There was a Church Service on 14 January 2017 

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

We began with a Welcome from David Silcox as this was the beginning of The Week of Prayer For Christian Unity which begins with the Pulpit Swap and today we welcome Pastor Erica Tuxworth from the Woodside Community Church of the Nazarene.   The Theme for the week is ‘Crossing Barriers’ and the scripture is 2 Corinthians 5:14-20 which says Christ’s love compels us to share the gospel, so be reconciled with one another.

The Opening Prayer was given by Joy Barlow

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*We are sad to tell you of three deaths in the UK Churches—John Naylor, whose funeral will be in Peterborough on 25 January at 10am—Don Dedman whose funeral will be 23 January in Weybridge—and Bert Loverage, Judith Hornby’s father who just turned 87
*There are daily Ecumenical Services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and these are hosted by different Churches and Denominations. Next Saturday we host Day 7 and BEGIN 10:30AM with a brunch following the Service. We have a visiting speaker next week—David Stirk from Northern Ireland.

Hymns were led by Sue Ann Henderson who began by reading from Romans 8:33-35 asking who will bring charges against us, that Jesus intercedes and no one can separate us from the love of God:
Hymn 1. God of Grace and God of Glory

Intercessory Prayer was offered by George Henderson and included:
*Eileen Howard is still undergoing a dreadful ordeal, not being able to keep down any nourishment and we ask you to be with her, strengthen her for the surgery she needs
*Margaret Elliot, sister of Dorothy Beardsmore, has had a heart attack and we ask that you be with her to help her to recover and stay in good health
*During this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity we rejoice that the Churches Together in our area do work together so well, and we ask your continued blessing
*Pat’s friend, Alison, is very ill with leukemia and we ask that you would be with her
*Irene’s friend is seriously ill and we pray for her healing and restoration
*We are sad to hear of the deaths of 3 dear friends and ask your solace and comfort for their families and friends. Help them to realize that this physical life is temporary and that we await a greater life to come in the resurrection
*Geoff Sole is going soon to Malawi and we pray your will bless his work that it will benefit those he meets with there

Hymn 2. When I Survey The Wondrous Cross
Hymn 3. Lord Of The Years 

Irene Wilson spoke a few words of introduction before Pastor Erica Tuxworth gave the Sermon. Erica pastors a real buzzing Community Church full of energy and serving the community. She has been a good friend to our Church and has spoken at our Women’s Conference.
Irene and Erica both attended a recent residential weekend for ministry workers in this Churches Together area, where the Mayor of Watford addressed the group and commented that there are 50 homeless in Watford and that it is amazing that every one of them is know by name to ministers and Street Angels—an uncommon thing in the UK. We of this congregation need to pray for Watford, our adopted town because we are a gathered church.

The Message was given by Erica Tuxworth of the Woodside Community Church of the Nazarene. She began with a prayer thanking God for bringing us together to worship and asking Him to prepare our hearts to hear the Word.
The Theme this year in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is Crossing Barriers, and is such an important issue in the Christian Church. We come together as Kingdom Builders and are all part of one Christian Church, despite our differences and denominations. Today’s subject is One who died for all. John 15:9- As humans, our children come to independence but we as parents are always there for them as they keep coming back for advice, and help. Sometimes treat God this way and only come to him when we need something! He has brought us from spiritual infancy to teen or maturity and is always there for each of us. It is a wonderful event when we come together as family.
We are to love others as ourselves, but if we don’t love ourselves how can we love other people? It is a generational problems today with internet bullying on facebook, etc. producing young people who do not love themselves very much. We need to nurture and teach them that God loves everyone—the one who died for all. God is inside each one of us—let him shine out of us to the world.

The final Hymn was And Can It Be, after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young People’s Church met during the Sermon Time and compared pictures from an 1897 Children’s Bible and a 2006 Children’s Bible. Specifically the Bible stories and pictures of the creation, Noah, Abraham and Isaac and baby Moses were looked at and discussed.

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