Inviting Others and Contributing Financially to God’s work

Inviting Others and
Financially to God’s
Nehemiah 7
Morning Service
Sunday 2nd November 2014 at 11.00am
Call to Worship
Hymn 669
Ye Holy angels bright
Welcome & Announcements
Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Talk
Why is it Important to Come to Church every
Following the hymn Little Fishes is available for children aged between 0 – 3
years old. Little Fishes is supervised so parents may return into the church service.
Children (3-11 years) may leave for Kingfishers, which starts this morning. We
follow a programme of Bible teaching, activities include story-telling, art and craft,
prayers as well as songs. We help the children learn about Jesus and grow in
their faith in a fun way.
Young people may leave for Late Breakfast.
Introduction to Bible Readings
Lesson 1
Nehemiah 7: 1-5 and Nehemiah 7: 66-73
Lesson 2
Ephesians 2: 11-22
O Praise the Lord - Batten
Inviting others and contributing financially to God’s
Praise and Offering
Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise
(Please stand as the Stewards bring the offering forward)
Prayer of dedication for the Offering and Prayer for Others
Hymn 666
For all the saints
The Benediction
Organ Postlude
Variations Sur ‘Sine Nomine’ - Bedard
(Organ voluntaries – the organ voluntary played at the conclusion of each service is part of the
offering of worship. Members of the congregation are very welcome to remain in their seats or
come into the choir area to listen to the music)
At the end of the Service please join us for coffee/tea at the back of the church. If you are
visiting Fisherwick for the first time please introduce yourself to our ministers, Rev Michael
Anderson, Rev Gary McDowell, or any member of the congregation.
Members of the Church’s Prayer Ministry Team are available in the Prayer Chapel
following morning worship for anyone who would like people to pray for them.
Prayer is available to everyone whether you are a church member or not.
Listen up everyone in year 8-12!
Are you feeling hungry?
If you are ready for some Food, Fun &
we would love to see you at Late Breakfast.
We meet in the youth room upstairs during
the morning service.
Sunday Night Live including Holy Communion starts at 7.00pm and Mervyn
McCullagh will continue with our series “A People of Service and Outreach from 1
Sunday 9th November – Remembrance Sunday
Sunday Morning Worship starts at 11.00am and Michael Anderson will lead the
Remembrance service.
The Prayer Ministry Team meet at 5.30pm in Wilson House.
Sunday Night Live starts at 7.00pm. Gary McDowell will lead the service at which
the Rev Wilfred Orr will speak on Remembrance.
If you would like more information on any Church Organisations and
Groups, please speak to any member of staff or leader of the Organisation
or Group if you know them or simply email [email protected], telephone
02890 666683 and we will be happy to help you.
Monday 3rd November
The Kirk Session will meet at 7.30pm in the Parlour.
Tuesday 4th November
The Babies & Toddlers Group starts at 10.00am and meet in the Minor Hall.
The Ladies Badminton Club meet at 10.00am in the Musgrave Hall.
Over 18 Badminton Club meet at 7.30pm also in the Musgrave Hall.
The NET. The NET is an informal, student gathering for those who want to
discuss and share what they believe. Whether you are exploring the Christian
faith or a long-time Christian, come along as we explore what we believe and
why we believe it. The Net meet in the church during term at 8.00pm.
Wednesday 5th November
The Wednesday Table Tennis Group continue to meet each week 10am12noon. New members will be made most welcome.
The Wednesday Club meet from 10.15am including the monthly dinner.
Everyone welcome.
Choir Practice begins at 7.45pm meeting in the Parlour. Please speak to Neale
Agnew our Musical Director or any choir member for more details.
The Indoor Bowling Club meets in the Musgrave Hall at 7.30pm. A welcome
awaits you. No experience required. For more information contact Eddie Rice or
Raymond Liggett.
