There was a Church Service on 10 February 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Eddie Marsh’s wife, Linda, has died
*St. Peter’s Newsletter is ready to put out if you can help deliver them
*Spring Festival Day details have gone out as an email and posted to those without email. The details are also on the Watford Church Website in the Coming Up Pages
*Cards at the front to sign for Roddy Channon and Ron Hitchcock
*Tuesday at 8pm there is a Service of Meditative Worship here in St. Paters sponsored by Churches Together called “Thirty Pieces of Silver”—all are welcome to attend
*There will be a Watford Social on Saturday 28 April—“A Right Royal Occasion” following an afternoon Service on that day so put the date in your diary!

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox who began by showing a map that indicated all the Churches who participated in this years’ Global Hymn Sing, with our congregation being one. Over 1 million people from 77 countries sang Jesus Shall Reign that weekend to lift up the name of Christ and sing about global missions. She then showed a slide that said “Church—You are not too bad to come in and you are not too good to stay out!”:
Hymn 1. Dear Lord and Father of Mankind
Hymn 2. By This Shall All Men Know

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and so we acknowledged all the ladies in the congregation by giving them each an orchid. Chloe, Shannon and Rebecca took the flowers around.

A Video was shown of our Denominational President, Dr. Joseph Tkach, SPEAKING OF LIFE: entitled Mother’s Day

Hymn 3. In The Garden

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Irene Wilson and included:
*As we think about Mother’s Day tomorrow we think of another Mother—the Church, that nurtures and feeds us, so as we approach God’s throne together to thank God that we can bring our sorrows, requests, and joys to Him
*We bring before you the sick of this congregation for the healing, comfort and peace that you give—specifically Peter Buckley, Blossom Daley, Ron Hitchcock and Roddy Hickson, thanking you that Roddy is recovering and is here today with us
*We remember the Marsh family as they mourn the death of Linda. Give them strength and courage to carry on. Comfort and be with them
*Bless our Young People’s Church, the teaching and hearing, thank you for the dedication of the staff. We pray also for the young people of this nation as they face the pressures and stresses of society. Protect them from the evil and we pray for perception and wisdom of those who lead and teach them. We pray that they may come to know you and your way of life that brings peace and joy
*Syria in the news is a land of hate, flowing with blood and we pray for peace. We pray that the Prince of Peace will come soon to bring love and healing to the world
*Politicians need your wisdom and humility as they lead the nations and work for peace. With men peace is not possible, but with you all things are possible
*We pray for the lost and ask you for the opportunities, guidance and courage to reach out to them and work through us
*As we approach the spring we are mindful of the symbolism of renewal and we pray for that day when all things are new

Hymn 4. How Wonderful, How Glorious
Hymn 5. Cleanse Me

The Sermon was given by David Silcox. He led us through the book of 1 Corinthians to explain that Jesus cleanses us and makes us worthy. Paul realized that to reach both Jews and Greeks he needed to use different ways of teaching. In 1 Corinthians 1:22 he says the Greeks seek after wisdom, and goes on to show that the gospel needs to be preached in different ways, but the same gospel—Jesus Christ and him crucified(2:2)—a stumbling block to the Jews but to the Greeks foolishness. Greece was a philosophical society and felt that everyone’s view or idea was as good as the next persons. Paul shows that this is not true when it comes to the gospel, that it is a calling vs. 26 opening understanding through the Holy Spirit in chapter 2. Chapters 5-9 address relationships and how to treat one another, bringing in the relevance of the Old Testament in chapter 10. And so we come to chapter 11 which begins with a cultural issue (hair and dress) before coming to the subject that is relevant this time of the year with The Lord’s Supper. The church had fallen into ‘us and them’ ‘rich and poor’ and relationships were harmed—not worthy of the name ‘Christian’ and Paul rebukes them, reminding them that Christ died for all and his sacrifice needed to be remembered in a sober and humble way. In verse 22 he says WHAT! your behaviour is not good, so verse 27-29 tells them to examine themselves to remember and take of the symbols—the blood and body of Christ that make us worthy!

The final Hymn was Wonderful Grace after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young People’s Church was held during the Sermon time. Richard Fowler was assisted in teaching by Annabelle Woolford, a guests from the Great Baddow Congregation.

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