Notices for Sunday 14th October

Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to his name;b ring an offering and come before him.  Worship the LORD in the splendour of his holiness.  Tremble before him, all the earth.

Welcome to this morning’s service.  Today’s speaker, on the subject of ‘Worship’, is Jon Paynter, and the service leader is Andy Mugford.

Please join us for tea and coffee in the back hall after the service.  Ann and Robyn are responsible for tea and coffee today.

Please join us at 10.10
in the upstairs youth room for  prayer.  If you would like someone to pray with you after the service Ross and Bee will be available.

Lock UpAndy is responsible for locking up today.

Baptism – There will be a Baptismal Service on Sunday 4th November. Anyone who wishes to be baptised please see one of the elders or your house group leader.

Noah’s Ark We are looking for people who are free next Friday morning, 19th October, when some of the helpers are on holiday.  If you can help please let Shirley Murphy know.

Notices If you have any items for the notices next weekend, 21st October, please let Judy Quelch have them by Friday lunch time at the latest.

Alpha course  We are looking to run another Alpha this autumn.  If you know of anyone who is interested please let us know in order to help us with our planning.  Please take a flier from the display stand to give to anyone who might be considering looking into the Christian faith further.

How to understand the Bible Course continues tonight, Sunday, at 6.30 at Simon and Judy’s home.  Supper to follow.

The Bible Course – Explore the world’s best-seller continues at Fullbridge on Wednesday – 7:30pm for dessert. 

Home Groups The Wednesday group is at Andy and Rachel’s, Roger and Judith’s group at Shirley Murphy’s, Sarah and Richard’s group at Ralph and Gilly’s, and the Friday group at Paul and Lucy’s.

Home-group Questions   True worship begins with a clear view of the character of God.  In these verses Isaiah is coming to terms with the death of King Uzziah and then he is granted a vision of the Lord High and lifted up.

Read.  Isaiah 6.-1-8

Q1.  Why is it important to have a clear and healthy view of the Lord?  What lifts Isaiah eyes from his earthbound view to the eternal view?  What is Isaiah’s realisation about his true condition and what enables him to continue to see the Lord in his glory and power? (v 6-7)

Q2.  In these verses God’s presence brings a sense of shock and awe.  How do we keep this as part of understanding of who God is?

Read Hebrews 4. 14-16.  As believers in the Lord Jesus we have this wonderful privilege of approaching the Lord.  Not just on a special occasion, or at a church service. How is this possible? What enables us to have confidence?

Q3. Read verse 8.  How is worship linked with mission? 

 When we think of mission do we primarily think of going abroad to spread the good news, or that it’s other people’s remit to be a missionary?  How does worship lead to service and inviting others to be a worshipper of the living God?

If you have time…an optional extra!

In the new testament Paul is very specific about the role of the Holy Spirit in corporate worship, as his is with the word of God.  Please read the following. Ephesians 5 17-20

Paul says to speak and sing Psalms, hymns and songs from the Spirit.  

Q1. Why is it important to have a healthy mix of songs and hymns for all generations to sing?  What attitude should be underneath all our singing and praising of God.

Q2.  How does the person of the Holy Spirit feature in our singing?

Please read the following. Colossians 3 15-17

Paul says we need to allow the message (word) of Christ to dwell amongst us.

Q1. Why do we need to make sure that what we are singing is biblically faithful?

Q3.  Do we see singing as part of the service or is just a secondary issue to prepare us to hear the preaching?

Q2.  Yet again the attitude of being thankful and filled with gratitude is part and parcel of our response to God.  Why is this more important than styles and preferences when it comes to our corporate gatherings of worship?

OPEN THE BOOK –WANTED, Wednesdays and Fridays Anyone who feels that they would like to be part of the Open the Book teams that go into Wentworth School on Wednesday mornings or Friday mornings at Maldon Court School. First we practise, and then the children join us for their morning assembly.  Both groups have shrunk in size and we NEED some help to continue with this amazing way of sharing bible stories with the children through word and drama. If acting is not your thing then you might read the stories or just take a walk-on part.  You don’t need to be there every week.

If you would like to see the team in action then please come along one morning or talk to Andrew, Rachel, Sarah H or Richard and Sheila – about Wednesdays, or Val, Peter or Judy – about Fridays.  They will be happy to tell you what happens, and about timings.

Sunday morning children’s activities On the first Sunday of the month there is a families’ time together service at 9.30am. On the remaining Sundays the children join the first part of the service, then go to separate parts of the building for their activities.

Mustard: an Early Years group, meet upstairs.

Pepper and Mustard+  Infant and Junior groups, for up to secondary school age, meet downstairs in the back hall.