There was a Special Church Service on Monday 10 September 2018 

The Service was held in St. John’s at the later time of 3pm. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Joy Barlow

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Mark Tibbenham collapsed and is in hospital-prayers are requested
*Saturday’s Service on 15th will be as usual but there will be another Special Festival Service on Wednesday at St. Peters beginning at 12 noon

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Great Is The Darkness
Hymn 2. God Speaks To Us 

The Offertory was given by Mike Barlow who began by commenting that Christians aspire to the nature of God. Acts 20:32 says he is able to build you up. It is more blessed to give…and we are helping those that have needs through our offerings—as it says in 2 Corinthians 9:6 you reap as you sow and have sufficiency so that you may abound to every good work. God gives to the poor and so should we if we are to be like him. They will glorify God for your liberality through the grace of God in us.

The Offering Music was Jesus Shall Reign and Phillip Halford said a Blessing on the Offering.

Hymn 2. Lift Up Your Heads Ye Mighty Gates
Hymn 3. Crown Him With Many Crowns

The Sermon was given by David Silcox. This Day is very significant—it is the only Festival that falls on a new moon and the Jews call it the new year. We associate it with the blowing of trumpets and the coming of Jesus. Colossians 2:17 says these are a shadow of things to come. A shadow does not show a persons sex or colour or age, we need the substance, which in the observances are Jesus Christ who brings the full meaning and understanding. The events surrounding his coming were taked about by Jesus in Luke 12. Jesus says later in Acts 1:7 not to focus on the event of his second coming, but on his commission. Luke 12:36 says to be as men who wait, ready, not saying vs 45 that the Lord delays his coming. Jesus in Luke 12 is likened to the master and his servants should be found working when he comes verse 43. The calling is in God’s hands but the witnessing is in ours. Will he return to find us faithful servants?

The final Hymn was Christ Is Surely coming after which the Closing Prayer was led by Jean Sole

Fellowship continued over a late Afternoon Tea.

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