Thursday 6th November
Students Lunches continue from 12 noon to 2pm. Anyone interested in assisting
by volunteering to help on a Thursday or who wish to make a financial
contribution to the work of student lunches, please speak to Ruth Crawford or
Raymond Robinson.
Girls and Boys Brigade begins tonight starting at 6.30pm. The Girls Brigade is a
Christian uniformed organisation for the girls aged 3 years and upwards. It is
international and interdenominational. They meet on Thursday evenings in the
Church Halls from September to April. Girls 3 - 8 years are called Explorers and
meet from 6.30 - 7.30pm. The Juniors (P5-P7), Seniors (Form 1-3) and Brigaders
(Form 4+) meet from 7.30 - 9.00pm. ]The Boy's Brigade also meet on Thursday.
The Anchor Boys (P1-P4) and the Junior Section (P5-P7) meet at 6.30 - 7.30pm.
We provide activities and opportunities for the girls and boys and help them find
new interests, learn new skills and discover their gifts. It is all about having fun
and meeting new friends.
Friday 7th November
The Friday Morning Congregational Prayer Meeting starts at 7.30am in Wilson
House, which is open to everyone to attend. The prayer meeting will finish at
8.15am, however if you have to leave earlier that is fine.
Attention Youth!!
We are launching a new youth program for 11-18 year olds on Sunday
and we want you there. Where? Fisherwick Church Halls When? 5.30pm 6.45pm starting 9th Nov with Chat and Pizza.
Monday 10th November
The Presbyterian Women meet on Monday 10th November at 7.45pm with guest
speaker Thompson Steele who will speak on “Belfast through Story and Song”.
The ‘Building Blocks’ Children’s Ministry Conference will take place on
Saturday 15 November 2014 in Assembly Buildings . This conference is for all
those working with children in their local church, community or school.
We are
delighted that Lucy Moore will be our keynote speaker for Building Blocks in
2014. Lucy is the founder of Messy Church and works for Bible Reading
Fellowship (BRF) as Messy Church Team Leader. She is responsible for
developing the work of Messy Church nationally and internationally – writing,
speaking, reflecting and developing Messy Church projects. There will be an opportunity for delegates to attend two of the wide choice of
seminars on offer. Sunday School Teachers, Children’s Church Leaders, Kids’
Club Leaders and Ministers are sure to benefit from what the conferences have to
offer. This is an opportunity NOT to be missed! Early bookings are greatly encouraged! For more information on seminars
or to download a booking form please go to
Thursday 20th November
The Presbyterian Historical Society lecture “Presbyterian Chaplaincy in the
First World War” (speaker Rev Dr Victor Dobbin) will be held in Malone
Presbyterian Church starting at 8.00pm. Everyone is welcome and refreshments
will be provided.
FISHERWICK Girls Brigade & Boys Brigade
invite you to a Fry Morning
Saturday 15th November 9.30am – 12noon In Fisherwick Church Hall (Proceeds to the Boys Brigade) SMALL GROUPS
Each group is unique in style and format but they all exist for people to meet
together, form real relationships and encourage one another as we live life
following Jesus. If you would like to meet new people and grow in your faith then
join a small group. For information about Small Groups in Fisherwick check out
the information boards beside the Coffee Bar, the website or contact the
Church Office. The Small group Co-Ordinators are Peter and Linda Little.
Little Fishes is in the parlour. It is a place for parents to leave their babies
and toddlers during the church service. There are supervised activities,
toys and a snack time. There is also a designated baby area
with a protective screen with a crèche leader supervising. The co-ordinator is
Kathryn Ward.
At the end of today’s service please take this order of service home with you.
Through the week, pray for each of the church organisations and through
the events listed.
Also, pray for those in our congregation family who you know are in need of
prayer and each day pray for one of the prayer requests from the
Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s Mission Ireland and Overseas Prayerline.
Thank you.
Arklow Presbyterian Church
Pray for:
Pray for the Kirk Session, Committee and Congregation and Vacancy Convener
(Rev Dr Kathryn Meyer) and that the congregation will be able to move swiftly to a
position of being granted leave to call a new minister.
