There was a Church Service on 2 January 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom
2016-01-02 George Henderson gives announcements

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Happy New Year 2016
*Next week, 9 January, there will be Communion during our Service
*Pushpa Moti died Tuesday 29 December in India.  Pushpa was a long time member and Deaconess in the Birmingham congregation.
*Phyllis Kelly died last Saturday and her funeral will be Tuesday, 12 January
*Jack Stokes is now in Heath House, Bushey
*Congratulations to Elizabeth Halford on her engagement to Jason!

Nancy in April 2008Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  I Cannot Tell
Hymn 2.  Ten Thousand Reasons

Video Clip:  Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life—New Year

Hymn 3.  Morning Has Broken
Hymn 4.  Day by Day

James Esom with Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by James Esom.  Hebrews 4:16 tells us to come to God for help in time of need and so we pray together:
*It is such a blessing to be at church today where we can pray for the persecuted who meet in fear, and for those who are not able to get to a church meeting
*Now in 2016 we pray for your blessing on this New Year *We pray for those facing floods and wars and trials of all kinds *Thank you for Young People’s Church and bless the teachers as well as the children
*Thank you for the emergency services such as ambulance, fire and police—we we ask your blessing and protection on them
*We pray for Jack and his family.  for Valerie, Graham, Rebecca and Peter Buckley.  We know there are those who suffer in silence—you know them and we pray also for them.
*Be with the grieving families of Pushpa Moti and Phyllis Kelly.

Hymn 5.  Christ Is Surely coming

2016-01-02 David Silcox gives the SermonThe Message was given by David Silcox about the story of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16:19-31.  This story was spoken by Jesus to the Pharisees to address a number of issues.  It was not spoken to us but it was spoken for us and we can learn from it better if we look at why, to whom and for what reasons it was given.
1-It is interesting to note that Jesus later raised a man from the dead whose name was Lazarus! and his raising from the dead did not convert and convict people then.  So the first point to note is that this story teaches us that only God can convert and convict.
2-The parables that preceed this story include the Prodigal Son and the Pharisees derided Jesus for these.  They could not contemplate a forgiven repentant sinner—sinners get judgment and punishment, not forgiveness. This story is not about heaven and hell, but about repentance and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. Luke 13:1&2
3-another issue addresses was love of wealth.  In chapter 16 the first parable begins in verse 1 with a rich man and the story of Lazarus begins in verse 19 with a rich man, because in verse 14 it tells us the Pharisees were lovers of money!  He told them you cannot serve God and money or wealth.  The assumption was that if you were a beggar and full of sores verse 20 then you must be a sinner, based on the blessings and cursings of Deuteronomy 38, and yet it is the beggar here who is pictured as in heaven.  This counters the idea that keeping of the law equals righteousness and that you earn blessings and wealth by obedience.  We receive God’s righteousness and our reward through faith in Christ and the grace of God
4-The story says to us that God judges by the heart and not appearances (1 Samuel 16:11)
5-The great gulf between sin and righteousness is bridged only by the sacrifice of christ and the forgiveness and grace that this extends.
So we see that looking at the chapters leading up to the story of Lazarus and the rich man, carefully considering the background, make it clear why Jesus spoke this story.

2016-01-02 Refreshments-scones with cream & jamThe final Hymn was Lord, For The Years after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Children’s Church took place during the Sermon time.
2016-01-02 Young People's Church

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