There was a Church Service on Saturday 29th December 2018

The Service took place in St. Peter’s Church, Watford, as usual at 11am

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson, who began by reading Psalm 89:1-2
Hymn 1 – All Creatures of our God and King
Hymn 2 – Come Thou Almighty King

Announcements were give by George Henderson and included
*Terry Gunning is in hospital in Ireland with pneumonia, following a fall
and sustaining a fractured rib. Please pray for him and his wife.
*Malcolm Arnold, a member of our Leeds congregation, was taken to
hospital last Wednesday the 26th in severe pain. It seems to be a
problem with his kidney and more tests are required.
*Daria Fowler invites us to the Luton Quiz night on February 16th 2019.
Please see Dorothy or Peter for more details.

Sueann then read Hebrews 4:13-16 before
Hymn 3 – Before the Throne of God Above

Intercessory Prayer was led by Irene Wilson and included:
*Many of the people Irene has spoken to this last week are not looking
forward to the New Year. Many today are filled with fear about the
future. We have everything to look forward to. It is our responsibility
to spread the good news to those lost in darkness. Let us never take for
granted the hope for all people in the future when every knee shall bow
before God.
*Many people are travelling at this time of year. Please give them safe
journeys.
*Many people will begin the New Year unemployed through redundency.
Please let them all find jobs soon.
*We ask your swift healing for Terry and Malcolm. Please give patience to
all hospital staff at this busy time.
*We pray for the Batterson family in Scotland. Although now, elderly have
been long time members of our church. Peter is caring for his wife now
in a wheelchair and his sister with dementia. Please give them your
help, strength and healing.
*Please continue to give your help and special care to Blossom, Peter
Buckley, Janie, Eileen and Pam Maylin.
*It grieves us to see so many homeless people out on our streets in this
cold weather. Please give our Politicians the heart to care about this
situation.
*Please imbue us with your Holy Spirit to declare your Good News. We ask
all these things in the name of your Son Jesus Christ.

Sueann read Ephesians 1:7-12 before the next Hymn:
Hymn 4 – In Him I Have Believed
Hymn 5 – From the Breaking of the Daw

The Sermon was given by Barry Robinson. He began by saying the book of Matthew begins with the genealogy of Jesus Christ. Why?
This gives the identity of Jesus back to Abraham. Most people keep quiet
about any scandal revealed in their ancestry, but we can read in the
Bible about the scandal in this family especially about four women.
The Messianic line continued through these women in unusual
circumstances. The first was Tamar. Verse 3. We read her story in
Genesis 38:1-26. She pretended to be a prostitute and became pregnant by
her father-in-law Judah, because he did not follow the law to let her
marry his youngest son after both the older sons has died. Judah said
that Tamar had been more righteous than he. Verse 26. The second woman
was a prostitute called Rahab. Matthew 1:5. Her story is in Joshua 2 and
6:17-23. She protected the spies in Jericho by hiding them and lying to
their persuers. Only Rahab and all her family were saved. The third
woman was Ruth a Moabite. Please read the book of Ruth. Did her
mother-in-law Naomi tell her to lay at the feet of Boaz to offer herself
in marriage or to seduce him? Their son was Obed. The forth woman was
Bathsheba. She commited adultery with King David. When he heard she was pregnant he had her husband Uriah murdered. They later had a son called Solomon. Matthew 1:6. This story is in 2 Samuel 11 and 12:24. Even Mary had the scandal of not being married to Joseph when she became pregnant with Jesus. Matthew 1:18. God often surprises us and does things
differently.He is in the business of saving ALL sinners including Gentiles.

The Final Hymn was Shine Jesus Shine, after which the Closing Prayer was given by Geoff Sole.

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall.

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