Church Service on 1 February 2014 at 11am 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Keith Stevenson 

David Silcox gives AnnouncementsAnnouncements were given by David Silcox and included:
*There seems to be a lot of illness around at the moment—George & Sue Ann have missed two weeks, although George is here today.  Mike Barlow is still ill, and Valerie Philo fell last week and is in hospital with bruises
*As a congregation we have for a long time supported the Women’s Refuge in Watford.  They sent a letter this week thanking us for our most recent donation.  If you would like to give anything or be involved in this effort, see Dorothy Beardsmore.
*Long-time member in the US, LeRoy Neff, died this week, aged 90.
*David mentioned Dr. Tkach’s weekly update that talks about February being Black History Month in the US, as well as the National Marriage Week 7-14 February.  He also read James Henderson’s Thought For The Week about substitution.  If you would like to read this, click on this link: or go to the home page and click the Weekly Thought tab and then the ‘continue reading’ link. 

Nancy in April 2008Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Bless The Lord Eternal O My Soul
Hymn 2.  Thee Will I Love, O Lord

Nancy then played a powerpoint presentation and read out The Pencil Story—an analogy that likens our lives to a pencil with five things we need to remember 1.  we will do great things if we allow God to hold us in his hand and others to access our gifts.  2.  We experience a painful sharpening from time to time be become more useful  3.  You can correct mistakes or grow through them.  4.  The most important part of us is what’s inside & 5.  We are writing our story, so serve God in everything.

Hymns continued with
Hymn 3.  Our God Reigns
Hymn 4.  Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace 

Nancy played a Video of Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life, entitled Black History Month. 

Phillip HalfordIntercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford and included:
*Every act of kindness makes a difference, but we need the virtue of patience for the ultimate end of injustice and suffering
*Flooding is causing havoc and destruction, other places are suffering hurricanes, wars and diseases—we place them into your hands, God.
*thank you that Martin Willis is back among us, although not fully recovered and we ask for your complete healing for him.  We bring before you those we know suffering illness—George & Sue Ann who are your faithful servants and we ask that you grant them health—Mike Barlow, please heal him so that he can continue to serve the Church—Valerie Philo, who has had a fall.  There are many more—you know and love each one.  Please give us patience to wait on you and your will for each of us.
*Please comfort the family and friends of LeRoy Neff, another long-time servant in your church. 

Hymn 5.  The Lord’s My Sherherd (Townend version) 

Anthony Dady giving the SermonThe Message was given by Anthony Dady.  Anthony is an elder in Grace Communion International/Worldwide Church of God UK, which gives him unique opportunity to share the gospel in his role as Deputy Mayor of Corby in Northamptonshire.  In May he will become Mayor for a year.
Mr. Dady took us through an in depth look at the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12.  He commented that ‘blessed’ could be considered ‘happy’, but not just the emotion of happiness which is often based on circumstances and can be fleeting, but the spiritual joy of God that transcends physical life.  Even through suffering (verses 4 & 10) we can count ourself as blessed through Christ to Eternal Life.  Verse 4 speaks of those who mourn and this word means more than being sad because of the death of a loved one—it has a sense of deep emotional response to the evil and sadness in the world and a yearning for the coming of Jesus to bring solution and restore all things.  In verse 5 can be viewed as blessed are those who have been humbled—trials can be a blessing and you are blessed by the loss of wrong attitudes and behaviours.  The things that go wrong in this life are comparatively insignificant when you consider eternal life—even persecution (verses 10-11) does not compare to our reward in heaven—rejoice and be blessed by God both now and forever.  Anthony gave a short prayer in conclusion. 

The final Hymn was It Is Well With My soul
after which the Closing Prayer was led by James Esom 

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.  

There was Children’s Church during the Sermon time.

Children's Church

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