There was a Church Service on 1 May

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Sueann Henderson

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*The Northampton Social is today with the service at 2:30 and fellowship after
*Peter Buckley’s funeral will be on Wednesday at 1:40 in the South Chapel (on the right) in the West Herts Crematorium, followed by refreshments here at St. Peter’s afterwards from around 3pm
*Paul Gunning is in hospice and is nearing the end, so please pray that God will give him and his family peace at this difficult time
*Next Saturday our guest speaker will be Chris Cottee, the vicar of t. Peters.  As you know, he is retiring in July and moving to Southport, so please come along and support him next week.  There is also a Churches Together Tea honouring both Chris Cottee and Father Pat Foley, who is also retiring, in the afternoon of 1 June after our Service around 3pm
*Mike Hustwait is doing a bit better, sitting up and enjoying his food in hospital. Please continue to pray for his recovery so he can return home and also return to church
*Please continue to pray for Debbie Thomas who is having ongoing treatment
*The applications for Adventure Camp are not on the Church Website

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox with a Theme of ‘He Is Worthy Of Praise’:
Hymn 1.  O Come And Let Us Worship Him

Speaking of Life this week was Dr. Joseph Tkach entitled Royal Heirs.

Hymn 2.  Fill Your Hearts With Joy And gladness

Reading:  Peter Beardsmore read Psalm 34:1-8

Hymn 3.  Praise Ye The Lord, The Almighty

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Peter Beardsmore and included:
*We are grateful that we can come to you in this muddled and troubled world to pray and praise our Creator God
*We begin by bringing before you some people who need your loving care:
Debbie Thomas, who is undergoing chemo-therapy
Paul Gunning in the last days of his life.  We thank you for the future you promise to us and that we do not have to fear death. Please give Paul peace and comfort
*Please continue to be with Mike Hustwait as he recovers in hospital and we hope to see him back amongst us again soon
*Another Mike is facing a health trial and we entrust him to your loving care
*Dorothy’s brother is in his final stages of liver cancer. He does not have our understanding of the future and a faith in you, but we pray that you will bring him peace and comfort that he may be pain free in his final days.
Dorothy’s sister, Margaret, also is not well, after her stroke with a paralyzed arm and unable to talk or see well, but she does put her trust in you and we pray that you would strengthen and encourage her.
*World news this week is dire with climate change and nature in jeopardy but you created this earth and we know it is in your hands, that you can correct and sustain it
*We pray for peace around the world when we read of killings in Nigeria, especially of Christians, and we pray for persecuted Christians in so many countries
*Messy Church this afternoon gives an opportunity to share the Gospel not only with the children who attend, but the parents who bring them, so please bless the afternoon 

Hymn 4.  All Glory, Laud And Honour

Nancy read Psalm 18:1-3 before playing an introductory video to the Message today, a lovely hymn on inspiring backgrounds, entitled He Is Worthy

The Message was given by Cliff Neill on the topic of Praise.  Joy is knowing that we are all cherished, valued and loved by God.  He rescued us and ‘loved us to death’ and beyond!  We worship and praise Him in our personal lives as well as here together. Genesis 29:35 tells of the birth of Judah, which means ‘praise’ and as his father, Jacob, was dying, her prophesied and blessed his sons, saying of Judah that he was a young lian. As a type of our Saviour, the lion of Judah (Revelation 5:1) who is worthy of praise.
Psalm 150 is a hymn of praise and it begins and ends with Hallelujah and each verse begins ‘praise him.’ Why praise? So many reasons:
*Praise acknowledges both the greatness of God and our fragility and need for Him
*Praise is a sacrifice and a gift to our creator Hebrews 13:14-15
*Praise both produces and expresses joy Psalm 149
*Praise identifies us with God
*Praise is a witness to the world
*Praise expresses our gratitude and thanksgiving
God accepts our praise and dwells in our praise—they give him great joy Psalm 22:1-3. He listens to and responds to our praise and worship. You can read about the earthquake that opened the prisons when Paul sang and praised God in chains. Praise overheard is evangelism and even the prison guards were converted! God calms our fears as his precious children and sings over us with joy (Zephaniah 3:17)

The final Hymn was Praise My Soul, The King of Heaven after which the Closing Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

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There was a Churches Across Watford Leader’s Breakfast on Saturday morning 11 May 8:30-10:00 am held at Woodside Community Church in Garston. there were around 20 leaders present and after a delicious breakfast we went around the room for the leaders to present points for praise and prayer before hearing about the benefits of ‘Unity Groups’

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