There was a Church Service on 3 November 2016 

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Joy Barlow

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*The SEP Reunion went very well. Around 150 attended at a venue in Ballock. It was a wonderful celebration of happy memories and exciting possibilities. The activities began with a Service at which James Henderson gave the message after Jackie Mill, SEP Director, led hymns and talked about 2018 SEP in Lagganlia, as well as announcing 2019 SEP to be held in Wales. There was a meal and Ceilidh while friends reconnected and swapped stories of past years.
*SEP 2019 will be held in Wales at Morfa Bay (www.morfabay.com) from Monday 29 July to Friday 9 August. There is not as yet, a site booked for 2020 and prayers would be appreciated that a suitable site will be found.
*Next Saturday 10 November will be our Remembrance Service and an offering will be taken up for the British Legion. This is the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. We will start earlier next week at 10:45am in order to have a minutes silence at 11am.
*On 24 November and 1 December we will play the two videos from the Service in Charlotte—Passing The Baton.

Hymns were led by Phillip Halford:
Hymn 1. Immortal, Invisible, God Only wise
Hymn 2. Holy, Mighty Majesty
Hymn 3. Let All Things Now Living

 

 

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sue Ann Henderson and included:
*As we watch what is happening in this world around us, we know and trust in you and praise your name for the peace and hope you give
*Help us to listen to your voice and allow your Spirit to lead us – to humble ourselves and hear you
*Forgive us for our failings and our wrong attitudes as we pray for your mercy and guidance
*There is so much violence, especially in London where even in the last 24 hours 2 young men have been murdered. We ask that you would be with their families to comfort them in this tragedy
*The famines and effects of war are in our minds as we commemorate 100 years since the end of WWII and we look forward to the peace you will bring in the coming Kingdom.
*Give our leaders wisdom and guide their decisions for the benefit of the people
*Be with those suffering in nations without freedom, who live in fear under persecution and famine
*Be with Dr. Williams as he takes up leadership of our Denomination to give him wisdom and be with Joe and Tammy Tkach as they reture
*Be with Jackie and her son as they face a difficult situation
*Be with Janie—improve her health so that she can be back with us and we thank you than Roland is here today.

Hymn 4. The Solid Rock
Hymn 5. Abide With Me

The Message was given by Mr. Francis Bergin. The agility, power and speed of lions make them dangerous beasts that can turn a landrover over with one swipe of one paw. Satan has deceived the world into thinking that he does not exist or that he is a little red man with a forked tail and horns. Satan is real and he HATES you and will do anything to harm or destroy you. There is a battle for the mind and 1 Peter 5:8 says “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Satan and his demons are transformed as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and look attractive to deceive people. We are told in Ephesians 6:10-13 to “Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
We do not need to fear though because God will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). We read in 1 Corinthians 10:13 that “God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” God is far more powerful than Satan and “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). We must tempt God by developing an interest in the paranormal or looking into ghosts, the supernatural and Satanism—these things are DANGEROUS and we need to steer clear of them.
Remember
*Satan is alive and well,
*Satan hates you and he is your mortal enemy,
*Satan has NO power over you,
*Satan has no future but you DO, so hang on to our hope of the future God promises to those who love him.

The final Hymn was Blessed Assurance after which the Closing Prayer was led by George Henderson

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the church hall.

During the Service Richard Fowler led the Young People’s Church in the Westfield Room.

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study was held at St. Stephens Parish Centre, Bricket Wood in the upstairs room at 7:30pm as usual. David Silcox took the study and after Introductory remarks, went through 1 John 1. Refreshments followed the study as usual. Anyone is welcome to join us for these bi-weekly studies.

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