There was a Church Service on 29 June 2019

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Jean Sole

Hymns were led by George Henderson:
Hymn 1.  My Jesus, My Saviour
Hymn 2.  The King Of Love Is My Delight

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*There is a card to sign for Ruth Yule, widow of the co-founder of Soul Survivor, who is unwell, please also pray for her
*Prayers are requested for Francis Bothwell, Winston’s sister-in-law, who fell and hit her head. She is not expected to recover. Please also pray for her husband who is in shock.
*Peter Quinn is recovering from his sepsis and is home. He thanks everyone for their cards and prayers
*GCI Norwich is joining other Christians in an outreach event today. Please pray that God will bless this event.
*SEP still needs dowm leaders for this summer
*GCI update is on the Bulletin Board and contains instructions about taking up collections, expecially aimed at church leaders to healp with government and accountants regulations
*Tony Goudie officially retires today
*Street Angels are out tonight. Sueann requests prayers for this important effort by Churches Together

Hymn 3.  Lord I Come To You

Hymn 4.  Here Is Love, Vast As The Ocean

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Sueann Henderson and included:
*We have sung your praise and are thankful for your love and mercy
*Forgive us our weaknesses and sins
*This world has lost those values that would bring blessings—help us to remember that you hate sin but love sinners and help us to express your love to all
*We bring Tony Shevlane’s son-in-law before your throne and ask that you heal him of pneumonia
*Francis Bothwell,, Winston’s sister-in-law is not expected to live after her serious fall and we put her in your hands asking that you be with her husband Joe as well
*Be with Ruth Yule—bless and heal her. She has set a wonderful Christian example among the young people of Soul Survivor
*Margaret Elliot, Dorothy’s sister, is suffering so much after her stroke, please comfort and help her in her difficulties
*Thank you that Mr. quinn is home and recovering from sepsis
*Weather extremes do cause suffering and this heat wave is very difficult for some, please be with the vulnerable
*We love families and young people and we pray for our children and families and the teachers at Young People’s church
*We rejoice with Steve Howard that he has his cab back and can return to work after his difficult time
*Tony goodie is retiring today and we thank you for his service and ask that you continue to bless him as he continues to serve
*Be with Street Angels tonight and let the Christian example permeat the streets of Watford
*Open our hearts and minds as we learn. Guide and bless our services

Hymn 4.  Thine Be The Glory

The Message was given by Mike Barlow about growing in the grace of Jesus Christ.We should have the mind of Christ who is full of grace and love 1 John 4:15-16 partakers of the divine nature 2 Peter 1:4. Examples of grace are found in Matthew 9:35 where Jesus went out teaching and healing because of his compassion; Luke 10:30-37 the Good Samaritan; Matthew 6:12 forgiveness is part of love and grace; Matthew 5:43-45 love and praying for your enemies as children of God is gracious; Romans 12:1 dedicated sacrificial service to God and to our fellow man, verse 2 says be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The love of  Christ compels us to be gracious 2 Corinthians 5:9.  We need to allow God to work through us, extending grace to others. It is that manifold grace of God that makes us a Christian and glorifies God 1 Peter 4:7-10

The final Hymn was Amazing Grace  after which the Closing Prayer was led by Irene Wilson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

The young people in Watford considered several events mentioned in the books of Exodus and Numbers, including quail flying into the Israelite camp, Moses striking the rock twice, the golden calf and King Og. They also read about and saw pictures of the gold candlestick made for the tabernacle. They then made a leather coaster with a real gold-leaf seven-branched candlestick on it.

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