There was a Church Service on Saturday 4 February 2017

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Keith Stevenson.

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Luton Quiz Night will be April 1 this year.  For more information see Dorothy Beardsmore.
*Sandra McCall died this week.  Mrs. McCalla was the mother of Jackee Brown.
*Len Marsden sends thanks to every for the cards and messages after the death of his wife, Marlene
*Irene’s friend, Anna is still in intensive care in Watford Hospital, so continue to pray for her
*Dr. Tkach’s update is on the Bulletin Board
*Bill Brice’s wife, Bertha is not well and prayers are requested.   Bill the the pastor of the Sal Lake City Congregation in the US
*Barrington Christie Pastors in Jamaice nad requests prayers for a health issue and also for his 13 year old son who has behavioural challenges
*Eugene Guzon in the Philippines requests prayers for those areas affected by recent typhoons which have damages homes and church buildings.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox
Hymn 1. Holy, Mighty Majesty
Hymn 2. Be Still For The Presence Of The Lord

Dr. Joseph Tkach’s weekly video clip Speaking of Life was played.  This one was entitled Walking On Water

Hymn 3. Let All Things Now Living

Special Music was a new hymn, There Is A Higher Throne by Keith & Kirsten Getty

Intercessory Prayer was led by Geoff Sole and included:
*We thank you that we can come in this house for prayer, to worship, glorify and pray to you; that here we can learn from your word and fellowship with fellow Christians
*We live in a dark world that doesn’t know and acknowledge you.  We ask that you would enlighten them with your truth
*We remember now those who need your intervention and healing:  overseas pastors Bill Brice’s wife Bertha and Barrington christie and his son
*Thank you for answering prayers for Abbie Thornton through her recent surgery and recovery.
*We continue to pray for Graham Mitchell, locked in a paralyzed body, his wife Maggie; also for Len Maylin and hiw wife Pam.
*Please heal Eileen and be with Blossom, Margaret Woolston and Lyn Kidson.
*Caroline’s sister, Margaret is worse and we pray for her, and for Irene’s friend, Anna, in intensive care.
*We with the Marsden and McCalla’s families as they mourn their loved ones who have died
*Be with the Churches in Malawi.  Many members there are very poor physically but rich in spirit.
*We pray for those in the Philippines affected by recent typhoons
*Thank you for Dr. Tkach’s videos Speaking of Life and we pray that they will be a witness and inspire those who view them.

Hymn 5. God Will Make A Way

The Sermon was given by David Silcox from the book of John.  John’s gospel has a different purpose and style than the other three ‘synoptic’ gospels.  John’s purpose for writing was not to give a history and relate events in chronological order, but to take things from Christ’s life and use them to make specific points and lessons.  The purpose of this gospel is found in John 20:30-31 to show Jesus is the Son of God who gives believes Eternal Life.
David looked specifically at the miracle or sign in Chapter two at the wedding feast in Cana where Jesus turned water into wine.  Each element of the story can have significance and glorifies Jesus, so that we can believe and understand.  Verse 11 says he manifested his glory and his disciples believed.

The Final Hymn was God Is Our Strength And Refuge, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Sueann Henderson.

Fellowship continued in the Church Hall over Refreshments.

Children’s Church took place during the Sermon time and was led by Goeff & Jean Sole. They discussed GCI in Eastern Africa on the 4th of February. We considered conditions inside some of the schools there. Specifically we considered some of the Malawian children and congregations. During the lesson the young people ate some Malawi chocolate and Malawian dried guava, peach and apricote.

******************************

The fortnightly Bricket Wood Bible Study was held Friday night, 3rd February, in the upstairs room at the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre.  David Silcox continued in our study of the Gospel of John, to look closely at the wedding feast at Cana where Jesus changed water into wine–a sign and miracle not recorded by the other Gospels.  Fellowship continued over refreshments after the Bible Study.  You are welcome to come any time and study together with us.

 

Leave a Reply