There was a Church Service on 20 April 2019

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

The OPENING PRAYER was given by Sueann Henderson

ANNOUNCEMENTS were given by George Henderson and included:
*Mike Hustwait is still in hospital and appreciates the prayers and visitors
*Tomorrow is the Easter or Resurrection Service and this will be at the Abbey School in St. Albans.  There will be an opportunity to give an offering during the Service.
*The second Spring Festival Day is next Friday and will be at St. John’s in Radlett at 11am.  There will be an offering received during the Service and lunch after the Service

HYMNS were led by Nancy Silcox with a theme of Sacrifice:
Hymn 1.  In Thy Loving Kindness, Lord
Hymn 2.  When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

SPEAKING OF LIFE video clip was presented by Dr. Joseph Tkach entitled Easter, What’s The Big Deal?

Hymn 3.  I Stand Amazed

The OFFERING was introduced by David Silcox.  He read from John 21 the story where Jesus met his disciples by the lake after the resurrection and told Peter to ‘Feed my sheep/lambs’.  The way this is done, as well as the Great Commission, preaching the Gospel and teaching the disciples, is by offerings both in Service and monetary as we do today.

SPECIAL MUSIC during the offering was a youtube clip of a song, “For God So Loved The World” with music and lyrics by Daniel Chia, sung by Geoffrey Toi. This was quite a long and beautiful song that gave itself to contemplation and meditation when the offering was taken up.

Geoff Sole asked a BLESSING OVER THE OFFERING, asking God to bless the offering that it will be used to feed God’s sheep.  He then went straight into the

INTERCESSORY PRAYER beginning with some comments on Jonah, using the prophecy by Jesus that he would be in the grave three days and three nights as Jonah was in the belly of the whale.  Some speculate that Jonah died in the whale and was restored to life as a type of Jesus’ resurrection.  Jonah’s prayer in the whale’s belly ended with ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’*Thank you so much, Father in Heaven for salvation, for our calling and for your love and mercy-hallowed be your name.
*Thank you also for the sacrifice of your son and for his resurrection that through his life we can each have Eternal Life
*Thank you that we can e here and have access to your Holy Bible to read and study
*Thank you that we can come to you in prayer.
There are many we remember:  Mike Hustwait in hospital—we ask you to restore him; Blossom Daley who is suffering and not able to be with us; for Brian who has a tumour; and for Joan Esom with a bad cough she is not able to shake
*Be with those bereaved, not only in our congregation but we were shocked to read in the news of the girl shot in Ireland as ask that you would be with and comfort her family
*Be with Mr. Kaoma in Africa as he faithfully serves you looking after our African congregations
*Be with the preparations for the coming Youth Weekend at the beginning of May, as well as S.E.P. and Adventure Camp this summer

HYMN 4.  Bless The Lord Eternal, O My Soul

The SERMON was given by David Silcox about the Temple Veil. Exodus 26 tells God’s instructions for making the Temple or Tabernacles in the wilderness.  There was to be a Veil as a divider between the Holy Place and the most Holy Place, which was to be the place of God’s Presence among his people, represented by the mercy seat behind the veil—the physical representation of the presence of God.  The veil separated the people from their God and they only had access to God through the High Priest who himself was only allowed into the Holy of Holies once a year on Atonement. This veil was appoximately 50 feet tall and 4 inches in thickness! So when we read that as Jesus died the veil was torn in two this was miraculous—couldn’t have been done by a man and even if someone had tried, they would have torn from the bottom to top, yet the curtain was torn from the top to the bottom—an act of and from heaven of great significance, symbolic of the divider of sin removed so that we can have access directly to God.  Hebrews 8 tells us that the temple and priesthood were patterns or types of things in heaven and things to come—fulfilled in Jesus and the new covenant.  Hebrews 4:16 says the veil is gone and we can approach the throne of grace.  Not only is access from us to him, but he is now working in the world with all now under grace whether they know it or not!  Jesus is our High Priest and Acts 17:24 tells us that God who made the world no longer dwells in temple made with hands but in our hearts, as our bodies are a living temple for God’s spirit.  Jesus made a new and living way through the veil for us to draw near Hebrews 10:19

The final HYMN was I Cannot Tell after which the CLOSING PRAYER was led by Mike Barlow

FELLOWSHIP continued over LUNCH in the church hall. 

Young People’s Church was held during the sermon time and was led by Geoff and Jean Sole. They discussed two Ladybird books entitled ‘Jesus in Danger‘ and ‘The Easter Story‘. They then did some activity puzzles connected with Easter. They also enjoyed discussing the story of Jonah and the big fish.

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