Church Service on 18 October 2014 

George leads hymnsThe Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1.  For All The Saints
Hymn 2.  God Of Grace And God Of Glory

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Mark Ritchie spoke in several churches together congregations.
*Harvest Collection for New Hope Trust next week
*Charlie Deakins fell on steps last week and damaged the tendons of his right arm—it even scraped a hole in his jacket!  He would appreciate prayers.
*Ian Pankhurst, vicar of Christ Church and his wife request prayers for their grand-daughter born with many life-threatening problems.

David SilcoxDavid Silcox took a little time telling people about the Festival in Paignton where 305 were registered.  The report on the Festival can be found in the Church report for 11th October. He announced the death of Margaret Silcox, which occurred on 11 October.  The funeral will be Thursday 30th October at 12 in the West Herts Crematorium, with everyone invited to a reception at St. John’s afterwards.

He also told us that John Halford has returned home and is receiving palliative care with death imminent.  Prayers are requested for John and his family during this difficult time.

Hymn 3.  The Wonder Of Your Mercy, Lord

Winston BothwellIntercessory Prayer
was offered by Winston Bothwell and included:
*Great and merciful God, thank you that we can meet here in peace and safety.  Thank you for the safe return from the Festivals in various areas and we pray you would protect those still travelling
*We pray for the families of those killed in the avalance.  We are also mindful of the families of those beheaded by the vile ISIS regime.  Please be with the regufees fleeing persecution.
*We ask for your comfort for the Zehetmayr family and the Silcox Family at the loss of Margaret.  We thank you for her life and the lives of all those she has touched in her teaching at Imperial School.
*We give you praise and thanks for the remission of Charles Sheton’s cancer
*Be with John Halford—give him courage and peace in his last days and be with his family.  We give you thanks and praise for all his years of Service to the Church.
*We are mindful of some members who need your help.  Charlie Deakins fell and we pray for full healing.  Give him patience and freedom from pain.
*Alison Stokes Guthrie is having an operation to free her frozen should and we pray for a release from pain.  Be with her parents Rosemary and Jack Stokes.
*Be with Irene and Bill wilson on holiday in Ephesus, protect and bless them
*Be with our national government and thank you that the efforts of evil men was thwarted in a recent attempt
*Be with our church and its leadership.  We place all in your loving hands and than you for the blessings and opportunity to pray

Hymn 4.  Wonderful Grace

Mr. Bergin preachingThe Sermon was given by Francis Bergin, who spoke about the Art of Decision-Making.  Everything about you now rests or came out of decisions you made in the past.  Mr. Bergin went through questions we should ask when making important decisions, including, Have I set the right standards?  Have I listed all the options?  Have I set a time-scale?  Don’t rush important decisions—take a break or sleep on it to let the unconscious mind work.  Count the cost and weigh up the risks.  You will never have ALL the information, but there is a time to stop gathering information and make a decision.  Seek wise counsel.  Listen to good advice and follow it.  Don’t expect someone else to make the decision—it is your decision.  Learn from past decisions, right or wrong.  If it becomes apparent that the decision was wrong, change it.  Prayer is always important and fasting may be appropriate for major decisions.  Remember that making no decision IS a decision.  When you have made the decision, be content.  God will never leave or forsake you.

The final Hymn was Standing On The Promises after which the Closing Prayer was led by Mike Barlow
Refreshment timeFellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Children’s Church took place during the Sermon time. The Young People’s Church took place during the sermon time and mainly covered two stories from the New Testament, firstly the Good Samaritan and secondly the Sower. The five children present completed several word searches, crosswords and other similar puzzles connected to these two stories. A box of fudge which was the pass the parcel prize at the Children’s Party at the recent festival at Paignton was shared during the lesson!
Children's Church with Emily & Katie Silcox

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