There was a Church Service on 19 May 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard

Announcements were given by George Henderson
*The Denominational Conference on Sunday 17 June is in Northampton. If you are coming please let the office know
*Saturday 16 June is the date of the Northampton Service and Social. Jose Tibiero is the guest speaker on that day, there will be Children’s Church during the Service and the Service will be followed by a social where you can purchase fish & chips.
*There is an opening in the Church for a part-time Pastoral Worker. Inquire with the Church Office
*Rachel requests prayers for her sister who has cancer
*Dr. Tkach and James Henderson are in Paris where the congregation will celebrate the ordination of Marie-Angelique Picard to the office of a Church Elder. She is the National Director for France
*The US update is on the notice board
*Pentecost is tomorrow and the Service will begin at 2pm at St. John’s in Radlett. There will be an opportunity to give an Offering, and the Service will be followed by afternoon tea

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. All Hail The Power
Hymn 2. Where Shall I Go From Your Spirit, O God?

 

A Video Clip of Denominational President, Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking Of Life was called ‘The Spirit Of Truth’ 

Hymn 3. Change My Heart, O God

 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson and included:
Please add her brother in-law to your prayers
*We want to thank you, God, for the wonder of your mercy, the beauty of your words and that you sent us the Comforter. We thank you for your kindness, mercy, love and grace
*Help us as your people to do as you command and love one another, as well as tell others of you
*We live in a world becoming daily more terrifying. Help us to have faith as we wait for the return of Jesus
*the Cuba air crash was in the news this week and we pray for the families affected, bring them healing and comfort
*Another school shooting saddens us. Please help the families and be with the governments as they work to end this insanity. You died for the sins of the shooter and we pray for him as well.
*This nation celebrates today the Royal Wedding—be there and bless the couple and todays ceremony and celebrations
*Thank you for answers to prayer—we rejoice at the touching of Luke’s heart—help him as he comes out of prison to lean on you as he tries to make wise decisions and looks for a job
*Thank you that Ron is here today and bless his family. Thank you that Nancy’s brother, Ken is here and doing well after his heart attack a couple of weeks ago
*Be with Roland and Janie, as well as Elizabeth Newton who is so ill—we pray for her and her family as well as Pat who is also not well this week.
Be with Bob (Sue Ann’s brother-in-law) and for Rachel’s sister with cancer. Surround them with you love

Hymn 4. Give Me Oil In My Heart

The Sermon was given by David Silcox with a title ‘Ancient Words’ and he began by leading the Hymn before beginning his two part sermon on the Holy spirit. In Acts 1 the disciples were told to wait for the Holy Spirit, which came on Pentecost. Paul refers to ‘ancient words’ when he says all scripture is profitable. What were the disciples thinking and doing between Ascension and Pentecost? Why was it necessary for Jesus to go so the Holy spirit could come? The disciples asked why he had to go and why they couldn’t go with him? His response was in John 14-17 which begins ‘Don’t let your heart be troubled’ In Acts 1 they asked, naturally, when he was coming back but rather than answer, Jesus reminded them that the focus should be on the job—that they would receive power to be his witnesses, vs. 8Luke 4 tells of Jesus reading the ancient words and telling them this is fulfilled today in me—he pointed them to their intent not just the meaning and explained how they were to live by them—their purpose and application. In John 6 he tells them the purpose of manna was to help them understand that HE was the bread from heaven, the bread of life! Jesus fulfills the meaning and intent of many, many events and prophecies of the ancient words. He comforts them by saying that this promised comforter, helper, advocate, the Spirit of Truth would be with them as He himself transitions from being with them, teaching and leading them, to being High Priest, and in them through the Holy Spirit, not just with them. He has chosen us and the love we express shows that he is in us.

The final Hymn was Blest Be The Tie That Binds after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford

Young People’s Church was held during the Sermon time and led by Jean Sole. The Children’s lesson was about “Grapes”. God promised Israel one of the things they would have in the promised land would be grape vines (Deut 8:7-8). We went over some facts about grapes and talked about drying them to make raisins and mentioned the Israelites were told to leave enough time for the plants to be established and bear fruit. They were also told to leave some of the grape harvest for the poor. We then made some pie filling from raisins, currants, spices and butter which we warmed and whilst it was cooling we watched two youtube clips entitled “I am the vine and you are the branches” showing how Jesus helps us to bear fruit in our lives. We then made a pie using the filling and talked about Pentecost which was the next day.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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