Church Service on 10 May 2014

misc-022-300x225The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Announcements were given by Winston Bothwell:
*Gavin Henderson reports that preparations are going well for S.E.P. 2014. If applications are in by 19th May, there will be a £50 discount. £200 instead of £250. Staff are needed for various activities and for Dorm Leaders. Please see the S.E.P. website. Please pray for all those involved.

Hymns were led by Bill Wilson:
Hymn 1 – Immortal Invisible
Hymn 2 – Onward Christian Soldiers

Geoff-Sole-introduces-Intercessory-Prayer-300x225Intercessory Prayer was led by Geoff Sole:
*Thankyou that we can come confidently to you. We are very grateful that you love us and hear our prayers. Thankyou that Christ died for us to give us eternal life. You give us very many blessings. Help us all here, and our children and grandchildren, to get to know you more through your Holy Spirit and through your words in the Bible. We pray that people outside will come to know you in due course. The world is in darkness, we must be the light of Christ.
*We ask your help and healing for those with cancer. Ruth Edwards, John
Halford, Judy Harper and Bernie Schnippert.
*We pray for those members unable to be here. Jack Stokes, Margaret Silcox and Valerie Philo.
*Phillip Halford requests prayers for two of his brothers in law. Chris Bailey who has been in hospital, and Ross Beath who has heart problems.
*We pray for all who grieve in Afghanistan following the mudslide.
*Many people suffer in the world because of war. Please bring peace and stability.
*Please help the missing girls in Nigeria to be found soon safe and well.
*We ask your blessing on all the plans for the Conferences, S.E.P. and for Adventure Camp later this year.
*Thankyou again for all you do for us.

Hymn 3 – Rejoice the Lord is King

The Sermon was given by John Stettaford.  As a church we know and understand the Bible much better now, but do we understand as God intended. (What is literal and what is allegoric?) Analogies are to help the reader to understand. All the parables are written in this way. They are about farming and fishing, to relate to the people of that time. God spoke at various times through the prophets, and then through his son.
Hebrews 1:1-2. Isaiah 53:2 tells us that Jesus was not special to look at. He did have one unique quality–Brightness or light. Hebrews 1:3. John 1:6-9. Is this light literal or analogy? Jesus spoke about himself as the light. John 8:12. The true light. John 1:9. When you switch on a light, the darkness is conquered. In John 9:5, Jesus said that as long as he was in the world, he was the light of the world. He is not in the world now. His mission to be lights is now on us. We must take on the role of being beacons. Christians are to illuminate the world as his representatives. We must be the tools that he can use. In the life to come, people who know us may get a head start in God’s Kingdom. We must prepare ourselves for service. Many Christians are yet to start. God help us all.

The Final Hymn was Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken, after which the Closing prayer was given by Phillip Halford.   Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

The Young Peoples Church took place during the Sermon time and today looked at the last things Jesus did on earth before He ascended to heaven. We read the events when Jesus was on the Lake shore while some of His followers were fishing overnight. They caught nothing until Jesus told them to put the net on the other side of the boat; then they had a massive catch. Jesus had a barbecue meal prepared for them on the beach after which He reminded them especially Peter, that they must feed and look after the flock. There were 2 games for the young people which involved catching cardboard fish and seeing who could catch the most in the shortest time. The teachers were Caroline and Peter


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