Church Service on 19 July 2014 at 11am 

2014-07-19 George gives announcementsThe Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Jean Sole

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Irene Wilson is not here today as she is not feeling well.
*Rosemary Stokes also not here because Jack is in constant pain
*There will be a Communion Service today *Our welcome to baby Ryan—Elizabeth’s new baby
*Judy and Tom thank everyone for their wards and well wishes.  They are grateful for the blessings of their church Family
*Olive Bowen of the Manchester congregation has died at the age of 93 years
*Susie’s condition is stabilizing and she may be allowed home soon
*Chris Cottee thanks you for the card on his 60th Birthday
*the Bandstand Service in Watford went well last sunday with about 500 attending.
*Linda Holliday, wife of a Pastor in the US, has a melanoma on her eye and requests prayers
*Kalengule’s wife is suffering heart problems and requests prayers

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Blest Be The Tie That binds
Hymn 2.  The church’s One Foundation

2014-07-19 Communion Service-George breaks the breadThe Quarterly Communion Service was conducted by George Henderson.  He reminded us that there are two sacraments—baptism and communion.  1 Corinthians 11 reminds us to do this in remembrance of Jesus.  The bread is a memorial to Jesus’ self-sacrifice, and in the wine a memorial of his death for us.  Communion, or fellowship with God and with each other is through Jesus, the bread from heaven John 6:32, 48, that bread from God that gives life—whoever eats this bread will live forever.  The symbolism affirms our faith in christ, our need for forgiveness and our unity with him, where our strength comes from.  We could say this is a foretaste of the banquet at his return. Mike Barlow asked a blessing over the bread and wine, saying that through your sacrifice we stand before you clean and spotless and without blesmish.  Help us to understand the deep meaning as we participate.

Hymn 3.  By This Shall All Men Know

2014-07-19 James Esom gives the Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayerwas offered by James Esom and included:
*We sing ‘I gladly bow the knee’ and we gladly come before you.  We have so many things to give thank for—children’s church, communion, life, beauty of nature, warm weather, for variety.
*Bless our congregation and our service, our outreach and we thank you for our church, praying for our leaders
*thank you for baby Ryan and we ask your blessing on him and his family
*Bless the preparations for SEP, and upcoming Adventure Camp
*The world is at war and troubled—you see all, and we ask your help as we see such horrible scenes as the four boys killed on the beach.  Bless the aid agencies, and we pray for peace
*The terrible plane crash shocked and horrified the world.  Be with the world situation as bodies are recovered and the investigation of it being shot down takes place.  Be with the grieving relatives of the passengers and crew who died.
*Thank you for Susie recovering and we ask that you continue and heal her completely
*Many are sick, those mentioned in the announcements and others in our congregation including Irene, Margaret, Jack and Valerie; and those in other congregations such as  Ruth Edwards, Victor Francis and Judy Harper.
*Thank you for the life of Olive Bowen and we ask you to comfort her family.

Hymn 4.  Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind

2014-07-19 David gives the SermonThe Message was given by David Silcox on the Theme of this years’ Festivals and Conferences:  Titus 2:10, ‘Making the Good News of the Gospel Attractive’.  The NKJV says ‘adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things’ and other versions say ‘bringing credit to’, etc. How receptive people are to the good news or gospel may depend on your behaviour and speech!  Acts 1:8 says go and be witnesses of Jesus in all the world.  We witness not only by what we write and say, but by our very lives.  Timothy and titus are part of the ‘Pastoral Epistles’, and deal with the conduct of Christians.  It is important for us to set the right example in our Christian behaviour.  Paul says the a Cretian poet said of the Cretians that they were always liars—what is our reputation?  We need to be role models.  Titus gives guidelines such as being blameless, self-controlled, not drunken, etc.  This world has come to consider swearing, immorality, lying, etc. acceptable, but it is not for a Christian.  Titus 1:16 says beware of professing to know God but by our works denying him!  We need to be a pattern of good works Titus 2:7 and denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, to live godly in this present world, verse 12

The final Hymn was One Faith, One Love after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson

2014-07-19 Youth LessonsIn the Young People’s Church, which took place during the Sermon time, the young people looked at an overview of the first half of the Sermon on the Mount. They went through all of the Beatitudes and considered what being salt and being light meant (Matthew 5:1-11, 13-16). They also considered the part in Matthew 6 which encourages us not to worry. Based on Matthew 6:28 which talks about ‘wild flowers’ the young people made some leather flower coasters.  The lesson was led by Geoff and Jean Sole.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

2014-07-19 Elizabeth with new baby Ryan

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