There was a Church Service on 11 November 2017

The Service was held in St. Peter’s but beginning 10:45 because it was Remembrance Day, in order to observe the two minutes’ silence at 11am. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Sue Ann Henderson

David introduced our Remembrance Service, saying that this is the 100th year since the Battle of Passiondale and that since the end of the Second World War in 1945 there have been some 250 major wars in which over 50 million people have been killed, tens of millions made homeless, and countless millions injured and bereaved. David lead the hymn O God Our Help In Ages Past before welcoming Linda Halford to give a reading.

 

Linda Halford read from the poem ‘For The Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon

The Last Post introduced the two minutes silence which was ended with Reveille.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 2. Eternal Father Strong To Save 

Linda Halford read ‘Perhaps’ a war poem by Vera Brittain

Hymn 3. Lead Us Heavenly Father, Lead Us was sung while an Offering was taken up for the Royal British Legion

Intercessory Prayer was led by Geoff Sole and included:
*You are strong to save and give us both defensive and offensive armour—your word
*Thank you that our Church is a peaceful place
*We pray for those whose lives are far from you and who do not know peace
*Please comfort, help and protect persecuted Christians around the world
*We think of the families affected by shootings in Texas last week; comfort the injured and mourning
*Be with our Ugandan members who are facing food shortages and other problems
*Be with our friends who are unwell—Trevor Stevenson, Gill Goode, Peter Buckley with severely swollen feet, Blossom who was in hospital earlier this week—help, comfort and encourage them.
*Be with Mr. Bergin who has health problems—he has been such an encouragement visiting others over the years and now is facing difficulties himself
*Be with Len Maylin, Roland & Janie Gadsden, Martha from Sweden and Maria who has pneumonia and lung cancer.
*Comfort and encourage George Campbell. You know what is best for all of these people.
*We thank you that Duncan McLean and John Stettaford are feeling a little better
*Thank you for the successful Conference—help everyone to benefit from the information shared there
*Please bless and be with the ministry of Dr. Lawrence, Joe Tkach, and our church leader
*Be with the Church Headquarters move
*We remember the sacrifices of war and look forward to a time of peace at Christ’s return, who is our hope.

A Video Clip about Our Hope In Christ was played 

Hymn 4. Christ Is Surely Coming 

The Sermon was given by David Silcox. ‘Remember’ appears many, many times in scripture. It is sobering to look back and remember the millions who have died in wars over the years—the ‘killing fields’. Next year the 100th anniversary of the Armistace as well as the Russian Revolution where 200 million people died—that is twice the population of the UK! The Menin Gate holds over 70,000 names of the men who died who have no grave and nearby are vast graveyards.
What do you do with your poppy when you take it off? Do you forget all the grief and horror of war? What is our responsibility in remembering? Does it matter how we remember? What do we do with our remembering—is remembering sufficient?
God urged people to remember—to remember who they were, where they came from, where they had gone wrong and a call to look to the promise of the future: REMEMBERING DRIVES US TO LOOK FORWARD AND TO DRIVE US ON. It required us to be honest with our vision of the future.
The solution has already begun. The poppy needs to be something that brings us a vision of the future. ‘They don’t grow old as we grow old’ is a line from that well-know poem—they are waiting for the resurrection. Revelation 21 means something in the context of remembering. With each war, honourable men and women do their best to set up organisations to prevent another war, but they inadvertently sow the seens of the net conflict. They need something NEW to really end war—new heavens and earth required. War is not worth it, but our future in God’s Kingdom is. Don’t get stuck in the past but hold a vision for the future. 2 Timothy 2:8 remember Jesus Christ—suffer and endure for his sake.
David read Psalm 46 as a prayer to end his Sermon-God is our strength and refuge, he makes wars cease, breaks the bow and shatters the spear; the Lord Almighty is with us.

The final Hymn was For All The Saints after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Children’s Church took place during the Service, led by Geoff & Jean Sole.

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The Annual UK Denominational Conference was held once again in Allum Hall, Borehamwood, with around 180 attending. Fellowship over coffee before the worship was warm and animated. The Worship was led by Pete & Jackie Mill from Scotland and included a slide show and report on SEP as well as an Offering that was taken up during the slide show. Richard Fowler talked about ‘Because’ Magazine and Gary Glennister spoke about his outreach project in Wales. Dr. Alan Torrance presented “God First Loved Us: Rethinking Christian Belonging,” before a buffet lunch. After lunch Dr. Joseph Tkach’s talk was entitled “As Long As I Can See The Light.” Finally, Dr. Torrance presented the last session entitled “God First Loved Us: Rediscovering The Place of Christ in Christian Worship.” Although many had to leave to catch planes and trains, many lingered to chat with people they hadn’t seen for a long time, before going back to their respective church areas refreshed and envigorated, ready to share and put into practice what they had received during this excellent day.

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There was a Churches Together Leaders Breakfast at 8:30am Saturday morning 11 November 2017.  This was held at Woodside Community Church in Garston.  A delicious buffet breakfast was followed by a talk from our guest speaker from the Watford Schools Trust.

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