There was a Church Service on 17 January 2015 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Phillip Halford

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*This begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, embraced by Churches all over the world, and by Churches Across Watford.  This year’s programme has been prepared by the Churches of Brazil with a Theme of “The Well Is Deep”.  There is a list of the daily services during this week on the notice board and on the Watford church website.  Next Saturday’s Service will be here put on by us and followed by a brunch.  Everyone is invited to this service and so we are likely to have a number of guests from other denominations. The Service will begin at 10:30am.
*SEP 2015 applications are now available on the website www.sepuk.org
*Geoff Smith requests for prayers for a severe illness but requests please no cards or telephone calls.
*Frank Brennan 86 of the Manchester congregation has died and the funeral will be Thursday 22 January.
*Norm foster, Salt Lake City Pastor, has died.
*The Pastor General, Joseph Tkach’s, report this week deals with sexual issues and how Christians should respond.  You can read this on the Watford Church Website at:

Newsletter


David Silcox leading hymnsHymns were led by David Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Rejoice The Lord Is King Hymn
2.  I Stand Amazed 

Speaking of Life—a Video of Clip of Joseph Tkach entitled Contageous Love

Hymn 3.  I Am A New Creation
Hymn 4.  As The Deer
Bill Wilson Intercessory Prayer
Intercessory Prayer was offered by Bill Wilson and included:
*We approach your throne of grace this morning, mindful that we live in a very troubled world.  Jesus says we must love everyone and we pray for society at large that they will come to know you.  We pray for leaders who strive to secure peace.
*May we never take it for granted that w can come to church each week.  Be with those who cannot get out, the lonely.
*We pray for those affected by the ebola virus *thank you for the life of Frank Brennan and we pray for his family as they mourn their loss
*We pray for Geoff Smith, who serves the Church so well maintaining our www.wcg.org.uk website.  Heal him completely.
*We pray for Christians around the world during this week of prayer for Christian unity. Bless this coming week and each of the special Services
*We pray for Kingswood Baptist Church as we hear from Jane Dobson during this Pulpit Exchange Service.
*Help us to life up the name of Jesus, as we drink from that deep well of the Holy Spirit.
Linda Halford reading

Hymn 5.  O Perfect Love

Reading by Linda Halford of John 4:1-15, the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well.

 

The Message was given by our guest from the Pulpit Exchange arranged by Churches Together and Christians Across Watford for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Jane Robson, also the Moderator of Churches Together this year, is Minister of the Kingswood Baptist Church and spoke on the day’s theme, “It is necessary to go through Samaria” John 4:4.
Rev Jane Dobson from Kingswood Baptist ChurchJane began by using “We’re going on a bear hunt” to illustrate that although Jesus could not go over or under Samaria, he could have gone around, but that to fulfill his purpose, it was necessary for him to go through Samaria.  He made a deliberate decision to break down the barriers of history and tradition.  Jane talked a bit about the history of the animosity betweens Jews and Samaritans. Samaria was not a place that Jews would ‘want’ to go through, but Jesus was doing the will of the Father.  We go through our own ‘Samarias’ and have opportunities or ‘divine appointements’ that we can use to share the gospel with those we meet, and yes, sometimes, we need to be proactive about generating those opportunities, as Jesus was.  God is a reconciling God—he is at work in our lives and he will use us if we listen to him and respond to his prompting.  As we come across our ‘Samarias’, remember that Jesus began a conversation.  Christians isolating ourselves is a self-inflicted impoverishment, whether isolating ourselves from the world or from other Christians  Jane closed with an adaptation of a prayer from the study material.

 

The final Hymn was We’ve A Story To Tell To The Nations after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

 

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

 

Children’s Church took place during the Sermon time.
Children's Church

 

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Bricket Wood Bible Study Nov 2014The Bricket Wood Bible Study took place on Friday night 16 January at 7:30pm as usual in the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre upstairs room.  John Stettaford took us through the last few ‘octanaries’ of Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible.  The study ended around 9pm with refreshments and fellowship.

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