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Notices for Sunday 8th July 2018

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Notices for Sunday 8th July

9.30am MORNING WORSHIP: Our service this morning is led by Matthew and he continues our new sermon series ’The Life of the Prophet – Elijah and Elisha’ today looking at ‘Showdown on Mount Carmel’. 1 Kings 18:16-39.

6.30pm HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our service this evening led by   Matthew.  Galatians 4:12-20.

PRAYERS: A dear Christian lady, Mavis Hilton who was a faithful member of St John’s for many many years has gone to be with the lord last night after a short time of being unwell.  Our love and prayers go to Diane and Godfrey and all her family and many friends.  She will be sadly missed.

Rich and Jenny wish to thank all of you who attended Rich’s licensing service on the 20th June.  We were incredibly touched by your support and, judging by the comments we’ve already received, the regular congregation were blown away by your singing!  Rich would like to say a special thank you for his new purple stole, which he will look forward to wearing.  Also, we’re not too far away in Shawbury, so do get in contact if you’d like to invite yourself over for a cuppa!

KATIE FOSTER: I want to thank everyone for their support, good wishes, cards and kindness on my recent baptism. In addition thank you to those who support my continuing efforts to raise funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK through our very small  (but perfectly formed!) Shropshire Fundraising Group.  The good news is that we are finalists in their “Thank You” Awards and I hope that you will be able to vote for us when public voting begins on July 19 until August 10! And if you feel like joining our Group that would be wonderful! Thank you from Katie!

TELFORD FOOD BANK new address is 78-83 Severn Walk Sutton Hill TF7 4AS. (Previously located in Leegomery)

Our next at7 is this evening at Market Drayton Methodist Church when the speaker will be Pauline Street. Pauline is the Pastor at the New Life Christian Centre in Colne, Lancashire.

ST MICHAEL’S PCC are due to meet tomorrow night at 7.30pm in church.

Worship, Teaching and Stories’, which is taking place at Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace on Thursday July 12th at 7.30pm part of the ‘Intentional Discipleship 2018: East Meets West’ event which enables us to focus on our   Diocesan theme of Discipleship but also to celebrate the vitality and importance of our links with the four Dioceses in Malaysia and Singapore. We will be welcoming over 30 guests from Dioceses in S E Asia.  See poster in church.

Try again…..A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place this Saturday (14th) 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

ACTIVITY DAYS ‘SECRET AGENT SERVICE’ – RECRUITMENT NOW TAKING PLACE!: …take a look on www.stjohnsmuxton.org.uk then follow the St John’s link or pick up a leaflet in church today…. 24th/25th July or 26th/27th July 10-3pm for school years R-6. There is also a list of various things we need to begin collecting in church…please take a look and see if there is anything you can help us with, also there is still time to volunteer and help during the activity days. Thank you.

CHARITY GOLF DAY on Friday 17th August at Horsehay Golf Club 9.30am start.  £30 for 18holes of golf followed by a meal.  Male or female, no current handicap required. Limited places available.  Entry via Richard Long on 504204 or email richardejlong@hotmail.com All proceeds to Telford CAP Debt Centre.

Monday 9th July 9.15am Morning Prayer at St Michael’s

Thursday 12th July 7.30-8am Early Morning Prayers at St John’s

GOOD MORNING SUNDAY at St John’s. Breakfast from 8.15-9.15am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection. (Not on the 5th Sunday).

WORSHIP, LUNCH & MUSIC takes place on the First Thursday of each month (except January and August) and every week during Lent. We begin with a service of Communion at noon followed by lunch and a recital.

DO YOU LIKE WALKING FOR PLEASURE? We meet at St John’s every Wednesday at 10am for a gentle walk of around an hour.  All are welcome. More details from Jo Lefroy.

A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on the second Saturday of each month 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

PRAYERS FOR CAP: We continue to run a regular prayer time for the CAP Debt Centre, monthly on the 3rd Tuesday at St John’s in the Acorn Room AT A NEW TIME of 4.30pm.

