There was a special Festival Church Service on 1 September 2017 

The Service was held in St. John’s in Radlett at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Geoff Sole

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Saturday 30th will be the Atonement Service held in St. Peter’s Church at 11am. There will an opportunity to give an offering on that day.
*This coming Saturday 23rd September we will have our annual Harvest Service where we take up donations for New Hope Trust who feed the homeless in Watford.
*Janie Gadsden is in hospital again. Roland is continuing to recover from his shoulder injury

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Lo, He Comes With Clouds Descending
Hymn 2. The Lord Is King! 

A Video Clip of Dr. Joseph Tkach ‘Speaking of Life’ was played entitled Long May He Reign

Hymn 3. At The Name Of Jesus 

Mike Barlow introduced the Offering saying, ‘Money makes the world go round’ but does it make the Church go? God has chosen to use money—he could have raised up stones, but set in place a system of offerings so we can participate in his work. Luke 6:38. Our giving shows our commitment to God and our love for others 1 John 1:3. Fellowship is a kind of partnership and our giving is like an investment in God’s Kingdom in the future. God invests in us and 2 Corinthians 9:7 he loves a cheerful giver and vs. 11 it enriches us.

During the Offering Special Music was a youtube video of the Ambassador College Young Ambassadors singing ‘It Won’t Be Long Now.’

Winston Bothwell asked a Prayer over the offering saying we bring of the bounty God has given us this last year in gratitude and hope that it will be for the work in this world that needs his return so much. Winston continued on with Intercessory Prayer including:
*The Gadsden family is in need of your healing and comfort. Give wisdom to the consultants and doctors that are helping Janie. You created our bodies and know what is wrong and what is needed.
*Duncan McLean is dealing with cancer and we put him in God’s hands. We pray that he will be free of pain in his final days
*Many in the Caribbean are suffering loss through the hurricane. We see the devastation and our hearts go out to those countries—help them and inspire others to share and give to alleviate the suffering

Hymn 4. By Faith
Hymn 5. Rejoice, The Lord Is King

The Sermon was given by David Silcox who rehearsed some teachings about the Day of Trumpets. It is the Jewish Civil Near Year, a commemoration of creation. Some Christians attach the birth of Christ &/or the return of Jesus to this day. We find in Leviticus 23:24 that no name was given to this day, just that it is a memorial of blowing of trumpets—we might say it looks back to creation and forward to end times. A programme on TV recently was about the Satellite launched in 1997 which travelled 4.9 billion miles to Saturn and changed the way they think about the bodies in space through new information. Our God created all the universe and is in charge at first and last—he is the alpha and omega, the beginning and the end. Jesus is coming quickly and his reward is with him. He says in Rev 22:21 Surely I am coming—as certain as Genesis 1:1. 1 Corinthians 15:20-51- the trumpet will sound then and the dead will be raised incorruptible and we will all be changed. God gives us the victory over death with Eternal Life. 1 Thes 4:3 the answer to death is the resurrection when he descends with a shout and what will he shout? That’s it—victory, enough, the end!!! Comfort one another with these words.

The final Hymn was How Great Thou Art after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford, who also asked a blessing on the food as fellowship continued over Afternoon Tea.

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