There was a Church Service on 8 July 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Phillip Halford

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Graham Mitchell’s funeral will be held at Kettering Crematorium at 1pm on Thursday 13 July.
*Duncan McLean thanks everyone for their cards and prayers about his recent surgery and requests further prayers as more treatment is to come. He also wishes to invite anyone who would like to join him and Shirley as they celebrate their 25th wedding annivesary. This will be on Sunday 23 July 4:30-7pm in Milton Keynes. Please email him if you can come
*Sisters Jean and Joyce are long time members of the Southampton congregation. Sadly Joyce has died, aged 92 and the funeral will be 12 July at 10:30
*Jessica Gunn’s daughter Esther had surgery on Friday, please pray for her recovery
*Nottingham pastor, Ian Woodley is moving away from the area. The Nottingham congregation invite you to a barbeque in his honour on 5th August. If you would like to come please let them know
*The Southern Area Conference at Coulsdon on August 13th will run from 10:30-4:30. Drinks will be provided but please bring your own lunch
*Churches Together held a Ministerial Breakfast this morning at which 8 denominations were represented. They have produced a bookmark with a list of Churches in Churches Together for Watford & Garston which can be used as a prayer list. Please take one.
*Erica Tuxworth, Pastor of Woodside Community Church has just had an operation for cancer and prayers are requested for her recovery and on-going treatment
*There are 5 cards to sign today—for Charlie Deakins who has been unwell, Blossom Daley is quite ill, Bill Brackley is having health issues, and there are two of sympathy for the families of John Robertson & Graham Mitchell
*Sarina Silcox has torn her achilles tendon and will have her leg in a cast for 8 weeks. Please pray for healing as she is an active lady with 3 young children
* CHURCH NEXT WEEK WILL BEGIN AT 12 NOON and will be followed by an AFTERNOON TEA we are hosting for Churches Together

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. God Will Take Care Of You

A Communion Service was led by David Silcox and George Henderson. David read from John 13 where Jesus gives a new commandment of love. Takinng the bread and wine is a commitment to this love and key to our identification as Christians. Jesus said ‘by this will all men know that you are my disciples if you love one another.’ David then broke the bread and George aske a blessing over the bread and wine. Those who wished, came forward to take the symbols and returning to their seats waited to take the symbol together as led by David. 

There was then a video clip of our Denominational Leader, Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life, entitled God Is Faithful. 

Hymn 2. I Am Thine, O Lord
Hymn 3. The Solid Rock 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson, who began by saying that God uses everything in our lives for our good—even allowing trials which prepare us for Eternal Life. Her prayers included:
*What can we say to you, Lord, in thanks? We have taken the elements that arre a symbol of what you have done for us, the sacrifice you made in your love for us. Part of the love we share together with you and with others includes intercessory prayer as we commune with you
*We are sorry for our sins and ask your forgiveness and guidance as we seek to follow you.
*There are so many people we love and in our congregations who need your help and healing, so we ask you to intervene for them: Eileen Howard, Blossom Daly and John Stettaford; Jessica’s little girl after her operation; Erica, Pastor of Woodside Community Church—we ask for her healing—she has so many responsibilities and is such a dynamic key in her community leading people to you
*Thank you for the success of Duncan McLean’s surgery and we ask you to complete his healing. We rejoice as he and Shirley celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
*We pray for those who have recently lost loved ones, including John Robinson, Viera Grierson and Graham Mitchell. We ask you to comfort and strengthen their relatives in the hope for the future and ask that you give them a clear vision to follow.
*Many of your people around the world are suffering persecution because they serve you—be with them, guard, guide and strengthen them to be a reflection of your wisdom and love
*We pray for the world leaders as they meet together—guide the leaderrs’ decisions to be for the welfare of the people they serve

Hymn 4. By Faith

The Message was given by David Silcox who began by reminding us again of our commitment at baptism to follow Jesus Christ, our High Priest, Saviour and soon-coming King. Jesus is the past, present and future hope for Chrisstiant, he is our all in all, beginning and end, and central to everything in our lives. He is the Way, the Truth and The Life. John 14:5 shows that whether we know the way or understand fully, our course is to follow Him. He tells us not to let our hearts be troubled (John 14:1 because John 14:6 he goes before us as the Way, the Truth and giver of Life. There is room for everyone in God’s house—Jesus has made provision for ALL (verse 2). Jesus will come for each of us perrsonally (verse 3).

The final Hymn was What A Faithful God Have I after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Young People’s Church was held during the Sermon time and was led by Geoff and Jean Sole. Young People’s Church looked again at the subject of memory. They were reminded of Ecclesiastes 12:1 ‘Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come.’ Also, they were reminded about the importance of not forgetting. ‘Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.’ The young people also looked at part of a DVD which focused on Peter and Stephen, mentioned in Acts chapters 5, 6 and 7. At the beginning of the lesson the young people enjoyed some raspberries picked just a couple of hours earlier.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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