There was a Church Service on 1 July 2017 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1. Crown Him with Many Crowns
Hymn 2. Fill Thou My Life


Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Adventure Camp is next month! As today is the first of July, SEP is at the end of August on the Bank Holiday weekend 25-29 August 2017. Application forms for campers and for staff are on the website, click on the events page and choose Adventure Camp.
*SEP is only four weeks away and preparations have already begun. This is the 50th year so don’t forget the middle Saturday celebration event, which will be ticketed. Help is urgently needed for set-up and take-down. It is not too late for campers to apply, and there are still a few openings for staff. Information and applications are on the website.
*Graham Mitchell needs urgent prayers.
*We are sad to announce the death of Vera Grierson last Saturday. The funeral will take place at Luton Crematorium 13 July at 11am.
*On 15 July our Service will begin at 12 NOON and will be followed by our Afternoon Tea for churches Together.
*Philip Stevens was ordained a Local Elder last Saturday, so congratulations to him.
*US Prayer requests include for Glen Weber who has heart problems, Bruce Metz who is recovering well from surgery, and Lynn Lawrence who has a nerve disorder. Lynn is wife of Egbert Lawrence, past Youth Camp Director.

Hymn 3. Who Is there Like You

Intercessory Prayer was offered by David Silcox and included:
*David’s brother, Andrew Silcox is going into a rehab unit today. Thank you for your prayers and please do continue to pray for a full recovery
*Thank you that we have such a privilege to be able to gather together in worship and prayer. We think of Christians who are not able to meet in peace and safety
*Recent incidents are heart-rending—terrorist attacks and the fire in the London tower block. We pause to ask you to be with those who are suffering injury and loss
*We thank you for the good news of the gospel and ask you to help us as we endeavour to share and witness in our lives, work and church.
*Many in our fellowship continue to suffer, so we ask your mercy, healing and encouragement for Graham, Eileen and others
*Be with those mourning Vera Grierson’s death. comfort and be with them, give your peace.
*Be with glen Weber and heal him. Be with Lynn in her health trial. Thank you for the faithful service of your ministry and Church leaders
*Bless and be with the preparations for the 50th celebration year of SEP. Also Adventure Camp. Send helpers and campers

Hymn 4. Lord For The Years

The Message was given by Barry Robinson on the subject of the Ministry of the Holy Spirit. Reading in 1 Corinthians 12 there are mentioned a number of spiritual gifts and teaching about the basic nature of spirituality. True Christian spirituality is characterized by certain characteristics. Firstly the Spirit exalts Jesus (verse 3). Then continuing on in 1 Corinthians 12 we learn that only diversity can reveal true unity (verse 4). Although there are a variety of gifts, it is the same Sprit; different administrations but the same Lord; and different operations but the same God at work. God loves variety and when Jesus is the common denominator we focus on spitiruality. Gifts are not for our own benefit but for the benefit of others. Like an orchestra each instrument needs to be heard, but not to drown others out. Like a body, all are essential to good healthy spirituality. There is no inferiority—they are of equal value (verses 15-23). There is no cloning (verse 17) if everyone had the same gift it would be chaos. Then follows 1 Corinthians 13, the love chapter, which shows us that all gifts are worthless without being used in love, without the spirituality that exalts Jesus.

The final Hymn was Name Of All Majesty after which the Closing Prayer was led by Joy Barlow

Young People’s Church was held during the Sermon time and led by Geoff and Jean Sole. The young people looked at some stories in Wayne Rice’s book entitled Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks. They also looked at part of a CD called The Messengers. This film is based on the first nine chapters of the book of Acts and may be shown at Adventure Camp.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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