There was a Church Service on 11 June 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
We began by singing two verses of God Save The Queen, in honour of the Queen’s 90th birthday. We are very blessed to have a Christian monarch, as in the book The Servant Queen and the King She Serves
Hymn 1. Crown Him With Many Crowns
2016-06-11 George Henderson

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Tickets for the 60th Anniversary are available now if you put your name down—see George to collect.
*Peter Buckley is in Pine wood Residential Home. George & Sueann visit him after Church regularly and his home is having a garden party next Saturday—if anyone would like to go, contact George.

IMG_2657Further Announcements were given by David Silcox:
*Tim & Kath sole had a son, Zachary, this morning.
*Bill Wilson’s funeral will be held here at 10:45 on Tuesday 21 June. Parking in St. Peter’s car park will be reserved for family only and needs to be kept clear for the hearse, so please plan to arrive early enough to park nearby. Pentecost Service tomorrow is at St. John’s in Radlett at 11am. There will be an opportunity to give an offering and lunch will be provided following the Service.
*Churches Across Watford hosted Praise in the Palace on Friday night.  This was an evening of praise and worship in the Palace Theatre in Watford.  During the evening leaders from various denominations in Watford led sections of prayer, David being one of the ‘pray-ers’.
Praise at the Palace Collage
*If you are planning to attend the Coulsdon (next Sunday 19th June) or the Market Harborough (Sunday 26 June) Regional Conference, please give your name to George for planning purposes.
*The last Bricket Wood Bible Study before the summer break is next Friday 17 June. Anyone is welcome to come. We meet in the upstairs room of St. Stephens Parish Centre in Bricket Wood at 7:30pm and the Study is followed by refreshments. We are finishing off the book of Ephesians and plan to show some slides from David & Nancy’s recent trip to Turkey including the ruins of Ephesus.
* After the death of Muhammed Ali who died this week, James Henderson’s Thought for the Week is on remembrance. Dr. Joseph Tkach’s update this week is on anointing and will be on the Bulletin Board if you would like to read it.
*We welcome Maggie Mitchell for the message today
2016-06-11 George & Sueann leading worship

Hymn 2. Holy Spirit, We Welcome You
Sueann joined George for this hymn and George played his guitar

James Esom with Intercessory PrayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by James Esom and included:
*We are a blessed nation and give you grateful thanks. Thank you for the beauty and wonder of your creation, and for the safety and protection in our daily lives, that we can come in peace to worship today
*thank you for the Church and for Christians Across Watford. Please bless our denominations and it’s leaders
*We pray for the Prayer Table and your blessing
*Please encourate and be with persecuted Christians around the world
*Bless and guide our leaders as they deal with the issues of modern life, refugees and the vote on leaving or remaining in the EU
*Thank you for the Queen. It is such a blessing to have a Christian Queen and we ask you to bless, guide and protect her.
*Bless the charities that help others *The National Health Service is a blessing and we ask for your guidance and blessing for it
*Be with our Young People’s Church. Bless the leaders and guide them. *Be with those suffering in our congregation
*Be with Irene Wilson and family as they prepare for Bill’s funeral next Tuesday. *Be with SEP preparations. It is a wonderful outreach and we ask that you bless and guide Jackee Mill, the new SEP director and send more campers to benefit.
*Be with the Northampton Social next week. Bless and be with Maggie and Graham as they continue to face their health trial
*Be with Peter Buckley in his care home
*Bless and protect and heal Reg Newton as he goes in for his operation tomorrow.

Hymn 3. Wonderful Grace
Hymn 4. We Must Walk the Walk

2016-06-11 Maggie Mitchell speakingThe Message was given by Maggie Mitchell from the Northampton Congregation. She began with an update on her husband Graham who sends his greetings. His accident was over a year ago now. He can speak all the time now, which is a great relief for him, although he is still paralyzed from the neck down. He has a chair which he can control with his chin. Their daughter, Anna is getting married 21 July and Graham is hoping to be able to go to the wedding. Thank you for sharing through prayers.

We know that God does not cause bad things to happen, and he does not prevent us from going through bad things, but he allows these for our learning and ultimate good. Maggie shared four lessons that we can learn from bad experiences:
1-There is more than one way of stacking a dish-washer! It doesn’t really matter if it is as you would do it, it is more important to be able to let others help and let others do things differently without judging. This applies in many arenas including church. The core concerns of a Christian are the things that we agreet on and which unite us regardless of different practices.
2-Prayer is often answered through other people. God chooses to include us in his work. God can use us to answer others’ prayers. He wants us to work with and partner in his work. Remember the scriptures say I was hungry and you fed me, when you did it to others.
3-Hope is easily destroyed. Romans 5:3 tells us that patience and experience lead to hope. Paul’s thorn in the flesh was not taken away. Our hope should be not in healing and comfort but in God who can use any situation for our good. Hope is not destroyed by suffering if we know where our hope truly lies.
4-You can make plans but they don’t necessarily happen. Lay up treasure in heaven where it cannot be destroyed.
God continues to work with us, let’s work with him too.

The final Hymn was To God Be The Glory after which the Closing Prayer was led by Robin Howard

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

In Young People’s Church on the 11th of June the young people read and considered the first three chapters of the book The Amazing Bible Adventure for Kids. The first chapter is about: ‘Your Map to the World’s Greatest Treasure: God! The second chapter is about ‘The Big Point of God’s Big Book is that God put People on Earth to Know Him’. And the third chapter is about: ‘You are invited to be God’s Kid’. At the beginning of the lesson the young people all smelt frankincense. At the end of the lesson the older members in the group read Bible stories to the younger members in the group.

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