There was a Church Service on 10 December 2016

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Joy Barlow

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Eileen Howard still needs prayers
*We have had a letter from the British Legion thanking us for the donation taken up at our Remebrance Service
*Asda Carol Singing went well on Thursday evening taking up contributions towards the Food Bank, and a schedule of Local Christmas events and services given out
*The Churches Together Christmas Poster is available to anyone who would like to put one in their window at home
*Joe Tkach’s update this week is on Christmas celebration and gives much to ponder—see the notice board

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Jesus Is The Name We Worship
Hymn 2. At The Name Of Jesus 

There was a Video shown of Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life, entitled Advent-Hope

Hymn 3. By Faith

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford and included:
*The world has seen two major and controversial votes or elections that illustrate the lack of peace and harmony in this world—Brexit and President Bush. Let’s turn to our Heavenly Father, the giver of peace
*Your thoughts and ways are far above ours and beyond our comprehension, but we know you have a plan
*When we see the evils and unhappiness in this world, we look forward to your return as King of Kings, not elected, but appointed
*We bring to you now, some who are suffering: Graham & Maggie Mitchell; Len & Pam Maylin; Eileen Howard; George Campbell; Peter Buckley and Janie Gadston.   Mike Barlow is not well at the moment either, and we leave these people in your loving care to bring them peace and health
*A child was knocked down in the road and helped by one of our congregation—we don’t know him but we bring him to you in compassion
*Our Prayer Table brings people before you each week, and we think of one lady with cancer who has asked us to pray for healing
*Jean Robertson has had a heart attack and we bring her before you, as well as Abbie Thornton who recently underwent major surgery and we ask you to help her heal and recover
*We see through a glass darkly, but we walk in faith, not by sights, and ask your blessing

Hymn 4. In Christ Alone
Hymn 5. Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling

The Sermon was given by David Silcox who began by saying that we recently had Chris Cottee, the Vicar from St. Peter’s as our guest speaker and he has asked for a reciprocal speaker, so tomorrow George Henderson will preach here to St. Peter’s. Come along to give him support and encouragement if you can.
Community is a key part of the Christian Church. Galatians addresses a problem in the Churches there—one of heresy and disunity. They had issues between Jew & Gentile, division in the church over doctrine and issues such as superiority, etc. so we read in Galatians 5:14 the need to love your neighbour as yourself=community, not biting and devouring, verse 15, but walking in the Spirit, vs. 16. Verses 17-21 speak of the works of the flesh and verses 22-26 lists the fruits of walking in the Spirit. These contain the themes of Advent, love, joy, peace and hope. Embrace the concept of Community—love one another and walk in the Spirit, verse 25. Galatians 6 begins by saying if someone is overtaken in a fault, to meekly, gently restore them, acting as Christian (you who are ‘spiritual’ or walking in the Spirit). We need to bear one another’s burdens in humility verse 3 because verse 4 we are all human and bear the responsibility of our own decisions and burdens. So, verse 7 be in community because you reap what you sow.

The final Hymn was The Servant King, after which the Closing Prayer was led by Robin Howard

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

In Children’s Church they discussed values—their own personal values, the value of human and animal life, and looked at some of the conundrums and decisions that we make based on our values.

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The bi-weekly Bricket Wood Bible Study was held in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre at 7:30 on Friday 9th December, where David Silcox covered the background to the book of John. Next Study on 23 December will get into chapter one. Do come along and join us for the study and refreshments afterwards.

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