There was a Church Service on Saturday 7 January 2017

The Service took place at St. Peter’s Church as usual at 11am

The Opening  Prayer was given by James Esom

Hymns were led by George Henderson
Hymn 1 – As with Gladness
Hymn 2 – O Worship the King

Announcements were give by George Henderson and included:
*Keith Hartrick thanks everyone for their prayers, cards and messages. It is now 9 weeks since his heart operation. He feels he has a new lease of life. We should be so thankful for our N.H.S.
*David Marsden’s mother Marlene has died. Her funeral was on December 29th. Please pray for her husband Len and all the family.
*Reg Newton is not here today, he has a bad cough.
*Eileen Howard is back in hospital this week. She is still unable to swallow properly.
*Pat Newton requests prayers for a lady with leukaemia called Alison. She has reacted very badly to chemo and is seriously ill.
*Irene Wilson requests prayers for her sister-in-law Cathy who is in hospital having tests. She has secondary cancer. Please also pray for her husband Stewart.Irene also asks us to pray for a young mother called Anna aged 33 who lives in Bricket Wood. She is in hospital in Cambridge suffering with a
massive infection. She now has pneumonia and is in a coma. Please pray for her husband and 2 sons.
*Hubert Hall, a Pastor in the U.S.A. aged 82, has died unexpectedly. Please pray for his wife of 58 years.
*North Watford Churches Together begin their pulpit swap next week. Our church will have a guest speaker next Saturday–Erica Tuxworth from the Woodside Community Church of the Nazarene.  Erica has spoken to our Women’s Conference a few years ago.
*On January 21st, our church will host one of the Services during the Week of Prayer For Christian Unity, which begins with the pulpit swap.  The Service will begin at 10:30am and will be followed by a brunch.

Hymn 3 – As the Deer

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
* We bow before you today and give thanks for our calling and your blessings. Many Christians around the world are persecuted. We are thankful we can meet here in peace and safety. We know that Christ died for our sins and we are forgiven. Thank you.
*Every day people are dying tragically and others have to flee from their homes because of violence. Please bring help and comfort to all those bereaved and injured. The world leaders are about to change. We pray for governments to try harder to bring a peaceful solution to the troubles. We need to be able to continue to preach the gospel.
*Please guide the Brexit talks and let our Queen regain her health.
*We pray for Mr.Tkach and our church council.
*We ask you to help and heal the suffering of Eileen, Reg, Anna, Cathy, Alison and Margaret McGarvey.
*We pray for comfort for the families of Marlene Marsden and Hubert Hall. They know they will see their loved ones again in the future.
*Thank you for hearing our prayers. We know you have our best interest at heart and will answer in due time.

Hymn 4 – Lord I Come to You
Hymn 5 – Change my Heart O God

The Message was given by Irene Wilson.  Most of us will pray each day, your Kingdom come. This is part of the model prayer that Jesus gave us, and we say amen. Matthew 6:10. Do we understand what we say? Our desire should be to enter the kingdom, or have we already entered it? Your kingdom come can also mean, may your reign begin. Jesus said that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17. He has already proved his leadership qualities and will rule the kingdom better than any human. God has already chosen leaders from every tribe and nation. Revelation 5:9-10. The kingdom was prepared before the world began. Matthew 25:34. Jesus told us to seek first the kingdom. Matthew 6:33. His kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36.
No-one will miss the Lord’s second coming. It will be sudden like lightning and all will see. We can’t predict that time. Only the father knows, not even Jesus. Matthew 24:36. What is our part now as we wait for Christ to return? We are to be his ambassadors as we live our daily lives. Do people see the kingdom being preached through us or has it become jaded in our hearts? Please read Luke 12. We are human, but do have a responsibility to pray for the kingdom to come soon. We are its diplomats, and it will come soon.

The Final Hymn was Thine be the Glory after which the Closing Prayer was given by Pat Newton.

 

 

 

 

 

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The first Bricket Wood Bible Study of 2017 took place on Friday 6 January in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre in Bricket Wood.  We are continuing in the gospel of John and all are welcome to join us every other Friday.  The next study will be on 20th January 2017.

 

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