Special Church Service on 7 November 2014 at 11am 

The Service, themed ‘Lest We Forget’ was held in St. Peter’s at 10:45 am, in order for us to hold a two minute silence at 11am as this Service was our annual Remembrance Service.
2015-11-07 Sue Ann gives the opening prayer

The Opening Prayer was given by Sue Ann Henderson

2015-11-07 David Silcox leads WorshipHymns were led by David Silcox, who introduced each hymn with a quotation from the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Westminster Abbey:
Hymn 1. For All The Saints
Hymn 2. O God Our Help In Ages Past 

 

Mike Barlow’s Reading was ex excerpt from the poem ‘For The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon including the words:
“They shall grown not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.”
(http://www.greatwar.co.uk/poems/laurence-binyon-for-the-fallen.htm)

David Silcox introduced the 2 Minutes Silence with an audio file of a bugle playing The Last Post and ended it leading Hymn No. 3. Eternal Father, Strong To Save during which an offering basket was passed around to take up an offering for the Royal British Legion 

2015-11-07 Mike Barlow reads 'For The Fallen' & shares ReflectionsMike Barlow shared some Reflections about war and peace speaking of the millions who paid a dreadful price for what they believed in. He reflected about the terrible price of war, that besides the 30 million dead, the horrific injuries, disabilities, loss of limbs, families and the trauma to both body and mind that many suffer as a result. God remembers every one of them, love them and gave His Life for them. We look forward to that day spoken of in Isaiah 2:4, “And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people:   and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nationa shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”

Hymn No. 4. How Great Thou Art

We played a short video-Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life entitled Memorial Day

2015-11-07 George Henderson gives the AnnouncementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*The Offering money on this occasion will go to the Royal British Legion, a charity to help ex-service men and women
*A typhoon has gone through the Philippines and some of our members were affected but are not in need of financial assistance from overseas—for more information, visited the church website at www.gci.org
*There is to be a Churches Together evening tour of St. Albans Cathedral on February 7 at 8pm. There will be refreshments served afterwards. They need numbers by next weekend so please sign the list if you are interested in this excellent event

2015-11-07 Phillip Halford gives the Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford who began by referring to Matthew 5:44 which says we are to love our enemies and do good to those who hate us. God is aware of our conflicts. We wear a poppy to remind us of the terrible cost of war—many Christians wear a cross to remind them of Jesus who paid the ultimate price and will come again to end war forever.
*Thank you for the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ—the greatest sacrifice. Man continues to fight and slaughter, even in the name of Godl.   You must look down in despair awaiting the right time in your plan for restitution
*We wait in patience and faith for your return to put an end to war. We won’t need the poppy any more because of the cross
*We are at war with Satan but you have won the victory for us and we live in your life, your victory
*Be with those who are sick today—you know each one and we ask you to look down in mercy and pray it is your will to heal and/or comfort them. Give us the faith to trust your will

Hymn 5. Lead Us, Heavenly Father, Lead Us
2015-11-07 James Henderson gives the Sermon

The Sermon was given by National Ministry Leader, James Henderson. He spoke about God’s way being the way of love and grace.   Man’s way is to respond to evil with more evil—hate and war and revenge. God’s ultimate response to evil and sin was to send His Son, who died for sinners to pay for their sins to bring reconciliation, healing and peace through the love and mercy and grace that is God. During good times people forget God. We may forget God, but he never forgets us.

The final Hymn was Christ Is Surely Coming
after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson
2015-11-07 Irene Wilson gives the Cosing Prayer

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.
2015-11-07 Fellowship after church2015-11-07 Refreshments after church

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-11-07 Young People's Church with their life jarYoung People’s Church took place during the Sermon time. Today the young people took it in turns to read out loud the story of the good Samaritan which we discussed how it would be told today in a 21st century setting. Then we looked at the account of Mary and Martha and how Jesus had gently explained that there are more vital things than food preparation. We then conducted an experiment where we counted how many new potatoes we could fit in a large glass jar. It held 13 when it was full. We then found we could still fit in a full packet of dried black-eyed beans until they reached the top. We then found we could fit in half of a large bag of table salt. Even though full to the top, we could then gently pour in half a litre of water. We pretended it was our life, and the things we spend our time on. The potatoes represented the most important things we couldn’t live without, on down to the smallest things. The young people chose the order of priority. The things of less importance like computer games were like the salt and water. You can fit them in after the big things are done, but if you fill your time with the salt, you will not have time for the most important things. Our jar, when full contained the ingredients for a nourishing meal, if cooked. If we had put the salt in first, it would be useless for anything except maybe defrosting the path in the winter.

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