Sunday, 25 June 2017

These your servants....

Our day began with an open air service for St James and St Anne's in St James's Churchyard.

Earlier in the week it would have been too hot to be outside, but today the weather was just right for praising the Lord in the open air. A big thank you for our friends from the Rhema Church - who share the building with us - for organising the PA and sound.

It was good to have Stan Catton back as our guest preacher, as two members of our congregation, Beatrice and Maria (right) were baptised.

Later at Holy Trinity, Rotherhithe, it was the Bermondsey deanery confirmation service with Bishop Karowei, where Beatrice was joined by four other members of our churches to be confirmed, David, Olufolakemi, Grace, and Antoine:

We sung some great hymns including 'Come down O love divine' and 'And Can it Be', led by the Holy Trinity choir, and I was struck once again by that wonderful prayer for the candidates that comes just after the confirmation itself: ' Defend, O Lord, these your servants with your heavenly grace, that they may continue yours for ever, and daily increase in your Holy Spirit more and more until they come to your everlasting kingdom.'

That's a great prayer to pray for any Christian, but its a specially good prayer to pray for people taking what David, the youngest of the candidates, told the Bishop was the 'next step' - the next step in following Christ.

May that prayer come true in the lives of our five newly confirmed Christians.

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