There was a Church Service on 28 September

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

The Opening Prayer was given by James Esom

Announcements were given by George Henderson and included:
*Mike Hustwait’s funeral was last Wednesday and this went well with around 70 people attending. In lieu of flowers donations to the Heart Foundation were received
*The Festival day on Monday will be at St. John’s Radlett at 11am. There will be an Offering received during, and buffet lunch after the Service
*There is a Harvest Service next Saturday. Please bring your donations of non-perishables for the local food bank.
*Street Angels are out tonight so your prayers would be appreciated
*Winston’s daughter-in-law was married last Saturday from her bed at home and died Wednesday evening. The funeral will be next Friday. Thank you for your prayers for Debbie and please remember the family in prayer at this sad time
*The update on Ali bell says there is significant improvement. Thank you for your prayers
*The funeral of John Lord will be 11 October.  See the announcement on the notice board for details
*Margaret Pettigrew had further surgery on her ankle, so keep her in your prayers as well
*Paignton Festival has a theme of Remembrance and Thanksgiving. For those arriving early, there will be a Service on Saturday 12 October in the Teen room. There is a call for anyone wishing to help with the floral display and with special music
*Bridlington Festival will have a Musical Soiree again this year—see the notice board if you are going there are wish to contribute

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Lift Up Your Heads, Ye Mighty Gates
Hymn 2.  Ancient Words

Speaking of Life this week was Dr. Joseph Tkach on video entitled Bright As Diamonds.

Hymn 3.  Let All Things Now Living

Intercessory Prayer was offered by Geoff Sole who began by telling us that there is an app for collective prayers! and included:
*We are so thankful that we can come before you in prayer and enjoy your grace, forgiveness and love
*Thank you for the wonderful creation as well as eyes to see, ears to hear and enjoy it. We give you thanks and glory
*We pray for those who don’t know your love, they don’t know you and we ask that you would open their eyes and hearts. We pray for those who bring the gospel
*We pray for the family of Winston as they cope with the death of Debbie Bothwell
*We pray also for Winston’s neighbour who has also lost a relative, and for Sueann’s neighbour who has fallen and broken something
*Geoff has recently been to South Africa and asks us to pray for a family there mourning a death
*Thank you for Ali Bell’s improvement and please continue to be with him
*Debbie Thomas still struggles on wish cancer, Margaret Pettigrew needs healing for her broken ankle and Joan Millman fell and fractured a bone. Please put your healing hand on them and give them peace
*GCI leader in Mozambique has a 3 year old daughter very ill in hospital and we request complete healing for her
*Be with plans for the Festivals
*Many are suffering from the effects of the hurricane in the Bahamas and we pray for them and the aid agencies helping
*The world is facing climate change issues and we ask for your guidance for world leaders and help each of us to do our part in caring for this wonderful world we live on
*Be with the children in their lesson and those who teach them

Hymn 4.  Dear Lord And Father Of Mankind
Hymn 5.  Praise Ye The Lord, The almighty

The Sermon was given by David Silcox who began by mentioning Mike Hustwait’s funeral which was last Wednesday and the funeral of Sue Pankhurst from Churches Together.
One of the towering greats of the Bible mentioned in Hebrews 11 was Moses, considered by the Jews to be the greatest prophet because he passed on more of God’s words than any other. Even though he began life in slavery, murdered an Egyptian for beating a slave, and fled into the desert, Moses’ story of bringing God’s word begins at 80! We are familiar with God using the burning bush that did not burn up to get his attention but Moses has lots of excuses why he should not be ‘the one’ In Exodus 3 and 4 we see he says he is a nobody, they will remember his murder, they won’t believe him, he is not a good speaker, etc. Even the assurance that God will be with him did not convince a reluctant Moses. God was very patient with him but god a bit exasperated in Exodus 4:14.  As with us, God works with our mistakes and lets us sometimes have our own way even when it is not the best, and uses this to teach us. Philippians 3:3 says put our confidence in God. He can use you despite your age, your sins and lack of skill.

The final Hymn was Christ Is Surely Coming after which the Closing Prayer was led by Sue Ann Henderson

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

On the 28th of September the Watford Young People’s Church looked at some ‘mysteries’. They looked at a few examples of where this word is used in the Bible. They also solved some puzzles which seemed mysterious to begin with. The children also looked at, and helped to eat, a cake which was cleverly made into the shape of a Bible.

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The funeral of Mike Hustwait was held Thursday 25th September in the West Herts Crematorium at 1:20 and there was a Reception Tea afterwards at St. Peter’s Church. Around 70 people came to remember and honour Mike, a faithful servant who contributed greatly over the last 50+ years particularly in the field of music, singing in the choir and playing the piano. Mike will be sadly missed.

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