Church Service on 23 August 2014 at 11am 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom
David Brace playing the hymns Announcements were given by George Henderson and included: *A Bible was left in Church, which has several languages—if it is yours let George know *The 2015 Nationa Ladies Conference will be at High Leigh 29-31 May 2015 *Linda Zehetmayr is in hospital.  They have discovered many tumours and are doing tests and discussing treatment.  She would love to have visitors but you need to ring Paul beforehand because only two people are allowed in at once. *Last weeks combined service for churches together was a Leavesdon Baptist Church and went very well. *Margaret Silcox fell and broke her hip.  She is in Watford General Hospital after an operation to pin it. *Bobby Halford does not afterall have a cyst on his vocal cords.  Although he will not need an operation, he still needs treatment and therapy *Carl Aas reports that their Estonian Summer School had 40 students, where the regular school only has 70!  It went very well. *We are sad to hear of the death of Lexie Ellis on Monday 18 August. *Tomorrow evening is the next Churches Together summer service at Woodside Church of the Nazarenes—all are welcome.

Nancy in April 2008Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox who mentioned that the sudden onset of ‘floaters’ and flashes in her left eye has caused her to ponder on the blessing of sight both physically and spiritually.  The hymns were themed around this subject: Hymn 1.  Be Thou My Vision Hymn 2.  Amazing Grace 

David Silcox gave us an update on SEP at Loch Lomond.  It was a very peaceful camp this year and Gordon & Victoria Wilson do a great job of organizing and directing SEP.  David is Child Protection Officer and is pleased to report no significant issues at all this year. Watford supplies quite a few staff members for our Youth Camp including Geoff & Jean Sole, Roland & Janie Gadsden, Gordon & Victoria Wilson, Richard Fowler, Rebecca Woolford and of course, David & Nancy Silcox, whose daughter-in-law, Sarina was also up there with their 3 grandsons!  Geoff & Jean Sole received an Outstanding Service Award this, congratulations to Geoff and Jean.  The going-forward concerns for S.E.P. include qualified, trained activity staff and camper number, so keep these things in your prayers, as well as giving God thanks for this wonderful outreach and opportunity to model Christianity to young people.

Hymn 3.  Count Your Blessings Hymn 4.  Great Is Thy Faithfulness
Irene Wilson leads intercessory prayer
Intercessory Prayerwas offered by Irene Wilson, who began by commenting on the book of Habakkuk, where he asked “O God, how long?” and complained about the sins of the world—wickedness, destruction, violence, injustice and the wicked prospering while the righteous suffered.  It could be the news on TV today!  After a while, Habakkuk resolved that the just shall live by faith, and God will, in his time, put everything right.  We can approach God’s throne in a spirit of thankfulness:*Thank you that you are always with us and that we can come to you with our troubles in faith and confidence that you will deal with them *Be with the families of Lexie Ellis, as they mourn her death, but also we give thanks for her life.  Her suffering is over but her family suffers at her loss, so comfort and strengthen them *Be with Paul and Linda Zehetmayr.  We pray for them as they face this new dark valley and we ask you to lead them through as we know they trust in you *The elderly need your peace and we pray for Jack Stokes and Valerie Philo, but especially this week, for Margaret Silcox who has fallen and broken her hip—please give her freedom from pain and heal her. *Other sick among us that we remember at this time are Phyllis Kelly, Judy Harper and Bernie Schnippert.  Make today a really good day for them and we put them into your hands. *Wonderful news, God, of Bobby Halford and we thank you for your divine intervention that he does not now have a cyst on his larynx, and does not need to have an operation.  Please heal the problem that is there completely. *We bring before you susie Bothwell Jones and ask your intervention so that she can receive the treatment that she needs *Thank you for SEP and a particularly peaceful camp.  Thank you for the dedication of the staff and protection through set-up, camp and take-down. *Bless Adventure Camp as it begins tomorrow.  Protect and bless the staff and campers.  Sow seeds in the children that they will grow and remember you.

Hymn 5.  To God Be The Glory
david Silcox preaching 23 August 2014
The Message was given by David Silcox.  At SEP we held an act of worship as the world remembered the 100th anniversary of World War 1.  The Bible address war in the book of James, an brings it down to individual level and to our personal behaviour.  People go to war over the silliest things—Louix VII suffered the War of the Whiskers with his wife getting their marriage annulled and marrying another.  Then there is the War of the Oaken Bucket and the War of Jenkens Ear! James 4:1 asks where do wars come from among you?  He was speaking to Christians!  Even Christians war and quarrel and usually lust and desire are the cause—we want our this or that or our own way.  James goes on to address Christians who are guilty of class partiality and prejudice, speaking evil of one another, and condemning others.  He says in 1:19 be swift to hear and slow to speak and get angry.  Proverbs 16:7 tells us that when a mans ways please the Lord he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.  Psalm 133:1 says how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

The final Hymn was What A Friend We Have In Jesus after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.
Irene brings in the hoover

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