There was a Church Service on 9 February 2019

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton s usual at 11

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Debbie Thomas still needs prayers that the doctors will find the right treatment
*David Silcox suffered blood clots in his lungs this week and requests prayers
*Phillip Halford is not well and so is not here again today-please continue to pray for his complete healing
*Cedric Redit is due for his knee replacement on Monday so please pray for this
*Prayers are requested for the decommissioning of the SEP Loch Lomond site
*Luton Quiz Night is next Saturday 16 February

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  O God Beyond All Praising

Speaking of Life this week was Dr. Joseph Tkach on video entitled the Peace That Passes Understanding

Hymn 2.  It Is Well With My Soul

Hymn 3.  Ten Thousand Reasons

Reading: Nancy Read a piece on Being Thankful

Hymn 4.  My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole and included:
*Thank you for so many blessings.  We hallow your Holy Name
*Thank you for our calling and your Son, Jesus Christ, who made this possible
*thank you for your Holy spirit to lead us and that we have the freedom to come to Church and hear your precious word
*We pray for those who don’t know you and are in spiritual darkness. Please open their eyes that they can see your light. Help us to reflect that light to the world
*We remember and thank you for our Queen. Thank you that she is a Christian and keep her well
*Thank you for Theresa May. Give her and other leaders wisdom as they wrestle with the issue of Brexit.  We pray that you will be done and that we can continue to have the religious freedoms that we enjoy
*We pray for the presidents and politicians in Venezuela as well as other troubled countries like Aphganistan and Bangladesh.   We pray for the people in these countries in poverty and spiritual darkness. Hear our prayers
*We pray for our own church leaders around the world, but especially in this country
*We pray for those who are not well, for David Silcox to answer prayers mightily and speedily; for Phillip Halford to intervene and heal him to return with his cheerful presence; be with Cedric Redit and bless his knee operation; Guide those that treat Debbie Thomas and comfort and encourage her and her family; and the lady in Scandinavia who has had a fall; also Winston’s daughter-in-law whose cancer has returned—be with her and her family
*Bless the decommissioning of the SEP Loch Lomond site

Hymn 5.  Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

The Message was given by Mike Barlow.  He led us through an indepth look at Psalm 23 verse by verse and word by word. The Lord (eternal who knows all our needs) is my (we belong to him and he to us) shepherd.  A shepherd guides and protects the valuable sheep.  Sheep have great value to their owners—meat, wool, monetary value for trading & selling; and spiritually, we are God’s precious children, his flock that he gave his life for.  We looked at the sheep, which are vulnerable—they are stupid and don’t recognize danger, they are stubborn, easily led astray, defenceless, prone to wander with no sense of direction; they are timid, nervous and easily frightened.  Fortunately our shepherd knows our needs and leads us gently (not driving or forcing) to what is good for us both physically and spiritually.  Verse 3 says he leads us in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake—we are a witness to others. He restores our soul and gives strength to the weary.  We need not fear as his love casts out fear (I John 4:18) and he will never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  In the presence of my enemies—our greatest enemy is Satan whom Jesus has overcome.  He anoints our head with oil—the Holy Spirit whose power is working in us to lead and teach us. Philippians 1:6 says he who has begun a good work in you will finish it!

The final Hymn was the Crimond version of The Lord’s My Shepherd after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

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