There was a Church Service on 14 February 2015 

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

2015-02-14 George leading hymns with David Brace playing pianoThe Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson, who began by reading Psalm 92, “It is a good thing to praise the Lord and make music to his name…”
Hymn 1.  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Hymn 2.  Hallelujah, Sing To Jesus

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included: *Sadly, we have a number of bereavements to announce– Ada Clifford’s husband died recently Elizabeth Arnold died this week—she was the wife of Malcolm, an elder in Leeds Judy Harper died suddenly this week Many of you may remember Bill Lavers, whose wife, Edna, has died Phillip Rice’s wife in the US has also died We know that they are at peace and rest in the Lord until the resurrection, but it is still a difficult and sad time for those who mourn.  There are cards to sign at the front. *28 February we will have a Special Service with a focus on Children, feel free to invite any friends and family along to this special service.  Bring along your grandchildren! *We have a request from the prayer table for Ron’s wife.  We have also prayed for him and he has been sent home from hospital because Doctors can’t find anything wrong with him! *Our members in Mozambique are going through a difficult time at the moment—see the report on the notice board *Please pray for the Church Board Meeting this afternoon *James Henderson’s Thought For The Week is about Marriage this week—you can find his thought for the week on it’s own page on this website (https://watford.wcg.org.uk/2015/02/thought-for-the-week) as well as on the home page of the UK Church website www.wcg.org.uk

Hymn 3.  Lord Jesus Christ

2015-02-14 Phillip Halford leads Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford:
*What a blessing it is to know you and know what it is that you have in store for us and that you will do what you say you will do.
*We have human limitations and see things from a human perspective, but you know all and do things according to your will
*How dare ISIS use your Holy Name for their evil deeds, claiming to do your will—please put an end to this human misery and suffering in your mercy, wisdom and in your timing
*Bereavements at this time make us sad and we ask that you be with the families of Edna Lavers, Mrs. Rice, Elizabeth Arnold, Mr. Clifford, and Judy Harper, as they mourn.  Comfort and encourage them with the hope you give us in Christ We ask that you be with and heal Peter Buckley who is not well
*A couple has asked for prayers at our Prayer Table outside and we lift them up to you, requesting healing and comfort
*Flooding in Mozambique is causing misery and we ask for your intervention there
*We pray for Christ’s return and that your will be done

Hymn 4.  Holy Spirit, We Welcome You
Hymn 5.  Only By Grace

2015-02-14 Barry Robinson preachingThe Message was given by Barry Robinson. Jesus was a master storyteller and in these stories we can learn many valuable lessons.  In Luke 18:9-14 we find the story of the Pharisee and publican praying at the temple.  It is an outrageous story that reverses the accepted understanding of the time—the righteous condemned and the sinner accepted! The story was put deliberately at this point in context answering the question of how can a person be right with God?  Psalm 143:2 says NOONE is righteous and elsewhere we find that our righteousness is as filthy rags to God.  Only God is righteous and he wants us to become perfect and righteous, which we can only do through faith in Jesus, and Christ in us.  Isaiah 53:11 says Jesus came to justify many and bear their iniquities and we read in several places that righteousness is imputed to those who believe. The Pharisees thought that keeping the law made them righteous but Jesus was showing that God knows the heart and it is the attitude that counts.  Not by human morality, goodness, etc. that a person enters the kingdom of God, but by the atoning sacrifice of Jesus 2 Corinthians 5:19.

The final Hymn was To God Be The Glory after which the Closing Prayer was led by Mike Hustwait

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.
2015-02-14 Children's ChurchYoung People’s Lessons was held during the Sermon time.  The children chose a famous child from the Bible story. They then practised reading some scriptures about that child in preparation for the children’s service on the 28th of February. The children then looked at some maps of Uganda and photographs of some Ugandan Church members and school children. They also ate some chocolate and Pringles from Dubai!  The lesson was taught by Geoff & Jean sole.

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Bricket Wood Bible Study 21 Nov 2014The fortnightly Bricket Wood Bible Study was held Friday night 13 February at 7:30 in the upstairs room of the St. Stephens Parish Centre.  We continued in the book of Psalms looking at the Psalms of ascent.  You are welcome to join us at any time for the study and for refreshments afterwards.

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