There was a Service on 10 February 2018

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard

Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson, who began by reading from Psalm 33:
Hymn 1 – To God be the Glory
Hymn 2 – And Can it Be

We watched a “Speaking of Life” by Dr.Joseph Tkach, our Denominational President, about one of his favourite paintings of Christ. It portrayed Him as fully God and fully human.

Announcements were led by Sueann Henderson and included:
*Chris Cottee has written a second book and will be here next Saturday to sign your copy if you wish to buy one.
*Mike White from St.Peter’s church has been in hospital with pneumonia and is now improving. We all later signed a card for him.
*Please pray for Ron Hitchcock who has been unwell. Also continue praying for Andrew Silcox who may need more dialysis.
*Wadia in our Exeter congregation who had a heart problem, thanks everyone for their prayers and cards. She has now improved but is upset about her younger brother in the U.S.A. who has died. She is also very concerned about her other brother who is a Coptic Christian in Egypt. Please continue to pray for this family.
*Please also pray for Blossom who has just heard that her sister in the U.S.A. has died.

Hymn 3 – Meekness and Majesty

Intercessory Prayer was given by James Esom and included:
*Great God we thank you for another week and that we can come here in  peace and safety to intercede for others in prayer. You are our creator and we can enjoy this season and the winter sunshine.
*Thankyou for our church leaders and our Pastoral team. We have young people here and they need you as all the world does. We pray for the many Christians who are unable to meet together. Please bring peace
where there is fighting.
*We pray for our Queen and the Governments of the world. We have food and water here but many countries do not. Please guide all the Aid Agencies who go to help those in need.
*Please help our Emergency Services and those who help the homeless. Please also help the Street Angels out at night.
*We pray for those who are unable to be here today. Some prefer to keep silent about their problems, but you know who they are.
*Please comfort those who grieve, especially Blossom and Wadia and their families. Please help them both to improve in health.
*We ask you to restore to full health, Andrew, Ron, Mike, Peter Buckley and Jean Sole. We pray in your Son’s great name, Jesus Christ.

Hymn 4 – Great is the Lord
Hymn 5 – Majesty, Worship his Majesty

The Message was given by Geoff Sole on Encouragement. All around the world the gospel is bearing fruit. Colossians 1:5-6. Geoff has been visiting many of our GCI churches abroad and thought we would be very encouraged by what he saw there. He has met many of the leaders who began these congregations. They have great qualities of leadership. Romans 12:8. Hebrews 10:24-25. Geoff then showed slides of all the places and people he went to see. In Uganda we have our own building and school. 160-170 children attend. We have given money for improvements, and they now have desks, better toilets and their own water. In Kenya, an independant minister searched for a church that they could be a part of. They chose GCI. Another of our congregations there have their own building and 3 generations of one family attend. Six years ago in Malawi, we only had one lady member there who died. When our minister took her funeral, all those who attended, decided to join our church. They built their own church building and school which now has 350 children. In Blantyre, a GCI headquarters is being built. This will be for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They have a 25 year vision for this to be training and conference centre and a school. In Ghana, we have our own church hall where they have a Youth Educational School. It is also used for Conferences and Festivals. Bangladesh is the most difficult place to visit. Christians are in the minority there. John Biswas and his wife run an outreach there in schools and churches. Psalms 46:10 and 23:1. We run a centre called the Dr.Hoeh Centre. We train assistant nurses there and it is also used to hold our
services. They are doing mission work there and planting seeds. There is still a lot of work to do in all of these countries. They do need our prayers and our financial support. If you wish to help, please send your
donations to our church office and specify which area of that work you want to help. Hebrews 6:18. Isaiah 1:17. Romans 15:4-5.

The Final Hymn was Teach me to Dance, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Winston Bothwell.

Fellowship continued in the Church Hall with Refreshments.

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