There was a Church Service on 23 December 2017 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Pat Newton

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Sue Ann is at home looking after their neighbour, Joan Brooks, 97. Many in this congregation know her and have attended her coffee mornings to raise funds for and awareness of macular degeneration. Please pray for her.
*Keith Stevenson is conducting dance workshops at homeless shelters this month. His father’s funeral will not be till February.
*Elizabeth Newton is recovering from her operation and still needs our prayers
*Roland is progressing and hopes to be able to drive again soon
*Joe Tkach’s update is on the Notice Board
*GCI Elder John Campbell died.

The Message was given by David Silcox on the subject of The Incarnation, and was interspersed with hymns whose words help us to recognize and acknowledge the sacrifice of Jesus who came to earth as a human being, fully God and fully man to live a life of example to us, the experience in the flesh the human emotions and to die for our sins so that we can have eternal life through him. Matthew 1:23 tells of the angel speaking to Mary that her son, Jesus, was fulfilling the prophecy of Isaiah 7:17 and that he was Immanuel—God with us.
Hymns 1. Joy To The World
John 1:1-14 The Word was God and became flesh and dwelt among us—the story of advent, Christmas, the birth of Jesus Christ the Messiah, and we behold His glory, full of grace and truth
Hymn 2. O Come All Ye Faithful
Philippians 2:5 so let this mind be in you that was in Jesus—who came as a man to be a servant—God who humbled himself to live and die for you and is now highly exalted above all that every knee should bow and say ‘Jesus Is Lord’

Video Clip of Dr. Joseph Tkach-Speaking of Life entitled The Meaning of the Incranation
Hymn 3. In The Bleak Midwinter
Hymn 4. Once In Royal David’s City
Hymn 5. Hark, The Herald Angel’s Sing 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole and included:
*Thank you that you came to earth to dwell with man and that you now dwell in us. Help us to share that good news
*Thank you that we can come to Church to learn and worship. We know that so many live in spiritual darkness and poverty. We pray for them to come to know you and your love and grace.
*There is so much darkness and poverty in this world and we pray for those trapped in these circumstances. We pray for those who work and give to help the poor and homeless
*We pray that the Queen’s Christmas Day Message may reach and help many
*thank you for Dr. Joseph Tkach, our Denominational Leader and his ministry. We ask your blessing on him and our Church leadership around the world, including James & Shirley Henderson in the UK, bless, guide and protect them.
*We praise and thank you that James Esom has found a job; that Dave Perry has recovered from Leukemia, that Roland is recovering and will soon be able to drive again
*We do pray for those ill and suffering, including Janie, Velvet, Len Maylin, Blossom, Joan Brooks and Elizabeth Newton
*We with Tando, facing immigration problems
*Comfort Keith Stevenson’s family at the loss of his father. Be with Jean Campbell in Los Angeles grieving her husband John.
*In Jesus Christ’s Holy name, Immanuel, we pray.

David continues by looking at an expression of Jesus’ humanity in John 11. He wept in empathy and compassion with the family of Lazarus. Even thought he knew he was going to raise him up, it was still a time of sadness and Jesus wept in verse 25. Verse 4 tells us this event was for the glory of God to glorify Jesus. Verses 9 &10 seem an odd response, but he means that ‘the time is right’—only 12 hours in a day and it was time to do the work (in chapter 2, the water into wine event, he told his mother it was not his time yet). If Hesus had gone immediately and healed Lazarus, it would not have been the witness that it was for him to teach of the resurrection when he gold Marthat I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE. vs. 25 he that believes in Jesus will live and vs. 25 never die. In verse 39 he instructed them to take away the stone, Martha protested that he would be stinking after being dead four days, but in verses 41 & 42 Jesus publicly prayed and in verse 43 called Lazarus forth and forth he came!! Verse 45 tells then that many people believed as a result, and are still believing as a result, including you and I. Jesus was God but he was born as a human and lived as a man, experiencing our joys, griefs and emotions so that as our Saviour he totally understands and can be our help in time of need.

The final Hymn was Silent Night after which the Closing Prayer was led by John Stettaford

Young People’s Church was held during the last part of the message, and was led by Geoff and Jean Sole.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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