There was a Church Service on 19 December 2015 

The Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am.
2015-12-19 Watford Service-Robin Howard gives the Opening Prayer

The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard

2015-12-19 Watford Service-George Henderson gives AnnouncementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Sue Ann is home with a cold
*February 27 will be Luton Quiz Night.  If you are thinking of going give you names to Peter or Dorothy
*Marian Folan’s cancer has recurred and she had an operation on 23rd November.  Please keep her in your prayers a she is still recovering from a heart operation last year.
*Michael Buchan died and his funeral will be Wednesday 23 December
*Church next week will be at the home of David & Nancy Silcox at 11am.  If you were not present when the count was taken, can you please give them a ring to let them know if you plan to attend.
*The weekly update from Joseph Tkach contains a look at celebrating Christmas.  It is available on line at gci.org or on the notice board.
*Christians in Bangladesh have been receiving distressing death threats.  Please pray for persecuted Christians everywhere. Staff at our Haiti school are sick and need our prayers for their health.
2015-12-19 Watford Service-Children's Presentation-singing a carol

Hymns were led by Linda Halford who began by talking about Super Heroes.  There are a number of new films coming out this holiday that emphasize the Super Hero craze, like Star Wars and Frozen.  Our Super Hero was a baby, Jesus Christ, who came not to save us from burning buildings or death rays, but through his birth, life, death and resurrection, to rescue us all and save humanity for eternity.:
Hymn 1.  O Come All Ye Faithful, speaks of ‘very God, begotten, not created’
Hymn 2.  O Little Town of Bethlehem
2015-12-19 Watford Service-Children's Presentation-Jessica Reading2015-12-19 Watford Service-Children's Presentation-Shannon Reading

 

 

 

The young people gave a Presentation telling us the story of Jesus’ birth from Jeremiah 23:5-6 and Luke 2:1-7 They then led the congregation in the next Hymn 3.  Away in the Manger.
2015-12-19 Watford Service-Children's Presentation-Chloe says her line

 

 

 

 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Irene Wilson and included:
*The abundance of joy at this time of the year because of the celebration of the birth of our Saviour can highlight the sadness and despair of those in difficulties with lonliness, disease and unemployment.  We thank you for the birth of our Savious, Jesus, who came not in power but as a baby to experience human life and to die on our behalf to pay for sin and give us Eternal Life on his return in power to rule and to bring peace.  Help us to follow his example and love others, one way of which is through prayer, and so we pray…
*Be with Marian folan—we ask for strength, calm and peace as she goes through this traumatic time of health trials
*We pray for Graham Mitchell and his family and his fellow-patients on his hospital ward
*Phyllis Kelly is suffering terrible—enter her room and surround her with peace and courage and hope.  We pray for the staff looking after her in the hospice and ask for their blessing.
*We pray for the healing of Janey Gadston and for Cathy Bothwell.  Heal and restore them to health.
*Cathy & Winston Bothwells granddaughter also needs your healing of a bowell problem.
*Paul Zehetmayr’s brother, Colin, is at the end of his journey with cancer and we ask you to grant him peae and freedom from pain. *Sue Ann is home with a cold and we ask that you heal her so she can return to serve your people.
*Thank you that we can bring our burdens and leave them with you.  Thank you for your intervention in the health of the teachers in the school in Haiti, that they are recovering.
*We miss the members no longer able to come meet with us—Jack, Valerie, Peter and George.  May they feel secure in your love, and we than you for their faithfulness
*Bless the Prayer Table and give those who pass by the courage to come to request prayer.
*As we gather this week around tables laden with food, we pause to think of those struggling for existence and a better life.  Be with the lonely at this time of year, inspire others to include them
*We pray for the vulnerable and for the persecuted.  It grieves our hearts and so you must also grieve.  We pray for their safety and freedom.  Withhold the hand of evil as they rest in your hand.
*Glory to God in the Highest

Hymn 4.  Silent Night
Hymn 5.  Joy to the World

2015-12-19 Watford Service-George Henderson gives the SermonThe Message was given by George Henderson who asked ‘What is Christmas about?’  This is the fourth week of Advent and a good time to look at what is Christmas about.  George referred us to a number of articles on www.gci.org that speak of different views regarding Christmas.  The incarnation is key to Christianity—an act of God the Son whereby he took to himself human nature.  Romans 3:21-26 speaks of the righteous God which is by faith unto all and upon all that believe.  George quotes John Stott saying God expressed his love by a substitute for sinners.  He read the short poem by Jill Briscoe “You Did This For Me”.  How you celebrate or observe or mark the occasion is not the important thing but that you rejoice in salvation as we remember the birth of Jesus, and the incarnation of God, the most profound miracle and mystery in the bible.  The poem “Christmas” by Poet Laureat John Betjeman speaks of ‘This most tremendous tale of all…’

The final Hymn was Hark The Herald Angels Sing after which the Closing Prayer was led by Mike Barlow

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

:  After their Presentation the Young People went out during the Sermon for their weekly lesson.  They read through and discussed the words of lots of different carols. They also read the Christmas story and assembled two model nativity scenes.

2015-12-19 Watford Service-Children sing a carol

2015-12-19 Watford Service-Children's Presentation

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