There was a Church Service on 18 March 2017 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Chris Esom

Hymns were led by Sue Ann Henderson who first mentioned that Blossom Daley is very unwell and that she appreciated the card we sent last week:
Hymn 1. All Creatures of Our god and King
Hymn 2. Rejoice, The Lord Is King!

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Sadly, Margaret (McGarvey) died this week. Her family thank you for the prayers and cards
*Also Ron Hitchcock’s son, Robert, died this week.
*John Stettaford has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He thanks people for their messages and cards
*Graham Mitchell is quite unwell with a chest and urinary infection.
*This is the 50th year of SEP and there will be celebrations on the middle Saturday of SEP, 5th August. If you would like to attend the Service, afternoon activities and evening Celeidh dance, it will be ticketed and an announcement will be made soon. Visitor’s Day will be Sunday 6th August as usual. Please pray for campers and staff and preparations for this special year. We particularly need Dorm Leaders.
*The update from Joseph Tkach this week addresses questions about the Trinity—see the noticeboard
*There are a number of cards to sign. Please don’t forget as these are a great encouragement to those who receive them
*Remember also Street Angels out in Watford tonight.

Hymn 3. Before The Throne of God Above

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford who read from 1 Timothy 2:1-6 and 2 Corinthians 4:3-4 which speak of intercession for the lost whose eyes are blinded and hid from the gospel, and included:
*Creator, maker of this vast universe, it is a privilege to know you
*This world is a sad place with much suffering. Look at the famine in africa. Jesus Christ is the only answer, so we pray that those who don’t know you will hear and believe.
*Help us to know what we can do to help and give us the means as you open their eyes to the gospel.
*In our congregation there are those who are ill and who are grieving *We remember the McGarvey family and the Hitchcock family as they grieve the loss of their loved ones. Comfort and encourage them
*We hear of Graham’s illness and ask for your intervention
*We ask for healing also for John Stettaford
*So much to pray for—you know the end from the beginning and we ask your will be done

Hymn 4. Make Me A Channle Of Your Peace

The Message was given by Mike Barlow. We are coming to the time when we remember Jesus sacrifice to forgive sin. Is forgiveness enough? In Acts 2:37 when they asked what shall we do, Peter told them to repent as they look to Jesus Christ for forgiveness and they would receive the Holy Spirit. Forgiveness is of no value if we do nothing different. 2 Peter 2:9 tells us that God does not wish any to perist but to come to repentance. Repentance does not mean asking for forgiveness, but to change! Romans 2:4 says the goodness of God leads you to repentance and in 2 Corinthians 5:14 we see that the love of christ compels us—inspires us, guides and motivates us. If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation—repentance reconciles us to God. We need to cry as King David did in Psalm 51—create in me a clean heart, and John 14:16 say the Holy Spirit will teach us all things. Proverbs 23:7 says as a man thinks in his heart, so he is—lets think with the mind of Christ in us, whose ways and thoughts are higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8).

The final Hymn was Who Is On The Lord’s Side? after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

In Children’s Church Linda Halford helped the young people look at the subject of Forgiveness. They did some role play that led to animated discussion.

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study met at 7:30pm on Friday 17th March in the upstairs room at St. Stephens Parish Centre to continue looking in depth into the gospel of John. John Stettaford gave some background and historical information that led to new insights into the event recorded of Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman at the well. The next Bible Study will be 31st March before a three week spring break.

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