There was a Church Service on 10 November 2018 

The Service was held in St. Peter’s beginning at the earlier time of 10:45am so that we could time the two minutes silence for 11am sharp. 

The Opening Prayer was given by George Henderson

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1. O God Our Help
Hymn 2. Abide With Me 

Reading: Linda Halford read ‘In Flander’s Field’ 

David Silcox read John 15:13, ‘Greater love hath no man than this, that he should lay down his life for his friends.’ He introduced the two minutes’ silence by quoting Lawrence Binyon’s ‘For The Fallen’ 

 

We played ‘The Last Post

People stood for Two Minutes’ Silence

We played ‘Reveille

 

Hymn 3. Eternal Father, Strong To Save was played while the collection was taken up for the Royal British Legion. George Henderson gave thanks and asked a Blessing over the offering and then gave the Announcements:
*Alan Grist of the London North Congregation died on 6 November. His wife, Olive, thanks people for their prayers. Funeral details will be announced later.
*Shirley Hume of the Stoke On Trent Congregation died at the age of 81. We request prayers for her husband, Ron, who is 86
*There will be another Watford Social on 15 December, with a theme of ‘Winter Wonderland.’ The details will be given later, but expect and afternoon service on that day.

Hymn 4. I Vow To Thee My Country

A Message from Irene Wilson was based on her recent Day by Day Study on The Turned Soil of the Poppy—the churned up soil of the battlefield is where the poppies grew. Jesus did not ‘turn soil’—he was laid behind a stone and opened the way for all for peace forevermore.

There was a Presentation by Peter Beardsmore who told us of his father’s service during World War I. It was his father who subsequently came into the Church and was instrumental in his family, including Peter, coming into the church as well. He showed a folder containing his war records.

 

Reflections from Winston Bothwell followed about his father and Cathy’s father’s service during the war.

 

Nancy Silcox read James Henderson’s Thought For The Week—as we say ‘Lest we forget’ we know that Jesus remembers. She showed some illustrations depicting some of the many ways cities in the UK will be celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I, including huge portraits of brave soldiers from WWI etched into the sand of 32 beaches with the tide symbolically washing them away; bells to ring in 1300 churches around the bountry; buglers to play the Last Post at more than 1200 locations; town criers in 180 towns to perform a special ‘Cry for peace around the world’; 1300 beacons to be lit from the furthest northern to the furtherst southern and from the most westerly to the most easterly town in the UK; and in the moat of the Tower of London 10,000 torches or Remembrance Flames. She then played Simon & Garfnkel’s song Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream

Hymn 5. God Is Our Strength And Refuge

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole and included:
*While up in Scotland for the SEP Reunion, Geoff visited a Church in Drymen and read from their Prayer Diary—for all that remember that God will fulfill in them the purpose of his love and to remind us that we can never be separated from that love.
*Thanksgiving that we can come to you today remembering so many who died in so many conflicts so that we can have peace and we know that through Christ who died for the peace of all, that though your love all will be saved
*We thank you for your Holy Spirit, for your Word the Bible and for your Church
*We are in spiritual warfare and you are our strength and shield
*Be with the Grist and Hume families as well as Pam Maylin grieving the loss of loved ones and give them the hope of the resurrection
*Thank you that you remember

Reading: Nancy Silcox read Helen Steiner Rice’s poem ‘Prayer For Peace’

Hymn 6. Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace

The Message was given by David Silcox.David looked at the passage in John 20:19-23 where Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection. They were in a locked room for fear of the Jews and He appeared in the middle of them, saying, ‘Peace be unto you.
*Jesus comes to us when we are afraid and whatever our fears, he can cope with them. We don’t need to wonder or fear—he is with us
*He conquered even death—he can’t be limited, you can’t hid anything from him, and what he says he will do.
*God’s peae doesn’t come to us because of our great faith, or anything we do, but is a gift—He initiates peace and we, as Christians are to pass that peace on—verbally, by example or in our actions and deeds which promote or bring peace.
Even the Armistice was not truly peace, but a cessation or absence of war. God is true peace, as Ephesians 2:14 says “For He Himself is our peace.”

The final Hymn was Lord For The Years after which the Closing Prayer was led by Phillip Halford.

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

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Christians Across Watford held their quarterly Leader’s Breakfast at the Woodside Community Church on Saturday morning 10 November 2018. A lovely breakfast was provided by the host church and the guest speaker was Rob from Watford’s New Hope Organisation. His talk about the work of New Hope in Watford was both sobering and encouraging as they work to help the homeless, those who sleep rough and the extremely needy in the Watford area.

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