Church Service on 2 August 2014 at 11am 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore

George Henderson giving AnnouncementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson:
*Applications for Adventure Camp must be in very soon now. This takes place in Northamptonshire over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Please contact Geoff Sole for details.
*After 2 chemotherapy sessions, the tumours in Victor Francis’s liver have significally reduced. He is still very ill and in pain. Thankyou for your prayers but please keep praying for him and his family.
*James Henderson reports that there is a wonderful atmosphere at S.E.P. There are 80 campers from different backgrounds and all learning the good things about Christianity. Please continue to pray for safety and good weather.
*We have recently being praying for 3 members in the U.S.A. Sadly we announce the death of Dean Williams and Ginny Deitrich. Dean’s son Greg thanks everyone for their prayers, and says how much he will miss his dad. Please remember his family. Ginny’s husband Larry, also thanks everyone for their prayers. Ginny died peacefully on July 22nd. Larry is relieved that she will no longer have to suffer anymore treatment for cancer. Please pray for comfort for him and their family.
*We have very good news about John Halford. Scans show that he is free from cancer and will not need any more chemo. Please pray now that he will regain his health and strength again very soon.
*August 4th is the date when the first world war began 100 years ago. It was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but still wars go on all over the world. Our service today has been planned to think about this and remember all those who died.

IMAG0204Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson
Hymn 1 – God of Grace and God of Glory
Hymn 2 – Great is thy Faithfulness

There were two Readings:  George Campbell and Bill Wilson each read a poem about the Great War.

Hymn 3 – Be Still

Irene giving the opening prayerIntercessory Prayer was led by Irene Wilson:
*Many of our congregation had grandfathers or great grandfathers who fought in the war. We wonder what impact it had on their children. We do know that all the dead will live again one day. We see the lovely atmosphere at the Commonwealth Games, and wish the world could solve its problems through sport and not bloodshed. We know that you are with us at all times. Thankyou Holy One.
*Help S.E.P. to continue to go very well. Thankyou that the wonderful atmosphere is full of your Holy Spirit. It is a great outreach to young people.
*We know that Victor Francis is in your hands and making progress. We thank you and ask you to heal him and help his family.
*We thank you for the good news for John Halford. Restore him to full health and bless his family. They are a great example to us all.
*Thank you for such a quick recovery for Graham following surgery. We are so pleased to have him back with us this week.
*We remember the Schnippert family. Please heal them and give them courage. Please comfort the grieving families of Dean Williams and Ginny Deitrich. Jesus gave his life for us and was resurrected. Thankyou.
*The Bothwell family have gone on holiday. Susie continues to need daily monitoring. Help them all to enjoy their time together. We pray for your continued help for Jack Stokes, Judy Harper, Valerie Philo and Margaret Silcox. Don’t let them feel alone, they are loved by us and you.
*We pray for George Henderson who is waiting for heart surgery. Please restore him to full health, and we thank him for all he does for us and our church.
*We remember the first war. Mournful mankind has learned nothing. They are swift to shed blood. We don’t know peace without you. We pray that the ceasefires will hold and women and children can flee the violence we have seen this week. We long for Christ’s return.
*You hear us and understand our hearts and love us. We are humbly grateful.

Hymn 4 – Lord Reign in Me
Hymn 5 – Lord I come to You

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The Sermon was given by Cliff Neill.
Both of Cliff’s grandfathers served in the war. He remembers them well and is thankful to have known them, and can pluck something positive from all the negative. We must remember what the Holy One has done for us and give thanks. We should remember the aftermath of Pentecost. The Feast of first fruits. We are the first fruits. We pray for the Kingdom to come, but it is in all of us now. We read in Galations 2:20, that this was Paul’s life, and now ours. Paul wrote “Christ lives in me”. We can say the same. It transcends this world. Unfortunately we can get in the way and sometimes blunder. It means letting go and letting God. God is not interested in performance, and flesh gets cancelled out this way. Jesus was totally God and totally human.
In Luke 19:19-20, we read that when Jesus ate the bread and drank the wine, he said “this is My body and My blood given for you”. The disciples absorbed those elements and they became part of them. Part of our DNA today. John 6:51,56-57. Our life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:1-4. We must rid ourselves of everything that blocks our faith. Then we can have the power in our earthen vessels, our bodies, and be able to reach out to others as Peter did at Pentecost.2 Corinthians 4:7. Let Christ take over. Ephesians 3:14-21. We must remain tight to the vine and bear fruit. John 15:1-5. This is awesome. We should take time to pause and think about us, the first fruits.

The Final Hymn was Name of all Majesty, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Tony Shevlane.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.

Young Peoples Church is taking a break for all of August, resuming in September.

 

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