2016-11-26-flowersThere was a Church Service on 26 November 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

Hymns were led by George Henderson who welcomed everyone, especially our guest from Sweden, Eva Beale.
*He mentioned that the flowers this week were done on behalf of Irene Wilson as a gift to St. Peter’s Church for the use of the Church at her husband, Bill’s, funeral last June.
*George also told us that Churches Together are once again providing a Carol Service in Asda on 8th December at 6pm for anyone who would like to come along.

Hymn 1. Name Of All Majesty
Hymn 2. Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven

2016-11-26-david-leads-intercessory-prayerAnnouncements were given by David Silcox and included:
*We returned from visiting Nancy’s sister, Abbie, in Oregon, USA. Her surgery, scheduled for 7th November, unfortunately was postponed to 28 November, so we had to return home before her operation. However, the time we were able to spend with her was beneficial and before we left there were signs of healing in the wound on her foot and she was in good spirits. Please continue praying that the operation will successfully restore the circulation and all will go well
*There is a card from Eileen Howard thanking people for prayers, cards and flowers as she recovers at home.
*George Campbell, who is 88, is home from hospital
*This morning there was a Churches Together Leaders Breakfast. It is such a blessing to have the Churches in North Watford working in unity to bring the Gospel to as many people as we can reach through the lead of the Holy Spirit
*Operation Rudolph distributes 400 hampers to needy people this time of year between 1-3 December. They welcome contributions and volunteer helpers if you can give to this excellent outreach.
*Michael MacEwan leaves this week for Australia, where he will be staying in Perth with his Aunt & Uncle for five or six months. We wish Michael all the best
*Jim Robertson sends thanks from the family of Margaret Leask for cards and prayers after her death
*Jim Kissee in the US thanks people for their prayers. He is home from surgery now.
*The guest ‘Thought For The Week’ is by Richard Fowler! He is here today leading the Children’s Church on a special activity, ‘I’m A Christian—Get Me Out Of Here!’ as a send-off for Michael MacEwan!

Hymn 3. Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Intercessory Prayer was offered by David Silcox and included:
*We come into your presence with great thankfulness. In the US, Thanksgiving acknowledges the fast that without your blessing and hand, they would not have survived, and we acknowledge the same
*We live in a dangerous world, immoral and not knowing you. We appeal to you as we intercede on behalf of a darkened world. Help us to be a light in this dark world. We put our trust in you and your faithfulness, knowing that you will hear our prayer
*Thank you for Churches Together and we ask your guidance and blessing on their efforts to unite to bring your life-giving message to a dying world
*We spend a few moments to bring before you people we love—Eileen Howard, George Campbell, Nancy’s sister Abbie, and we thank you that we can come to you in sure confidence that your will, will be done.

Hymn 4. How Great Thou Art

2016-11-26-mike-barlow-gives-the-sermonThe Sermon was given by Mike Barlow. The course of this world and the purpose in life is set by God. He assures us that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28), even the difficult things in our lives have a purpose—we may not see it but God knows what is best. Verse 29 tells us these things help us to be conformed to the image of His Son. The New Living Bible renders it he knew his people in advance and chose for them to become like his Son.
When we read ‘become’ we see that we need to make changes in our lives, that it is a process over time—a lifetime. I Thessalonians 4:1 urges us to excell still more! The Christian life is one of growth. The will of God is your sanctification, purity and holiness—this is our calling. We are to be a living sacrifice and live lives of worship (Romans 12:1 & 2, not conformed to this world but transformed by God. 1 Timothy 4:1-10 tells us to discipline ourselves for the purpose of godliness, training, practicing, exercising and striving for mastery so that 1 Corinthians 2:16 we have the mind of Christ

The final Hymn was Crown Him With Many Crowns after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford
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Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

In Children’s Church Richard Fowler and Janie Gadston led the children on an Australian adventure through the jungle showing that our Christian life sets us apart wherever we are as lights of God, in ‘I’m A Christian—Get Me Out Of Here!’
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The Bricket Wood Bible Study has finished the book of Galatians and David Silcox gave a brief overview/summary of the book before making introductory comments on our next book of study—the book of John. We being looking in depth at this book at our next bi-weekly study at 7:30pm on Friday 9th December. Everyone is welcome to join us for the study and refreshments which follow.

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