There was a Church Service on 27 January 2018 

The Service was held in St. Peter’s at the earlier time of 10:30am.

This was a Special Service for the Week of Prayer For Christian Unity 2018, which this year has a Theme of “THAT ALL MAY BE FREE”. Each day of the week a different Denomination in Watford Churches Together, hosts a Service, and this is day 7 with a Theme of Building Families. David Silcox welcomed our guests from at least six different Christian Denominations, and he invited everyone to take a few moments to meet those around you. 

The Opening Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*An update on Gill Mudford Goode—to have an operation this coming week
*Pedro Rufian, who looks after our congregations in Spain, requests prayers for health issues
*A long-time elder in the US, Carlton Smith, has died
*None of our members in Africa have been infected in the Cholera epidemic, thank God
*Prayers are requested for those affected by the drought in South Africa
*The US Update in on the bulletin board and contains an excellent article on Archaeology and the Bible
*The Last Service for the Week of Prayer For Christian Unity will be at Garston Community Church tomorrow at 4pm—please go along if you can

George Read from Hebrews 11, one of the suggested readings for Day 7

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox, who began with a Hynm reflecting the Week of Prayer Theme “That All May Be Free”:
Hymn 1. The Church’s One Foundation 

We watched a Video Clip of Grace Communion International President, Dr. Joseph Tkach, SPEAKING OF LIFE, entitled ‘Casting Call’

Nancy read the Poem ‘IF, reflecting today’s Theme of Building Families and then led all in singing:
Hymn 2. One Faith, One Love

Scripture Reading by Linda Halford was Psalm 126 from Today’s suggested list 

Hymn 3, By Faith, reflected the Themes during the week:
1-Welcoming The Stranger2-Resisting Modern Slavery
3-Upholding Human Dignity
4-Overcoming Violence
5-Pursuing Economic Justice
6-Acting For The Powerless 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Irene Wilson and included:
*Father God, welcome and thank you for being with us
*Thank you for this wonderful Week of Prayer for christian Unity and we ask a blessing on the Caribbean region who set this years’ themes Free them from the slavery, indignity, violence and injustice and Christians there seek to build physical and spiritual families who welcome the stranger, act for the powerless and seek reconciliation and harmony in their relationships with each other and with you
*Thank you for the different churches represented here and we ask a blessing on them and their work
*We pray for Watford—for the poor and homess; that you will bless this town with generous hearts; be with those suffering family breakdown; we pray for the schools and teachers of Watford; For the hospital overstretched and we pray for the staff who work there and the patients that they serve; please bless and protect the emergency services who work to protect life and property in Watford
*We pray for our political leaders and ask you to give them wisdom and a heart for service. Please be with the upcoming Mayoral Election, and we give thanks for and ask a blessing on Mayoress Dorothy Thornhill
*Thank you for our Christian Queen who has given her life in Service to you and our country. Please continue to guide and bless her in her latter years
*We pray for peace and Thy Kingdom Come

Hymn 4. Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace reflects tomorrow’s Theme of Reconciliation

 The Message was given by David Silcox on the Theme of Builcing Families. Jesus encouraged us to become as little children—not to be childish, but to be teachable and not to worry or be embarrassed to tell people of your great works. Families today face so many challenges from the drugs so readily available, on-line bullying, pornography, gang violence and so many abuses and issues that we hear of all the time in the News. Friendships and family are very precious—each person is greatly beloved by God.
David read the prayer from Ephesians 3 the whole family in heaven and earth—may Christ dwell in your hearts through faith, rooted and grounded in love.

The final Hymn was Because He Lives after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson

Fellowship continued over Brunch in the church hall.

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