要时常互相警醒,不要忽略救主的召唤。

罪是不被上帝所忍受的,十字架的惩罚显示了罪的严重,终会受到正义的惩戒,我们作为基督徒也是会犯罪,但是我们要记得并时刻感激上帝,耶稣为我们赎了罪,并时常惊醒自己,罪的严重。

2 在耶酥里的安乐

赎罪要付出代价,耶稣为我们付出了赎罪的价。我们每日的义也由耶稣提供。耶稣的义,像长袍一样包裹我们,上帝才会对他的儿子一样对待我们。 耶稣赎了我们的罪,用他的义包裹着我们,这是他给我们的巨大福分。 圣经中写道“上帝使那无罪的,替我们成罪,好叫我们在他里面成为上帝的义” 哥林多后书5:21。我们在耶酥里借他的义被上帝所接受,我们应时刻谨记唯有凭着耶稣的义,由他才能进入上帝的国,在耶酥里和上帝和解。

3 在耶稣我们的大祭司喜乐

耶稣在十字架上经历了任何人都无法体会的黑暗和痛苦,他足以理解同情我们的所有感受,我们或许有时会觉得无望,痛苦,但是要转向耶稣,向他求告,因为耶稣作为我们的大祭司,我们和上帝的唯一媒介,是我们的救主。 

4 上帝的恩典

十字架不仅展示了上帝的正义和神圣,还展示了他的恩典。上帝爱世人以至于献出了自己的独子“神既不爱惜自己的儿子为我们众人舍了,岂不也把万物和他一同白白地赐给我们吗”罗马书8:32。

Virtual Sunday Services at Castlefields Church – Sunday 12/04/20

Dear Castlefields Friends,

Attached is our “C News” No 11 with details of our services for tomorrow including Readings & Hymns.

Also attached are “Learning Together Notes” for children — this time, for both morning and evening services. (In the evening there are two levels – ‘younger’ & ‘older’ children’s levels of activity). We trust these will be helpful to our families over Easter.

The second hymn in the evening may not be well known by a number in the church but there is a piano accompaniment, if you click the link below & then click on the video itself. The words are also displayed as the piano is played. https://youtu.be/mMGzXIJBZgw

An additional matter for your interest: Sometime over Easter click on the link below and listen to the full story of Sir James Simpson — a famous Christian who David will mention near the beginning of his morning message. 
https://www.metropolitantabernacle.org/Interested-in-the-Christian-Faith/Christian-Biographies/Discoverer-of-Chloroform

We pray that the day may be very special to us all, as we think about the glory of Christ’s resurrection.

Every blessing.
David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download children’s notes: AM Children’s Sheet; PM Younger Children’s Sheet; PM Older Children’s Sheet.

Download AM & PM hymn sheet: http://castlefieldschurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/C-News11-120420.pdf

You can listen to the messages on the website front page or via these links: AM Message with Pastor David Fielding; PM Message from Peter Leyshon-Jones.

***The website team is aware there are issues with the RSS feed for those of you listening on Apple Podcast, Spotify or another podcast player. We are working to resolve this as soon as possible. Thank you.***

Virtual Good Friday Services at Castlefields Church, 10am

Dear Castlefields friends,

Please see the hymns, reading & some helpful quotations to read through on Good Friday.

Every blessing.
David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee

Download the hymn sheet: http://castlefieldschurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/C-News10-100420.pdf

Listen to the Good Friday service on the website front page or use this link: http://www.castlefieldschurch.org.uk/sermons/Matthew27v27-54_100420amPF.mp3

***PDF link above has now been corrected to show the Good Friday hymns, not last Sundays***

Virtual Sunday Services at Castlefields Church – Sunday 22/03/20

Dear Castlefields friends,

We hope that you will be able to join together for our services tomorrow – not literally, of course, but by accessing our two services on the church websitewww.castlefieldschurch.org.uk . They should be available on the front page (or on Bible Talks) later tonight, in readiness.

It would be really great if everyone could do this at 10.30am and 6.00pm so that there is a real sense of being “together”.

Attached are the hymns that we would like you to sing (or say!) together. The Bible readings are included also.

Please pray before joining the services – and afterwards too. Pray especially for all those badly affected by the current situation, our nation and our leaders. There are prayers on the recording too.

Also attached is a sheet of questions to print off & use with younger children (if you have them!) in the morning.  

We trust that our two messages will be a great blessing to you and that the Lord Jesus will be glorified.

As the weeks go by, we may have other methods of communication on Sundays, but for now we have chosen this method, as easy for us — and easy for you — to access.

Remember to endeavour to keep the Lord’s Day special — everyone is under great strain and the rest of Sunday will be particularly needed by us all.

Every blessing.

David & Richard

Download children’s notes: http://castlefieldschurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/C-Newschildrens-notes220320.docx.pdf

Download AM & PM hymn sheets: http://castlefieldschurch.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/am-pm-services-220320.pdf

IMPORTANT! Coronavirus Update 17/03/20

Things are changing rapidly from day to day but at this point we need to react to Government guidelines in a considered way and in accordance with Romans 13 v 1 – 3. 

Our decision therefore is to: 

Close the midweek meeting tomorrow. But please set aside an hour from 7.30pm to 8.30pm for prayer at home. Tomorrow we will email round some ‘prayer items’ for you to include. In this way, we can all pray together, although physically we are spread apart through the City.

Not to meet at the church on Sunday – we are planning a “virtual service” by use of modern technology where you will be able to join in from home on your computer or device. More details will follow shortly.

Other meetings planned for this week will not take place – “Little Steps”, YP@C etc. 

With much love in the Lord Jesus 

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee


IMPORTANT! Coronavirus Advice 13/03/20

We will continue to hold our meetings and services until advised otherwise (we will not however be visiting the Nursing Homes for services). 

We will take special measures to ensure Communion bread and wine are served individually.

If you have symptoms of the Coronavirus please do not attend any meetings at the church.

If you are in the high-risk category for infection we strongly suggest you consider staying at home also.

Please bring your own Bibles & pens to church – we will be using service sheets (in this way, hymn books & Bibles will not be passed around to prevent infection spreading).

Recordings of the messages preached each week are available on the church website so you can hear Sunday’s messages as soon as they are loaded to the website on Monday.

Those on the “Hospitality Rota” should feel no obligation to provide hospitality to others. 

We remind you of the current guidelines issued by the Government to help prevent infection, namely:

  • Regular hand-washing with soap and water (for the duration of at least 20 secs). 
  • If you have some available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizer at regular intervals.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze, putting used tissues in a bin immediately. 
  • Wash your hands afterwards.
  • Minimise physical contact (hand shaking etc.).
  • Should you experience a new and continuous cough and/or a high temperature you should self-isolate (do not leave your home) for 7 days from when the symptoms first started. 
  • Should symptoms worsen during that time, then you should visit the NHS 111 online service: www.111.nhs.uk. If you do not have internet access, contact the NHS Helpline on 111. 
  • Individuals should assess their own vulnerability if they have underlying or chronic health conditions. 

We will make every attempt to clean and sanitise surfaces such as door handles etc after each meeting so that the church is as clean an environment as possible as we enter the building for the next meeting.

As a church family we must do all we can to protect, help and encourage one another. Please pray for wisdom and that God’s will might be done in these difficult times.

We will update you further as things develop and the Government issues further advice.

Church Elders & Deacons

David, Peter, Richard, Martin & Lee