Ballyhobridge, Clones, Newbliss & Stonebridge Presbyterian Churches Revd Stanley Stewart
Praise and Prayer for:
• Give thanks for the Special Harvest evening service in Newbliss on 5 October
when there was a good attendance of friends and neighbours from across the
community along with the congregation; when God was truly praised by the
singing of the Tullyallen and Mountnorris Male Voice Choir and the preaching of
Revd Nigel Reid.
• Give thanks for the Variety Gospel Concert held in Clones on Saturday 11
October 2014. A wonderful, entertaining and inspiring evening with the hall full to
overflowing with 300 people from across the community in attendance.
• Pray for our recently appointed Youth Worker (Trainee), Richard Marcus of
High Kirk congregation, Ballymena. Pray that he will quickly settle into this rural
area and balance the demands of his three year degree programme with the
Centre for Youth Ministries Ireland and his 14 hours per week work in the Clones
group of congregations where his role is to develop a programme of activities
around the Peace Link Sports Centre facility in Clones, building good relations
with and between young people as well as support the youth work in the
congregations and the local presbytery.
Ballymote, Killala & Ballina Presbyterian Churches - Revd Molly
Praise and Prayer for:
• Give thanks for the response from the community to the “Combat Cancer with
Coffee” day we had in early October. In spite of not having our notice published
in the local paper, a steady stream turned out for a cuppa and a donation. We
are praising God for the over €1,700 we received to donate to regional cancer
• Give thanks for the turn outs at our three Harvest Festivals. We are especially
grateful for the people across the community who came to the Ballymote Harvest
• Please pray with us for our bi-monthly service of prayer for healing, taking place
on the evening of 9 November in Ballina. A team from YWAM will be coming to
pray with those coming forward for prayer.
Aghada Presbyterian Church - Revd John Faris
Pray for:
• In a desire to be more accessible to the community, Aghada Presbyterian
Church (in rural east Cork) is holding a series of “Reflections on the Psalms” on
Thursday evenings in November. Please pray for this outreach.
Pettigo, Tempo & Irvinestown Presbyterian Churches -Revd Charles
Praise and Prayer for:
• Give thanks that the Harvest Services at Pettigo were well attended and that in
the worship and in the harvest displays we were able to focus on the generosity
of God and to reflect on how our lives should show the fruit of His Spirit. As
seeds of faith have been sown in our lives, so in word and life we sow more
seeds of faith and trust God to gather His Harvest.
• We have 14 children at Tempo SUPA Club, so we give thanks for all of them
and for the enthusiastic way they entered into the theme we chose. They have
really grasped the essence of the Parable of the Sower and we pray that the
seeds of faith that have been sown will grow in wonderful ways.
• Irvinestown PW members are looking at the possibilities of starting a walking
group that would meet on Mondays for a trial period. The PW members want to
connect better with some of the younger women and families in the
congregation, so please pray that this initiative will be faith driven and God
Londonderry - Strand Presbyterian Church
Pray for:
• Please pray for “Deep”, a new weekly student event started in October by the
Presbytery of Derry & Donegal and “Exodus”. Andy Lamberton is heading up this
late night (10pm) time of Worship, Word & Conversation, supported by Revd
Nigel Craig. They are operating out of the old Strand Presbyterian Church in
Londonderry. The first night was lively and well-supported.
• Please pray for the students who attend, that their walk with Christ would
deepen, and that they would be strengthened in their witness to those around
Sonya Anderson, Deaconess - Shore Street Presbyterian Churches,
Pray for:
• Please pray for a four-week simple Ladies Bible Study that we hope to run
during November. We had a similar Bible Study before Easter this year and were
able to engage with ladies at different stages of their faith.
• Continue to pray for our ‘Meaning of Life’ course on Thursday nights. We would
love to see people come to faith and others grow in their faith.
