There was a Church Service on 17th March 2018
The Service was held as usual in St. Peter’s Church at 11am
The Opening Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore
Hymns were led by George Henderson, who began by reading from Psalm 145
Hymn 1 – All People that on Earth do Dwell
Hymn 2 – Fill Thou my Life
Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Our Resurrection service will be on Sunday April 1st at 11am followed by light refreshments. The venue is, Abbey Primary school, Grove road, St.Albans.
*Christians Across Watford are very sad to announce that one of their Pastor’s wives died last week in an accident in Watford. Gail Miller, wife of Guy of the Elim church. Please pray for him, their family and the driver of the vehicle.
*George now has the address of Eddie Marsh of our Sheffield church, whose wife Linda died suddenly last week.
*Our Luton church is hosting a Quiz Night on 21st April. If you wish to attend, please give your name to Daria Fowler or Dorothy and Peter Beardsmore.
*Staff and camper application forms are now available for S.E.P. Dorm leaders are needed. Please pray for those involved with these plans.
*Please continue to pray for Pedro Rufian and his wife. He reports that he has not had any side effects from the chemo for his cancer.
*Please continue to pray for Jim Kissee in the U.S.A. His cancer has returned.
Hymn 3 – O God our help in Ages Past.
Intercessory Prayer was led by James Esom and included:
*Thank you for this week, Father in Heaven, and we can now come before you to worship, pray and listen to your message.
*Thank you for our calling into this church. We need to be in your daily light. We thank you for our leaders and our pastoral team.
*We are blessed to have young people here and thank those who teach them.
*There is so much trouble in the world and we pray for the persecuted Christians. Please guide all world leaders and our Queen and Government.
*Please help all the Aid Agencies who go out to help people. We are blessed here to have such good Emergency Services. We pray for New Hope who care for the homeless and also for the Street Angels out tonight.
*Please guide all the plans for the coming Royal Wedding in May.
*We pray for Bobby who has severe toothache. Please heal him as he needs to be at work tonight.
*We ask your comfort and peace for Guy Miller, his family and all those involved with this tragic accident.
*Please help and heal Pedro, Peter Buckley, Blossom and Jim Kissee.
*There are many in our congregation who have health problems. Many suffer in silence. Please help them.
*We ask your help for those planning for S.E.P. and Adventure Camp.
*Thank you for this opportunity to pray and also thanks for all you do for us. We leave all this in the hands of Jesus.
Hymn 4 – What a Friend we have in Jesus
Hymn 5 – How Great thou Art
The Sermon was given by Mr.Francis Bergin on the subject of Illness and Death.
Which year do you think you will die? You may think that is a stupid question. We read in Ecclesiastes 3:2 that there is a time to be born and a time to die. The only certainty in life is death. Everyone who has ever lived has died, including Jesus. Read Hebrews 9:27. We are fearfully and wonderfully made as it says in Psalm 139:14. The human body can survive the most
amazing circumstances and yet people with certain allergies can die very quickly. Heart attacks and accidents can also cause sudden deaths. The mortality rate has and will be 100%. Most of us have had an illness at sometime and have been healed but one day an illness will kill us.
When we are ill, we think about ourselves all the time. We wait impatiently to be healed but God does not work to our time plan. We should be patient. Psalm 40:1. Sometimes it makes it hard for us to pray. We should then pray more often but less time. We are essentially weak human beings. Time and chance happen to all. Romans 8:28.
We have time to think about our relationship with God. Illness is natural and we can help and comfort others through their illness. Galations 6:2. 2 Corinthians 1:4. We must be very careful how we do this and what we say. Let them know that we are praying for them. Our church members do care and support each other.
We should prepare for death by first making a will even if it is one we just buy from Smiths. Let our families know where we keep important papers and documents. We should try to sort out old “stuff” and get rid of it not leaving  it for others to clear. We should not talk about our death all the time, that is morbid. We are called to love people and serve God. We can look forward to the resurrection. 1 Corinthians 15. We have this hope and one day will hear these words in Matthew 25:21–Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter in.
The Final Hymn was Be Thou my Vision after which the Closing Prayer was given by Phillip Halford.
Young People’s Church took place during the Sermon time.
Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall following the Service.
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On Tuesday 13th March there was a Churches Together event held at St. Peters.  It was a contemplative evening in preparation for the upcoming Passover/Easter period, called ‘Thirty Pieces Of Silver’. It was dramatized by readings from scripture, and prose contemplating how Judas might have felt and responded to the events that led up to his betrayal of Jesus.  Candles were in a circle at the front, extinguished at certain junctures and relit later, representing the light going out in Judas and the dark events of that night, and then later Jesus the light of the world bringing forgiveness and renewal.  From the purse on the table at the front spilled ‘pieces of silver’ (10p pieces) which were distributed, and a poignant reminder that all of us are in some way responsible for the death of Jesus who died for my sins as well.  There were about 30 present and we left sobered but at the same time uplifted and thankful.
The fortnightly Bricket Wood Bible Study took place as usual on Friday night, 16 March, at 7:30 in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre. We continue our enlightening and inspiring, in-depth look at the Gospel of John, and this week considered John chapter 15 considering our relationship with God and with each other.  The words obedience or command, and love appear many times and the passage in John 15:9-17 contains a summary of what Jesus expects of his followers–Christians.  We enjoyed fellowship over refreshments after the study.  Anyone is welcome to come along to the study any time. However, due to the Spring Festivals, the next study will be on 13th April.

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