There was a Church Service on 24 June 2017 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Jean Sole

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Great to welcome visitors Samantha (Stirk) Gibson and her daughter, Lauren, today. Lovely to see Eileen Howard back among us and Andrew Wilson visiting with his grandmother, Irene.
*Graham Mitchell was rushed to ER this week with pneumonia and urinary infection—prayers are requested. There is a card to sign for him and one for his wife, Maggie to encourage her as well.
*Another card to sign is for Andrew & Dana Silcox as Andrew’s on-going severe health situation continues.
*John Robinson has died
*George read excerpts from a newsletter he received about persecuted Christians around the world.
*SEP needs help for setup and takedown
*Dr. Tkach’s update this week is on joy—it mentions his daughter, Stephanie, receiving her Masters Degree. You can read it on the Notice board

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. In The Garden

WCG/GCI Denominational President, Dr. Joseph Tkach’s Speaking of Life video was on the subject of Solitude. 

Nancy read out a piece about How To Plant Your Garden before the next hymn
Hymn 2. Morning Has Broken
Hymn 3. All Things Bright And Beautiful 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole and included:
*It is privilege and pleasure to come with thanks, worship and praise in prayer.
*Today we pause to smell the roses and thank you for the wonderful creation that we enjoy, the gardens with their roses, blackbirds singing, and as we sang in our last song, eyes to see and lips to tell out your praise
*Thank you that we can meet in safety and enjoy Christian fellowship as we learn from your word and worship
*We are saddened to hear of so many terrorist attacks around the world, Mosul in Syria, and closer to home here in Manchester and London. We pray for those suffering both physically and emotionally, living in fear and distress.
*We remember those affected by the tower block fire and pray for comfort and help.
*We pray for our Prime Minister, Theresa May, that you will strengthen and guide her as she leads our country.
*Graham Mitchell is suffering so much, not only from being paralyzed but now with pneumonia and a urinary infection, please in your mercy heal and encourage him. Bless him and Maggie with your peace that passes understanding.
*Be with others we know are suffering as well—Blossom, Len and Duncan with their ongoing health difficulties. Andrew Silcox with his serious health situation. Be with their loved ones and give them strength and courage and faith.
*Be with the family & friends mourning the loss of John Robinson
*We pray for the conferences planned this summer and autumn, from the International Denominational Conference in Orlando to the Regional Conferences planned around the UK. Bless our leaders, Dr. Tkach and his wife, Tammy and James & Shirley Henderson.
*We ask you to send the needed staff for SEP as they celebrate their 50th year, protect and bless this important event. Also Adventure Camp that follows SEP.

Hymn 4. I Sing The Mighty Power Of God
Hymn 5. Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee

The Message was given by David Silcox, continueing on from his previous sermon based on the Book of John. Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. How often do we ponder what it means to have accepted Jesus Christ as our Saviour, High Priest and soon-coming King at baptism? Truth and right are difficult issues. It seemed easier in the Old Testament when they were given a very clear law and told to obey it. Yet, so many times they lapsed, the law was forgotten and lost and then rediscovered, such as during the time of King Josiah in 2 Kings 22. Eventually they went into captivity because they forgot the law. Ezra & Nehemiah returned from captivity to Jerusalem and the people once again heard the book of the law. There follows 400 years where there is no biblical record and when we come to the New Testament we find the Pharisees had made hundreds of rules and regulations to try to ensure they never forgot the law again.
John 1 shows that ‘The Word’ of the Old Testament was Jesus! He is the one who gave the law and spoke with Moses. John tells us Jesus came full of truth and grace. He expanded the law showing its’ intent. Grace and forgiveness entered the picture. In Matthew 16:13 Jesus asked his disciples ‘who do men say that I am?’ and then ‘who do you say that I am?’ At Peter’s response, ‘you are the Messiah, the son of the living God!’ he tells them this is revealed to them by God. He is The Way—listen to
and follow Jesus to Eternal Life.

The final Hymn was Let All Things Now Living after which the Closing Prayer was led by James Esom

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young Peoples Church was held during the Sermon time and led by Geoff and Jean Sole, they looked at the subject of remembering, especially in regard to how to remember scriptures. Some key scriptures covered were Ecclesiastes 12:1 ‘Remember your Creator in the days of your youth.’ John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’ Luke 13:32 ‘Remember Lot’s wife’ and James 1:25 Be ‘not a forgetful hearer’. Memory recall techniques were discussed and some memory games were played.

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