There was a Church Service on 9 January 2016

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

George Henderson gives the announcements in Watford 2015-06-13Announcements led by George Henderson and included:
*The funeral of Phyllis Kelly will take place on Tuesday 12th January at 1.20p.m. at West Herts.
*Jack Stokes was taken into Watford General Hospital this week with severe dehydration. He remains very poorly.
*16th January begins the Watford Churches Together Pulpit Swap.We will have a guest speaker here next Saturday—Roy Young from Garston Community Church. On Sunday 17th, David Silcox will be guest speaker at Beechen Grove Baptist Church. Monday 18th begins the Worldwide week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a different church hosting a Service each day of the week. Please contact George for details of all of these services. On 23rd of January, our church will invite members of Watford Churches Together here to our service, which will begin at the earlier time of 10:30am, and will be followed by a brunch.
*Graham Mitchell has now been transfered to Stoke Mandeville Hospital at Aylesbury, where he will Sueann leading hymnsreceive specialist care.

Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson
Hymn 1. Name of all Majesty

There was then a Communion Service led by George Henderson.

Hymn 2. What a Friend we have in Jesus

Phillip Halford with Intercessory Prayer

 

Intercessory Prayer was led by Phillip Halford who began by commenting that many adults and children today take God’s name in vain. We should only use his name for good purposes. John 14:13 says it is a great privilege to come here and to use God’s name in prayer.
*This is a new year but already there are floods, deaths and a continuing refugee crisis. The world now needs a superhero. There is only one—Jesus. We pray he will return very soon, to end the human misery and sadness. We can only help in a small way as individuals.
*Please comfort Natu Moti and his family in their grief. We also pray for your peace and support for the family of Phyllis Kelly.
*We ask your healing power and help for members of this congregation. George Campbell who has attended hospital for tests. Jack and Rosemary, Valerie Philo, Peter Buckley and Janie Gadsden.
*We ask your help for Graham Mitchell and his family. Please let him have the very best care in his new hospital and restore him to full health.
*We so look foward to the rule of Christ.

Hymn 3. I the Lord of Sea and Sky
Hymn 4. Will you Come and Follow Me

2015-03-14 Irene Wilson leads Intercessory Prayer-trimmedThe Message was given by – Irene Wilson about the Good Samaritan. We are all familiar with the parable of the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37.
The lawyer was testing Jesus. Jerusalem to Jericho is a place of rocks and hills. Christian life is like that, with the danger of sin around every corner. Jericho was an area where the priests lived. The priest was the first person to find the injured man and he thought he was dead. This was a serious situation for him, as a priest he could not touch a dead body because of the laws of purity. So he passed by. Leviticus 21:1. Numbers 19:11-13. Jesus has internal holiness and has fulfilled the purity laws. Galations 3:16-26. Jeremiah 31-33. Those laws ended when Christ came.
A Levite also saw the man and passed by. Not all of the Levites were priests. Some were their assistants and were supported by the peoples tithes. Numbers 3 and 4.
How much do we care about what others think of our Christian life? Would we have passed by? Do we hide from our Saviour? Mark 8:38. The Samaritans were hated and despised, but this one stopped and helped. He cleaned and bandaged the man’s wounds and took him to a safe place. We are washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus, and are safe in him. We need not fear. Psalm 46:1. The injured man trusted the Samaritan and one day everyone will trust Jesus. Psalm 40:3. Let us be about our Father’s business, and don’t pass by.

The Final Hymn was And can it Be after which the Closing Prayer was given by Winston Bothwell.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the Church Hall.

In Young People’s Church the young people in the Watford Church continued to look at various mountains mentioned in the Bible. This week they were reminded of the Mount of Beatitudes and read through all of the Beatitudes. We also looked at an aerial view of Mt Sinai which is connected to the old covenant laws given by Moses. The children looked at one of the laws of the new covenant ‘love your neighbour’ and then made potato-printed heart cards.

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Bricket Wood Bible Study 21 Nov 2014The fortnightly Bricket Wood Bible Study was held as usual in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre at 7:30pm on Friday night 8th January 2016.  We continued in the book of Ephesians and then enjoyed fellowship and refreshments together.  Anyone is welcome to join us studying the word of God.  The next study will be on 22nd January.

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