There was a Church Service on 30th March 2019

The Opening Prayer was given by Geoff Sole

Hymns were led by George Henderson
Hymn 1 – Crown him with Many Crowns
Hymn 2 – Praise my Soul the King of Heaven

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Violet Howard aged 90, a long time member who attended several congregations over many years, has died following a short illness.Her daughter is Annette Woods and her funeral will take place on 26th April at 4pm.
*Watford Churches Together are to take part in a “Walk of Witness” on Good Friday 19th April. It begins at 10am. The walk is followed by a presentation on the real meaning of Easter. If you want to take part,Irene has the details.
*Please pray for Mike Hustwait who has not been here for some weeks. He seems to have a lack of energy probably due to aging.
*Rosemary had prepared a Mother’s Day gift of daffodils for each lady here. Shannon gave them out.

Hymn 3 – Here is Love


Intercessory Prayer was led by Peter Beardsmore and included:
*Thank you that on this lovely Spring day we can come to this quiet place in peace and safety.
*We have two prayer requests from the table outside. Florrie who has had several falls lately and now has back problems. Maurice collapsed on his way to the shops and now suffers a lot of pain. We ask your help and healing for both of them.
*Please pray for all the Templeman family. Fred Beeston the father of Christine and Carol has died suddenly. Please also remember his wife Jean who is in a Care Home in Leeds.
*Please also give comfort to the family of Violet Howard.
*We ask you to restore energy to Mike and enable him to attend church again.
*Brexit talks remain in confusion. We may not agree with the decisions of Parliament, but we must show respect for whatever they do decide and we ask that it  will be according to your will. We need to be able live a normal and peaceful life.
*Please help all those affected by the Cyclone in Africa. Let the floods subside so that the Aid can reach the people. Please comfort all those who grieve for their loved ones.
*We do not hear much on the news about the way Christians around the world are being targeted and killed and churches destroyed. We ask you to protect and deliver your people. Please give them faith and courage.
*We leave all these prayers entirely in your hands.


Hymn 4 – How Deep the Father’s Love
Hymn 5 – To God be the Glory

Reading: Winston read some verses from Numbers 10,13 and 14.

The Message was given by Richard Fowler. The people of the nation of Israel had known only slavery for 400 years. They walked away from slavery to a new life of calling and purpose. God had given them hope and a future. They stayed at Sinai for one year. Two million people walked 200 miles which should  have taken eleven days. The spies gave a bad report and their journey to the Promised land took forty years.
God had a plan for them and has for us but why do things go wrong? In the storms of life our plans don’t always work out. Why? God does not micro manage our lives. We need a flexible manner. We can read the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Daniel 3:15-30. God had a plan for these 3 men. They knew that he could save them from the fiery furnace, but would he? They trusted God and he did save them. Verse 28. We should always trust God. God does not just make all our decisions for us. He can though, put ideas in our hearts for us to decide about. He wants us for his work. If God has a plan, then why has he taken so long? We can all get discouraged waiting. God plays the long game. 2 Peter 3-4 and 8-9. It is for the greater good. One day is like 1,000 years to God. He wants all people to come to repentance and for no-one to perish. Why does God leave us confused? Remember that God is always with us and he will complete the good work that he began in us. Philippians 1:6. Keep going, all will become clear in time.

The Final Hymn wasStand up Stand up for Jesus after which the Closing Prayer was given by Irene Wilson.*

On the 30th of March the Young People’s Church took place during the Sermon time and was led by Geoff and Jean Sole. They considered the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea scrolls were discussed as well as David hiding from Saul near the Dead Sea. Jericho, near to the Dead Sea, was also talked about. The young people tried to make a map of the Dead Sea using brown hand-cream from Israel made from various ingredients including Dead Sea mud! They also mixed salt with the hand-cream and made a small pillar after reading about Lot’s wife in Genesis and considering Luke 17:32 . . . ‘Remember Lot’s wife’. The restoration of the Dead Sea described in Ezekiel 47:6-12 was also discussed.

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study took place on Friday 29 March at 7:30pm. This is a fortnightly study, held in the upstairs room of the St. Stephens Parish Centre, that anyone can attend. We are going carefully and thoughtfully through the book of 1 John. This study was led by David Silcox and was followed by fellowship and refreshments as usual. The next study will by on Friday night 12 April at 7:30 as usual. Why not come along?

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