There was a Church Service on 5 September 2015

Mike Hustwait playing piano for hymns in Watford 2015-06-13The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am

The Opening Prayer was given by Joy Barlow

Hymns were led by George Henderson, who began by reading Psalm 9:1-2.
Hymn 1 – Rejoice the Lord is King
ymn 2 – Great is thy Faithfulness

George Henderson giving AnnouncementsAnnouncements were given by  George Henderson and included:
*We have an update on Pastor Arlon Bryant in the U.S.A. He has been having chemotherapy for a brain tumour. The tumour has now shrunk, but he will need more chemo. He is to have a review in one year.
*Aileen and David MacEwan are very happy to announce the birth of their daughter Amy. She was born on 31st August and weighed 8lbs and 8 ounces.
*Colin Bovingdon announces his engagement to Susie. They plan to marry next year.
*Please pray for Pat Newton who is unwell today.
*Phillip and Linda Halford were presented with a gift and card for their 40th wedding anniversary.
*Next week we will have guest speaker taking part in the pulpit swap.

Hymn 3 – There is a Redeemer

Geoff Sole SpeakingIntercessory Prayer was led by Geoff Sole and included:
*Thank you that we can come before your throne and pray to you. We come here to learn and can meet here in safety. We know that your Holy Spirit is with us all the time.
*Thankyou for your Bible. It is a treasure chest full of eternal truth that we can understand.
*We ask your healing power for Graham Mitchell. He has an active mind and just has to lie there in bed. Please uplift him and his family.
*Please help Arlon Bryant and his wife Jean. We also ask your continued help for Ruth Edwards.
*We have many elderly members with health problems. Please help them.
*We see on television the suffering of the migrants. Please help the world governments to find a solution to help them.
*We pray for those caught up in the conflict in Syria, and your protection for all Christians worldwide.
*Thank you for the success of S.E.P. and Adventure Camp. Thank you for all the work that James Henderson does and for all the Day by Days.
*Please now guide all those involved with the coming Festivals.
*We thank you for Jesus Christ, for your grace and your unlimited love.

Hymn 4 – When I Survey the Wondrous Cross
Hymn 5 – I the Lord of Sea and SkyMr. Bergin preaching

The Sermon was given by Mr. Francis Bergin on the subject of Prayer
Do we have a strategy when planning what we want to achieve in our lives? Christ had a strategy for the birth of the church. He planned to send the disciples the Holy Spirit to help them take the gospel message to the end of the earth. Acts 1:8. When Christ was taken up into the cloud, the disciples returned to Jerusalem. Without Jesus they wondered what they should do while they wait. Verses 9-13. Verse 14 tells us that they prayed together. They succeeded in that stategy and turned the world around.
What is our strategy? How are we getting on with God? How is our prayer life? Communication with God is the deepest and highest work of the Holy Spirit. 1 Thessalonians 5:17, tells us to pray without ceasing. Jesus himself set us an example as he often went somewhere alone to pray. Luke 5:16. The Bible does not tell us how long or where to pray but we should pray daily.
The requirements for prayer are, faith. Hebrews 11:6. Wholeheartedness. Jeremiah 29:13. Humility. 2 Chronicles 7:14. Righteousness. James 5:16. Obedience. 1 John 3:22-23.
It is easy to talk to people we know well, but what about God?. Can we relax with God? Prayer is just a conversation with God. Prayers are individual, there is no set length of time. Prayer produces peace of mind.
We can be disappointed when our prayers are not answered as we would wish. We will need patience. James 1:3. We must also follow the example of Jesus in Matthew 26:39. Your will not mine. We have the hope of the resurrection. We should use the same strategy as the disciples, and pray without ceasing.

The Final Hymn was My Shepherd will supply my Need, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Irene Wilson.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.





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