IMG_2355There was a Church Service on 7 May 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Jean Sole

Hymns were led by Phillip Halford:
Hymn 1. Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling
Hymn 2. I’ll sing of Mercy and of Justice

IMG_2361Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*There is a card to sign for Pat Ewer
*Update on Bill Wilson—infection causing confusion is being treated. Please continue to ring George & SueAnn for updates not Irene.
*Maris Brand has died. She attended the Festival in Bridlington
*Mr. A. Bryant has died—he was baptised in 1971 and was an Elder from 1985
*The Orthodox Pentecost Service will be held on 15 May at St. John’s in Radlet at 2pm. There will opportunity to give an offering and refreshments after the Service. James Henderson will be giving the Sermon
*Last Thursday the 7th Day Adventists hosted the Churches Together Ascension Service. 8-15 May is a week of prayer.
*Jesus Christ calls every person to follow him. As Christians it’s our duty and joy to share that invitation. That’s why the Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting every church in England to join a week of prayer this Pentecost, from 8-15th May —let’s pray for every Christian to receive new confidence and joy in sharing this life-transforming faith. Please read more about it at this link: http://thykingdom.co.uk/about
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York sent out a letter calling for a “Great Wave of Prayer” for Evangelism during Pentecost. Part of their letter said, “At the heart of our prayers will be words that Jesus himself taught us – ‘Thy kingdom come, thy will be done.’ It is impossible to overstate the life-transforming power of the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that is reassuring enough to be on the lips of the dying and yet dangerous enough to be banned in cinemas. It is famous enough to be spoken each day by billions in hundreds of languages and yet intimate enough to draw us ever closer into friendship with Jesus Christ. It is simple enough to be memorised by small children and yet profound enough to sustain a whole lifetime of prayer. When we pray it with sincerity and with joy, there is no imagining the new ways in which God can use us to his glory.”
*This years Praise at the Palace Concert, organised by Christians Across Watford, will be on Friday 10 June 7:30 at the Palace Theatre in Watford. Our denomination will be represented on stage once again!

Hymn 3. All Glory, Laud and Honour

IMG_2367Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole. He began by showing everyone the book The Servant Queen and the King She Serves. A PDF of this book is available here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/iv8jeimgo3xjlfe/The%20Servant%20Queen_lores_spreads.pdf?dl=0
*God, you are a God of love, mercy and faithfulness. Thank you for your son, Jesus Christ, who lived and died for us and that through him we can come to you. Thank you for the bible full of treatures and for your blessings.
*Thank you for the blessing of our Queen and Prince Philip faithfully by her side. She is a tool in your hands.
*We pray for those in spiritual darkness that you will call and enlighten them
*We remember the families who have lost loved ones. comfort and help them as they grieve—give them the understanding and hope of the resurrection
*We remember Bill Wilson and Irene and ask your healing, rest and encouragement
*Roger Lipross still needs your help recovering from a stroke
*We think of Len Maylin, Paul & Eileen gunning, Graham Mitchell and others all facing trials of health
*Remember those in Syria where the refugee camp was bombed. Give them the physical and spiritual help that they need
*There are fires burning in Alberta, Canada. Be with the emergency service, bring rain and protect the people
*We pray for our Church Leaders, Dr. Tkach and James Henderson
*Be with the Week of Prayer coming upUse it powerfully both for the world and the individual lives of people

IMG_2375Hymn 4. The Lord’s My Shepherd (Townend version)
Hymn 5. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

The Sermon was given by Mr. Francis Bergin on the topic of knowledge. Proverbs 1:7 says the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, or as someone said, we fear God but we are not afraid of him. Knowledge is information, understanding has to do with principles and wisdom is the application of knowledge and understanding.

The final Hymn was As The Deer after which the Closing Prayer was led by David Silcox

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young People’s Church this week was led by Geoff and Jean Sole and they talked about Kings and Queens, using the book The Servant Queen and The King She Serves.
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