There was a Church Service held on Pentecost Sunday, 9 June 2019

The Service was held at St. John’s in Radlett at 2pm.

The Opening Prayer was given by Roger Fowler

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Be Still for The Presence of the Lord

Speaking of Life was Dr. Joseph Tkach on video about the Power of the Holy Spirit

Hymn 2.  Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Hymn 3.  By Faith

The Offertory was given by George Henderson who began by giving an update on Mike Hustwaite who is out of hospital and in a rehabilitation unit.  He may return home soon with care in place.

Cold calls can be annoying, like the car dealership who invited George to a car event on Sunday, but can be an opportunity for evangelist.  George sad, sadly, that he neglected to ask ‘Don’t you know it’s Pentecost?!’  In ancient Israel offerings were made on the Holy Days and instructions decreed it to be a freewill offering given with rejoicing and  in proportion to the blessings God had given (Deuteronomy 16:9-10). Today, the offerings help with the running and the work of the church—preaching the gospel and making disciples.  The motivation of cold calls is to get money, while our offerings are to give, in gratitude and service to others.

During the Offering a Hymn of Special Music was played called Surely the Presence of the Lord is in This Place.

The Blessing on the Offering was given by Mike Barlow

Hymn 4.  Love Divine, All Loves’ Excelling
Hymn 5.  Give Me Oil In My Lamp

The Sermon was given by David Silcox after he showed a few photos—of Peter Buckley’s funeral, Paul Gunning’s funeral, and a photo of Richard Plache who died recently.
In Christian history, this day changed everything!  It was a most momentous event that birthed the Christian Church with the coming of the Holy Spirit. Jesus’ Ascension heralded the coming of the Holy Spirit with a rushing, mighty wind—the word from which we derive dynamite!  Powerful and noisy, that everyone heard—can’t miss it.  A sound and light show with tongues of fire! Acts 2:16 God poured out his spirit on all flesh and nothing was ever the same.  It is the name of Jesus that unites and changes.  This was a turning point in history, the antidote to the Tower of Babel where language was confused so they could not understand one another—at Pentecost their language was miraculously understood by all!
Peter, who weeks before had denied Jesus, was filled with the Power of the Spirit and boldly stood and preached.  This sermon had a great impact; people were convicted, converted and acted—they were baptised as Christians.  What impact did this event have on ME? We were all at baptism clothed with Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit and it fives us those gifts listed in Ephesians, joy, gentleness, long-suffering, etc.  We are to walk worthy of our calling with love to God and love to our neighbour the sign of our Christianity

The final Hymn was Shine, Jesus, Shine after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford

Fellowship continued over Afternoon Tea together. 

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