There was a Church Service on 20 May 2017 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Sue Ann has broken a bone in her foot and so is not here today. There is a card to sign for her
*Our Social Celebrating Seventy is next Saturday. Remember the Service begins at 2:30pm and is followed immediately by afternoon tea and the social with quiz, games, and supper.
*Tonight is the Quiz Night at St. Peters to raise funds for the next kitchen. It begins at 6:15 and there are two tickets for anyone who would like to join our WCG/GCI team to replace Sue Ann & George.
*There is a Churches Together Ascension Service here at St. Peters on Thursday at 3pm
*Dr. Rod Meredith died this week, aged 87
*SEP plans are going well for the 50th Anniversary year. If you were at the very first SEP on Violet Hill Farm please contact David Bedford
*Duncan McLean, who is 90, had a successful operation but has lost weight and is very week. They have discovered cancer other places and are offering chemotherapy. He needs to make a decision regarding treatment this week and thanks you for your prayers
*Graham is still paralyzed and now has a low blood cell count. He and Maggie need you prayers. They thank everyone for the many cards, emails and visits
*We need to know who plans to attend the UK Denominational Conference at the beginning of November and so please put your names on the list on the notice board if you are planning on coming.
*Ann Nadim’s funeral is 4pm on Tuesday 23rd May at West Herts Crematorium in Garston and a Celebration of her life follows in the Noke Hotel. Ann requested people not wear black and to enjoy her ‘party.’ Come when you can even if you cannot come for the beginning.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. Sing Praises and Rejoice
Hymn 2. I Am A New Creation 

We saw a video clip of Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life, entitled To The Glory Of God

Hymn 3. We Praise Thee Of God, Our Redeemer 

 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Irene Wilson and included:
*Thank you for all the symbolism of creation, spring and renewal of life *We are thankful for Abbie’s recovery
*We bring before you Eileen Howard and Blossom Daly. Also sue ann with her fractured bone in her foot
*Please continue to heal and strengthen Andrew Silcox and be with his wife, Dana
*Help Duncan McLean and Shirley to make a wise decision about his treatment and heal him in your mercy
*Bless Graham and Maggie with patience and confidence in you.
*We think also of Len & Pam Maylin and John Stettaford facing health issues
*We pray for those who mourn and think of the relatives of Ann Nadim and the Meredith family
*We can rejoice with the Bothwell family and ask a blessing on the wedding tomorrow
*Thank you for SEP and Adventure Camp and we ask for your blessing on the preparations, especially on this 50th Anniversary of SEP.
*Please draw people to the prayer table outside and help us to give them courage and comfort. Help us to reach out and be a light in the darkness of those who do not know you

Hymn 4. Ten Thousand Reasons
Hymn 5. Hallelujah, Praise God

The Message was given by Richard Fowler. He began by showing a video introduction of creations and creatures with all their beauty and violence. He had five lessons to share from the animal kingdom:
A butterfly is a good analogy of human life from birth and the struggle to emerge into the beauty of God’s image. Romans 12:2 says not to be conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, and the word ‘transformed’ is the word that comes from metamorphosis. christians go through a metamorphosis as we are change, putting off our former conduct and putting on the new man as it says in Ephesians 4:22
Locusts also have a lesson for the Christian. We see them individually having no direction but when they form together they gain stability and are unified. We need to prioritize coming together with other Christians to the unity of Christ.
We can even learn from ‘Angry Birds’! Anger is a social problem with consequences. Anger builds up and ferments and destroys relationships. We can learn to ‘accept’ the things that frustrate us and adjust our expectations so that we don’t get indignant or angry, changing our mind-set. Proverbs 19:11 says it is a glory to overlook offense
Lions teach us teach us not to compromise and let down our principles. 1 Peter 5:8 says our adversary, the devil is like a roaring lion, that we need to resist. Just a little bit of foul language or violence seems harmless but like dog-poo in cookies, make the whole thing unacceptable! We need to remember like an elephant so that we don’t go back to the danger of the mud-pit that God took us out of. We can look forward to the time when the lamb will dwell with the lion and violence will be a thing of the past as it speaks of in Isaiah 11:6-9.

The final Hymn was Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty after which the Closing Prayer was led by Robin Howard.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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The bi-weekly Bricket Wood Bible Study took place Friday night 19th May at 7:30pm in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre, with Mike Barlow leading the study this time. Refreshments followed the study, provided by Joy Barlow. The next study on Friday 9th June is the last study before the summer break.

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The funeral of Ann Nadim will take place at 4pm on the 23rd of May at the West Herts Crematorium, High Elms Lane, Garston, Watford, Hertfordshire. WD25 0JS. Immediately following the service of committal, refreshments will be served at an evening celebration of Ann’s life at the Mercure Noke Hotel, St. Albans. For those who cannot make the funeral but would like to celebrate Ann’s life the “party” (Ann’s words!) will go on into the evening and they are welcome to come at any time. Ann asked for people not to dress too sombre at her funeral – she wanted it to be colourful…may be too late to mention, but if you’re talking to people who may be going, please pass this along. Cards can be sent to: 139 Marshalswick Lane, St Albans AL1 4UX. No flowers please, but any donations to Macmillan Nurses.

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