You are invited to St Michael’s to POP IN FOR COFFEE on the third      Thursday of each month between 10am-12noon all very welcome.

FORGET ME NOT FILMS: Do you like watching old musicals while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake?  If so, join us usually on the 4th Thursday of each month from 9.30am – 12noon.

PATHFINDERS: School Years R-Y6. Meets every Thursday at 5pm during term

time at St Michael’s. Tea served at 5.05pm.  Come and join the fun £2 per   session includes food. Email to help with catering.

BLAZE: A mid week 11’s-14’s group. It takes place between 6.30-7:30pm on Wednesdays at St Michael’s Church. Contact the office for further details.

FUSION: (14 – 18 year olds) will meet weekly at St John’s.  The meeting time is Sunday evenings 7.15 – 8.30pm during term time. We meet for Bible study, prayer and discussion. Call 670033 for info.

THIS WEEK

Sidesperson: 9.30am  Anthony and 6.30pm Mike M

Coffee: Delia and Sylvia

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson: 9.30am Clive & Julie  and 6.30pm Fran

Coffee: Paul & Julie

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR

Monday and Friday 9-4pm and Tuesday 8.30am-12.30 and 2-4pm

Email:  admin@stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk   Web: www.stmichaelslilleshall.org.uk

MATTHEW’S DAY OFF is usually FRIDAY  Email: matthew.lefroy@tiscali.co.uk

 

1 Kings 18:16-39  Elijah on Mount Carmel

16 So Obadiah went to meet Ahab and told him, and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, ‘Is that you, you troubler of Israel?’

18 ‘I have not made trouble for Israel,’ Elijah replied. ‘But you and your father’s family have. You have abandoned the Lord’s commands and have followed the Baals. 19 Now summon the people from all over Israel to meet me on Mount Carmel. And bring the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.’

20 So Ahab sent word throughout all Israel and assembled the prophets on Mount Carmel. 21 Elijah went before the people and said, ‘How long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal is God, follow him.’    But the people said nothing.

22 Then Elijah said to them, ‘I am the only one of the Lord’s prophets left, but Baal has four hundred and fifty prophets. 23 Get two bulls for us. Let Baal’s prophets choose one for themselves, and let them cut it into pieces and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. I will prepare the other bull and put it on the wood but not set fire to it. 24 Then you call on the name of your god, and I will call on the name of the Lord. The god who answers by fire – he is God.’    Then all the people said, ‘What you say is good.’

25 Elijah said to the prophets of Baal, ‘Choose one of the bulls and prepare it first, since there are so many of you. Call on the name of your god, but do not light the fire.’ 26 So they took the bull that was given to them and prepared it.

Then they called on the name of Baal from morning till noon. ‘Baal, answer us!’ they shouted. But there was no response; no one answered. And they danced around the altar they had made.

27 At noon Elijah began to taunt them. ‘Shout louder!’ he said. ‘Surely he is a god! Perhaps he is deep in thought, or busy, or travelling. Maybe he is sleeping and must be awakened.’ 28 So they shouted louder and slashed themselves with swords and spears, as was their custom, until their blood flowed. 29 Midday passed, and they continued their frantic prophesying until the time for the evening sacrifice. But there was no response, no one answered, no one paid attention.

30 Then Elijah said to all the people, ‘Come here to me.’ They came to him, and he repaired the altar of the Lord, which had been torn down. 31 Elijah took twelve stones, one for each of the tribes descended from Jacob, to whom the word of the Lord had come, saying, ‘Your name shall be Israel.’ 32 With the stones he built an altar in the name of the Lord, and he dug a trench round it large enough to hold two seahs of seed. 33 He arranged the wood, cut the bull into pieces and laid it on the wood. Then he said to them, ‘Fill four large jars with water and pour it on the offering and on the wood.’         34 ‘Do it again,’ he said, and they did it again.

‘Do it a third time,’ he ordered, and they did it the third time. 35 The water ran down around the altar and even filled the trench.

36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: ‘Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again.’

38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, ‘The Lord – he is God! The Lord – he is God!’