There was a Church Service on 27 April 2019.

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Joy Barlow

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Chris Esom has caught the cough Joan had last week
*Brian Rowe requests prayer as he faces an operation to remove a kidney and tumour on Tuesday
*Peter Buckley is in ‘end of life’ care—please pray for his comfort and peace
*Mike Hustwait is very unwell in hospital, prayers are requested for him as well
*Debbie Thomas is having chemo—please continue to pray for her
*A new Church Plant begins this Sunday by Anthony Dady near Corby, please pray for its success and that God will work through this outreach
*The Scottish Retreat is next weekend—there are a few places left if you wish to contact Pete Mill
*James & Shirley Henderson are at the European Conference in France this weekend, where they will also have Greg & Susan Williams as well as Matt Morgan & his wife.

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox with a Theme of Amazing Grace:
Hymn 1. In Christ Alone
Hymn 2. I Am A New Creation
As an illustration of grace, Nancy had Alexander and Ryan take chocolates around to all the congregation—they didn’t deserve it but were given them out of love and grace!

The SPEAKING OF LIFE this time was from Dr. Joseph Tkach and was entitled Embrace The Grace

HYMN 3 – And Can It Be
HYMN 4 – Grace Alone

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Phillip Halford and included:
*Like in the hymn What A Friend We Have In Jesus, we take it the Lord in prayer, looking to the sacrifice that took away our sin.
*We see the ugliness of the world with bombings and we know these grieve the heart of God and they sadden us. We can talk to You about anything, not only the great events of world news, but the everyday details of our lives; and the troubles and trials of our congegation
*Mike Hustwait is a long-time member and servant of the Church and we ask that you would less him, relieve his sufferings and bring him peace and healing
*Peter Buckley seems to be in his last days in this life. We know that you can heal, and ask that your will be done. Let his last days be peaceful and free from anxiety and fear
*We pray for Blossom, Chris & Joan, Tony Shevlane and Andrew Silcox. Take care of these members who are dear to us
*Brian Rowe is facing surgery and we ask that your mighty hand will intervene on his behalf. Go with him through his trial
*Debbie Thomas is also going through a severe trial. Be with, care for and watch over her and her family
*Floods and devastation is in the news recently. Be with those suffering from these natural disasters.
*You have a plan and we put these things into your hands as we bring all to you in prayer according to your will.

HYMN 5. Wonderful Grace

The SERMON was given by David Silcox about the Promised Land.
First he showed a photo of Stephen Goudie announcing that he had baptised him recently. He also showed a photo of Peter Templeman receiving his British Empire Medal at a recent ceremony. Peter will be attending the Queen’s Garden Party in a few weeks. Congratulations again to Peter.
1 Corinthians 10:1-6 brings Old Testament events into the present; e.g. the crossing of the red sea was a type of baptism, etc. Verse 6 says these thing were written for our examples and are for correction, inspiration, etc. Four important lessons we can learn from the journey of the people of Israel (called the Church in the wilderness in Acts 7:38) in coming out of Egypt and going in to the Promised Land:
1 – GOD WAS WITH THEM AND LED THEM HIS WAY – The journey to the promised land was only 150 miles but instead of 4 weeks, took 40 years. Deuteronomy 2:7 says he knew their trudging and was with them and they lacked nothing. His way may not be our way—we wouldn’t have gone through illness and distress—we would have skipped that bit!, but God leads us His way and it is the journey that we need to bring us to the promised land. We are in our wilderness on our journey—God knows the way and has a plan
2 – MOVE FORWARD TOWARD THE GOAL – Philippians 3:14
3 – GOD IS WITH YOU AND YOU HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED – never give up, God will never leave you and all things work together
4 – OUR INHERITANCE IS INCORRUPTIBLE AND RESERVED FOR US 1 Peter 1:3 Treasure hoards may decay and rust, but our inheritance does not fade or tarnish David read the words of the hymn I Am Bound For The Promised Land and then people joined in with the words & music of a youtube clip

The final Hymn was Amazing Grace, after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sueann Henderson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall.

Young People’s Church was held during the Sermon time and was led by Geoff and Jean Sole. The young people in Watford looked at the story of Noah, they read part of Genesis chapter 8 and looked at a Ladybird book which told the story (with excellent illustrations which helped the children to understand the story better). At the end of the lesson they made animals out of pipe cleaners.

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