Sue Ann & George singingChurch Service on 28 June 2014

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

The Opening Prayer – was given by Jill Newman

Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson:
Hymn 1 – Crown Him With Many Crowns
Hymn 2 – Men Of Faith

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*John Halford’s daughter is very pleased to report that the scan shows the tumour has now shrunk to half its size. As they haven’t found cancer anywhere else, John can have surgery soon. He is feeling much better and thanks everyone for their prayers.
*Please continue to pray for Susie Jones-Bothwell who is still in hospital with low calcium levels.
*We are very sorry to announce the sudden death yesterday of Thalia Hufton. She recently attended the College Reunion with her husband Ian. She died of a massive stroke. Please pray for Ian and their family.
*Mike Rasmussen is now home following an operation for prostate cancer. He will need a check to see if the cancer has spread.
*Also in the U.S.A. we have prayer requests for Lorraine Wilson and Adrienne Pickett.  Lorraine has cancer of the thyroid, and Adrienne has a breathing problem and congestive heart failure. Please pray for their husbands and families.
*From Montreal Canada we are asked to pray for Ninfa Rigatuso. Her husband Tony died recently. She has bladder cancer and hepatitis C. Please also pray for her family.

Hymn 3 – Name Of All Majesty
Hymn 4 – I The Lord Of Sea And Sky

3-Watford Congregation-Geoff Sole with Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was led by Geoff Sole and included:
*Thankyou that we can be here today to learn more of your ways through your words in the Bible.
*We pray for the table outside and for all the people who come there.
*Please help Gordon Wilson with all the decisions that need to be made for S.E.P.  Bless also the planning of the Aventure Camp for the younger children.
*We have several Conferences coming up and they also take a lot of planning. Please guide all involved.
*Please comfort the family of Thalia Hufton who will be in shock following her sudden death.
*Please help and heal all those suffering from cancer. John Halford, Judy Harper, Ruth Edwards, Mike Rasmussen, Ninfa and Lorraine. Also help and support their families.
*Please restore Susie Jones-Bothwell to full health and strength. Help Winston and all their family through this difficult time.
*We also remember the elderly people unable to be here. Margaret Silcox, Valerie Philo and Jack Stokes.
*Please bring peace to Iraq and Syria and end the suffering there. We long for your Kingdom to come. We know we must stay close to you and walk in Christ’s footsteps.

Hymn 5 – Meekness And Majesty
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The Message was given by Irene Wilson about History. Does history matter or is it just a pile of books gathering dust? It connects us through time, our yesterday, our past. There is a trend today to revive history without facts. It is someone’s opinion or theory. Theories can be found out when a fact is discovered. For example when the remains of Richard 111 were found in a car park in Leicester.
Much of history is kings and battles, and most of history is written by the victors according to Churchill. Which events of the past have a direct effect on us today? We read in the book of Daniel about the Ancient of Days. Daniel 7:9,13 and 22. The British Museum contains many artifacts, but what do we know about the people? There is a period in history we call the Dark Ages, because we know nothing about that time. The Bible is the greatest history book. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 tells us that all scripture is given to us by God. God has protected it through all of the ages. We are to grow in grace and knowledge.
How do people react to history? Some re-enact battles, but why not re-enact peace treaties? Mankind does not seem interested in peace. Isaiah 59:8. Armies pray that God will be on their side, but does God take sides? Romans 3:15-18. Our future relies on God’s grace. People can think up what-if stories and then carry the baggage of their sins all their life. What if our sins had not been forgiven? We all sin. Romans 3:23. We must thank God that through Christ our sins are forgiven and forgotten. Isaiah 43:25-26. We must not let ourselves be diverted away from Christ. Hebrews 12:2. The lives of those recorded in the Bible are there for our benefit. It is our toolkit to be used daily. 1 Corinthians 10:11. Will God be pleased with our own history? The Book of Life is not death. Revelation 20:12. God delights in us. 1 Peter 1:6-7. Zephaniah 3:17. We must focus on Jesus. Our future has been secured by him. We have the finest and greatest book to use each day. The Bible.

The Final Hymn was Thy Word after which the Closing Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore.
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Children’s Church took place during the main Message.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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