Sharon Heron, Deaconess - Strand Urban Mission Congregation, East
Prayer and Praise for:
• Please pray for nine people attending Christianity Explored; that they will make
a decision for Christ.
• Praise God for new families attending the congregation in Strand.
• Pray for new people attending English class, that we can build on good
• Pray that the coffee area would develop.
Steve Anderson reports from Torre del Mar that he, along with three others,
attended the first Presbytery Mission day, which was an opportunity for the
congregation to contribute at Presbytery level and for representatives to think
about mission in the incoming year. The challenge is now to develop the
conversations from this event into a sustainable proposal and present it to the
Church Board and then to the congregation.
• Pray for a greater sense of mission to develop within the congregation.
Pray for preparation for the Sunday services and Wednesday Bible studies
which continue weekly.
Pray for three people whom Steve is in contact with. Pray that these
contacts will develop and opportunities open up for sharing the good news
about Jesus.
Pray for the establishment and development of further 1-1 contacts inside
and outside the local community.
Sadly Alan Johnston’s mother passed away last Saturday (25th) and a
thanksgiving service was held yesterday on the 28th.
• Remember Alan, Tracey their children and all the family circle at this time of
On Friday (31st), a delegation from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland comprising
of the Moderator, Rt Rev Dr Michael Barry, his wife Esther and their daughter
Deborah, along with PW President Anna Morrison, and Charlotte Stevenson (PW
Communications and Development Officer) left to visit our partner church, the
Presbyterian Church of East Africa (PCEA) in Kenya. During their visit they will
spend time with PCI overseas mission personnel serving in Kenya, as well as
connecting with the PCEA Women’s Guild and visiting partner church projects.
• Pray that the group will have a safe and trouble-free trip, especially that they
will each remain in good health and that travel (including internal travel) will go
• Pray that the visit will be an encouragement to all they meet and that through
the visit our partnership with the PCEA and support of PCI personnel serving
there will be strengthened.
Stephen Cowan reports, “The October Bible teaching time continues and many
people have gathered to encourage each other, and learn that some cultural
practices are not in line with the Word of God. Paul & Elizabeth Davis and Keith
McCrossan from Magheramason Presbyterian Church are due to arrive in Tuum
this week to help out with the work for three weeks. The Davis’ will be based in
the village of Wuaso Rongai and Keith will assist at Tuum and in the village of
Seren Also this week a brick builder will go to Seren to assist in putting up the
walls of the new girls’ dormitory being built there.”
• Pray for the monthly teaching times that bring encouragement, especially to
the few believers who live in isolated villages.
• Pray for the logistics and safety in travel as visitors and workers are moved
around in the coming weeks.
• Give thanks for a positive change in attitude in some of the workers in the
garage, and pray that they will respond to the Gospel.
• Continue to pray for the ministry in schools that Kasoni is involved in. It is
becoming increasingly obvious to Kasoni that culture is still very strong, and
belief in the Bible takes second place.
On Wednesday 29th Neil worked with Tandu Zimba and other members of the
One-Stop team to provide training on dealing with child sexual abuse to 60
policemen from stations all over the Blantyre area. Neil travelled to Ireland this
weekend for a short home assignment undertaking deputation from Sunday 2nd
November to Sunday 16th November (inclusive). Sara and their teenage children
will remain in Malawi.
• Give thanks for the donations that have made this training possible, and pray
that it will be effective.
• Pray for Neil while he is in Ireland for deputation. Pray that he will make the
most of his opportunities to talk about the Lord’s work in Malawi.
• Pray too for Sara, Ben and Grace at home in Malawi.
Earlier this month, Volker Glissmann attended the fourth All African Theological
Education by Extension Association (AATEEA) meeting in Ethiopia (11th to 17th
October). The meeting went very well and it was a good opportunity for
participants to jointly reflect on some of the challenges ahead and how TEE
programmes across Africa can join forces to address some of the pressing issues
that affect the church in Africa.
