There was a Church Service on Saturday 25th July 2015

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1 – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
Hymn 2 – Lo he comes with Clouds Descending

George gives announcementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*S.E.P. begins tomorrow. We have 85 campers and 120 international staff. During this camp there will be an inspection review. Please pray for safety and good weather and that the young people will witness the good news of God’s love.
*Throughout August the Churches of North Watford will meet at each others churches. Our church is to host a service here on August 23rd at 6.30p.m.
We are sorry to report the sudden death of Frank Fowler of our Exeter congregation on 17th July aged 73. He was previously a member of our Bristol congregation. His funeral will be on Tuesday 11th August.  Please pray for his wife Irene.
*Carn Catherwood reports that his brother-in-law Gary Selack, died on July 20th aged 81. He had been an employee of our church in the  U.S.A.  Please pray for his family.
*Please pray for Irene Wilson’s sister-in-law Kathy. She has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Hymn 3 – Make me a Channel of your Peace

James Esom with Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was led by James Esom, who began by reading Philippians 4:4-6. Rejoice!
*Creator God, we come here united in your love and to rejoice in your name. Summer is a lovely season. It makes everyone happier as we see your beautiful creation around us.
*Thank you for our friends and family but please help those who are lonely or struggling with problems.
*Please bless S.E.P. with good weather, and let it be a safe and happy camp for everyone.
*Help now all the plans for Adventure Camp in August.
*Thank you for our Young People’s Church here, and for St.Peter’s Messy Church.
*We pray for all the problems in the world. Please help the refugees and all the persecuted Christians. Give wisdom to those who have to make decisions. We do know that the Prince of Peace will come. We are so very blessed by you and know that we can pray to you at anytime.
*Please comfort the families of Frank Fowler and Gary Selack as they grieve for their loved ones.
*We ask your help and healing power for Kathy who has just found out that she has breast cancer.
*We are pleased to see Ron back here today, but please continue to help his wife Eva with her own health problems.
*We do not forget those who are unable to be here or those unwell. Graham Mitchell, Jack and Rosemary, Peter Buckley, George Campbell, Valerie Philo, Ruth Edwards, and Joan Esom. Please continue to help them and their families.
*We thank you for those outside at our prayer table, and for those who serve Watford as Street Angels.
We now leave all our requests in your hands.

Hymn 4 – The King of Love
Hymn 5 – Our God Reigns

Irene Wilson leads intercessory prayerThe Message was given by Irene Wilson.
We hear a lot in the media about “celebrities” and heros. The Bible is the greatest book ever written. We can read the life stories of many people in the Bible that God chose as examples for us. One such man is Barnabas whose name means “Son of Encouragement”. Names can describe a person’s character. Telling a story does not always start at the beginning.
We read in Acts 14:1:18 that the Greek people in Lystra thought that Barnabas and Paul were gods and gave them new names. Zeus and Hermes. The people wanted to sacrifice for them. Even though the Jews had seen Jesus perform miracles, they would not believe that he was the Son of God. Paul and Barnabas had to convince the crowds that they were only men not gods. Some time before this, they had asked God to grant them boldness to speak his word. Acts 4:29. 28:31.
Why are these stories in the Bible? They are God breathed. 2 Timothy 3:16. Do we encourage others? We are all individuals, and our lives should be dedicated to Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:10 and Galations 6:4. God does nothing in vain and we should be encouraged and inspired by people and others like Barnabas.

The Final Hymn was Will you come and Follow me, after which the Closing Prayer was led Peter Beardsmore.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.

2015-04-18 Kitchen crew2015-04-18 Peter Beardsmore hoovering

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