Church Service on 22 February 2014

The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am.

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

George Henderson gives the SermonHymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1 – Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven
Hymn 2 – Great is the Lord

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Reg Moore, a founder member of the Southampton church, died on 12th February. He had been a Deacon for 40 years. Please remember his family as his funeral takes place on the 27th February.
*Also please pray for the family and friends of Tom Stadnik of our Perth congregation, who has died.
*George’s elderly neighbour Joan had a fall. Please pray for her.
*We have no update about May, who needed her passport back so that she could go to China to visit her very ill mother.
*The Northampton church invites everyone to their social on 14th June. The service will start at 2.30p.m.

Hymn 3 – Name Of All Majesty

Winston Bothwell introduces Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
*There has been much in the news this week of problems here and around the world. One item in the newpaper caught Winston’s eye. It was about a 6 year old boy called Reese who was diagnosed with cancer. After treatment, he seemed to be clear but it returned. Now aged 11, he has decided not to have anymore treatment, but just to let nature take its course. Winston said that no child should have to face such a decision. How can anyone explain why these things happen. It puts our own problems into perspective.
*We see spring flowers now all around us, and thank you for your wonderous creation and the seasons. Help us keep alive the hope for our future.
*We have seen terrible things in Ukraine this week. Please comfort the injured and bereaved. Please guide the negotiations to bring peace.
*Please help our government to act swiftly to help people affected by the floods. The land could take years to recover, and jobs will be lost. Some are not insured and can even lead some to suicide. You created the system of nature, please heal the land and move the jetstream north.
*Please comfort the families of Reg Moore and Tom Stadnik. Thank you for their long service to our church.
*We continue to ask for healing for those in slow decline with cancer. Bernie Schnippert, Lexi Ellis, Judy Harper and Phyllis Kelly.
*Also please heal 5 year old Abigail Feazel and Reese.
*Help May and her husband to get their passports through in time to see her mother.
*Irene and Sueann are still unable to be here with us today. Please heal them and Sue’s neighbour Joan.
*Please help George with his health problems, and bring David and Nancy safely back from their holiday.
*Help the persecuted Christians worldwide to remain strong.
*We are an ageing congregation. Please give us peace and direction in life. We do have some young people here. We want them to develop a love for you through their lessons. Keep them healthy, and to avoid the dangers and pressure of drink and drugs.
*We thank you, the great God of the universe, for your interest in our lives. You have a wonderful plan for all. Help us to share that vision with others through the example in our lives.

Hymn 4 – I, The Lord Of Sea And Sky
Hymn 5 – Guide Me O Thou Great Redeemer
2014-02-22 Maggie Mitchell speaking

The Message was given by Maggie Mitchell about Facts.  We spend a lot of our lives learning, and what we learn changes our lives. We learn a lot of facts and sometimes have to take exams on them.  We have access to so many facts today. It can take some of us a long
time to learn new things and change our thinking. Great debates have gone on all through history like the flat earth belief. It was a literal interpretation of the metaphorical language of the Bible. Daniel 4:10-11. Isaiah 40:22. Psalm 104:5. Psalm 96:10. People once thought that the Earth was the centre of our universe and not the sun.  In Genesis 1:14-18, we read that God made 2 great lights in the sky.  Verse 16. The moon reflects, it does not shine. At the time of Galileo, people could not accept these facts. Sometimes we look at the old and
reject the new. Or do the opposite and jump on the bandwagon. Or try to reconcile old with new. What can we be certain of? Job thought he knew things when he talked to his friend. Job 13:1-2. We are often surprised at God’s answer to our prayers. Job thought that he didn’t need to be called to account. He wanted God to hear and answer him, but where would
he find Him? Job 31:35. 23:3-5. Job knew that all power was in God’s hands. He also knew for certain that his redeemer lived and that he would see him one day. 19:25-27. All through the Old Testament are references about a redeemer coming. Job did not know that his redeemer was Christ. John 1:14. Ephesians 1:7. In Job chapters 28-41, God confronts Job and reveals Himself to him. Job learns for a fact that with God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26. Jeremiah 32:17.  Job then answers God. Job 42:1-2. Now he knows. Facts on their own are not enough, they can change. Wisdom, love and compassion are needed to
make use of them. There will always be new things to learn.

The Final Hymn was Crown Him With Many Crowns after which the Closing Prayer was given by Phillip Halford.

Children’s Church took place during the sermon time.
2014-02-22 Children's Church

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