here was a Church Service 3 February 2018

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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson who began by reading Colossians 3:15-17:
Hymn 1 – The King of love
Hymn 2 – Thine be the Glory

We then watched “Speaking of Life” by Dr.Tkach, which was about the special sight this week of a blue moon. He read the following scriptures: Matthew 11:28-29 and Romans 8:33-35.

Hymn 3 – What a Friend we have in Jesus

Announcements were given by George Henderson:
*Phillip and Linda Halford have a new grand-daughter, Caitlin Linda. She was born on January 31st and weighed 9lbs 4ozs. Caitlin, Elizabeth, Jason and all the family are doing well.
*St Peter’s church invite us to a Passover Meal on Friday March 23rd at 6.45pm. Tickets are £8. Please contact George, Cathy Heath or Mike White before March 18th if you wish to attend.
*There is no international update this week.
*The Annual Church European Denominational Conference will be held in Northampton on June 17th. The guest speaker will be Gary Deddo. Anyone who wishes can attend. Tickets can be obtained from the church office.
*Joy Scott thanks us for our prayers. She is now home following a successful operation on her shoulder. She still has some pain and it could take 5-6 months to fully recover. Please continue to pray for her.
*Pedro Rufian in Spain, has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is to begin treatment.

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
*Creator God, we bow before you and give you thanks for all your blessings and for the peace and safety to meet here. We know that in other parts of the world Christians are prevented from meeting.
*There is drought in South Africa, floods and disease in Zambia, famine in South Sudan and Yemen, and suffering refugees in Bangladesh. In your mercy and compassion, please give solutions to all of these areas.
*We pray for Pedro and his wife that his treatment will go well. Please help and heal him.
*We thank you for a new baby in our church. Please bless Caitlin and her parents.
*Some of our members are not here today because of illness. We ask your healing power for Eileen, Reg and Pat, Blossom, Georgina and Joan and Chris Esom.
*We continue to pray for Joy Scott and Elizabeth Newton. They are both recovering from operations. We ask you to please speed their healing.
*We thank you for the success of the brunch last Saturday. Many churches share the same problems, but we all understand what Christ did for us.
*Please help our church to reach out with our publications and bless our Pastoral team.
*Please guide all the plans to move our church headquarters in the U.S.A.
*The young people of the world need to learn to communicate by talking to people face to face and not only on Social Media. This technology is causing many problems with parents and families. We need your help with this.
*Please be with us all this week and especially those who are ill. We pray these things in your Holy Name, Jesus.

Hymn 4 – Be Still
Hymn 5 – There is a Redeemer

The Sermon was given by Cliff Neill: On July 20th 1985, Mel Fisher who was a treasure hunter, found a mother lode of treasure on a ship off the coast of Florida. After many years his dream had come true. Jesus is also a treasure hunter. He is building a community of precious people. He came to reveal the love of his Father that everyone is loved equally. Jesus spent his time talking to people that others despised. He even ate with them! Everyone who repents and comes to Jesus will have everlasting life. Jesus taught in parables, using stories related to their time. We can read in Luke 15 three some of these stories. The lost sheep, the lost coin and the Prodigal son. There was a man who owned 100 sheep. Verses 3-7. He would not normally look after the sheep himself because he had servants to do that. When he was told one of the sheep was lost, he became the shepherd and went to find it. He carried it home on his shoulders, rejoicing! Why did he do this? Because it belonged to him. Jesus did thisalso–He gave up his glory and majesty to seek those who are lost. Please read Ezekiel 34 to understand why Jesus had to come to find the lost sheep. This shepherd gave his life for us. People today don’t know the way back to the fold. We are to be the signposts to point them back to the door of the fold. God came to seek and save. Ephesians 2:18. Philippians 1:9-11.

The Final Hymn was Love Divine all loves Excelling, after which Irene Wilson gave the Closing Prayer.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.

Children’s Church was held during the Sermon time.

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