There was a Church Service on 12 May 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore

Hymns were led by Sue Ann Henderson:
Hymn 1. Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling
Hymn 2. The King Of Love My Shepherd Is

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Pentecost is next Sunday 20th May and will be held at 2pm in St. Peter’s Church, Radlett with Afternoon Tea following the Service. The will be an Offering received during this special Service. There is also a Service on Saturday 19th as usual at St. Peter’s. David Silcox will be giving the Sermon on both days and it will be a 2-part Sermon.
*There was a Churches Together Leader’s Breakfast this morning and we were pleased to see Erica Tuxworth there for the first time in a year following her treatment for cancer. She is doing well but taking it slowly, even though she is back speaking and beginning to be involved in all aspects of Church life again.
*A new Data Protection Act is coming into force at the end of May and we will be sending an email that you need to reply to giving consent for us to continue sending the newsletter.
*The US Update is on the notice board.

Hymn 3. The Wonder Of Your Mercy

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford, who began by mentioning an incident in the papers recently where a father said he forgives his son’s killer but wants justice. True forgiveness does not necessarily include justice—Jesus forgave his killers but extended grace, not justice:
*We live in an unhappy world, Father, full of hatred and inhumanity. We see war-torn countries and Christian’s persecuted. The only solution is the return of Jesus Christ and we pray for this earnestly.
*Please be with those people who do not know you. We have here today what they want and need. One day all the world will experience this at Christ’s return.
*In the meantime we pray for members of our congregation who are experiencing trials and ask you to be with Les Buckley who has cancer and his brother Peter with dementia. Be with Blossom and bring healing according to your will.
*We praise you and thank you for Erica’s on-going recovery. Continue to heal and bless her as she returns to serving in Woodside Community Church.
*Take care of those we know from this congregation who are suffering—we put them in your care and ask your blessing on us all.

Hymn 4. Above All Powers
Hymn 5. Here I Am To Worship (Light Of The World)

The Message was given by Irene Wilson, who began by telling a story of Henry Ford being ‘taken in’. Jesus, by couching his teaching in parables not only taught valuable lessons, but made it difficult for people to catch him out so he was not ‘taken in’.
The Parable in Luke 16 is not given for us to emulate the behaviour of the two main characters, but to teach us lessons to use wisdom in dealing with worldly people and to truly serve God (verse 13), keeping our hearts pure from greed and deceit. It points us to PRIORITY—not our first but our only priority, which deals with and takes care of all else—our service to God. There are the obvious points in verses 9-12, but the deeper lesson is who do you serve? The true purpose of money and possessions is service. Luke 12:30-34 says where your treasure is there your heart will be. Jesus should be the centre of all we think, say and do—of all we are.

The final Hymn was You Are My All In All after which the Closing Prayer was led by Joy Barlow

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the church hall.

Young People’s Church took place during the Service and was led by Geoff and Jean Sole. On the 12th of May the Watford young people considered some flowers mentioned in the Bible and some scriptures which mention flowers. ‘Do not worry . . . see how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these’ Matthew 6:28-29. ‘All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord stands for ever’ 1 Peter 1:24-25. During the lesson the young people made some bookmarks by sticking dried flowers on to strips of leather.

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The bi-weekly Bible Study in the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre, Bricket Wood, took place on Friday 11th May. David Silcox took the study through John 17, as we continue to look deep into the Gospel of John, gleaning gems of understanding for our lives today. Refreshments followed the study as normal while people continued to talk together. You are welcome to join the study group any time. The next study will be held on Friday 25th May at 7:30pm

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