Church Service on 15 March 2014 at 11am 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Sueann Henderson

George giving AnnouncementsHymns were led by George Henderson
Hymn 1 – Holy Holy Holy
Hymn 2 – Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Stuart Powell of our Leeds church, was improving in health but recently fell. His right leg is very painful so he needs to take pain killers. He has also failed an eye-test and not allowed to drive. He is to appeal against this decision. Stuart will be 80 years old on April 5th.
*Anthea Lipross wife of Roger, had open heart surgery on 26th February.  She was to have a mitral heart valve replaced because an unusual mass had grown there. There is a risk involved with this operation. They live in the U.S.A.
*The 2014 Conferences and Festivals will all be based on Titus 2:10 this year. The Conference at Market Harborough on July 13th is open for all to attend. The number of people going needs to be known for planning arrangements.

Hymn 3 – All Creatures Of Our God And King

Irene Wilson reports on Operation RudolphIntercessory Prayer was led by Irene Wilson and included:
*Leaders from Churches Across Watford met this morning for breakfast.  Irene was there and said that there is a great will to unite and work together for the good of Watford. The Street Angels and Pastors that work with the shops and charities do wonderful work.
*Thankyou Father for this Spring morning that declares your glory. When some days are difficult, we thank you for being with us and giving us comfort.
*Please bless Kevin Harris who is soon to have repair surgery. Let all go well for him.
*Valerie Philo is back in hospital again. Please guide the Doctors so that she can return home soon.
*Please help Anthea Lipross to recover well from her heart surgery. Doctors work physically on a heart but you work spiritually.
*Please help the doctors to find out why Stuart Powell is in so much pain. Please heal his leg and restore his eyesight. Jesus did this for so many people.
*It is a joy to see Sueann back with us again. Please continue to help her get completely well.
*A man called Les came in tears to our prayer table outside this morning. He is brokenhearted following the death of his wife Sam from cancer. He has now been served with an eviction notice. He has had the courage to come to your altar outside. Please intervene for him and bless and comfort him.
*The world is a sad and sorry place. Jesus said that this would happen.  We should have a tender heart for all those troubled. We pray your Kingdom come. We must be missionaries for you. Please help the leaders in Ukraine to forget power and serve the people.
*Please guide our leaders in this country also. There is a house of prayer in our Parliament. Bless all those who attend. People need to see light in all the darkness. Please give us the courage to extend your light and love to all we meet. To you be the glory forever.

Hymn 4 – Praise My Soul The King Of Heaven

bazThe Sermon was given by Barry Robinson on the subject of Communication.  Many problems are caused by a lack of good communication and misunderstandings happen. God has closed the communication gap between a Holy God and sinful mankind. In the past God communicated through his many prophets, and now only one way, through his Son. Hebrews 1:1-2.  God does speak, he is not silent. He addresses us through his Son. Jesus is THE prophet. In Christ God spoke fully and decisively.  In the Old Testament, God used many prophets including Ezekiel.  He saw visions and the radiance of God’s glory. Ezekiel 1:1 and 28. 3:23. Hebrews 1:3. He spoke to Isaiah in Isaiah 1:18. In Jeremiah we read that God created the world by his power and Christ sustains it.  Jeremiah 10:12-13. Moses knew there would be one Prophet in the future that all must listen to. Deuteronomy 18:15. In Acts 3:18, we read that all the prophets fortold, has been fulfilled in Christ. Jesus is God’s son, we must listen to Him. Hebrews 1:2. The Son is superior in every way. There can be no salvation without Jesus. Acts 4:11-12. Jesus is the perfect revelation of God. Hebrews 1:3. Like the image on a coin.  Stamped or engraved. If you want to see God, then look to Jesus. God came himself to the world, he didn’t send someone else. Jesus is God’s cosmic sustainer and transcends the human realm. Christ’s sacrifice was once for all, at a single point in time. When Jesus had finished his work he sat down at the right hand of God. The priests of the Old Testament could not sit down as their work was not finished. We must worship Christ. Revelation 5:11-14. We must never doubt or drift away.  Thomas doubted. John 20:24-28. We must meet Jesus in the New Testament, and respond the same as Thomas did in verse 28. My Lord and my God.

The Final Hymn was Immortal Invisible, God Only Wise, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Mike Barlow.
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Our Young People’s church today looked at some of the parables of Jesus. They were the parable of the Sower and the seeds that fell in various places, and the parable of the Tares sown among the Wheat. We looked at the literal meaning and then discussed what we thought Jesus was trying to teach us. We then looked at the explanation Jesus Himself gave to those parables. Some parables end with dire warnings to those who do not follow Jesus’ teachings, but 2 parables, ie., the lost sheep and the lost coin show how Jesus cares about us so much he does not want to lose anybody.

 

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