Church Services on 15 February 2014

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

lcvp 004Hymns were led by George Henderson
Hymn 1 – O Worship the King
Hymn 2 – Praise Ye the Lord the Almighty

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*George Affelt, a Pastor in the U.S.A. who had gone home from hospital, had to return following a fall. They found that he had a kidney stone which caused an infection and also a blood infection. He is now back at home, but please keep praying for him.
*Naomi Biswas, wife of John Biswas a G.C.I.Pastor, has asthmatic congestion. She is unable to work as a nurse because of this. Please pray for her healing.
*Abigail Feazel, only 5 years old has a rare form of blood disease. She lives in the U.S.A. and her parents and grandparents are church members.
*Sueann Henderson is still unwell. Sue and George have a Chinese friend called May. Her elderly mother has lung cancer and May would like to go home to visit her. Her passport is still going through the process to allow her to settle here. Please pray that she will be able to go soon.
*Irene Wilson had an asthmatic attack on Wednesday. She is resting today.
*Valerie Philo is now home from hospital, but feels down and lonely.
*The Watford New Hope Trust is 24 years old this year. They are to hold an Open Service at St Mary’s Church on 23rd March at 7p.m.  You are welcome to attend.
*The Luton Quiz Night is to be held on 29th March. The service starts at 3p.m. followed by a meal at 6p.m. Contact Dorothy Beardsmore for details, or Daria Fowler.
*The Galway Harvest Festival is to be held on 30th August – 2nd September. Please contact Joe Casey for details.
*Please continue to pray for Judy Harper who remains positive.
*We don’t know of any of our members that have been affected by the extreme weather. If any have, then please let James Henderson know.

Hymn 3 – Majesty

lcvp 005Intercessory Prayer was led by Bill Wilson and included:
*Bill prayed for his wife Irene to be much improved when he returns home.
*Everything in nature returns to the earth because of gravity, but not us. We will rise because of Jesus, he rose and so will we.
*It is a privilage to be here with other people who live believing whole heartedly that we will have life through your Son. We bow before you and give you thanks.
*We ask your healing power for Abigail Feazel, Bernie Schnippert, Valerie Philo, George Affelt, Naomi Biswas and Sueann. Please help all of their families through these difficulties.
*Please speed through May’s passport to help her get to see her mother in China.
*Our Sceptred Isle. Water is where it shouldn’t be. People are enduring great hardships. Let our hearts go out to them and help where we can. Thankyou for all who are working so hard to assist the situation.
*There are many displaced and homeless people in the world. Please help them and the unemployed. In this country we have many people now on the breadline. Let the government realise their needs and help them.
*Many of our members here are getting older. We would love our young people to return and we ask your help for this to happen.

Hymn 4 – As the Deer

lcvp 006The Message was given by Mr.Bergin on the subject of Faith.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1. It is complete trust and confidence in God.  There are 2 elements to faith. Believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of those who seek him and do as he asks. Verse 6.  There are 2 types of faith, the living and the dead. James 2:17.  Belief in itself is not sufficient for salvation. Even Satan believes and trembles. Verse 19. Repentance is the first step, and then we become a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17. Faith is the basis of our new life in Christ. We are not saved by works. Ephesians 2:8-9.  James 2:18. We do things or don’t do them because of our faith. Don’t worry about things you have no control over. That is like a rocking chair, it comforts you but doesn’t take you anywhere. Don’t doubt. God’s love is steadfast. Proverbs 28:16. 2 Corinthians 5:7. Human nature has failed. We need the mind of Christ. Let God direct our path. Our faith will be tested. Faith is like a muscle that needs exercising daily. 1 Peter 1:6-7. What result does faith bring? Everlasting life.  Repent and receive the Holy Spirit. 

The final Hymn was My Shepherd Will Supply My Need after which the Closing Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore.
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Children’s Church was held during the Sermon time.

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