There was a Church Service on 1 April 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 George Henderson:
Hymn 1. Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven
Hymn 2. Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Luton Quiz Night tonight—the Service is 3pm and the meal at 6pm
*The McGarvey & Connolly families thank everyone for their cards and prayers. Margaret’s funeral will be on Friday 7th April. For more details please contact the McGarveys
*27th May there will be an afternoon service and a social activity in the evening.
*Dr. Tkach’s weekly update this week is about ‘Sin is Bigger, Grace is Deeper’ and copies are available after Service or on the noticeboard
*Thought for the Week this week is about Sovereignty and is on the noticeboard
*The Lord’s Supper will be held on sunday 9th April at 7:45pm in Garston Community Church. Please be seated well before the time and bring a towel for the footwashing.

Speaking of Life saw Dr. Joseph Tkach bringing ‘Giants of the Faith’ 

Hymn 3- The Lord Is My Shepherd (Townend) 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by James Esom.
*Thank you Lord that we can come here to Church every week. Please bless your churches as they meet for worship
*Be with those Christians persecuted and not allowed to meet.
*Thank you for clean water, food and shelter—we pray for the homeless and ask your blessing on the aid agencies who help them
*We think of those not here today—Eileen, Ann, Blossom, Peter, and ask your healing for them
*Be with those travelling over the upcoming holidays—bless and protect them. We live in a troubled world with war and evil everywhere. We pray for those in darkness, that they can come to know you.
*From the prayer table outside comes a request for prayer for Sarah who goes into hospital next Friday.
*We lift up Graham and his family to your care
*Please bless Caroline and the McGarvey family as they grieve the loss of Margaret. comfort them in the funeral this week with your hope of Eternal Life

Hymn 4. Who Is There Like You Hymn
5. Who Paints The Skies – an African style song which begins with Swahili interpreted ‘Come on, let’s praise Him, King of Kings, He is my Saviour…’

The Message was given by Geoff Sole. The Speaking of Life was about giants and showed giant trees such as the baobab tree in Malawi which holds many gallons of water in its trunk and which dwarfs the elephants sheltering underneath. Dr. Tkach spoke of the giants of faith in the Bible such as Moses, Abraham, etc. mentioned in Hebrews 11:32-33, and went on to speak of more modern giants of faith such as C. S. Lewis and Thomas Torrance.
Geoff recently visited our churches in Malawi in Africa. Malawi has some giants of faith as well, such as David Livingstone. Livingstone was from Scotland but took 3 missionary expeditions into Africa in the 1800s, bringing Christianity, Commerce and Civilisation. He died there having shared the gospel with many who went on, like Chief Sechele, in turn, bringing many to Christianity, so that today Malawi is 80% Christian! Matthew 10:30 says whoever loses his life for my sake shall find life.
Other missionaries who died in Malawi includes Robert Cleland who founded a school and 2 missionary stations. Luke 19:13 says occupy till I come. Dr. John Bowie was a medical missionary who also died in Malawi. John 12:24 says when a grain of wheat dies it produces many seeds. David Clement Scott headed the missionary effort in Blantyre, where he built a Cathedral. He taught equality of blacks and had blacks become ministers too. 2 Timothy 1:12 confirms his faith that God is able to keep us to the end. An another missionary couple, Mr. & Mrs. Henry Henderson were also giants of faith who founded the Henry Henderson Institute that continues as a school, teacher training college, technical college and theological college.
Malawi has WCG churches who were pastored in the past by giants of faith Owen & Tina Willis, Ken & Hilary Buck, and James & Shirley Henderson. While today there are 19 GCI churches as well as a school called Young Ambassadors and the Church meets there in the Regional headquarters with Worldwide Church of God on the gates. Present giants of faith include pastor William Mankhomwa, who went to University in Lancaster years ago. Hebrews 13:7 says remember your leaders who taught you the word of God; think upon the works of their lives and follow their examples!

The final Hymn was Faith Of Our Fathers after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall, which included tea and coffee fresh from Malawi, courtesy of Geoff Sole!

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study was held as usual in the upstairs room of the St. Stephens Parish Centre at 7:30pm Friday night 31st March. David Silcox led the group looking carefully at John 5 which begins with the story of the man by the pool at Bethesda, how Jesus began his public ministry by healing the man on the Sabbath day and telling him to take up his bed and walk, showing that His father’s ‘work’ was a work of love, and that despite the Pharisees many rules and regulations, ‘rest’ does not necessarily mean ‘doing nothing’. Why not join us next time on21st April?

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