Covenant Blessings, Baptism and 1 Kings – Praise and Preaching from St Peters

Last Sunday we had the joy of baptising Peter and Charis Anderson –

Songs: Mighty to Save; Christ is Mine Forevermore; Ps 109:1-5 and 14-17; We praise God for his Covenant; O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go.

(I made a mistake with the selection of the psalm – we left it on a rather grime note and should have sung the next verse!  Not everything in the Bible is easy or comfortable!)

Reading:  Acts 8:26-40 and Ps 109:1-20

Sermon: 1 Samuel 18:1-4 – A Covenant of Love

I don’t know if I’ve ever had so many questions after a sermon – baptism, predestination, role of women,  e violence in the psalms, were just some of the ones I was asked at the door!  (Not all of them had to do with the sermon)!

These are the photos I used in the childrens address:

 

This is the blessing we use for baptisms its  – from the French Reformed Church

“Little child, for you Jesus Christ has come, he has fought, he has suffered. For you he entered the shadow of Gethsemane and the horror of Calvary. For you he uttered the cry ‘it is finished!’For you he rose from the dead and ascended into heaven and there intercedes – for you little child even though you do not know it.But in this way the word of the Gospel becomes true; ‘We love him, because he first loved us.

In the evening Craig began our new series in 1 Kings….well worth listening to…

Songs: Give Thanks to the Lord our God and King; All my Days; Ps 72:1-7; In Christ Alone

Reading: 1 Kings 1-2

Sermon: 1 Kings 1-2 – God’s Kingly Criteria

Finally I’ve posted this before….but it is well worth posting again…this is one of songs we sang in the morning….it is one we have come to love and own as a congregation.

 

The Greatest Doctrine (Romans 8:28); Proverbs 1 and “It is Well With My Soul”

Baptism – A personal Journey in which it is discovered that infant baptism is Biblical!

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