Church Service on 27 September 2014 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

David with announcementsAnnouncements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Linda Zehetmayr’s funeral will be on Monday.  Please pray for the family.
*David Philo, son of Wendy & Martyn Philo and grandson of Valerie Philo, underwent major surgery on his back recently and all went well.  Prayers are requested for him and his family.
*John Halford is growing weaker and requests prayers as new tumours have appeared and his speech is slurred.
*Margaret Silcox is back in hospital with a lung infection.  She turned 89 yesterday. *Denominational Headquarters in the United Stated, G.C.I., is planning meetings to restructure Church Administration on the retirement of several key people. Ted Herlofson has died.  There is a card to sign for him.
*James Henderson’s ‘Thought For The Week’ is on the ‘rhetoric of hate’
Shirley Henderson leads hymns while David Brace plays piano

Hymns were led by Shirley Henderson, wife of WCG/GCI National Director, James.:
Hymn 1.  The King Of Love My Shepherd Is
Hymn 2.  Be Still ForThe Presence Of The Lord
Blessing of child

A Blessing of a child was asked by James Henderson.  The parents are a couple from South Africa, now living in the UK.  James began by talking about the world in distress, the churhes in Africa, the Iraq situation and mentioned the South African SEP.  He asked for prayers regarding his planned visit to our Moroccan members in December as travel warnings include Morocco.  Paul and Katherine Clifford came forward with their daughter Ella, Katherine’s mother, Georgie Murphy, and of course baby Jacob.  James prayed over the baby asking God’s blessing on him and his family.  He read Psalm 67:1-2 (NIV UK) “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us – so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”  The world is blessed by Christians extending God’s grace to and through us.

Hymn 3.  He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands

Geoff Sole with Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayerwas offered by Geoff Sole, who began by reading Philippians 4:6 in the Message Bible, “Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.”  This session of prayer included:
*We bow before you with thanks that we can come in prayer and for your many blessings, for your Son, Jesus Christ, and your endless love and guiding Spirit.
*Thank you for the wonderful creation, whose beauty inspires us and enhances our worship.
*We pause to think of those people who do not know you and do not read your word that would bring them to the knowledge of you.  We ask that you guide us to reach out to them and pray that you would work through us.
*Our hearts ache at the troubled situation in Iraq.  Millions of innocent people are caught up in the effects of war and oppression.  Be with the international community to help them reach out with mercy.  We pray for the politicians and world leaders as they work to bring a cessation of war, to bring peace.
*The ebola virus is going on and on in West Africa and we pray healing for the ill and protection for the health care workers and comfort for those bereaved.  Be with Pastor Brown in Liberia and the Church there.
*Ted Herlofson’s death has brought sadness and we pray for the family as they grieve
*Comfort the family of Linda Zehetmayr as they plan her funeral on Monday.
*Be with John Halford and bring him healing
*Be with Margaret silcox in hospital and help her to recover from this lung infection. David Philo is 16 years old and has had a serious operation on his spine.  We pray earnestly for his recovery and ask your help as he continues to struggle with disability
*Please bless the preparations for the Paignton and Bridlington Festivals and help them to go well
*Be with preparations for the Denominational Conference at the end of October *Please bless the reorganization of GCI administration.  Guide them in their decisions
*We rejoice over SEP with its baptisms and outreach, and Adventure Camp and pray that their influence may continue on through the year as you lead and guide the young people to a relationship with you.  Thank you for our children and we do ask a blessing upon them

Hymn 4.  Meekness And Majesty
Hymn 5.  Just As I Am
Linda's scripture reading

There was a Scripture Reading by Linda Halford of Isaiah 66:1-2 and 10-13, which speaks of having a humble attitude as a little child.

James Henderson gives the sermonThe Message was given by James Henderson, the National Director of WCG/GCI in the UK and Europe.  He spoke about ‘Preparing Your Children For Transformation In Christ.’  He used a plumbing analogy of unblocking a drain to let the influence of Jesus work freely.  Using the word PLUG, he gave us four points to help us in working with our children: P-ray for them every day.  Prayer is a participation in the purpose of God.  You cannot ‘change’ even children, only lead, guide and influence—it is God who changes.  Our children are spiritual too and we need to engage and encourage them in their journey. L-isten to your children.  The maxim ‘children should be seen and not heard’ is in error.  God does not deal with his children that way, he listens and hears when we cry out to him. U-nderstand our children.  Understand how they think and their distresses and desires.  Deal with them according to knowledge (1 Peter 3:7).  Remember, Colossians 3:21 warns not to provoke children to anger or they will become discouraged. G-race.  don’t leave your Christian values at Church!  Our children belong to God and we have the privilege of participating in preparing our children for transformation in Christ—grace transforms. Give more grace (James 4:6) Pull the P.L.U.G.

The final Hymn was Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson
Fellowship over coffee

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

There was no Children’s Church this week, but the children had a little party with Jo Esom in the small room during the Sermon time.  There will not be Children’s Church for the next two weeks, until after the Paignton Festival.

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