There was a Church Service on 24 February 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Jean Sole

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Elizabeth is here with her new baby
*Roland Gadston improving but he and Janie still need prayers
*Ron Hitchcock is home from hospital but may need to go back in again
*The dates for the Bridlington Festival are Monday 24 September through Monday 1 October 2018
*Ray Balckburn of Blean congregation is out of Intensive care and thanks everyone for their continued prayers
*Gill Goode thanks everyone for their prayers and reports that the cancer has not spread and that the tumour was successfully removed
*Irene Tibbenham’s relative Camilla reports that consultants say Camilla only has three months to live
The Update from Headquarters this week is by GCI Vice President Greg Williams

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox who began by showing

SPEAKING OF LIFE video entitled Christ Is Key, which this week was by GCI Vice President Greg Williams

Hymn 1. The Solid Rock
Hymn 2. Jesus Is The Name We Honour 

Hymn 3. This is the weekend of the GLOBAL HYMN SING sponsored by Getty music. Over 800,000 from over 2,274 churches in 70 countries will join together in singing JESUS SHALL REIGN as an act of unity in God’s Mission to partner in what God is doing around the world.

Hymn 4. What a Friend We Have In Jesus

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford and included:
*It is a wonderful thing in this country to have emergency services immediately available—fire, ambulance and police. Christians have an emergency service available 24/7—instant access to the throne of God, for which we are very thankful
*As we sit here in comfort and peace there are so many around the world who do not have peace, who fear for their lives, who have no comfortable, warm homes and who may be starving. We thank you for our blessings but we also think of them and ask you to be with them in their need and bring them comfort and peace
*Among us there are those who are bereaved, jobless, sick and lonely and we pray for them. Specifically today, the Gadston family, Janie and Rowland; For Len Maylin and his wife Pam; For Pedro Rufian and Ron Hitchcock—you of know all of them and we ask you to be with them with your healing and your peace
*We pray for that time of your return to put things right, when you will bring all mankind to you.

Hymn 5. The Lord’s My Shepherd (Townend)

The Message was given by David Silcox, who spoke about lessons we can learn from the Footwashing during the Lord’s Supper, recorded in John 13. We all understand that washing feet in the time of Christ was the job of servants, and that by doing this for his Disciples he was giving an example of humility and service, but there is more here we can learn.
*Peter protested, saying it was not appropriate for the master to wash his feet (John 13:8), and Jesus replied in verse 7 that they didn’t understand what he was doing but they would later. He couldn’t have meant just humility and service because they understood that already—he had taught that many times saying the first should be last and that the greatest should be servant of all.   If we go back to verse 1 it says ‘he loved them to the end’—the total fulfillment of his love—his total sacrifice. Psalm 51 says ‘wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.’ He washed away their sins with his blood (Revelation 1:5). Washing their feet was symbolic of washing away their sins—something they understood later.
*Verse 4 mentioned that he laid aside his garments—as he laid down his life for all (1 John 3:16)
* Jesus had told Peter that if he did not wash him, he would have no part with him (John 13:8). We can see that by accepting the sacrifice of Jesus to wash away our sins, we become a part of him as he is in us (Romans 8:9). We are a new creation and share in the righteousness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17). Titus 3:5 speaks of the washing of regeneration.
*And finally, John 13:13-17, the footwashing and its’ symbolism changes the way we treat one another, laying down our lives for our brethren. Jesus says by this the world will know we are his disciples if we love one another (John 13:35).

The final Hymn was Give Of Your Best To The Master after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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