There was a Church Service on 2 December 2017 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Sue Ann Henderson

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*St. Peters quarterly newsletter ‘People Like You’ is available to read and they need help to distribute them if you have time and would be able to help.
*There is a Churches Together Christmas poster available if anyone would like to display one in their window
*George Campbell died Thursday 30th November. There will be a Remembrance Service at 11:30 on Friday 8 December at the Well End Scout Centre. The committal will be at a cemetery—meet 9:15 at Well End if you wish to go to that and people will process together to the cemetery.
*Camilla, a relative of Irene Tibbenham is very ill indeed and needs prayers
*Elizabeth Newton requests prayers for an intestinal ulcer.
*Reg is back at church after having a pacemaker fitted
*Roddy Hickson in Southern Ireland requests prayers for his health
*Joe Tkach’s update is on the notice board and has an article on the virgin birth
*David Sheridan had a massive heart attack and requests prayers
*Cecil Pulley has also had a heart attack and requests prayers. He pastors in the West Indies
*The Royal British Legion thanks us for our donation from our Remembrance Day Service
*New Hope Trust received the Queen’s award for voluntary service
*There in a Churches Together Carol Service at Asda at 6pm for an hour on Thursday 7 December if you would like to go along

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. I Am Thine, O Lord
Hymn 2. Standing On The Promises 

A Video Clip of Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life was played entitled ‘Finishing The Race’

Hymn 3. Ten Thousand Reasons
Hymn 4. Day by Day 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Winston Bothwell and included:
*We are grateful for the wonderful calling and that we can meet in peace and safety relying on your promises based on Christ’s sacrifice
*In this present evil world, man’s inhumanity seems to know no bounds—we mourn as we see Bangladesh with refugees & orphans; genocide in Yemen, etc. Please look down in your mercy and give them rest and hope and peace. We look to you for help and guidance of our leaders and aid agencies
*We think of the family of George Campbell—a man of God who served you faithfully for so many years. Be with his family.
*We think of those who are sick and face difficult challenges:
David Sheridan who had a massive heart attack
Roddy Hickson-please restore him to good health
Camilly we pray you will made known
Elizabeth Newton to recover from her ulcer
Blossom Daley in her hour of need
Len Maylin—be with him at this time
Peter Buckley, give him relief
Roland & Janie Gadsden
We know you care for us and want the best for us, so we put ourselves in your hands looking with hope to the future
*We pray for our nation and leaders-guide them with wisdom
*The Queen celebrated 70 years of marries, please bless her for her many years of Service to our nation
*We pray for our national and local Church leadership, please lead, guide and inspire them
*So many things to thank you for as we count our many blessing
*We pray for the homeless as we experience cold weather coming up to Christmas which heralds our hope in Jesus Christ our Saviour.

Hymn no. 5 It Is Well With My Soul

The Message was given by David Silcox about Jesus, the Light of the world. He showed Holman Hunt’s painting with that title. He looked at what it means to open the door to Jesus and what affect this has on our lives. Jesus is the good shepherd and his sheep know his voice—how do we recognize the voice of Jesus? In John 10 Jesus used the analogy of shepherd and sheep-fold. He told the scribes and pharisees that he had other sheep not of that fold—in other words, not Jews! He was referring to grace opening the way to all races in the future after his death and resurrection and ultimately when there would be one fold and one shepherd in the coming Kingdom of God.

The final Hymn was Because He Lives after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

There was no Children’s Church this week, as a number of the children were away.

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study took place in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre at 7:30pm on Friday night 1st December. Anyone is welcome to join us as we continue to study through the Gospel of John. The bi-weekly Bible Study is followed by refreshments and fellowship.

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