There was a Church Service on 17 September 2016 

This special Harvest Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

george-henderson-gives-the-announcementsAnnouncements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Irene Tibbenham thanks people for their prayer as her relative’s tumours have miraculously gone—doctors say as a result of chemotherapy but we believe God’s hand is apparent.
*The Pastor in Nepal is very ill and needs prayers
*Eileen is beginning to recover and is being moved to a convalescent home in Harpenden
*The bi-weekly Bricket Wood Bible Study resumed next Friday 23rd September. All are welcome to join us beginning 7:30pm at the St. Stephens Parish Centre.
*Pastor Joseph Da Costa’s wife has had a stroke and he requests prayers for her
*Two members in Madagascar have lost their homes and all of their possessions in a fire. Please pray for them.
Nancy in April 2008

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Come, Ye Thankful People, Come
Hymn 2. We Plough The Fields And Scatter

Irene introduced the Harvest Offering. When she was young her mother used to say, “You are not starving, you are hungry!” Yet in the UK there are those who do go hungry, homeless and destitute. Our donations today to this year to the Watford Food Bank. The young people were invited to go up the centre aisle and bring the items up to the front table where many non-perishable goods were already stacked. It is an opportunity to give something of our bounty to those who are needy, to share the goodness of God, with others. While the items were collected by the young people, the congregation sang the next hymn, All Things Bright And Beautiful.
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james-esom-asks-a-blessing-on-the-donations-and-prayer-intercessory-prayerA Blessing over the Harvest Offering and Intercessory Prayer was offered by James Esom and included:
*Thank you that we can give something back of all you give to us, that we can pause to think of those who are needy, starving and destitute even in our prosperous country. Bless the volunteers who help in the food banks as well as those who benefit from our donations. Thank you for the joy you give us including this joy of giving and sharing. We are blessed with summer and harvest.
*Thank you that you are our Saviour and for the Church. We ask your blessing on our leaders. Thank you for the 60 years of this denomination in the UK that we celebrated recently.
*Thank you for the success of SEP and Adventure Camp. *We ask for your blessings and guidance on the coming Festivals
*Please bless the Prayer Table outside and help it to be a blessing for the community
*Please be with our young people and guide the teachers at church
*Be with our Queen and the leaders in this country
*Thank you for the aid agencies, emergency services and NHS
*The Street Angels do a wonderful work in Watford and we ask for your blessing and protection. Be with SueAnn as she joins them to work into the night.
*We think of those who are unwell in our fellowship and put them into your loving hands—Graham Mitchell, Eileen Howard and Irene’s relative. Also the Pastor in Nepal and Mr. Da Costa’s wife who need healing
*Comfort those who are grieving the loss of loved ones such as the Glenister family
*We think of the families in Madagascar who have lost everything to fire and ask you to be with them as they rebuild their lives

Hymn 4. I Sing The Mighty Power Of God

There was a Video of Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life entitled God’s Garden

Hymn 5. For The Beauty Of The Earth

david-silcox-gives-the-sermon-at-the-harvest-serviceThe Sermon was given by David Silcox.
Harvest shows the goodness of God. In Genesis 1:31 God saw all that he had made and it was all very good. With man the things that he makes are not always good. God’s plan puts creation under the hand of man and we take what God provides and make fabulous things out of it such as the toilet tissue, tins, bottles, etc. But the bottom line is that Harvest teaches us that we are givers, not owners—God owns all as it says in Psalm 24:1, the earth is the Lords and the fulness thereof.
We have such choice. The animals don’t! But we can only be choosy when there is plenty to choose from. Christians care and share as in Acts 2:44 and 4:34-35. God multiplies the seed we sow. It is his compassion that provides the harvest and Matthew 9:36 reminds us, as this Service reminds us, that the physical harvest is a type of the spiritual harvest which is the end of God’s plan. The harvest is ripe ad labourers are needed.

The final Hymn was Great Is Thy Faithfulness after which the Closing Prayer was led by Geoff Sole

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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