There was a Church Service at St. Peters as usual at 11am on Saturday 4 April.  This was also a Special Spring Festival Service. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Mike Hustwait. 

Hymns were led by George Henderson. George began by reading Matthew 27:57-60, about Joseph of Arimathea.
Hymn 1 – To God be the Glory
Hymn 2 – Brother let me be Your Servant 

George Henderson with announcementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson.
*About 150 members of Churches Together in Watford, walked together into the town centre yesterday to witness for Christ.
We have an update about Sueann’s friend Bob. He is now home from hospital but needs to wait for an assessment. His wife Ann says that eating is very difficult for him due to cancer of the oesophagus. Please continue to pray for them.
Our Southampton congregation will celebrate its 40th anniversary on 25th April. For more details please contact Thelma Bourne.
If anyone would like to help with the annual spring clean of the Watford cemetary, then please contact Irene Wilson. It will start at 10a.m. on Friday 10th April.
There is to be an Autumn Festival in Denmark from 28th September to 5th October. Please see the church website for more details.
David Marsden requests prayers for his brother’s wife Esther. Yesterday she had an operation to remove a tumour that had returned. They also found a second tumour which will need more surgery.
Please pray for Dewey Peterson, a Pastor in the U.S.A. He was to have a heart by-pass operation yesterday.
Please pray for Patty Mitchell, wife of Wayne, a Pastor in Washington. She has had surgery for cancer and will need more.
Val Leach, an employee in our Australian church office for 40 years, died on 30th March. 

During the next hymn,  The Servant King, an Offering was taken up. 

2015-02-14 Phillip Halford leads Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was led by Phillip Halford and included:*
Our loving Father, we thank you for the understanding of your grace. It is your gift, we can’t earn it.
We remember those suffering in Vanuatu and the murder of the Christians at a university in Kenya. This is a special time of year when we focus on the life of Christ and his sacrifice. Please let the whole world know this.
We have some members not here today because of illness. We pray for their swift healing. Irene Wilson, Mike Barlow and George Campbell. Please continue to help Janie Gadsden, David Macewan and Phyllis Kelly with health problems.
Please pour your healing power on Dewey, Patty and Esther.
Please comfort the families of Val Leach and Keith Watts who died recently.
There are many people troubled with all kinds of problems. Please give them your help and support.
*We long for Christ to return soon. Until then, your will be done.

Phillip then asked a Blessing on the Offering.  

Hymn 4 – Here is Love
Hymn 5 – Meekness and Majesty 

2015-02-14 Barry Robinson preachingThe Sermon was given by Barry Robinson.
Do we try to blend in with the world so that no one finds out that we are a Christian? Joseph of Arimathea was a secret disciple of Jesus. John 19:38. He was a member of the Sanhedrin which had condemned Jesus to death. We should be thankful to him for taking the body of Jesus and placing it in his own tomb. Mark 15:43-46. He took a strong stand for Jesus and did not stay a secret disciple. We should also stand up for Jesus in this hostile world. We should go to the foot of the cross often.
The whole crowd, Jews, Gentiles and the women all saw Christ die.
Luke 23:44-55. The cross is at the centre of the Christian faith. 1 Corinthians 15:3. No-one survives a Roman crucifixion. Jesus died according to the scriptures. Exodus 12:46. His bones were not broken. Psalm 34:20. His side was pierced. Zechariah 12:10.
While we were still
sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:1-8. We remember he died, but he was also raised. John 20:1-20. Acts 17:31. He will come again. We must show up and do whatever is needed as Joseph and the women did. We must have a quiet resolve not to compromise our beliefs, but stand up for Jesus so that God can use us as he did Joseph. 

The Final Hymn was Stand up Stand up for Jesus, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore.

Children’s Church was by taught by Geoff and Jean Sole. Following a programme on television about the apostle Peter, the young people in the Watford congregation on the 4th of April looked briefly at some of the things that Peter did. Specifically they considered Mathew 26:69-75 when Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Subsequently the children did some jigsaw puzzles of a cockerel and also made several origami cockerels.













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