There was a Church Service on 13 April

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Mike Hustwaite is in hospital
*George & Sueann went to see Peter Buckley in Pinewood Nursing Hoe where he is comfortable
*The Churches Across Watford Cemetery Chapel Cleanup went very well and Irene thanks everyone who came to help
*Thursday 18th April the Lord’s Supper/Maundy Thursday Service will be held at 7:45pm at the Garston Community Church. Please come early and bring a towel for the footwashing ceremony
*On 19 April the Good Friday Churches Across Watford Walk of Witness meets at the pond in Watford town Centre if you would like to participate
*Saturday 20 April is our first Spring Festival Service. This will take place in St. Peters at our usual time of 11am.  There will be an opportunity to give an Offering during the Service and lunch will be after the Service
*April 21 the Easter Sunday Service will be at Abby Primary School at 11am.  An Offering will be taken up and refreshments provided afterwards.
*Friday 26 april is the Second Spring Festival Service which will be held at St. John’s in Radlett.  An Offering will be received and lunch will follow the Service
*David Gibbs sends details of the Autumn Festival in Paignton which will begin with the Welcome Service on 13 October and there will be Services & activities each day ending on Monday afternoon 21 October.  Volunteers are needed as usual
*Alan of Camberwell died 4 Feb and his Service will be on 24 April. Violet Howard’s funeral will be on Friday 27 April
*Prayers are requested for Christians in Bulgaria who face new legislations which places restrictions on Christians there
*Prayers are also requested for Christians in Islamic countries during Ramadan which begins soon.

Hymns were led by Phillip Halford who began by reading Psalm 66 which says all the earth worships You, Sing praises to His name:
Hymn 1.  Count Your Blessings
Hymn 2.  Crown Him With Many Crowns
Hymn 3.  Lord For The Years

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sueann Henderson and included:
*Praise & thanks to God for the positive outcome for Steve and we also thank God that he brought him to us
*Forgive us when we fall short and help us to rely on you to change us into your image
*This world is in a real mess-it has lost the values of Christianity and we ask that God would bless our leaders with wisdom and help them realise the only solution is in look to and following Your way. Help them in the decisions they make
*Be with Christians facing difficulties especially at this time during Ramadan—help and protect them as they shine as lights to give them courage and faith
*We remember Nicolai in Bulgaria and Christians facing oppressive new legislation. Help them and open doors and protect them as they live your way
*In this congregation there are those who need your healing power.  We pray for Debbie who is very ill and facing surgery. Help her see your loving and intervening hand in her life
*Mike Hustwait is in hospital and we ask that you would guide the doctors to know and take care of his needs
*Zachary has sustained a severe head injury and we request your healing
*Tina, a friend of Sueann’s sister also needs your loving mercy in her life
*Comfort Alan’s and Violet’s relatives as they mourn their loss
*We are so blessed to be able to come to you in prayer and give you thanks for every good thing you do in our lives

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Hymn 4.  To God Be The Glory
Hymn 5.  Blessed Assurance

Reading:  Linda Halford read Psalm 23

The Sermon was given by Francis Bergin about finding A Settled Rest.  The Hymn My Shepherd Will Supply My Need is based on the 23rd Psalm and was written by Isaac Watts, the ‘Father of Hymnody’.  Verse three speaks of finding a ‘settled rest.’  There are a number of things that prevent our ‘settled rest’ which we will look at:
1-WORRY prevents our settled rest.  Matthew 6 says take no anxious thought.  It affects circulation, heart, glands and the whole nervous system—it is very bad for you.  Most things we worry about never happen or we can’t change.  Of course there are many things that are truly dangerous and bad and these we cannot help but recognize and wish to avoid; but only around 8 percent are real and legitimate things to worry about, while most is unnecessary and affects your settled rest.  There are many things that might help such as limiting alcohol & caffeine, getting adequate sleep, fresh air and exercise, as well as talking to someone you trust, but here we look at what the Bible has to say.  We need to keep god close every day and cast all your care on him as it says in 1 Peter 5:7.  Psalm 56:3 says when I am afraid, I will trust in You
2-Keeping things in Proportion. It is natural to make mountains out of molehills and to get caught up in the small issues, making them into big things.  We can defuse this by realizing that it could have been worse, setting minimal goals and forgiveness.  Matthew 6:33 reminds us to seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness—PUT GOD FIRST IN YOUR LIFE to have a settled rest. Philippians 3:13 forgetting those things that are behind and pressing toward the mark.
3-Complacency or taking things for granted. Philippians 3:19 warns us against minding earthly things—striving always for things prevents a settled rest—caring too much for things is counter-productive.  Think of others with nothing to prevent taking your wealth of ‘things’ as not enough.  Luke 12:15 warns to beware of coveteousness, for your life does not consist of your possessions, but in your relationship with God. Godliness with contentment says 1 Timothy 6:6
4-Home should be our rest—be at home with God.  He says come unto me and I will give you rest in Matthew 11:28

The final Hymn was My Shepherd Will Supply My Need after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the church hall. 

Young People’s Church was led by Richard Fowler during the Sermon time.

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study took place on Friday night at 7:30pm as usual in the upstairs room of the St. Stephen’s Parish Centre.  John Stettaford led the group into the last chapter of 1 John.  Refreshments and Fellowship follow the Study. Anyone is invited to come along to the Study and the next study will take place on Friday 3rd May.  

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