There was a Special Spring Festival Church Service on 31 March 2018 

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:
*There will be lunch after the Service and all are welcome
*Don’t forget our ‘royal event’—our Watford Social on 28 April. The Service on that day will begin at 2:30pm and will be followed by a meal and activities.
*Prayers are requested for Camilla’s family, Irene Tibbenham’s relative, whose passing is thought to be imminent
*Next Friday is our second Spring Festival Service and this will take place at St. John’s in Radlett at 11am and will be followed by lunch. An offering will be received on that day as well
*George read the Thought For The Week, which was written by guest writer, Richard Fowler, and spoke of the policeman in the south of France last week who changed places with a hostage in a terrorist situation, and gave his life, just as Jesus gave his life in the greatest act of love for all humanity.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. All Glory, Laud and Honour
Hymn 2. And Can It Be

The Offering was introduced by David Silcox. Everything we have has been given to us, including Eternal Life. You can’t buy it, it is not for sale, but is a gift of love. 1 Timothy 6:17 says the rich should not be haughty, that God gives us richly all things to enjoy. Giving should not be something we need to be commanded to do, but it is a privilege and an act of worship.

During the Offering there was a hymn as Offering MusicChrist Be Our Light and then Mike Barlow asked a Blessing over the Offering. 

Hymn 3. Amazing Grace 

Dr. Joseph Tkach’s Speaking of Life this week was entitled Come As You Are 

Hymn 4. Above All 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford and included:
*John 15:13 says greater love has no man than to lay down their life for their friends. As the French policeman did for the hostages and as Christ did for us—but he rose and lives for us to interceded for us, as we pray Intercession for others
*Our minds this Holy Week are focused on the sacrifice of your Son, who died so we don’t have to. We don’t have the words to thank and worship you enough. We honour and glorify you, but we acknowledge you as Creator and Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour
*We have the peace that passes understanding, but there are many who do not, and we pray for them. We pray for those persecuted and suffering
*We pray for the lost, and know they are not lost to you.
*We look forward to a better time when you return and God speed the day.

Hymn 5. In Christ Alone

The Message was given by David Silcox. The Lord’s Supper began the New Covenant and Jesus’ teaching after supper was ended shows us our first priority as Christians. John chapters 14-17 contain Jesus’ teachings. He knew they were troubled that he had said he must die, and he tells them not to be afraid and encourages them he is coming again and there is provision for all. Fear can be turned into joy. He is the true vine John 15:1.   The vine they would have thought of from the Old Testament was Israel—the vine that could not feed and nurture them to life everlasting. John 15:8 the Father is glorified if we bear much fruit from being connected to that true vine-Jesus Christ.
John 15:9-17 tells us how we should look if we are connected to that vine: LOVE and all that flows from that through us to others
verse 9 abide in my love
verse 10 keep command and abide in his love
verse 11 Joy
verse 12 love one another as I have loved you
verse 13 greater love has no man than to lay down his life for his friends
verse 14 you are my friends if you do what I say
verse 15 communicate as friends as you listen to my word and do as I command
verse 16 I have chosen you to go and bring forth fruit
verse 17 love one another
In the Old Testament they were commanded to they could receive
In the New Testament we receive so we can obey his commands
*f you keep his command you will remain in his love—not receive his love. Abide is to remain, to stay in, so we can live in it as redeemed, saved, born again through his love for our joy.

The final Hymn was I Cannot Tell after which the Closing Prayer was led by James Esom

Fellowship continued over Lunch in the church hall.

Young People’s Church took place during the Sermon time led by Geoff & Jean Sole

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