There was a Church Service on 11 August 2018 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

A short Video Clip ‘Speaking of Life’ by Denominational President, Joseph Tkach, was shown, entitled ‘Just Keep Listening 

Hymns were led by David Silcox:
Hymn 1. King of Kings, Majesty)
Hymn 2. Rejoice The Lord Is King

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Adventure Camp is fast approaching so if you have children who wish to attend, or if you wish to help out on Staff, please get your application in as soon as possible. Adventure Camp is for the 5-12 year olds, older campers can come to help. It begins on Friday evening 24th August after dinner and goes until after lunch on Tuesday 28th August.
*A PRESENTATION WAS MADE to honour Peter Beardsmore, who was on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List to receive the British Empire Medal. David Silcox read out selections from his letters and commendations, Phillip Halford gave a short congratulatory speech on behalf of the Watford congregation and then Peter’s brother, Brian, came forward to present him with a gift on behalf of the congregation.

Hymn 3. We Are God’s People

David showed some photos of the new Grace Communion International Church Headquarters Office in Charlotte, North Carolina before introducing Sue Ann for Intercessory Prayer.

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson and included:
*Thank you for your hand in our lives
*Forgive us for our lack and our transgressions
*Help us to allow your Spirit to work in our lives to tell people about you
*Thank you for Peter Templeman and the award that recognizes his serving attitude and bless him as he continues to support charities with his handiwork, and serving and working in the community
*This world is lost without you and needs your intervention as forest fires, drought, floods and disasters occur around the world. Help people to see your love and mercy everywhere as Christians step up to help and aid those affected
*You see the wars and refugees, Lord, the persecutions on the poor and Christians around the world. Help us to do our part expressing care and concern and by our example represent our God of compassion and love
*We are part of your Church and ask your blessing on the Watford chaplaincy and Street Angels and the community we live among
*We bring before you a number of people out of work and ask you to help them find employment—Roddie and Robert. We thant you that James and Jason have found work.
*There are people in our congregation who need your healing. Margaret B needs release from pressure in her head, Peter B needs your comfort and compassion.
*Be with and comfort the bereaved. We can rejoice that Jesus Christ holds the keys of death and hell and gives Eternal Live
*Be with Adventure Camp—help it to teach the children about you and keep them safe
*We are so blessed and thank you for all you do in our lives, and that you hear our prayers

Hymn 4. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

The Sermon was given by UK National Director, James Henderson. He asked ‘What is a healthy Church?’ Reading in 2 Thessalonians it speaks of patience, faith and labour of love, setting an example and sounding forth the word of the Lord. Are there things we should be considering in our spreading the Gospel? Mark 8:34 speaks of denying self, taking up our cross and following Jesus for his sake and the gospels’ Doing the work of the gospel can make you feel very uncomfortable—we may have to ‘give up’, sacrifice and deny ourselves for the gospels sake. As we think of these scriptures, let’s look at the implications for a healthy church. Romans 1:16 says we are not ashamed of the gospel, that it is the power of God to salvation. The shoes spoken of in Ephesians 6 are shod with the gospel of peace—our feet take the gospel everywhere—don’t stand still! Dance for joy, shake a leg and Phil 1:27 let your conduct be as it becomes the gospel of Jesus Christ, working together to further the gospel. Take time out this week to think of how we are portraying the gospel—is there something more we should be doing?

The final Hymn was All Glory, Laud And Honour after which the Closing Prayer was led by George Henderson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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