There was a Church Service on 2 February 2019

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

The Hymn Be Still for the Presence of the Lord was used as a ‘Call To Worship’.

The Opening Prayer was given by Winston Bothwell

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Glad to see so many people made it to Church today. Take care in the ice and snow as the cold spell is set to continue a few days more
*The update on Debbie Thomas is encouraging—the cancer has not spread and surgery is scheduled for 6 February
*Audrey McColl funeral details are on the notice board
*The update from Gavin Henderson contains health and safety guidelines for any who provide refreshments for Church and Church events—please read them if you are involved

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Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  I, The Lord Of Sea And sky

A beautiful video was played entitled ‘Reflections’ which illustrated our Worship Theme today of Reflecting The Light.

Hymn 2.  Change My Heart, O God

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Peter Beardsmore and included:
*Lord, we pray for Debbie Thomas that her operation will go well and she will be rid of and healed of the cancer in her kidney
*Please comfort the family of Audrey McColl as the funeral takes place this week
*We pray for Erica Tuxworth, the Pastor of the Woodside Community Church—she faces health issues not only her own but her mothers and now her husband.  She is your faithful servant and serves her church and community selflessly.
*During this difficult time of severe cold be with the homeless and those suffering in the cold for whatever reason.  You love and care for them too so be with them in your love and mercy
*We are distressed to hear of the many famines in many countries and we pray for the return of Jesus, but in the meantime we pray for your hand of compassion to be with them and put it into the hearts of Christians and others to help those affected  

Hymn 3.  Shine, Jesus, Shine

Speaking of Life this week was Greg Williams on video entitled Where There Is No Vision.  He cast a vision for our Denomination for 2019 of ‘Healthy Church and all that that implies.

Hymn 4.  I Serve A Risen Saviour

The Message was given by Irene Wilson. She began by saying that our lives should be evident that we are Christians that Leviticus 19:33-34 about strangers in the land extends to Brexit and migration of refugees as well.  At this time they say 40 million  people globally seek by any means possible to escape poverty and oppression, seeking a better future.  In the Old Testament the Israelites were refugees seeking a new land as they escaped from slavery.
What does the bible say about slavery?  Leviticus 5:42 says that the Israelites must not be sold as slaves—God does not want his people as slaves, only as servants! Jesus said to be great we should become as servants.
The book of Philemon is about a runaway slave that Paul entreats Philemon to free and treat as a brother in Christ.  The worst kind of slavery is slavery to sin!  When we sin we give power to Satan and become slaves to sin but Christ’s sacrifice sets us free to become slaves of righteousness, the only good kind of slavery! James 1:2, Galatians 5:1 and Romans chapter 6 tell us this

The final Hymn was Take My Life And Let It Be after which the Closing Prayer was led by Robin Howard

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

Young People’s Church took place during the Sermon time and was led by Richard Fowler and Claire.  This took the form of a discussion group to continue the topic of relationships.  What are the features of healthy or unhealthy relationships?  When it comes to finding a true friend or a wife/husband, what are the principles of finding and keeping healthy relationships?  Is it like buying a pair of shoes?  Go to the shop, find one you like, try them on, buy them, walk out and throw them away when you get tired of them?  Some similarities perhaps but much more because there are goals, values and other non-physical things to consider, and these were discussed.

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