There was a Church Service on 29 July 2017

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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Hymns were led by Phillip Halford
Hymn 1 – Come Thou Almighty King
Hymn 2 – Standing on the Promises

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*David Silcox has left with George copies of the dates for the Autumn Bricket Wood Bible Studies. Please see George if you would like one.
*Andrew Silcox is now at home but still needs our prayers.
*We are very pleased to hear from David Gunn that his granddaughter Esther is now recovered from her operation and is running around. He thanks us all for our prayers.
*We do not have an update on Rowland but please do continue to pray for him, Janie and all the family.
*S.E.P. begins this weekend. Jackie Mill asks us to pray for safe journeys for everyone and good weather. Set-up has gone well with many international staff there to help. 88 campers are registered.
*There will be a Church Regional Conference in Coulsden on August 13th. Please contact Brian Smith for details and bring your own lunch.
*Tony Sadler of our Norwich congregation died on July 20th. His funeral will be in Norfolk on August 17th.
*In the U.S.A. retired Pastor Robert Perskey died on July 23rd aged 72.

Hymn 3 – Faith of our Fathers

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
*We bow humbly before you here in peace and safety. Many Christians live in fear. We thank you for your plan and steadfast hope.
*We thank you for our daily food. We are so blessed but don’t take it for granted. Many people in this country need to go to food banks. Please help the farmers with good weather to get in their harvest.
*We ask your forgiveness if we have done wrong this week. Some people seek revenge in this world but we must forgive others as Christ told us to.
*We ask you to give safety and good weather for all those going to S.E.P. Please bless those excited young people with a peaceful camp where they can learn about you and build a relationship with you. Please also help all those not going to have a really good summer.
*We ask your healing for Rowland and Janie. Please help all the family  with the problems they face. Rowland needs to be able to work again soon.
*We are very pleased that Andrew can now be home with Dana again.  Thank you to all who have prayed for him. It has greatly encouraged him.
*Please help Duncan as he begins chemo next week. He and Shirley had a lovely celebration for their silver wedding anniversary last weekend.
*We remember Blossom and Eileen and Robin. They need your daily help and encouragement with their problems. There are others who suffer in silence, but you know who they are. Please help them.
*Please give your peace and comfort to the families of Tony and Robert as they mourn for their loved ones.
*We also ask you to give peace to the parents of baby Charlie Gard. Please let them know they will see him again in the future. We know you are a loving and merciful God and plan a wonderful future for everyone.
*Thank you that you look after us on a daily basis that we don’t even know about.

Hymn 4 – The Church’s one Foundation
Hymn 5 – Stand up Stand up for Jesus

The Sermon was given by Cliff Neill
If we get special offers sent to us, they are usually conditional.  God’s love is unconditional. Agape love. We don’t have this love naturally but we need to aim for this. For humans many things are impossible but for God all things are possible. Matthew 19:26. We read in John 3:16 just how much God loves us. How are we to understand 1 John 3:16? We should live sacrificially and not just for ourselves. Jesus was this kind of love and he made a tremendous impact wherever he went. He demonstrated his Father’s love. We should wrap ourselves in this aura of his love and be demonstration models. This is our calling. Ephesians 5:2. Christ took away our sins. Love is the act of endless forgiveness. Humans were born to love and be loved. We need to love God before we can love our neighbour. Matthew 5:43-44. It takes a lifetime to learn this love. Jesus gave us a new commandment to love one another as he loved us. John 13:34-35. He also said that we should abide in him and be tapped into his energy. John 15:4-5. Jesus gave this priority before he died. Christians should always put love first before doctrinal beliefs. This will be our greatest witness. Life without love is really worthless. 1 Corinthians 13:3. Please read Ephesians 3:14-21.

The Final Hymn was Such Love after which the Closing Prayer was given by Irene Wilson.

Fellowship continued in the Church Hall following the Service.

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