Watford Service 1Nov-David Brace with opening prayerChurch Service on 1 November 2014 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by David Brace 

Watford Service 1Nov-George Henderson with announcementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Margaret Silcox’s funeral went very well last Thursday
*Next week at the Remembrance Service there will be an offering opportunity
*Tomorrow is the annual Denominational Conference at Allum Hall which begins 10am
*You are invited to lunch today after the Service
*Judy Harper reports that the tumours on her leg have shrunk with her present treatment and requests continued prayers
*Geoff Sole has had minor surgery and is recovering well
*Esther Marsden (sister-in-law to David Marsden) had an operation yesterday for a brain tumour and requests prayers
*We have had a request for prayers for the brother-in-law of Sonia Rosco in the USA. We may not know here, but God does
*Luann Patrickson has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer-please keep her in your prayers 
Watford Service 1Nov-Julie Dickson leads worship

Hymns were led by Julie Dickson from Scotland:
Hymn 1. When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Hymn 2. The Lord’s My Shepherd (Townend) 

We saw a video clip of Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life

Hymn 3. King of Kings, Majesty 

Watford Service 1Nov-Tammy Tkach speakingThe first Message was given by guest speaker Tammy Tkach on What the World Needs Now—Love. When a stranger sees someone in need and stops to help, it reflects the love of Christ. We can forget what love really looks like. In order to know what the love of God looks like, you have to know who God is. He didn’t make man because he was lonely but because he wanted to share his love, and Jesus came as love personified. We can see what love looked like by how Jesus treated women from the woman caught in adultery, the woman with the issue of blood, the widow of Nain, the woman bent double, the demon-possessed daughter, Mary who anointed Jesus’ feet to Jesus’ mother Mary. His love is unconditional and all encompassing.
Tammy told a story of a fisher man caught in a storm, whose burning house guided him to safety to illustrate that what seems like a terrible trial can lead us to God’s love. We are persecuted but not abandoned as Paul wrote. Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s love for us as he gave his life to save ours. Jesus showed us what love looks like—let’s let his love shine through us.

Bible openIntercessory Prayer was offered by George Henderson and included:
*Thank you for this reminder of the love of God
*We bring people before you who have been recently bereaved—Silcox’s, Halford, Griffiths, etc. and ask that you bring them peace and comfort.
*Thank you that Geoff sole and Charlie Deakins are here today and we ask that you heal them of their recent health trials
*We bring before you serious trials mentioned in the announcements, particularly Esther Marsden and ask for peace and healing
*Judy Harper has had a long trial with cancer but has remained cheerfor and positive. Please encourage and heal her.
*Please look down on the man in Columbia with mercy and hear his prayers to heal him of his cancer
*Luann Patrickson is a dear friend, now diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and we raise her before your throne of mercy and request you be with and heal her
*Thank you for hearing our prayers and we leave before you these people.
*Please bless the Conference tomorrow. Inspire the presentations and we pray that we will learn and grow through them 

Hymn 4. Jesus, What a Beautiful Name

Watford Service 1Nov-Cathy Deddo speaking.5The second Message was given by Cathy Deddo from the USA. She looked closely at the passage that says come to me and I will give you rest, take my yoke and learn from me. It contrasts the burdens we have already to the one he gives—an exchange of burdens and his burden is light. His yoke is easy and he pulls with and for you. Jesus didn’t come to give us tips on how to get rid of or deal with our burdens, but to trade burdens and give us rest. We can’t receive what Jesus gives us if our hands are already full—we need to lay down our burdens to receive his rest. We are often tempted to pick up our burdens again or to find new ones. He heals from the inside out. Cathy invited us to picture Jesus before us with hands open ready to receive our burdens. We had a moment of quiet and then Cathy prayed over the congregation. 

The final Hymn was Lord, I Come To You
after which the Closing Prayer was led by Bill Wilson 
Watford Service 1Nov-lunch after the service.4

Fellowship continued over lunch in the church hall. 

Young people’s church took place during the messages. This was taught by Richard Fowler and Janie Gadsden.
Watford Children's Church

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