Church Service on 17 May 2014 at 11am 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Geoff Sole 
David giving announcements

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Welcome to a few visitors from overseas, here for the Bricket Wood Reunion, which begins tomorrow.
*Colin Bovington is arranging care for his elderly mother and request prayers that he will find a suitable placement
*Margaret Silcox had a minor fall this week but is fine.
*Ruth Edwards is going through a new chemotheraply and so would appreciate if we keep her and her husband, Andrew, in our prayers.
*Mike Rasmussen in the US has been diagnosed with prostate cancer.
*Thought For The Week—would you return money you found to its rightful owner? 

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1.  Now Thank We All Our God
Hymn 2.  To God Be The Glory
Colin Laughlin gives an update

Update:  Colin Laughlin, who used to attend the Watford Congregation a few years ago updated us on Sue & his activities since they returned to Canada.  They spent a couple of years in Malaysia, where he was able to serve a small congregation there while assigned there with his work.  In 2009 he was laid off and returnted to Edmonton, Alberta, before Pastoring 3 small churches in Ontario for the past four years.  They are looking forward to the birth of their third grandchild soon.

Sue Ann joined George for Hymn 3.  O Let The Son Of God Enfold You

Sue Ann & George singing

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson and included:
*Thank you that we can come in peace to bring our gifts of worship and praise.  We ask that you consider our frailty and imperfection in mercy and forgiveness.  Help us to look to You in everything.  You understand our weaknesses and so we come before you as our intercessor.
*Ruth Edwards is beginning a new chemotherapy and we ask that you with with her and her family.
*John & Pat Halford are in the same position as John fights cancer and begins his treatment
*Judy and Tom Harper as well with Judy continuing to battle her cancer.  Give her time to enjoy her beautiful grandchildren.  Send you healing power over these three couples.
*Rosemary & Jack Stokes also need your intervention as Rosemary is not well and needs to care for Jack.  Bless these loyal servants.
*Blossom Daley has so many difficulties and on top of these cannot shake the flu that is getting her down.
*Chris Bayley is also not well and we ask your intervention and healing.
*Graham from this community has difficulties and we pray for him and others in his Senior Citizen’s care home.
*Colin Bovington, looking for a care home for his mother, would appreciate your help and blessing.
*Margaret Silcox has had a fall.  God, be with her in her old age as she becomes more frail and bless her.  You are a God we can trust with everything.
*Several here are suffering with hay fever, which saps energy and is so uncomfortable.  Help them to deal with their symptoms and heal them please.
*Be with the people of Kenya facing terrible atrocities.
*Girls are being abducted in Nigeria for the slave trade and we pray for them, for their return, and for the softening of hearts of their abductors.
*Be with those involved in the recent mining tragedy and inspire the owners to put safety measures into practice.
*The Prayer Table is a blessing to our community and we pray for Pat & Reg who organize an run this outreach, and all their helpers, as well as those who come to the table.
*Bless and guide the leaders of our nation and give them wisdom.
Bless all of us here too, as we are a light in this world. 

Hymn 4.  Hallelujah, Sing To Jesus
Hymn 5.  Jesus Is The Name We Honour 
Mike Barlow preachingThe Sermon was given by Mike Barlow on the subject of Meditation.  Prayer, study and meditation are spiritual tools to help us grow in grace and knowledge.  1 Timothy 4:1-8 says discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness and verses 11-16 to show yourself as an example, not neglecting our spiritual gift and to meditate upon these things.  Christian growth comes through meditation. so verse 16 continue in them and be absorbed.  Romans says to be renewed by the transforming of our lives and one way of doing this is through the spiritual discipline of meditation.
Meditation is one of the best ways to ‘programme’ ourselves as Christians.  Much of the ‘programming’ in our lives is not good and so we need ‘re-programming’ through meditation, which reinforces the teaching we receive through study.  Reading and hearing is not enough—we are so often forgetful hearers and unless we think about and implement our learning, we go away and forget everything.  A Concordance can help with meditation as we ask and consider the how, why, when, who, which, what and where of the scripture and thoughts that we contemplate.  John 14:16-17 & vs. 26 says we have the Holy spirit of truth to teach and bring to remembrance those things which will transform us.
Psalm 1 shows the benefit of meditation, that it will make us fruitful, not like the plant that wilts and withers if not watered.  Joshua say it’s benefit in Joshua 1:6-9, and many, many Psalms speak of meditation bringing us wisdom, understanding and joy.  Meditation is a valuable tool to our becoming like God 

The final Hymn was Thine Be The Glory
after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford 

Refreshments after the ServiceFellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.  

Young People’s Church took place during the Sermon time.  At the Young People’s Church the subject of water in the Bible was considered. The children briefly looked at the story of water coming out of a rock in the book of Numbers, John the Baptist baptising Jesus in the river Jordan, Jesus turning water into wine, and Jesus talking about living water to the Samaritan lady at the well. To help the young people remember the story of Jesus walking on water the young people were shown how to float paper clips on water. Bearing in mind the story of Peter trying to walk on water the young people were reminded it’s always a good idea to keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and that Jesus also keeps his eyes fixed on us. The young people were shown several water tricks and they made boats out of modelling clay. 

Children's Church collage******************************

Bricket Wood Bible Study in January 2014 The Bricket Wood Bible Study met on Friday night 16th May at 7:30pm in the St. Stephens Parish Centre.  As we carry on searching the Psalms in depth for inspiration, teaching, doctrine and looking at Messianic Passages, we invite anyone interested to join us for this fortnightly study.  We fellowship over refreshments at the end of each study.  The next study is Friday 30th May.

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