There was a Church Service on 24 March 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Richard Fowler

Hymns were led by Sue Ann Henderson:
Hymn 1. All Creatures of Our God and King
Hymn 2. Crown Him With Many Crowns

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Thursday at 7:30pm we will hold the Lord’s Supper Service with Bread and Wine, and Footwashing at Garston Community Church. Please plan to arrive before 7:30 so we can start on time and don’t forget to bring a towel.
*We as a congregation do not have a service or event on Good Friday but you may find a local church or event nearby to attend if you wish
*Saturday is our first spring festival Service and we will receive an offering on that day. The Service will be followed by lunch.
*Sunday our Service will be at Abbey Primary School in St. Albans at 11am and there will be another opportunity to give an offering.
*Our Denominational Conference will be held at the Park Inn Hotel in Northampton on Sunday 17 June beginning 10:30am and finishing around 4pm. We have a guest speaker from the US, Gary Deddo. This event is open to anyone but you need to let the office know if you plan to attend for catering purposes as lunch will be provided.
*June 16 is the Northampton congregations annual event, to which everyone is invited as well
*SEP applications are not on-line at www.sepuk.org
*The weekly update this week is from GCI Vice President, Greg Williams and is on the Notice Board
*Cheryl Richardson who worked in our Church Australian Office has died. Please pray for Peter and the family
*Shannon is 13 tomorrow
*Don’t forget the clocks go back an hour tomorrow

Hymn 3. God of Grace and God of Glory

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole and included:
*Acts 6:4 says to give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word—we give you our attention in pray, Father in Heaven, coming before you with grateful thanks, praising you
*Thank you for rescuing us from the dominion of darkness into your kingdom of light
*thank you for Jesus and what he did and does for each of us as we approach that memorial of his death
*Thank you for the wonderful creation. The creation is suffering with pollution and habitats cut down. We ask for your help as we struggle to protect and nurture nature
*Thank you for the Bible from which we can learn incredible, wonderful truths and we pray for those who do not know you
*Be with refugees and immigrants, comfort, help and be with those in Syria and other areas suffering from war and heartache
*We pray for our denomination’s leaders, the church office move in the US and our UK Church office here. We pray for our outreach efforts like Day by Day and Because magazine
*Be with SEP in this year in their new site. Be with those who work to prepare and lead SEP and bring the necessary dorm leaders
*Be with the Denominational Conference preparations
*We think of those who have lost loved ones recently like the Richardson family, guy Miller and Eddie Marsh
*We remember Pedro rufian, Len Maylin and elizabeth Newton dealing with cancer. Please guide, bless and encourage them as they deal with this health problem
*Be with Blossom, Roland and Janie who are ill and not able to attend at the moment. Lyn has just been diagnosed with diabetes and we pray for healing
*Hear our prayers and we thank you for your love and your grace

Hymn 4. Lord I Come To You
Hymn 5. shout To The North And The South

The Message was given by Maggie Mitchell, our visiting speaker from the Northampton congregation. Looking at favourite scriptures Maggie cited several before looking closely at Mary, the mother of Jesus, her humble attitude, her situation and the trials she must have had to bear, and her prayer/praise/song in the Magnificat in Luke 1:46-55 which is prophecy, poetry and praise. Maggie examined the many sections of this passage that reflected Hannah’s prayer/song in 1 Samuel 2. These passage show that god turns things upside down—the poor become rich, the rich become poor and we join Jesus’ mission to spread the gospel in his revolution—Luke 4:18-9.

The final Hymn was Love Divine All Loves Excelling after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young Peoples Church took place during the sermon time.

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