There was a Church Service on 26 January 2019

The Service was held in St. Peter’s at the earlier time of 10:30am, as it was the Churches Together Service hosted by Gracecom Watford during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The Opening Prayer was given by Sue Ann Henderson

Announcements were given by George Henderson who welcomed our guests from other Denominations in Churches Together. He invited people to meet and greet one another. *The last Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in this area of Churches Together will be held at 4:30pm tomorrow in Soul Survivor. Do go if you are able to make it, to unite as Christian Together in Watford.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox who began by talking about the 2019 Theme of Justice which is broken down in the leaflet into facets of Justice. Today is Day 7 and the sub-theme is the injustice in the marginalization and dismissal of women’s voices. The booklet encourages that we ‘strive for a Church which unites all humanity, praying that God will grant us the courage to reject all forms of violence against women and to celebrate the gifts that women bring to the Church. That through Jesus Christ our Lord, all may find their true worth and calling:
Hymn 1. We Are God’s People

Speaking of Life this week was GCI President, Greg Williams on video entitled Neither Jew Nor Greek.

Hymn 2.  By Faith

Peter Beards

Peter Beardsmore gave a Reading of 1 Samuel 1:13-17 recommended for today in the Booklet produced for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, about Hannah praying silently in the temple.

Hymn 3.  Grace Alone

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Irene Wilson who began by talking about cooking sausages, which reminded her that we are individual but also linked.  If sausages are cooked too close, then under heat and pressure they stick together just as Christians do.  After a moment Irene prayed:*We come together united before the throne of grace to bring our personal and global concerns. You are our honoured guest and we thank you for your presence.
*Thank you that we come freely in peace and safety as Christians in this land. We remember Christians in other nations who do not have this freedom and we ask you to look and bless them
*Thank you for the Conference of Church Leaders this week, for you inspiration, leadership and guidance.  Thank you for church leaders and leadership.
*Roy Young of Garston Community Church leaves soon to visit India and we pray for your inspiration and protection
*Reverend Chris Cottee, as retirement comes this year is going this week to look for a home and we ask your blessing on Chris and Mary to find the right home and ask that you bless their future retirement
*Thank you for the Town Centre Chaplaincy that serves the citizens of Watford—be with Frances and help and bless her. Work through her and provide labourers to help.
*Street Angels are out tonight and we ask your protection and blessing on them and on the young people that they love and care for
*Thank you for our Church leadership and our nations government, bless them with wisdom and guidance
*As the cold winter continues we pray for the homeless, the poor and the vulnerable. Bless the agencies who are there to help and care for them Thank you that you have such a heart of love for all people

Hymn 4.  These Are The Days Of Elijah

The Message was given by David Silcox.  He showed from scripture the heart of love that God has for the marginalized, whether women, poor, disabled, socially or mentally challenged.  He gave several examples: Recently one of Michael Portillo’s train journeys on TV showed him in Canada where he learned that the native peoples there were forbidden to practice their religion, culture or even speak their own language. In Jesus’ time lepers, demonics, women, Samaritans, Gentiles and even tax collectors! Yet Jesus accepted and loved them all, setting us the example.  Matthew 9:35 shows Jesus moved with compassion.We are all sons of God (Galatians 3:36) through faith in Jesus Christ—neither Jew nor Greek, Male or female.  The harvest is ripe—we need to send out labourers into the field!

The final Hymn was Lord For The Years after which the Closing Prayer was led by George Henderson

David read out a Blessing before inviting people through to the Church Hall for Brunch.

May God embrace you with love
And make kindness flow out from you
May God ignite courage within you
And transform you into agents of justice and peace
May God grant you humility
And give you perseverance to nurture unity

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During the Service on the 26th of January the Young People’s Church led by Geoff and Jean Sole revolved around a Q & A.
Question: What happens after death?
Answer: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 was read and discussed.
Question: Who made God?
Answer: God has always existed. 1 Timothy 1:9 was read and discussed: ‘grace was given to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time’!
Question: Can you explain the trinity?
Answer: Matthew 28:19 was read and discussed: ‘Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.’ It was emphasised that the word ‘name’ was singular.

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This has been the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and Churches Together in Watford have joined together to worship at a different Church and Denomination each day this week. We did more that pray and talk about Christian Unity, but demonstrated it as we worshipped together:
*Monday there was an 8pm meeting in Christ Church
*Tuesday people gathered at the Scroll Church and enjoyed soup & rolls after the meeting
*Wednesday Doral Hayes, the Ecumenical Facilitator for Churches Together in Hertfordshire spoke at All Saints Leavesden before Communion was offered
*Thursday there was an 8pm meeting at Leavesden Road Baptism Church
*Friday there was an 8pm meeting at Standborough Park prepared by the Seventh Day Adventists
*Saturday Gracecom Watford held a full Service with our fellow Christians as guests to both Service and Brunch afterwards
*Sunday there was a 4:30pm Service at Soul Survivor which was followed by a meal

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