There was a Church Service on Saturday 3rd December 2016

2015-11-28 Chris Esom gives the opening prayer in WatfordThe Service was held in St. Peter’s Church, Watford, as usual at 11am.

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson
Hymn 1 – All Things Bright and Beautiful
Hymn 2 – What a Friend we have in Jesus

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*David and Nancy report that her sister Abbie is recovering well following her surgery last Monday. She only spent one day in Intensive Care and is now in a ward. They thank everyone for their prayers and for God’s intervention.
*Robin reports that Eileen continues to make good progress and had two short walks this week.
*Operation Rudolph is going well and some of our members have helped deliver the hampers.
*Paul Smith, an assistant Pastor in Big Sandy in the U.S.A. has suffered a serious stroke. He and his wife Freya have been married for 62 years. Please pray for them.
*The Street Angels are out in Watford tonight. Please pray for them.

Hymn 3 – Amazing Grace

Intercessory Prayer was led by James Esom and included:
*We come here with a common goal, to pray to you and to give thanks for all you do for us. We need to pray each day for protection as we travel at this dark time of year.
*We are so pleased to hear that all went well for Abbie. Please now give her a speedy recovery.
*We ask your help and healing for Paul Smith. Please give comfort and strength to his wife Freya and their family.
*We ask that you continue to support, help and heal Eileen, George Campbell, Graham Mitchell, Peter Buckley and Caroline’s sister who is very ill. Their families need your help also.
*Please bless those who cannot be here today for whatever reason. Some do not like to share their problems but you know all about them.
*Thankyou for our church and its leaders. We are blessed here with people of all ages. Help us not to take things for granted. We are grateful for those who are willing to travel to speak in other church areas to our faithful members.
*This time of year can be very difficult for many, especially the
homeless. We thank all the Aid Agencies and churches who work so hard to help others.
*This world has many troubled areas. Please help and protect the persecuted Christians.
*We ask you to help all the Street Angels who are out tonight.
*Thankyou that you hear our prayers. We love you and look foward to the return of your Son.

Hymn 4 – There is a Green Hill Far Away
Hymn
5 – He who would Valiant Be

The Message was given by Geoff Sole, who spoke about four men who lived at different times in the same area of England. Through God’s Holy Spirit they each became a giant of Christianity.
John Wycliffe translated the Bible into English and then traveled around the country distributing them. His work still continues worldwide and their goal is for everyone to be able to read the Bible in their own language.
John Bunyan knew that God’s word was a lamp to his feet and a light to his path. Psalm 119:105. He was imprisoned in Bedford for his teaching. It was there he wrote the book “Pilgrim’s Progress” to get the gospel message out to people. He used putting on God’s armour often in his illustrations. Ephesians 6:10-18. His book still sells today and only the Bible has sold more copies. John also wrote the words of the hymn
“To be a Pilgrim”.
John Newton began the Clapham Group. They had a worldwide influence for social reform and helped to abolish slavery. He founded the Church Missionary Society, the Bible Society and British Tract Society. He wrote two very well known hymns. Amazing Grace and Glorious Things of
thee are Spoken. Psalm 87:2-3. Isaiah 42:16.
William Carey was also a social reformer. He founded the Baptist Missionary Society. He saw a great need for missionary work worldwide, and became the first missionary to go to India. He became known as the father of modern missions. He based his work on Romans 10:13-15. Sent, hear, believe, saved. He wrote that we should expect great things from God and attempt great things for God. 1 Corinthians 12:6-7 teaches us
that through God’s Holy Spirit we also can be included to serve others for the benefit of all.

The Final Hymn was Glorious Things of thee are Spoken, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Sueann Henderson.

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall.

The children and young people were in the Church for the Service today.

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