There was a Church Service on 12 December 2015 

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

George Henderson leads WorshipThe Opening Prayer was given by Charles Deakins

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1.  Angels From The Realms of Glory
Hymn 2.  Joy to the World

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*William Bailey (Bill), a member of our Stoke-on-Trent Congregation was taken into hospital this week.  He has now been transferred to a Care Home.
*Prayers are requested for a schoolgirl called Melissa.  Her father is the Pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in Watford.  Melissa is awaiting an urgent operation.  Her mother has to go to her school three times a day to do a procedure.  This is making her life very difficult.
*Colin Bovingdon requests prayers for his girlfriend, Susie.  She is facing some difficult problems, including unemployment.
*We are sorry to report the deaths of two members in the U.S.A.  Pastor Earl Coleman and Elder Jim West.  Please pray for their families.
*Advance notice of the Great Baddow Winter Social will be on 23 January 2016 with a 1920’s theme.
*In St. Peter’s Church Newsletter it says that” next Sunday the 10am Service at St. Peter’s will be a ‘Christmas-Free Celebration of the Birth of Christ’.  This is in no way a criticism of Christmas, or singing carols, but rather a simple attempt to be able to celebrate Jesus’ birth without being distracted by all the other things that the whole ‘Christmas experience’ overlays onto it.  For me (writes Chris Cottee) it certainly helps me to celebrate His birth as just and simply God’s great gift to us, and I believe it’s an important thing for us to do.”

Hymn 3.  O Come All Ye Faithful

Winston Bothwell introduces Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Winston Bothwell and included:
*Many Christians around the world now live in fear.  Thank you that we can continue to meet here today.
*We pray for all those in the north who have been affected by the floods.  The whole community has suffered.  Many have no insurance.  Please help them all, as many have lost their jobs.
*We heard on the news this week of the heartbreak of a husband and father who lost his family at sea trying to find a better and safer life for them.  Please show mercy to these people and stop those who take all of their money.  Please let a solution be found to help the migrants.
*We ask your help for those in hospital or care homes, such as Bill Bailey, Valerie Philo and Jack Stokes.
*We pray for Graham Mitchell, Rebecca and also Phyllis Kelly, who is now in hospital fallowing a fall.  She is in great pain.  Please help Melissa to be able to have her operation very soon.  Please give strength to all of their families.
*We ask you to heal Ann Nadim who has a throat infection, and help her as she adjusts to life without her car.  Rosemary has a cold and needs to get well soon so that she can visit Jack.
*Please heal corinne Robinson, who has a back problem.
*Please conform the families of Earl Coleman, Jim West, Isobel Delap and Alan Tattersall, who are grieving for their loved ones.
*We look to the future time when all pain and tears will end.

Hymn 4.  Joy Has Dawned Upon The World
Hymn 5.  Light of the World
Barry Robinson preaching

The Message was given by Barry Robinson.  At this dark time of year, we read in Isaiah 9:1-7, that Jesus by God’s grace, as God-man, is the light of the world.  He would come from Galilee, verses 1-2 tell us.  We read in John 1:45-46 that Nathanael had said to Phillip, “Could anything good come out of Nazareth?”  Honour and salvation was to come from that multi-ethnic region.  Jesus was born into a poor family, but he was to have the greatest effect ever on the world.  He brought the unexpected into our lives.  I corinthians 1:26-31.  In this world, people have to have the right social standing.  God does not work that way.  For us to live, we need the lighte and warmth of the sun.  The sun will eventually die.  In the future we will not need the sun and nothing will decay.  It is a symbol of the ultimate light, Jesus.  These most well-known verses are read out at this time of year  It tells us who this baby was to become.  Isaiah 9:6-7.  Jesus came as God in the flesh and has walked in our shoes and understands us.  He suffered and died for us because he loves us.  We are all sinners and need the gift of God’s grace.  Christ now lives in and through us.  We must be willing to serve.  This is the true meaning of Christmas.

The final Hymn was O Come, O come Immanuel after which the Closing Prayer was led by Bill wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

During the Sermon time the Young People’s Church considered and discussed the carol The Partridge in a Pear Tree.  Some, but not all, people think that the words may mean that hundreds of year ago some people made up symbols to represent different aspects of the Bible. It was emphasised that nobody knows for sure. This is what some people think the carol may mean:
True Love and Partridge may refer to Jesus Christ.
Two turtle doves may mean the Old and New Testaments.
Three French hens may mean faith, hope and love.
The four calling birds may mean Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
The five golden rings may mean first five books of the Old Testament.
The six geese a-laying may mean the six days of creation.
Seven swans a-swimming may mean the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit-Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
The eight maids a-milking may mean the eight beatitudes.
Nine ladies dancing may mean the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self Control.
The ten lords a-leaping may mean the ten commandments.
The eleven pipers piping may mean the eleven faithful disciples. And
The twelve drummers drumming may mean the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.
Some scriptures from the Cambridge, Kings College Christmas Eve Carol service were also considered.

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2015-11-27 Bricket Wood Bible StudyOn Friday night 11th December was the last meeting of the Bricket Wood Bible Study for the year!  The next meeting will be on Friday night 8th January 2016.  The Study group welcomes anyone who wishes to join us in looking into the word of God in more details.  We are presently going through the book of Ephesians.  Did you know that chapter one of Ephesians contains the second longest sentence in the bible, with over 150 words in it?!  It was originally written in a scroll and the verses and punctuation that we see in our Bibles were added much later.  Why not join us at 7:30pm every other Friday night to learn much more?

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