There was a Church Service on 18 April 2015 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Winston Bothwell

2015-04-18 David gives the SermonAnnouncements were given by David Silcox and included:
*We are sad to announce the death of Eunice Archer from Birmingham, wife of Frank Archer, a Deacon there.  The funeral is Tuesday 28th April.
*Victor Francis has also died.  Vic is sister of Irene Tibbenham, Congregational Leader of the Norwich Congregation.  Vic leaves a wife and three young children.
*Mary McConnel of Northern Ireland has also died.  She was the wife of Ron McConnel.  They had only been married for three years.
*Two of GCI’s US Elders have also died recently.  These are very sad announcements, and we ask that you pray for their families who are grieving.

Nancy leading hymns on powerpointHymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Count Your Blessings
Hymn 2.  10,000 Reasons 

Speaking of Life Video Clip from Dr. Joseph Tkach entitled ‘Much to be Thankful For’

Hymn 3.  Standing on the Promises
Hymn 4.  Praise Belongs To God

 

 

 

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David Silcox told the congregation about his visit to Thessalonika in Northern Greece, where he and his wife met with church members there.  They held a Lord’s Supper Service and each day had Bible Studies or Services, as well as taking several trips to outlying areas such as Berea and Philippi.  David showed some slides of the trip. 

 

 

 

Bill Wilson leads Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Bill Wilson who began by musing that like gardening, you only get out of life what you’re prepared to put into it.  The most important thing therefore is doing something for others, including Intercessory Prayer: *We come before the throne of grace—a battleground for love, stepping out of our comfort zone for others *We heard the news this morning of Christians being killed, as your word predicted, mistakenly thinking they are doing you a service.  We pray for the safety of Christians around the world, and for the thousands of migrants fleeing persecution and poverty—our hearts go out to them. *Our hearts also go out to those affected by the aeroplane disaster in the alps *We pray for the upcoming elections that you will give politicians hearts for the people, hearts of service, and not greed *We pray for the families of those who have died recently—the archers, McConnels, Victor Francis, and the GCI Elders in the US.  Thank you so much for the knowledge that we have hope of life after death.  Be with their families and their congregations at this sad loss. *Elizabeth is to have an eye operation and we put her into your hands for healing *We pray for Esther Marsden also for healing—she has come through operations and is in critical condition.  Be with her family as well *We thank you, Father, for every blessing.

Hymn 5.  O Give Thanks Unto Our God

bible1The Message was given by David Silcox. He looked over John 13-17 showing the family relationship among Christians with their Father in Heaven and Elder Brother and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Jesus is spoken of by John as the bread of life, the good shepherd, the resurrection, etc., which all lead to ‘the hour has come’ that would lead to the redemption of all mankind, bringing scripture to fulfilment.
The definition of Eternal Life in John 17:3 is to know God, which is why they needed to understand just who Jesus was so that they could understand that Eternal Life was in and through Him.

The final Hymn was The Lord’s My Shepherd (Crimond version) after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson
2015-04-18 Kitchen crew
Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

In Children’s Church they read about David & Goliath and looked at the armour of God.
2015-04-18 Children's Church

 

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