Today Rev Hilary Howarth took our morning worship which included Holy Communion and the Reception of New Members.
"God cares for all the children of the world " was the cheery action hymn sung by our younger children . This was followed by each of the teenagers being presented with their new personalised hoodie. On the back of each one was printed the Church logo , New Youth , and the Church website. Their initials are on the front.
Sheila Nelson lead our opening prayers.
The hymns we enjoyed were chosen by our new Church Members , and the first of these was Shine Jesus shine.
Reception into Membership.
Rev Hilary took us into this part of the service and welcomed Alison, Jenny and Louise , their memberships were being transferred from other churches . A further service will be held at a later date for others who were not able to be with us today.
Hymn 3 was The Lord s my Shepherd ( the version by Stuart Townsend ) after which Brian read from Matthew ch 6 v v 25 -33. Seek ye first the Kingdom of God.
Rev Hilary then developed this passage in a very relevant and understandable way , talking about our human desires for goods , many of which lose their importance over time.
We need to focus our priorities in life finding time in our daily lives for the things that really do matter - the things of God.
The passage from Matthew 6 shows how relevant are the words of Jesus today, as he talked about Food, Fashion, Finance and Future.
Jesus says " Seek ye first the Kingdom of God , and His righteousness , and all these things shall be added unto you " . Not easy when set against the needs of family, friends, work etc. Nevertheless, put your trust in God and put Him first. After a minute of silence we were asked to consider:
- Do you need a re-evaluation in your life ?
- Do you need to examine your priorities ?
- Does your relationship with God , through Jesus take first place ?
We then sang " Seek ye first the Kingdom of God " followed by prayers lead by Alison Critchley. The service of Holy Communion followed, and the service ended with the hymn "How great Thou art"and the blessing.
Kindly written by Ruth Parker.