There was a Church Service on 3 January 2015

2015-01-03 Sue Ann & George leading worshipThe Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1.  Who Is On The Lord’s Side?
Hymn 2.  Immortal, Invisible, God Only wise


2015-01-03 David Silcox with AnnouncementsAnnouncements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Brenda Plonis Steffan sent a card to the Watford Congregation
*Bob Benniston’s mother turns 100 this week!  There is a card to sign after Services *Next week’s Service will include Communion
*February 7 is the Reading congregations 40th Anniversary—they had their first Service on 8 February 1975.  Everyone is invited to celebrate with them.  The special Service starts 11am. See the website for details.  If you do plan to go please let John know so that they can prepare.
*Judy Harper’s tumours are shrinking and the family is encouraged.  Please continue to pray for her complete healing.
*Irene Tibbenham’s brother, Victor Francis is ding well and thanks you for your.  prayers.  She requests that you continue praying for his complete healing as well as pray for her 2 year old nephew Daniel who has a head injury in Estonia.
*Pam Webster age 82 died 27 December.  Pam is a long-time member and Deaconess of the Northampton congregation and will be sadly missed.  Please remember her family in your prayers.
*Michael Burns, who attended for years in North London and moved a few years ago back to his home in Waterford, Ireland, has died.

Hymn 3 – The Lord’s My Shepherd (Townend)

2015-01-03 Phillip Halford with Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford and included:
*There have been many tragedies over 2014 and our only hope is the return of Jesus Christ.  thank you Father, for giving us understanding of who you are that brings us such peace and comfort.  There is much misery and sadness but you are always there.
*We ask that 2015 will be more peaceful, although we pray that your will will be done, we do ask that you will intervene in world events
*We also ask you to intervene in the lives of people we know. Comfort the families of Pam Webster and Michael Burns, who have died recently.
*We thank you for the good news from Judy Harper that her tumours are shrinking, and the good news that Victor is doing better.
*We pray for healing for Wolfgang and Linda Thompson, for Mark Harrison and for Harry Sullivan.  You know those who are suffering and you care for them.  The only hope is the return of Jesus Christ and we look forward to the time when all will be restored to health and to peace.

Hymn 4.  O Let The Son Of God Enfold You
Hymn 5.  Jesus Is The Name We Honour
2015-01-03 Mike Barlow preaching

The Message was given by Mike Barlow on the Beatitudes and being ‘poor in spirit’.  Matthew 5:3 says blessed, or happy are the poor in spirit—these are those who realize that they depend on God for everything, who are not full of self but humble; not proud or know it all but teacheable.  The scripture says that their is the Kingdom of God—without being ‘poor in spirit’ we cannot be in God’s Kingdom.
1 Peter 5:6 says to humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God and he will exalt you in due time, also James 4:6-10.  That is exalt you not to arrogance but to humble service, Matthew 20:25-28.  We are the foolish and weak called to be strong and wise in Christ 1 Corinthians 1:26-30.  Because we are ‘poor in spirit’ we recognise that we need to grow and learn from God, and this helps us to appreciate others and honour them Philippians 2:3-8.  Isaiah 66:2 says God looks to the humble man who trembles at His word.
If we are arrogant, insensitive and proud these things harm others and also our relationship with God—Paul ‘counted them loss’ compared to the things of God in Philippians 3:7-15, but the path of life brings us to the fullness of joy-Psalm 116:11.

The final Hymn was To God Be The Glory after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson
2015-01-03 From the tea hatchFellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Seven young people attended the Young People’s Church on the 3rd of January. They looked at a picture of the tallest building in the world which is in Dubai and compared it to other tall buildings. They learnt that buildings need good foundations and that ‘God’s people and members of God’s household [are] built on the foundations of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone’ Ephesians 2:20. They also looked at a photograph of an earthrise and learnt that God said to Job: ‘Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?’ Job 38:4. They also considered that we are to ‘build each other up’ 1 Thessalonians 5:11 as well as some other scriptures to do with foundations and building. They also heard the story of the man who built his house on a rock and the man who build his house on sand. At the end they built lots of things using paper, lego, spaghetti and marshmallows! Geoff Sole’s team taught the lesson this week.
2015-01-03 Children's Church Collage


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