Church Service on 14 June 2014 

The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 
David Brace at the piano before Services

The Opening Prayer was given by Mike Barlow

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. The Servants Prayer
Hymn 2. O Brother Man 

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*The Northampton Social is this afternoon and evening—you will still have time to go up after our Service. The Speaker at their 2pm Service is Domique Alcindor, the Pastor of the Paris, France Congregation
*Plans are well under way for SEP. Camper numbers are still low, so your prayers for the success of this important event will be appreciated.
*24-27 August Adventure Camp will be held in Northamptonshire this year
*Winston Bothwell is away visiting his daughter Susie, who is unwell with low calcium again. Winston needs prayers as well because he has put his back out.
*The card to sign for Michael Marcou is at the front
*Please use common sense with tea & coffee before church, bear in mind health and safety if you go into the kitchen or bring hot drinks into the Church.
*Tom & Judy Harper are celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary soon
*Joe Tkach’s letter is about Father’s Day
*James’ Thought For The Week is regarding the long wait for passports—no passport needed for the Kingdom—we have been fast-tracked to Salvation
George Henderson gives announcements

Hymn 3. If I Have Not Charity
Hymn 4. Ambassadors For Christ 

Intercessory Prayerwas offered by Irene Wilson, who mused that if Ambassador College were to be set up today, it would be in the city centre with soup kitchens and street angels! Because of world conditions we come before God today in Prayer.
*Good morning, Father, and thank you for being here with us today. Thank you for your blessings, for the beautiful sunshine we have enjoyed this week.
*We wish we could share our blessings with our world as we watch Iraq invaded. Our hearts go out to nations caught in extremism and we pray for the apathy in our country. We know the ultimate solution is Jesus Christ, but we need solutions for now as well.
*We see people trying to live their lives under oppression and unrest in Ukraine, and the dreadful situation of women living in constant fear in Africa. Thank you for the hope and for the certainty of a better future
*Thank you for and bless plans for SEP and Adventure Camp. These outreach programmes are valuable ways to reach the hearts of young people. Bless all who support and volunteer help.
*Africa Mills in the US and her husband work in Church Planting. Please be with Africa as she mounts the loss of both of her sisters. Carry her in the palm of your hand and help her to find comfort and solace in you.
*Many in our congregation have health issues and we pray that you would give them a good day with peace and calm, and surround them with love
*Judy, Ruth, John Halford and Michael Marcou are suffering from cancer and we pray for them. We rejoice and give thanks for Judy and tom’s 40th Wedding Anniversary.
*Be with the Bothwell family. Winston has put his back out and Susie is having another crisis as her calcium is dangerously low. We with the family.
*The Halford family is anticipating the birth of Elizabeth’s baby. We pray that the baby will be delivered safely.
*Fathers are so important—you have set the ultimate example. Tomorrow is Father’s Day and we pray for fathers—for their jobs, for their children and we pray for their relationship with you.
*Help us to be Ambassadors for you so that the world may see Jesus in us. 

Hymn 5. Glory To Thy Name

David gives the SermonThe Sermon was given by David Silcox. He addressed some common questions people ask him. The first question concerns the Core Belief of theChurch. We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 1:20-24 says we preach Christ crucified—the power of God and the wisdom of God. But as all Christian Churches also teach this, what makes us different? 1 Corinthians 12:12 says the body of Christ is one body but many members. The key is not what makes different, but how can we use the strengths that God has given us. There is diversity in the body and some of our strengths are:
A love and knowledge of the scriptures—we know our Bibles
Fellowship—we have to kick people out of the tea room after church!
Organization—we are good at organizing and running things-probably why Irene Wilson is moderator of Churches Together for the second time!
How do we and how should we handle our differences among brethren? With Christian behaviour—ask What would Jesus do? The reality of the presence of god among us should form the basis for how we handle differences. If we ‘Proclaim the Name of Jesus’ this means mercy, patience, goodness, justice, etc. (Exodus 34:5) We meet in his name.
Another question is what happens to those who die without hearing about Jesus and Salvation?   Many churches believe that this is the only day of salvation, which gives them an urgency for mission. Our urgency of mission is bourne out of love and compassion. God has it sorted.
What is the Church’s view today on British Israelism or US&BC in Prophecy? Whatever is true and proveable is irrelevant and has nothing to do with the Gospel message and salvation. Remember Colossians 3:11 that there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave or free, etc. and Acts 2 shows that the spirit is poured out on ALL flesh.
Does the Church still anoint for illness? Yes. James 5:14 is still in scripture! We do not say you should not seek medical help. We do not say if you are not healed you lack faith. Not being healed is not evidence of lack of faith.
Do we have a Church Liturgy? No. People are free to celebrate events and worship in ways they find meaningful, whether this is traditional days or events in the life of Christ.
We should be in all things looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith—he is the beginning and the end. 

The final Hymn was Go Ye Therefore Into All The World
after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford 

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

Children’s Church took place during the Sermon . 
Youth Church Collage

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Bricket Wood Bible Study 2011-02-18Friday night 13 June was the last Bricket Wood Bible Study before the summer break. The next one will be in September—an announcement will be made. We met as usual at 7:30 in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre. We looked at the Hallelujah Psalms 113-115, traditionally sung around the Passover time. After the summer break we will continue our journey through Psalms focusing on Messianic Passages. You are welcome to join us at any time. We finished the season with enhanced refreshments after the study.

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