There was a Church Service on 26 July 2014

The Service took place at 11am in St. Peters Church as usual.

The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1 – Joyful Joyful, we adore Thee
Hymn 2 – There is a Redeemer

2014-07-05 George Henderson with Announcements in WatfordAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Our church is to hold a Conference in Allum Hall Borehamwood, on November 2nd with guest speakers. Everyone is welcome to attend, but for seating and catering numbers, please give your name to George. He will pass it on to Shirley Henderson.
*Churches Together in Watford, are again to hold joint services throughout August. Please contact George for locations.
*Rosemary Stokes can’t be with us today, because her husband Jack has had a lot of back pain this week.
*Prayers are requested for an Elder in the U.S.A. called Al Neuman. He has had a below knee amputation of his right leg. He has had diabetes for many years. Please also remember his wife Rose.
*A local man who likes to worship with us each week called Graham, has had an operation on his back. He should now be home and we hope all goes well for him.
*We need to pray for S.E.P. 7 staff members were refused entry to Scotland last week because they did not have a visa. We have not needed this visa for 30 years, and no-one was informed about it. It seems this is now needed for Charity workers. This now leaves S.E.P. short of staff, as it is too late to replace them. Please pray for all the staff and campers.

Hymn 3 – Above all Powers

Winston Bothwell offers Intercessory PrayerIntercessory prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
Winston’s daughter Susie is now home. She needs to have daily blood tests for her calcium levels. Winston’s son Sam may need to go on medication for diabetes. He also needs to have a kidney removed, as it has been damaged sometime in the past. Please continue to pray for this family.
*It is becoming more difficult to watch the news. It has been a harrowing week in the Middle East and Ukraine. There are many innocent victims in all the violence. We pray that they can show mercy and cease the hostilities. Melt their hearts and let there be a meeting of minds to find a better way out. Please remove the hatred they feel and wash it away with your Holy Spirit.
*In Syria, Christians have been driven out of Mosel. In many parts of the world tolerance of Christianity is very slim. We pray for you to give help and encouragement to them.
*We thank you for the peace and freedom we have here. The many blessings you give to us. The lovely weather, an abundance of food, and now harvest time.
*We have seen this week the hazards of air travel. We pray for all who grieve for their loved ones.
Please bless S.E.P. and staff morale as they have to fill the void. Help those deported and had their plans ruined, to come back next year. Please protect everyone at the camp, and give safety and good weather. We ask your blessing on all summer camps held around the world. We hope all the young people will come into a relationship with you.
*Please help and heal all those who have cancer. Bernie Schnippert and his daughter; Judy Harper; Phyllis Kelly; Ruth Edwards and Victor Francis. Please help those who have had operations to make a full recovery:  John Halford, Al Neuman and Graham.
*We remember those unable to be here due to old age or are unwell: Jack and Rosemary, Valerie Philo and Margaret Silcox.
*We ask you to help the missing girls in Africa. Keep them safe and bring them back to their families.
*Please bless our table outside, and give courage and help to those who come to it. Thankyou that you hear our prayers. We know that you care about people individually, and that Jesus died for each and everyone one of them.

Hymn 4 – Wonderful Grace
Hymn 5 – Give me oil in my Lamp

barryThe Message was given by Barry Robinson on the subject of Joy.
Many years ago, Barry was told that he seemed to be a very serious young man. He did think about the seriousness of life. He thought of God as High and Holy, and he came to understand that Jesus died for him. He thought of all the people that didn’t know the truth, and about all the famine and war in the world. Christians should take those things seriously, have awe of God and knowledge of Jesus. They should have concern for others. Scripture shows that we should be joyful, but not in a silly or irresponsible way. Is our life characterised by joy?
In the Old Testament are many statements about joy. 1 Samuel 18:6. Joy from a happy result. Psalms 126:6. 13:5. 48:1-2. 33:1-3. These are Hebrew words to express joy with leaping, jumping, singing, shouting or dancing. David rejoiced this way. 2 Samuel 12-16. In the New Testament, the Greek word for grace is charris. It means charm or beauty. The Greek word for joy is charra. We are saved by grace, and then comes joy.
There was great joy at the message of the birth of our Saviour. Luke 2:8-11. Jesus was full of joy through the Holy Spirit. Luke 10:21. The diciples also. Acts 13:52. The jailer who believed in 16:34.
Happiness is different from joy. Happiness depends on things. Joy is fixed and rooted in what Jesus did, and is linked to the Holy Spirit. We may go through some testing times in our lives, but we should count it all joy as we know Christ will be there to see us through. James 1:2-4. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit. Galations 5:22. We should ask God for that fruit in our life. We should rejoice in the Lord always. Philippians 4:4. We can have joy in our hope for the future. Romans 15:13.

The Final Hymn was Joy to the World, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Irene Wilson.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.

Young People’s Church looked at the examples of Noah, Lot, Joseph, Daniel and others who stood firm doing God’s will when all around them were doing the wrong thing. We mustn’t be afraid to do what is right, even if we get criticised for it. We then had a children’s church slide show going right back to when some of the staff were children in children’s church themselves, up to the present. This was accompanied by nibbles. The teachers were Peter and Caroline.


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