There was a Church Service on 21 May 2016 

Nancy in April 2008The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

We played a video of Dr. Joseph Tkach SPEAKING OF LIFE, entitled A Tale Of Two Teachers 

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. The Solid Rock
Hymn 2. Standing On The Promises

IMG_2652Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Two ladies have come to the Prayer Table outside and we need to keep praying for susan and Jane.
*Roger Abel, a Pastor in Indiana has died. Please remember his wife, Donna, and their two children.
*Pastor William Connally in the USA thanks us for our prayers and asks us to continue praying for his full recovery and for his wife, who is also ill.
*Joseph Tkach’s weekly update speaks of God, the ultimate heart surgeon—see the Bulletin Board to read the whole message
*There was an earthquake in Vanuatu 29th April and we have just heard that one of the Church buildings of our group on one of the small islands was damaged, although noone was hurt. Reg Morgan is visiting the area now.
*Monique Dali was killed in the Egypt Air Crash this week—she attends the Living COG and some people here may know her. Please pray for her family.

Hymn 3. Stand Up, Stand Up For Jesus

IMG_2653Intercessory Prayer was offered by George Henderson who told a story about David Livingston and the power of prayer, and included:
*Thank you that we have access to your throne and can come to you with our needs and desires asking your intervention
*We pray for those affected by the air crash of the Egypt Air flight. We think of Monique and pray that you would be with her family as well as the others grieving the loss of friends and relatives.
*Be with and comfort the family of Roger Abels. Thank you for the hope we have in you.
*Help William Connolly to recover from his operation and be with his wife, Anita, who has cancer
*Diane McLoughlin died this week and we also pray for her family. Give them the encouragement and peace that they need
*We pray for our church members affected by the earthquake in Vanuatu. Thank you that they are safe and help them as they rebuild
*Thank you that people feel able to come to our Prayer Table and we lift them up to you—Susan, who is out of work and ill, and Jane who needs eye surgery
*Many are going through difficult trials that we do not know about. You know each one and we ask for encouragement and healing through your love and mercy.

Hymn 4. Count Your Blessings
Hymn 5. I Am Thine, O Lord

IMG_2657The Sermon was given by David Silcox. We are between Whitsunday and Pentecost and our minds turn to those wonderful events in Acts 1 and 2 which began the first basic Church. This was before all the controversies such as circumcision, etc. Acts 2:17021 gives a preview of some of the issues such as women preaching and the conversion of Gentiles. This is the work of the Holy spirit and we can learn from them to focus on the Gospel message, rather than those things which divide the Church. We go back to basics and see through these passages that
*God is working with all mankind. There were people from all around the world gathered there and Peter quoted the prophecy that the spirit would be poured out on ALL flesh
*Men and women are Christians together verse 17
*There is no other name—Jesus Christ is Saviour This was a wonderful Church described in verses 41-47, where they
1-continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine Acts 2:42a
2-Fellowship, verse 42b and the word used here includes the concepts of sharing, contributing, supporting & serving
3-Breaking of bread verse 42c and many christians feel this refers to Communion. 4-Prayers verse 42d
5-Meeting together—here is was daily verse 46, but later they were exhorted to not forsake assembling or meeting together
6-Praising God –what a witness from that first Church, and an example to us

The final Hymn was It Is Well With My soul after which the Closing Prayer was led by Peter Beardsmore

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Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young People’s Church this week was led by Geoff and Jean Sole, and continued the theme on the subject of Queens. They began by reviewing the book The Servant Queen and the King She Serves. They then considered Queen Esther. They looked at some brief information about the book of Esther from the Adventure Bible. They then listened to a young person’s version of the whole story about Esther, Xerxes, Mordecai and Haman. They then completed some colouring pages, word-searches, cryptograms, mazes, anagrams and crosswords all based on the book of Esther. Some of the younger ones also tried putting together a few pieces of a 1,000 piece jigsaw of the Queen on the occasion of her Silver Jubilee . . . but failed to find any pieces that fitted together!

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