There was a Church Service on 12 March 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Sue Ann Henderson
2016-03-12 George Henderson with Announcements

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Phillip Halford is not well
*Bill & Irene are not here as Bill is still in a lot of pain. Diagnosis not yet confirmed. They request that you please not phone at the moment but get updates through George & Sue Ann.
*Bob Klynsmith is engaged
*WCG/GCI Board Meeting tomorrow—please pray for God’s blessing & guidance.
*St. Peter’s Newsletter is ready to be distributed and any help would be welcome.
*There are Easter Posters for anyone who would like to put one in their window
*Blackwells request prayers

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Thy Word
Hymn 2. Be Thou My vision
Hymn 3. Ancient Words

2016-03-12 Winston Bothwell leads Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by Winston Bothwell who mentioned that volunteers to handle Intercessory Prayer would be welcome, and included:
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Merciful, wonderful and gracious God, who has known us before we were born and who knows our every thought, we glorify your name
*Thank you Creator, for the beauty of creation
*Thank you for the peace in which we can worship you, and we pray for those who live under persecution and war
*We ask your guidance on the Referendum coming.
*We ask you to lead and guide Southern Ireland as they go through a difficult time with a hung election, and we pray for peace during the transition
*Thank you for and bless our Church Leadership. We ask your blessing, protection and guidance, from Dr. Tkach to each local church council. We with the Board Meeting tomorrow.
*We remember those who are experiencing trial like loss of loved ones and illnesses, particularly Lowell Blackwell, a long-time member in the US
*We pray for Bill Wilson and ask that you be with his doctors as they seek to help, please heal Bill and be with his family during this stressful time.
*Thank you for Pat and Reg who look after the Prayer Table and we ask that you bless their efforts to reach out to the community—bring people to the table and we thank you for the answers and healing and comfort that you grant in your mercy.

Hymn 4. Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah
Hymn 5. Because He Lives

2016-03-12 James Henderson preaching in WatfordThe Message was given by James Henderson who began by quoting an article about the end of Christianity. There are many negative articles about religion around as numbers attending church decline. A book called The End of Faith says ‘faith is the Devil’s masterpiece’. So does God really know what is going on?
In Exodus 2:23 when the people cried out to God, he heard in verse 24. God is eternally present whether we believe in him or not. He would have noticed even if they had not cried out. He is ever present and always aware of us. He is always with us. King David asked, “Where can I go from your Spirit?” going on to say God was everywhere and sees everything. Even if the Church shrinks and shrinks, God is still eternally present. God is who he is, not who anyone thinks or say is he; and whether you believe it or not. He says, I AM and exists everywhere and always. John 8:58 says I am in times of trouble and in times of good. John 14:18-20 talks of you in me and I in you. Hebrews 13:5 tells us he will never leave nor forsake you, yesterday, today and forever. Therefore verse 9, don’t be deceived by strange teachings. No matter what is happening to us, GOD IS WITH YOU—in times of joy, in trials, even in dementia!

The final Hymn was Onward Christian Soldiers after which the Closing Prayer was led by David Silcox

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.
2016-03-12 Children's Church in Watford

In the Young People’s Church we looked at the subject of Jesus walking on water. They read the account in Matthew 14:22-33 and also looked at a map showing where the Sea of Galilee is. It was explained to them that Jesus really walked on water and that he did so to demonstrate that he really is the Son of God. The young people saw an experiment with sunflower oil float on lemonade and what happens to the lemonade when salt is added through the oil. They also saw two eggs sitting in the bottom of a jar covered with water, but then float after salt was poured into the water. They also tried to float paperclips on water tension and only succeeded after several attempts. They finished the lesson by making boats and some of the younger ones coloured in an 8-page story book about Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee.

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