There was a Church Service on 28 July 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Tony Shevlane

Hymns were led by Sue Ann Henderson, who began by reading Romans 13:11-14 in the Good News Bible):
Hymn 1. Onward Christian Soldiers

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*We are sad to announce the death of Margaret Hoffman at 89 years old. She is the mother-in-law of Cedric Reddit and there is a card of sympathy to sign for the family.
*Don’t forget the Churches Together Service that we are hosting here on 5th August, please come along and support this ecumenical effort.
*James Henderson will be speaking here on 11 August
*There was a very poignant note from Simon Newton thanking everyone for their prayers and sympathy upon the death of his lovely wife, Elizabeth. He said, “Knowing she is now at peace and free from pain and suffering allows me to praise God for his merciful nature. It is still a daily struggle but with prayers and support from so many people it is helping me to remain strong, living in the knowledge of God’s promise of resurrection and the reunion of loved ones we have lost along our journey. Our life together has been suspended in time until we meet again, but my heart and mind will hold on to the love and memories we shared until then. Pat and Reg also gave in a thank you for all the support and love.
*Duncan McLean’s funeral last Thursday was a beautiful memorial of a devoted Christian man who served God all his life, especially in his music ministry. We sent a card of sympathy, comfort and encouragement to his wife, Shirley and her family.
Ross Jutsom, who came over for the funeral and played and spoke at the memorial service, was due to go up to SEP Friday evening, but after 4 hours on the plane at Luton Airport, the flight was cancelled due to the thunderstorms and he ended up taking the train up this afternoon.
*Jackie Mill at SEP writes: “SEP is going great now that we have all settled in and got used to some of the differences. Campers and staff are having the best time, and of course the weather has been such a blessing! We feel God’s presence and know He is looking after us. The SEP spirit abounds and even the Lagganlia staff are beginning to notice!! Please keep praying, it is making a difference.
*Wendy of St. Peters sends thanks for the card of sympathy for the death of her son.
*Hilary Reeve requests prayers. She is in hospital with a liver problem.

Hymn 2. Such Love (which included a trumpet solo in honour of Duncan McLeans many years of service to the church through his music)

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford who began by saying that football is all about losing!! 31 team started out and 30 lost! We, however, are automatically winners in the race of life through God’s grace:
*Father in Heaven, you look down and see all and know all. We are all equal in your sign—we are you beloved children
*Although in this present life all are not equal, some are wealthy and healthy and some suffering poverty and illness
*We pause to pray for some by name:
Cedric and Anita, who are mourning the loss of Anita’s mother—help and comfor them as well as Simon Newton and his family and the family of Duncan McLean
*Be with Hilary Reeve and in your mercy, heal her
*Be there in Scotland at the SEP to guide the leaders and protect the campers
*We trust, honour and glorify you. Thank you that we can be here and we ask your blessing today.

The Speaking of Life video clip was from Dr. Joseph Tkach and entitled “Bottomless Refills

Hymn 3. There Is A Redeemer
Hymn 4. Majesty, Worship His Majesty

The Message was given by Irene Wilson, entitled “What’s in it for me?” We make decisions every day and often the basis of these is, “What’s in it for me and those I love?” Jesus is the prime example of selflessness—giving without expecting anything in return We read in Matthew 19:16-22 of the rich man (think, Richard Bransons!) who asked Jesus what he needed to do to have Eternal Life? The answer in verse 21 was give all and follow me, but for him this was too hard. However, Peter commended “We have given all to follow you” and then asked “What have we therefore?” or in other words, “What’s in it for us? or What’s the point?”! Many Christians suffer terrible hardships and persecutions, who may be justified in asking “What’s in it for ms?” Jesus then answers in Matthew 19:28-30 that everyone who gives up shall receive untold blessings AND Eternal Life! There is nothing that we can do to get Eternal Life. We can’t DO anything to GET—it can’t be bought as the rich man found out. 1 Timothy 6:7 says we brought nothing into the world and can take nothing out so be content because the love of money is a root of evil BUT we don’t leave this world with nothing—we have Eternal Life! So it is not actually true that all good things must come to an end! 1 Peter 6:47 says he that believes in Him HAS Eternal Life and 1 Peter 1:3-5 reassures us that our inheritance is kept in heaven for you, so rejoice even though now we may suffer. The Amen has said it, there for it is true and will happen (Revelation 3:14).

The final Hymn was Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling, after which the Closing Prayer was led by David Silcox.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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