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8th July 2018

Welcome to St John’s Church

Notices for Sunday 8th July

8.15am GOOD MORNING SUNDAY: On a busy Sunday, start the day with God and be fed and ready to go by 9:15! Breakfast from 8.15 am, the Sunday papers, conversation, prayer and reflection. 

9.30am HOLY COMMUNION: Welcome to our monthly early communion service this morning led by Jane. Robyn continues our new theme ’The Life of a Prophet – Elijah and Elisha’  John 20:24-29 and 1 Kings 18:16-39.

11am CHURCH PRAZE – WORSHIP 4 ALL: A warm welcome to our monthly all age service today led by Jon and Julie.

PRAYERS: A dear Christian lady, Mavis Hilton who was a faithful member of our church for many many years has gone to be with the lord after a short time of being unwell.  Our love and prayers go to Diane, Godfrey and 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!  We’re not too far away in Shawbury, so do get in contact if you’d like to invite yourself over for a cuppa!

SUNDAY MORNING ROTAS: We are putting together a new rota and are needing volunteers for sidespersons, coffee & chairs please.  If you can help please let Lesley know.  If you are currently on the rota and are unable to do it please let Lesley or Wendy  know who you have swapped with.  Thank you.

The TELFORD FOOD BANK has a new address, they are now located at 78-83 Severn Walk Sutton Hill TF7 4AS (Previously Leegomery) .

HOUSEGROUP LEADERS are to meet tomorrow night 7.45pm at the home of Nigel and Lisa.

The Building Management Team meets next tomorrow evening 7.30pm at the home of Tony & Gill.

Let’s try again……A MEN’S BREAKFAST takes place on Saturday 14th July 8.30am at The Whitehouse Hotel in Muxton.  Please let Simon T, Matthew or Lesley know you are coming.

Worship, Teaching and Stories’, taking place at Holy Trinity Church, Meole Brace Thursday July 12th at 7.30pm is part of the ‘Intentional    Discipleship 2018: East Meets West’ event which not only 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 our link Dioceses in S E Asia.  See poster in church.

JOIN US 4 A CUPPA! takes place on Friday 13th July June 11am-1pm.  Join us for refreshments and a bring & buy stall…all donations gratefully received and money raised will go to the crisis in Burundi.  Our litter pickers also meet        and are then invited to join us for a well deserved coffee afterwards.

ST JOHN’S PCC meets next on Monday 16th July 7.30pm in church.

HARTRIDGE BBQ: For the last few years we have had a BBQ at home for our church friends, advertised through Facebook. This year our BBQ is on          Saturday 21st July from 1pm onwards. Please feel free to come for all or part of the day. Please contact Simon or Julie if you intend coming so we can let you know what food you can bring.  Simon and Julie Hartridge. (If raining it will take place at St John’s.)

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 18 holes 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.

CONTACT DETAILS-IMPORTANT: We still need your forms, Please pick up a form and return to Lesley when completed.    THANK YOU.

Tuesday 10th July  8.30-9am Morning Prayer at St John’s

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

PRAYERS FOR CAP Debt Centre takes place monthly on the 3rd Tuesday 4.30-5pm at St John’s in the Acorn Room.

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. Moredetails from Jane Preston or Jo Lefroy.

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 at St John’s 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.  

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 the office for info.

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THIS WEEK

Sidesperson: 9.30am Jeanette & Di and 11am Volunteer please

Communion: Colin & Simon T         Coffee:  9.30am Di  and 11am The Tsang family

AV: 9.30am John Fenn & 11am James T                        Chairs:  Volunteers please

NEXT WEEK

Sidesperson:  Dave & Sue                                                 Coffee:  Wendy & John

AV: James               Counting: Moira & Dave W             Chairs: Geoff D + Helpers

CHURCH ADMINISTRATOR:

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

Email:  admin@stjohnsmuxton.org.uk   Web: www.stjohnsmuxton.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!’