There was a Church Service on Saturday 8December 2018

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

The Opening Prayer was given byPeter Beardsmore

Hymns were led by George Henderson who began by reading Hebrews 1:1-3
Hymn 1 – Praise to the Lord the Almighty
Hymn 2 – Rejoice the Lord is King

Announcements were given byGeorge and included:
*Please pray for protection of our members in France during the riots.  They have not been affected so far.
*Our second Regional Conference takes place in Edinburgh tomorrow.
*On-line applications for our S.E.P campers in Pendine Wales are now  available. It will be on a first-comefirst-served basis.
* From Chris Cottee. There is no Operation Rudolph this year but if you wouldlike to make up a “Goodie Bag” for the needy, then please see thenotice at the back of the church.
*The British Legion thank us for our £150 donation.
*Next Saturday we are holding our Winter Wonderland social. The service willbegin at 2.30. The evening will end at 9pm.

Hymn 3 – The Church’s One Foundation

Intercessory Prayer was led byPhillip Halford and included:
*It is a blessing to know you and for you to know and understand us. It is veryclever of Satan to make your name of no value so that many people do not knowyou. You know every human who has ever lived. One day though, things will beput right and they will know you. Please let it be sooner rather than later.Please give us the strength and patience to wait.
*Famine, wars, homeless, hunger and disease. You see it all but you have a plan.
*Please end the tensions in Franceand protect our brethren.
*We pray for Ada Clifford (Butcher) of our Great Baddow congregation. Ada has suffered a heartattack and she needs your swift healing.
*We ask your healing power also for Carl Moore who had an operation on hisknee.
*You know many people in this congregation who have various health problems.Please help them all.
*Please bless the Conference and give safety to all travelling. Let it producegood fruit.
*Thank you we can come to you with any problem because we know you care.
*Please bless this and all our congregations. Let your will be done on Earth asit is in Heaven. We pray that Jesus will soon return.

Hymn 4 – Name of All Majesty

Hymn 5 – Giveme Oil in my Lamp

The Message was given by Richard Fowler, who began his message by showing a short video clip of a well knownpersonality who was asked the question, “What would you say to God?”His answer reflected the views of many modern people who cannot see how abenevalent God could allow all the pain, disease and evil we see in the world.Richard explained that God didn’t create evil, but rather a beautiful worldthat made even the angels sing for joy. God said after creation that everythingwas very good. God gave mankind the freedom of choice, which they would resentif taken away. That freedom to make wrong choices has brought all the evil onthe world. We are in the middle of mankind’s story at the moment, but theending will be supremely good when all the disease, pain and other evils arebanished for ever. Sciptures used included Galations 1:3, Job 38:4-7 andRevelation 22:1-5.

The Final Hymn was Only by Grace after which the Closing Prayer was given by Geoff Sole.

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall.

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