There was a Church Service on Saturday 25 August 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1 (Call to Worship). Be Still, For The Presence of the Lord

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*George & Sue Ann are away visiting relatives in the North for the next couple of weeks
*A recent letter from Greg Williams has caused consternation but needs to be put into cultural context—things like Lent, meeting on Sunday, etc. The over-riding principles is ‘for the sake of the Gospel’! No need for alarm
*The Board Meeting last week was procedural with such items on the agenda as approving the auditors, etc. All went well.
*The funeral of Hilary Reeve will be on 4 September at Basildon Crematorium
*Adventure Camp began yesterday and would appreciate prayers for a successful camp
*Len & Pam Maylin are both very ill. Len is in a critical condition. Please remember them both in your prayers
*The last Churches Together August Service is here tomorrow at 6:30pm in St. Peters and will be conducted by St. Peters. Do come along if you are able to support unity among Christians.
*In the update this week Joe writes on Prophecy—you can collect a copy to read after Services

Intercessory Prayer was followed by a time with quiet music for personal, private prayers and medication.

Hymn 2. A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Winston Bothwell and included:
*In the past the divide between haves and have nots was hugh and there was intolerance and harsh punishment including deportation and this was highlighted by a reent documentary, but even today crime dominates London’s headlines. Although we can’t do anything about social history, we can bring issues before our great God, but first we begin with thanksgiving and looking to our future hope.
*Thank you for the rains and harvest. We think of other countries still having drought and fires and floods that have destroyed harvests as well as homes and lives. Even Hawaii with floods from 2 feet of rain in one hour. We pray for the people in these areas
*Adventure Camp models Christianity to our children and we ask your blessing. Help them to have a joyful and safe time. We pray for the leaders to help them to begin relationship with you showing that life is more than ipads, etc.
*Exam results are out this weekend. Be with our youth as they go on into their futures—guide and direct them
*We remember those who are sick:
Pam & Len-bring them comfort, relief and encouragement. They are faithful servants, give them patience and relieve their suffering
*Vera Newby, mother of James, is in serious health condition. Be with her and help James as his children prepare to go to university.
*Be sith Blossom as she copes with her sight problems, and with Peter in a nursing home as well as his brother in the US
*Be with George & Sue Ann that they can enjoy their break and return invigorated with new vision
*We pray for the bereaved, especially Chris Reeve at this time. Hilary died a few days before their first grandchild was born and this is very sad for them
*There is a crime wave in London. Be with the victims and their families as well as those who commit these terrible acts. Bring them to repentance and a relationship with you
*We pray a blessing on our congregations and small groups. Give them strength, energy and vision to carry on. Be with the Parsoral Councils as they set the lead and guide the church. Thank you for your blessings.

Hymn 3. All Creatures Of Our God And King 

We saw a Video Clip of Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life entitled Setting the Stage

The Message was given by David Silcox on the purpose of Communion.
In the film, Ghandi, a Christian minister chatting to Ghandi on the roof of the train said Christianity was the only religion that eats their own God! We know that this is symbolic but consistent with Romans 8:10—Christ IN you!
Communion is a VISIBLE word—we commune. It is Jesus Christ that bind us together. Looking today at the sacrament of Communion we note that sacrament is from the word ‘sacred’. How often is your personal decision and arguing about things like this diminishes the sacred.
The history of the practice looks back to God releasing his people from slavery. When reading about this in the old testament remember that Moses wrote this for a people who only knew Egyptian gods, who needed an act of salvation, but the elements were symbolic looking to Jesus our saviour, whose BLOOD bought our salvation, and gave us LIFE through Christ in us. Every time we take communion we tell this story (1 Corinthians 11:26) and no matter how many times you take the bread and wine, it means the same thing!
Are you fit to take it? NO, all have sinned and it is by the blood of Jesus Christ that we become fit. All can come—it is a unifying act with no divisions, rich or poor, slave or free, Jew or Gentile, male or female. We all come in the unity of Christ (1 Corinthians 11:20-25).
The cup of blessing—that is Communion with our Saviour(1 Corinthians 10:16).

The final Hymn was The Battle Hymn of the Republic after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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