There was a Church Service on 25 March 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Winston Bothwell

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Cath Rankin thanks us for the card and prayer
*Jo Esom asks that we pray for her mum who is having a hip replacement Tuesday. She fell yesterday and broke her wrist.
*Don’t forget the clock go forward tonightf
*1st April (and this is no joke!) is Luton Quiz Night. Details are on the noticeboard or see the Beardsmores
*In Dr. Tkach’s update he says “It (really) Is Finished!”—read it in full on the noticeboard
*Don’t forget this is S.E.P.S 50th year anniversary. Applications for staff and campers are on the website
*Thought For The Week from James Henderson comments this week on terrorism—read it on the noticeboard.
*There are cards to sign for Ann Nadim and John Stettaford

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Morning Has Broken
Hymn 2. We Plough The Fields And Scatter 

Speaking of Life video this week was of Dr. Joseph Tkach talking about Mothers Day

Hymn 3. Here Is Love, Vast As The Ocean 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson and included:
*Giver of every good thing that we have, we cannot praise you enough for all you and your Son have given us.
*This sad world seems to have gone made with the shooting and terrorism this week.
*It is so good to be able to come together and worship in peace and harmony. We pray for Christians around the world who don’t have this freedom
*Thank you for mothers—we have so much to thank them for and know that you feel this same love for us as a mother hen gathering her chicks under her wing
*We pray for our nation. There is so much turmoil. Stay the lips and hands of evil people who bring death and destruction. Be with our leaders and policemen who fight terror and violence. Comfort the family of the policeman shot this week and the families of others killed and hurt on the bridge. Help them overrcome the fear and bless those who rushed to help the hurt.
*We know that the return of your son will answer all these needs and we look forward to this eagerly
*Be with our congregation and your church worldwide. Be with the sick of our congregation including Jo’s mother, Blossom, Eileen, Ann and John Stettaford. Touch them with your healing power
*Thank you for answering the prayers and the healing miracles that have occurred
*We remember those recently bereaved to comfort them—McGarveys and Hitchcocks as well as those who have lost loved ones not so recently—we know the pain and sadness goes on

Hymn 4. Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee
Hymn 5. All Things Bright And Beautiful

The Message was given by David Silcox. He looked at the subject of baptism from a historical context. The Bricket Wood Bible Study is going through the gospel of John and chapter three talks about John the Baptist. The concept of baptism is not found in the Old Testament but arises from the washings to cleanse worshippers at the temple. The Gospel of John records the story of Nicodemus and Jesus saying he must be born again, born of water and of the Spirit (baptism) and 1 Corinthians 10:1-2 likens the crossing of the Red Sea to baptism. As with the crossing of the Red Sea, it is a Type of Death and resurrection as we see in Romans 6 we die to sin, baptised into Christ’s death and raised though him to walk in newness of life—born again! Conversion through repentance and baptism is a much a miracle as the Red Sea but the act does not save us and we can’t convert ourselves. 1 Corinthians 1:13 finds people being chided for making the act and who baptised them the important thing instead of the purpose. Things are never the same again, conversion changes everything, the past wiped out and a new future awaits.

The final Hymn was I Sing The Mighty Power Of God after which the Closing Prayer was led by Geoff Sole

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young people’s church was led this week by Ricki Fowler

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