There was a Service on Saturday 2 March 2019 at St. Peters at 11am as usual.

The Opening Prayer was given by Pat Newton

Hymns were led by George Henderson who began by reading Hebrews 1:1-3
Hymn 1 – To God be the Glory
Hymn 2 – What a Friend we have in Jesus

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Announcements were given by George
*If you are planning to go to S.E.P. in South Wales, it would help if you could apply as soon as possible. There is so much that has to be arranged such as transport.  Please visit the website.
*The funeral of Margaret Wallace will take place in Milton Keynes on Wednesday 13th March. Please contact George for more details.

Hymn 3 – Be Still.

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell and included:
*Our great God, thank you that we can come here in peace and safety to bow before you in worship. Many Christians are persecuted for their faith.
*This is a wonderful time of year. Spring blossom, flowers and sunshine. The birds are singing and new growth begins. Thank you.
*Sometimes we can be too judgmental of our fellow human beings. Please forgive us when we make mistakes and help us to show compassion and be forgiving. Let us be an example to others.
*We pray for our Queen to continue in good health. Please guide our Parliament and our Prime Minister in their decisions. We need your Christian message to be able to continue as you wish.
*Please guide our National Ministry team and our Pastoral Council here in Watford. Many of our Pastors have health problems. We ask you to help David, Mike and George here in Watford. Also we pray for Mr.Bergin, John Stettaford, Bob Harrison and Cliff Neill.
*Some of our members are not here today. Please help them and continue to give Cedric and Phillip a full recovery.
*We ask your healing power for three ladies with serious problems with cancer: Debbie Thomas, Debbie Hindley and Hilda Brackley.
*Please help all those who grieve for their loved ones. We think of the Wallace family and all those parents who have lost their children due to knife crime.
*We pray for our young people in this difficult world. Please guide and protect them and lead them in the right direction.
*Please help all of us to be better examples of your way of life. We leave our prayers in your loving and merciful hands.

Hymn 4 – Meekness and Majesty
Hymn 5 – There is a Redeemer

The Sermon was given by Gordon Brown on Treasure.
In the film about Oliver Twist the boy was taught by Fagin how to steal. Theft has always been in this world but now we have Cyber-Crime, fraud and many others ways that are used to steal from people. Is nowhere safe? Jesus talked about treasures in Matthew 6:19-20. He tells us not to build up our treasures on Earth where thieves can steal them, but in heaven. This is still reality now as then. Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Verse 21.
How can we protect ourselves because people will take advantage of us? In the Lord’s prayer, we are taught to pray to be kept away from temptation and to be delivered from evil.Verses 12-13.
What is treasure? The LOVE of money can lead us astray and we can lose our faith. 1 Timothy 6:10. Materialism can be a danger. For many people this is their way of life. We must not put our trust in riches. We should share our riches with others and be generous. The word treasure can be a noun or a verb. We all may have special mementos that we treasure and will not part with. They are close to our heart but what is heart? Heart, mind and emotions are all part of the inner core of our being. Jesus tells us to love God with all our heart, soul and mind. Matthew 22:37. Do we do this all the time? Christ will dwell in our hearts and one day we will be with him in heaven. Please read Ephesians 3:16-21. This is what we should treasure.

The Final Hymn was Majesty after which the Closing Prayer was given by Peter Beardsmore.

On the 2nd of March the Watford Young People’s Church looked at a few books about Uganda and viewed some pictures of some GCI members and children in Uganda and Burundi. This led to a wide ranging discussion and they commented they were lucky to live in this country. They were all given some Ugandan tea-bags to give to their parents.

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