Theological Education by Extension in Malawi (TEEM), is currently working on
an internal training programme to expand the knowledge and depth within the
organisation in all things related to TEE. For Volker, it was very good and helpful
to have had the chance to talk to some people at the conference who have been
involved in TEE for many years, to clarify the direction and topics that TEEMs’
internal training programme should address.
Volker is currently on a short home assignment in Ireland engaging in
deputation, and is due return to Malawi next Wednesday (5th November).
• Praise the Lord for the fruitful meeting of the AATEEA and for the cooperation
that is developing.
• Pray for JinHyeog and the children while Volker is away.
• Pray too that Volker will have a safe and trouble-free journey back to Zomba
next week.
After almost three months off the road waiting for repairs and parts in South Africa,
the Dowds family’s car is now running well. Johnny and the children have been
stuck in South Africa during this time on an ‘extended holiday’, (Lyn travelled by
plane back to Malawi in September to continue working at the
hospital). Thankfully they will soon be on their way to Livingstonia. Lyn’s parents
are flying out to meet up with them in Johannesburg and they will all travel to
Livingstonia together.
• Give thanks that the car has eventually been fixed with the correct part
arriving from the UK.
• Pray that they will have a safe and trouble-free journey to Livingstonia.
David McCullagh reports that Scripture Union (SU) staff throughout Malawi are
continuing their day-to-day work in schools and meeting with local
congregations. Quite a number of planning committees will meet throughout
November to chat through the decisions that were made at the AGM held earlier
this month and their impact on ministry at the grassroots level of the work. One
key area of work that has come out of the AGM is the review of SU Malawi’s daily
Bible reading guides for young people. Recently some funding has come forward
for the Kande project, so David and Amon hope to travel to Kande at the start of
November to look at the next phases of work that are to be undertaken at the
camp and conference centre.
• Pray for David and Amon as they travel to Kande to monitor the progress of
work at the camp site.
• Pray for SU committee members as they meet to plan future ministry
• Pray for SU staff as they juggle a healthy balance of ministry work in schools
and with churches, and the committee work that they also must complete.
William Mateer, FEBA UK & Ireland Ambassador, thanks you for your on-going
prayerful support and requests the following:
Africa: Radio Wimbe in Pemba, Mozambique was burgled last week with a
laptop and mobile phone stolen. Pray for Narciso and the team as they work out
how to deal with the repercussions of the burglary and how to replace the stolen
items. The lack of the mobile phone is having a particularly big impact on the
station, as they can no longer receive calls from listeners, which is the principle
way the station interacts with their audience. Pray that this does not put listeners
off listening to Radio Wimbe and that the team can negotiate getting back their old
number from the telephone company as soon as possible.
Asia: Pray for the Christian minority in Pakistan in the wake of the uncertain
political situation. Pray too for all those affected by recent flooding in Punjab and
Sindh region. Pray for the growth of the FM Expansion project; that God will
prompt new potential partners to come forward, and give thanks for a recent visit
of two of Feba’s head office team, which was encouraging to all involved and
helped cement relationships.
Middle East: Give thanks for 26 new Reality Church programmes recently
recorded for broadcast to Yemen asking God to bless the listeners with
encouragement and joy as they seek to follow Him in a very difficult place. These
programmes bring an expression of ‘church’ to those who are unable to openly
meet together for worship. Ask God to reveal Himself to new and current listeners
in a new and mighty way through these programmes.
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Thank you
Volunteering in Fisherwick
If you would like to find out more about volunteering in any
area of church life then please speak initially with our
Senior Minister Michael Anderson ([email protected])
or our Church Manager, Raymond Robinson
([email protected]).
Attention Youth!!
We are launching a new
youth program for
11-18 year olds
on Sunday nights
and we want you there.
Fisherwick Church Halls
5.30pm -6.45pm
Starting 9th Nov
Chat and Pizza
Address 4 Chlorine Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5DJ Telephone 02890 666683
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