Church Service on 11 January 2014 at 11am 

The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Jean Sole 

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Everyone is invited to the Celebration Luncheon immediately following the Service in the Church Hall.
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Ruth Edwards thanks everyone for their prayers—her health is settled after several rounds of treatment for cancer.
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Judy Harper is very, very poorly and needs prayers for her cancer.
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Pauline Grierson Richardson is in the hospital following chest pains which doctors diagnosed as a heart attack
*Wanaka who attended in Luton but was from Zimbabwe, has died after a long illness. 

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1.  Lord, For The Years
Hymn 2.  From Heaven You Came
Communion 
The Communion Service was introduced by David Silcox.  Colossians 3 tells us to seek those things that are above.  As Shakespeare said, we begin as a baby meuling and peuking in our mothers arms and end as an old man without hair, without tetth, without anything, and the only thing that matters is Christ in us.  David asked a blessing on the bread and wine, and broke the wine before he and Bill Wilson held the elements while people came forward.  After returning to their seats, people at and drank together. 

George Henderson leads worshipBefore introducing the Intercessory Prayer, George Henderson reminded us that next week is the beginning of the Churches Together Week of Prayer for Christian Unity that begins with the Pulpit Swop, and the following week we host one of the Services to which all in the Churches Together are invited.  This Service on 25th January will begin at 10:30am and will be followed by a brunch.  Every day during the Churches Together Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a different Church will host a Service with a set theme for the message.  For a full list of these Services and Themes, click on this link:  https://watford.wcg.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/2014-01-06-Week-of-Prayer-schedule.pdf

Hymn 3.  Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

 

Winston Bothwell leads Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Winston Bothwell, who began by commenting that statistics show the first week in a new year to contain more deaths and more people filing for divorce than any other week in the year.  He Read Psalm 103, Bless the Lord O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
*Words cannot tell your wonders and we thank and praise you and pray for your forgiveness and mercy, possible through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
*Thank you for marriage and for couples here who have enjoyed many years of happy marriage.  Thank you for their commitment and decidation to you throughout their lives and marriages.  At this time of year when divorce is so prevalent, look down on those having difficulties and be with and guide them.  Help them to overcome their difficulties and build happy relationships
*Our hearts go out to those suffering from floods and extreme weather.  In the US extreme cold is causing difficulties—protect and help those affected.
*Sudan is troubled by war and unrest.  Even Christians are involved in killings.  Violence and vengeance are a curse of mankind.  Children are so badly affected, as we see by a suicide bomber child of 10.  We pray for your peace in these war-torn areas.
*Be with those mourning the loss of relatives.  Even those of a great age are missed and mourned.
*Judy Harper has been a shining example of courage and faith throughout her terrible battle with cancer and we put her into your hands to heal or comfort.
*Pauline Grierson has suffered a heart attack—bring her back to good health.
*Ann Nadim also needs healing after surgery on her leg
*Be with the elderly as they become frail, support and encourage them.  We remember Margaret Silcox and Jack Stokes.
*Thank you for hearing our prayers and that we can come to you with anything on our minds, no matter how small. 

We listened to a piece of Special Music played from a CD.  This was a song about if I had only one friend left in the world I would want it to be you. 

James Henderson gives the sermonThe Message was given by James Henderson on the subject of marriage.  Marriage is a wonderful gift from God and James gave us three things to think about:
1.  All relationships are about oneness.
2.  We should celebrate the distinctions and give one another space to be themselves
3.  We need to express unconditional love, and to share it with all around us.
Our relationships and marriage affects the Church. We need to remember that Jesus accepted us and sacrificed himself for us, and so should be accept one another, flaws and all. 

The final Hymn was The Churches One Foundation
after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson 

Celebration Luncheon-starters on the tableImmediately following the Service, everyone went into the Social Hall where the tables were laid for the Celebration Lunch being provided by three couples celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversaries:  Paul & Linda Zehetmayr, George & SueAnn Henderson and David & Nancy Silcox.  Champagne and sparkling grape juice were handed around before David proposed a toast ‘To The Kingdom’, after which people enjoyed the starter of smoked salmon salad which was already on the table.  This was followed by a buffet of roast turkey, roast beef and vegetables, then desserts & coffee.  Wine and soft drinks were available throughout.  It was a lovely occasion to celebrate together.
Celebration Luncheon-buffet queue

This week in Children’s Church we looked in detail at the book Chloe received at Adventure Camp 2013. It was entitled Great Adventures of the Bible. We went through all 23 Bible stories in the book and listened to some of the CD that is in the front of the book. The children read most of the stories themselves. Last week the children looked at an overview of the NIV Adventure Bible that Michael and Jessica both received from Adventure Camp. 

Children's Church  

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0-Bricket Wood Bible Study-Feb 05The Bricket Wood Bible Study was held Friday night 7:30 at the St. Stevens Parish Centre upstairs room.  The group continued to study through the book of Psalms.  This study looked at Psalm 90, a Psalm attributed to Moses.  Verse one led to a discussion of the names of God, which was very interesting.  Please do come along and join us for this biweekly study.  We enjoy refreshments together after the study each time.

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