There was a Church Service on 14 July 2018 

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

Worship Leader: David Silcox
Call to Worship: Hymn 1. Now Thank We All Our God

The Opening Prayer was given by George Henderson

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Pat & Reg Newton sent a card of thanks to the Watford Congregation thanking everyone for their prayers and cards after the death of their daughter-in-law, Elizabeth.
*SEP rejoices that all the boy camper places are filled and says there are only two more spaces for girl campers
*The family would like to have a choir sing The New 23rd Psalm at Duncan McLean’s funeral on Thursday 26 July—anyone who would like to be in this choir please email graham,hamilton.buik@gmail.com
*Luton Ladies Day will be held Saturday 1st September 10:30-4pm. If you are planning to go please let Dorothy or Daria know
*There is a sympathy card at the front for Wendy Pople and her family. She is a member of St. Peter’s, does their weekly notices and the flower rota. Her son died recently of cancer

Hymn 2. I Stand Amazed

Reading: James Esom read out James Henderson’s Thought For The Week about Love, The Best Defence, and gave a few comments at the end.

Hymn 3. Amazing Grace

A Video Clip of GCI President, Dr. Joseph Tkach Speaking of Life was shown entitled Make A Joyful Noise 

Hymn 4. Blessed Be The Lord God Almighty 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson and included:
*Sue Ann herself is to have surgery on a toe joint on Thursday-please be with her
*Thank you Father, for your generosity to us
*Thank you for Christian brothers and sisters around the world and we know that you will care for them
*Thank you for the amazing rescue in Thailand of the trapped boys in the cave. Many risked lives for them and one diver lost his life trying to save the boys
*Help us to remember that our strength comes from you and the only righteousness we posses is His. Help us to live in your strength alone
*A charity, Bethel House, is having to close and losing their home. Help them find new accommodation for their important work and service for the homeless in Watford. Also the Women’s Refuge have lost their accommodation. Please, Father, provide for these charities
*We pause to think of those who are ill—Roland & Janie; the Buckley brothers; Connell & Bridgel, please be with them
*Giving thanks again for the blessings in their illness of Roddy Hickson and Jean Herst
*We remember the griving—the Newton family, alto to help and uplift Elizabeth’s parents; Wendy Pople and their family, we thank you for their faith and ask you to give them hope; Jean Linton, help her feel that she is not forgotten; the family of the Navy Seal who died trying to rescue the boys trapped in the cave in Thailand—their future is secure in you
*We have heard of terrible mudslides in Japan and pray for those affected—let the Christians there rise up as a beacon of hope and let the world know that you care
*Be with world leaders as they wrestle with issues like Brexit—give them wisdom and strength to do their best for the good of the people they serve
*We look forward to a new system and a new world and kingdom at your return

Hymn 5. Crown Him With Many Crowns

The Sermon was given by guest speaker, Tony Goudie, Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation, who commented that you have to beware of the time warp in church—time goes quicker at the pulpit than in the pews! He brought albums of photos from congregations around the UK for people to look at after the service.
Tony began by asking ‘Who do you think you are?’ How do you see yourself? Sinner or Saint? Do you ask ‘Will I make it?’
Don’t doubt God and his saving grace. When we look into the mirror we see a ‘false reflection’ because Christ lives in us. We are like a computer with lots of programmes and great potential, but unless we are ‘switched on’ for God and connected to the power source, we can do nothing! Romans 12:1 says we are to be living sacrifices—an obvious result of knowing God and Jesus Christ’s sacrifice. We are like a Christian chrysalis full of stuff that is turning into a spiritual butterfly! Verse 2 says we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds. And Galatians 2:20 says we have been crucified with Christ, therefore it is no longer I who lives, but Christ lives in us.
It is an oxymoron—Paul struggled with this concept in Romans 7 when he says the good he wanted to do he couldn’t and the evil he didn’t want to do he found himself doing and concluded that it was not him doing the evil but sin that dwelt in him and that Christ would rescue him from this.
Romans 8:1 tells us there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk according to the spirit. Even if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart (1 John 3:21). Christ is in us—our hope of glory (Colossians 1:27)—that is who we really are!

The final Hymn was Wonderful Grace after which the Closing Prayer was led by Mike Barlow

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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Before the Service recorded above, there was a Churches Together Leader’s Breakfast held in the Woodside Community Church.  About 15 people attended and after a delicious breakfast we heard the personal testimony of Ruth, a Pastor who has recently moved to the Watford area.

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