Church Service on Pentecost 8 June 2014 

The Service was held in St. John’s, Radlett at 2pm. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Richard Fowler

Pentecost Service 2014 Announcements were given by David Silcox before he led Hymns and included:
*Diane Batty is suffering pain in her hips and neck and requests prayers
*Michael Marcou who takes care of the Church’s affairs in Greece, has a health issue that requires prayers. We have a card to sign for him.

Hymn 1. I sing The Mighty Power Of God
Hymn 2. Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord
Hymn 3. The Church’s One Foundation 

David then introduced the offering by reading Herews 12:1-2 which says Jesus endured the cross for the joy of salvation for all (Acts 2:18-21). As we give let’s consider the joy that our giving goes toward. 

Offering Music was a lively contemporary version of My Heart Is Filled With Thankfulness with a tin whistle and fiddle.
Sue Ann prays over the offering

Sue Ann Henderson gave a prayer of thanks over the offering, committing the offering to God’s Work here on earth. 

Hymn 4. The Power Of Your Love

Winston Bothwell offers Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayerwas offered by Winston Bothwell, who began by commenting that at this time when people are comemorating the D-Day Landings where soldiers went forth with passion, not holding back, but with a vision of the future, let’s consider that we are a part of God’s army of soldiers to go forth and one of the ways we go is through prayer.
*Thank you for the harvest, the flowers, grains and fruits that are ripening. Help us to be involved in your great spiritual harvest.
*Help us to listen for and hear the still small voice of God. We pray for our Church Leadership, for Joseph Tkach, James Henderson and the pastors and ministers that serve your people. Many of them are aging and we need younger replacements, so we ask that you send young people to train up for a future role of teaching and leading your church into the future.
*So many are facing health issues like dian Batty and Michael Marcou in Greece. Many in our congregation are suffering and we ask that you guide and help them to find relie, whether from physical pain, depression, unemployment or other distresses
*We pray for those involved in local community work, for carers of the elderly, those who work with the abused and others who need our compassion and empathy. Be with the Street Angels to direct, guide and inspire them.
*Thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit and the fruits down through the ages and in us today 

Hymn 5. Holy Spirit, We Welcome You

George Henderson preaching on PentecostThe Sermon was given by George Henderson. He reviewed the events of Acts 1 & 2 as well as the Old Testament shadow that shows the intent from physical harvest then to spiritual harvest now. The festival scroll read on Pentecost was the book of Ruth, a harvest story, and tradition says it was the day of the giving of the law at Mount Sinai, while in Acts 2 the Holy Spirit came to put God’s law within our hearts. In Acts 2:2 the tongues of fire and the rushing wind signify God’s power and presence just as the pillar of fire and the wind that revived the bones in Ezekiel’s valley of dry bones showed God’s power and presence then. We see the effect of this power as Peter, who had cursed and sworn he didn’t know Jesus, here now proclaims him boldly. He proclaims in Acts 2:18-21 that ALL now have access to salvation regardless of race, age and gender. And so the Church was born—happy birthday to you! George read from Romans 15:13, May the God of all hope fill you by the power of his Spirit. 

The final Hymn was Shine, Jesus, Shine
after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Young People Church with their Pentecost paintingsIn Young People’s Church, they talked about the giving of the Holy Spirit and the birth of the Church while they painted pictures depicting Pentecost in Acts 2. 

The Service was followed by High Tea and fellowship.
High Tea after the Pentecost Service

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