There was a Church Service on 29 October 2016 

2016-10-29-george-henderson-leads-worshipThe Service was held in St. Peter’s as usual at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Irene Wilson

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1. Crown Him With Many Crowns
Hymn 2. Fill Thou My Life

2016-10-29-david-silcox-gives-announcementsAnnouncements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Chris Cottee in the US at a conference
*Philip & Gillian Stevens on the way home fro Paignton a van hit them from behind. They are injured a little but the car is a writeoff! It is a miracle they weren’t hurt badly, they say they are ‘shaken but not stirred’!
*Eileen Howard is at home from hospital but not at all well
*George Campbell is in hospital since last Saturday and prayers would be appreciated
*Colin bovingdon’s brother, David, has health issues and Colin requests prayers on his behalf
*Betty Garley of the Nottingham church has died
*Keith Hartrick had a heart attack on 24 October and is recovering in hospital
*Caroline Gentil’s sister, Margaret, is back on chemo and requests prayers
*Les Buckley, Peter Buckley’s brother, was here recently and visited th Watford Church. We thank him for his kind donation to Street Angels, which will be busy this Halloween weekend, so your prayers will be appreciated
*The death of a US Elder is in the Update on the Bulletin Board
*Margaret Leask in the Shetlands has died

Hymn 3. Lord, I Come Before Your Throne of Grace (what A Faithful God Have I)

2016-10-29-james-esom-leads-intercessory-prayerIntercessory Prayer was offered by James Esom and included:
*It is a blessing to part of your church. We thank you for the protection that we have and for the recent Festival.
*thank you for the food banks and charities that help the needy
*We pray for the persecuted churches and Christians who live in countries where they are not safe
*Be with the table outside that it will be a blessing to the community
*We with the agencies helping with disaster relieve and who help in war-torn areas *We pray for the family of Elder wilmer in the US who died recently
*Be with Eileen & robin Howard as she recovers at home
*Be with Nancy’s sister, Abbie, as she faces an operation on 7 November
*Steve & Julie Dickson’s daughter has arthritis and need your healing hand. We pray also for healing of Peter Buckley, Graham Mitchell, Margaret-Caroline’s sister, George Campbell in hospital, Gillian & Philip Stevens recovering from a car accident, Colin Bovingdon’s brother David, and Keith Hartrick who has had a heart attack.
*Thank you that we can come to you to make these requests, to praise and worship you as we meet and pray together.

Hymn 4. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

2016-10-29-the-sermonThe Sermon was given by Mr. Francis Bergin on Sermons—important things for speakers to remember and how we as listeners should respond.
Sermons are discourses delivered from the pulpit on a spiritual topic from the Word of God. It is a grave responsibility to speak on behalf of God and those who do 1. Have a responsibility to the congregation to know the world of God and faithfully convey the meaning of scripture. 2. Apply themselves in preparation with a guide of one hour for every five minutes that you speak! 3. Remember that preaching is NOT license to teach what is not permissable, it is not entertainment, don’t preach your own speculation.
Congregations’ responsibility is 1. to Listen to hear God’s instruction 2. don’t listen to find fault or mistakes and 3 have an obligation to apply the instruction from God’s Word
Sermons should ‘disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed’! And should be God’s Word—nothing more, nothing less and nothing else. With the purpose of serving more effectively as the years go by.

The final Hymn was Standing On The Promises after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Children’s Church resumed after a long break over the summer holidays and festival period.
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The Bricket Wood Bible Study met again on Friday 28th October to carry on studying the book of Galatians. You are welcome to meet with us every other week in the upstairs room of St. Stephens Parish Centre at 7:30pm We enjoy refreshments together after each study. The next study is Friday 11 November.

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Click here for a full report of the Paignton Festival 2016 and preliminary information about Paignton Festival 2017:

https://watford.wcg.org.uk/2016/11/2016-paignton-festival/

or here: http://gracecom.church/paignton_harvest_festival/

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