Reg & Winston chat after ServicesThere was a Church Service on 20 June 2015 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard


George Henderson with announcementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Graham Mitchell has been moved to Kettering Hospital but is still in Intensive Care.  Continued prayers are appreciated
*Phil Lewis is recovering well from his recent heart attack and is returning now to work
*Bill Stratton has died and his funeral is on Wednesday 1st July
*Peter Buckley is now at home with a carer during the day.  He is still disoriented but enjoys visiters.
*Ron Hitchcock is home recovering from his operation.  There is a card to sign for him and his wife
*Edwin asked at the Prayer Table for prayers for his heart problems
*There is a report on the Ladies Conference at this address: Ann & George present gifts to Cedric Redit on his 40th Wed Anniv
*Cedric & Anite Redit celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary recently and there is a car to sign for them.  Sue Ann and George presented them with an anniversary rose and a bottle of wine on behalf of the congregation.

nancysilcox1Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Amazing Grace
Hymn 2.  God of Grace and God of Glory 

We saw a short Video Clip of Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life, entitled:  Grace is Not a Supplement.

Hymn 3.  I Am A New Creation
Hymn 4.  Sing Praises And Rejoice
Geoff Sole leads Intercessory Prayer

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole who began by saying we should “Make life our prayer and prayer our life” and included:
*We come boldly before your throne of grace and thank you for your wonderful grace and for your son who has qualified us, giving his life for us to give us life eternal
*Help each one of us to make our life a prayer to you and to make prayer our life
*You have brought us out of darkness and we bring to you those still in darkness.  May we help to make their darkness bright and show them your glorious light
*Please be with those in mourning, such as the Stratton family at this time
*Graham Mitchell is lying paralyzed and on a ventilator.  We cannot imagine what he must be going through, Lord, be with him, give him courage and faith and if it is your will, heal him that he can recover completely.
*Peter Buckley is home but not in full health,  have mercy and help him to recover
*Ron is recovering also from his operation and we ask your comfort and encouragement for him and his wife
*Be with George Campbell.  We miss him in our congregation and ask that you encourage him and bring him back to be able to attend Services again
*Be with the young relatives of Charlie as we continue to think of them
*Edwin gave a prayer requestin to the table outside.  He has heart problems and we ask for your healing.  Please continue to bring people t the Prayer Table so that we can have compassion and pray for those in this community who are hurting.
*Thank you that Phil Lewis is recovering and is able to return to work.
*Please be with the plans and preparations for SEP and Adventure Camp, Lord. These are important occasions when we can set an example and influence these young people through Christianity
*Be with the Coulsdon Conference tomorrow that those who attend will be edified and equipped to better serve in their Christian lives and in their congregations
*We heard about the terrible shootings in a Church in Carolina and we pray for those affected by it.  We pray also for the young man who murdered those people.  It must be very hard for him and his family.  Use this terrible occurance to turn hearts to you.
*Migrants that we read about are in desperate straits and we are full of compassion, as you are.  we pray for the politicians as they struggle to find solutions to these issues.
*Politicians and economists are also trying to find a solution to the Greek economic crisis and we pray that you will give them wisdom and determination to find the very best solution possible.
*Be with our Church Leaders and guide them as they teach and lead us.

Hymn 5.  Wonderful Grace

David reads a scriptureThe Message was given by David Silcox, who led us through a comprehensive look at grace in the old and new testaments, showing how through the law it was by God’s grace that the children of Israel were delivered and saved by the blood of the lamb on the doorpost.  Exodus 19:4-6 says he bare them on eagles wings and brought them to himself.  and in Leviticus 26:12 God says I will walk among you and be your god and you shall be my people, that you shall be holy unto me and you shall be mine (20:26).  Kings were to write out a copy of scripture (Deuteronomy 17:18, and Nehemiah 8:1, they brought the book of the law and read to the people for hours.  Hosea 4:1-6 says people are destroyed for lack of knowledge and so in the New Testament we find the Pharisees determined that they would preserve knowledge and keep it before them constantly.  Jeremiah 31:31 said the day was coming that God would make a new covenant—not a revised, edited version of the old covenant, but a New covenant, based not on law, but on grace, and open to all peoples.  Matthew 26:26 shows that this new covenant is based on the blood of the Lamb of God.  John 3:16 summarizes the New Covenant—God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son—he gave this gift of grace so that everyone who believes can be saved and given life eternal.  John 1:16-17 says the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.  It is by him that we have received grace-Romans 1:1-5; 3:20 & 24.  Ephesians 2:4-8 it is by grace that we are saved through faith.

The final Hymn was Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken after which the Closing Prayer was led by Bill Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.
Michael does a word search

Children’s Church took place during the Service.  On the 20th of April the young people in the Watford congregation continued to consider some of the mountains mentioned in the Bible. This week they looked at Mount Tabor. They considered the story connected with Judges 4:6 ‘take with you ten thousand men of Naphtali and Zebulun and lead the way to Mount Tabor’. They also read the account of the transfiguration mentioned in Matthew 17. The traditional site of the transfiguration is on Mount Tabor, however some believe it took place on Mount Hermon (the Bible does not specify). The young people looked at the original Greek word from which ‘transfigured’ in Matthew 17:2 is taken from and discovered it is from metamorphoo from where the English word ‘metamorphosis’ comes from. They then discovered that in Romans 12:2 and Philippians 3:21 this Greek word can be applied to us! They also read Matthew 17:5 ‘A voice from the cloud said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. Listen to him!”’


Bricket Wood Bible Study Nov 2014The last Bible Study before the summer break took place on Friday night, 19th June, in the upstairs room of the St. Stephens Parish Centre in Bricket Wood.  The study began with David Silcox showing some slides of ancient Philippi from his recent trip to Greece.  This served as illustration and background information as he finished off the book of Philippians that we have been studying recently.  The Bible Study was followed by fellowship and refreshments.  Studies will resume in the autumn but the topic or book of study has not yet been determined.  As they say—‘watch this space’ for an announcement or check the ‘Coming Up’ page in September.

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