There was a Worldwide Church of God UK Service on 31 January in St. Peter’s Church as usual at 11am.

The Opening Prayer was given by Keith Stevenson

Hymns were led by Phillip Halford:
Hymn 1 – Morning Has Broken.
Hymn 2 – The King of Love my Shepherd is

2012-04-21 George Henderson introducing worshipAnnouncements led by George Henderson and included:
*Churches Together thank everyone for hosting the service and brunch here last Saturday following the pulpit swap week.
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Operation Rudolph reports that 350 hampers were given out in December in Watford to needy people. Thankyou to all who donated money. They have £4,000 to take forward for this year.
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New Hope in Watford celebrates 25 years on 23rd March. Please pray that the funding for their Transition Service will be renewed in May.
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A Women’s World Day of Prayer service will be held at St Luke’s Church in Watford on March 6th at 2.p.m. Please contact George for more details.
*Sue Lauchlan, wife of Colin an elder in Canada, is to have an operation on 2nd February for colon and rectal cancer. Please pray that all will go well for her.
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Please pray for Julie Robas and her husband Ian and their 2 children.
They attend our Luton congregation.
*Victor Francis who has cancer, was taken to hospital with suspected sepsis and other complications. His family were told he may not survive.
On Tuesday He had improved so much he left intensive care. Everyone was saying this was a miracle.
*Michael Webster aged 71 has died. His wife Pam died only a few weeks ago. Please pray for their family.
*The Luton Quiz night will be held on February 28th. The service starts at 3p.m. and a meal will be served at 6.p.m. Please give your names to Dorothy Beardsmore or Daria Fowler.
*Please pray for the people of Mozambique and Malawi. They have had serious floods.

Hymn 3 – Crown Him with many Crowns.

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:Winston Bothwell offers Intercessory Prayer
*Thanks for the freedom we have because of the sacrifice of Christ.
We have the knowledge for a better future. Many Christians around the world, especially in Africa, are suffering persecution. Please help and encourage them.
*We pray that the floods in Mozambique and Malawi will soon subside and help will reach all the people.
*Please let Julie be found safe and well and soon home with her family.
*Thankyou for the recovery of Victor, and please let Sue’s operation be very successful. Please help and support their families.
*We pray for others who have cancer. Judy Harper, Phyllis Kelly and Luanne Patrickson.
*Please comfort the family of Michael and Pam Webster who have lost their loved ones so close together.
*Winter can be a difficult time for the elderly, the lonely and the very young. Please help all who care for the elderly and for the lonely to find friendship.
*Please help and inspire all the young people in their final years at school. They face a difficult future.
*We thank you for us being part of the Watford churches together.
Help us to share our knowledge of you and the future you plan for us.

Hymn 4 – My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
Hymn 5 – As the Deer

The Sermon was given by Mr.Bergin entitled, Earthen Vessels.
Have you ever been to a special banquet where expensive food and drinks were served in silver dishes and crystal glasses?  We assume that people who live in grand houses and drive expensive cars must be very rich. We read in 2 Timothy 2:20 about a house that does not just have vessels of gold and silver, but also wood and clay. Vessels of clay do not have strength or beauty, and can easily chip or break. We are not a vessel of gold or silver. We are earthen vessels. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7.
As a Christian we are all imperfect, but equal. None are less important, all are different and all have sinned. Those who are baptised have God’s Holy Spirit and we are all part of the body of Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:27. We should always try to understand each other as individuals and not dwell on their imperfections. We should listen to people and never try to humiliate them. We can disagree without being disagreeable. 1 Corinthians 12:25-26. Colossians 3:11.
Some people do have important roles, but we should never feel superior.
We read throughout the Bible that we should love, support and care for each other. We are God’s work in progress until we die. We should rejoice in the forgiveness of God’s grace and be patient with others.
2 Peter 3:9. We will not always be earthen vessels, because one day will be God’s jewels for all eternity. Malachi 3:17.

The Final Hymn was All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name, after which the Closing Prayer was led by Mike Barlow.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.

Children’s Church took place during the Sermon time.

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Bricket Wood Bible Study in January 2014The fortnightly Bricket Wood Bible Study took place Friday night at 7:30pm on 30 January 2015.  We meet in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre and all are welcome to join us as we continue looking through the book of Psalms with a particular eye out for Messianic passages.  The study is followed by refreshments.

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