There was a Church Service on 7th September 2019

The Service took place at St. Peter’s in Watford at 11 am as usual

The Opening Prayer was given by Phillip Halford

Hymns were led by George Henderson who began by reading Psalm 95:1-7 and Philippians 2:4-11
Hymn 1 – Stand up Stand up for Jesus
Hymn 2 – There is a Redeemer

Announcements were given by George
*Paignton Harvest Festival will be held from 14th-21st of October. The Welcome Service will be on Sunday 13th in the evening. If you are a member of the National Trust, then please bring your card as a visit to a stately home is planned. There will be a GCI talent show and a ‘cruise liner’ social in the hall. You can dress up for this if you wish.
*Mike Hustwait’s cousin Angela is coming down from Scotland on Tuesday. Sueann and George will help her arrange Mike’s funeral.
*Ken Ledbitter of our Middlesborough congregation recently was in hospital following a heart attack. He then suffered severe nosebleeds. He is now at home and improving. Please pray for him.
*Charles Fleming reports that as far as we know our brethren are safe following the hurricane in the Bahamas. There are no communications with Abaco Island which was devastated. In some areas the flood water was ten feet deep. Recovery will take a long time. They thank us for our prayers.

Hymn 3 – Behold the Lord

Intercessory Prayer was led by Winston Bothwell
*Great and merciful God, we thankyou that we can meet here in safety and peace. Many around the world are persecuted for their belief and some are driven from their homes. We look forward to a future when no-one will be persecuted because of Christ’s sacrifice.
*Autumn harvest is a lovely time of year. We are grateful for our calling and all the blessings you give us. Please guide our National Ministry Team and our Watford church council. Please help James Henderson, here today, with his work in Europe. Help our work to spread the Gospel
*Winston and his family found out yesterday that Debbie Hindle who has been ill a long time, has now only weeks to live. We pray for Winston’s son Sam and please keep Debbie pain free and peaceful.
*Please help Robin Jones now alone. We thank you for the life of his wife Shirley and of Mike Hustwait. Please support Angela, Sueann and George with Mike’s funeral plans.
*The storm is now heading along the eastern states of America. Please protect all the people there. The devastation it caused to the Bahamas may take decades to rebuild. Please restore their faith in you.
*Our Parliament is in disunity. Please help our Queen and Government and those in charge of law and order to find consensus.
*We pray for those who need your healing power. Debbie Thomas, Ken Ledbitter, Pat Newton, Paul Zehetmayr and Stuart Foster. There are many in this congregation with health problems. Please help them also.
*We know you have a plan and purpose for this world, because you see the big picture. Please help us through next week and we now leave all these things in your hands.

Hymn 4 – The Lord’s my Shepherd

Reading: Peter Beardsmore read 1 Corinthians 10:1-10.

The Sermon was given by – James Henderson on the topic of sin. Sin involves not trusting in God’s word. We read in Genesis chapter 2 how God created Adam and Eve and placed them in the garden of Eden. They had no infancy and God gave them language but they only had animals there to talk to. Apart from God. They were to tend and keep the garden.
There were many lovely trees in the garden and all good for food. In the middle of the garden was The Tree of Life and The Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. It sounded helpful. God told Adam that he could eat from all the trees but not those two or they would die. Later Adam must have told Eve. In Chapter 3 we read that the devil in the form of a
cunning serpent, sly and manipulative, asked Eve a question putting doubt in her mind. The serpent told her she would not die if she ate the fruit. They knew nothing of death. Adam had to rely solely on what God said to him. We are to put our faith and trust in God, Adam didn’t.
We are to grow to be like God. There is a choice we have to make, faith in God or no faith in God. Eve chose to take the fruit and eat it. She gave some to Adam who was with her and he also ate some. Where is the sin? They did not put their faith in God, but what they saw and what the
serpent said. How do we know what sin is? We seem to make up our own morality now. We read in 1 Chronicles 20 how Satan moved David to sin by getting him to number Israel. Joab did not like this because he knew God could win battles for them with any number of fighting men. If we do not put our faith in God, then we move into the “zone of sin”. Whatever is not from faith is sin. Romans 14:23. We must have faith in what God says. Jesus reveals the Father and we must obey him. Romans 16:25-27.

The Final Hymn was Amazing Grace, after which the Closing prayer was given by James Epsom

Fellowship continued in the Church Hall oner Refreshments

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ADVENTURE CAMP 2019

Adventure Camp is a Christian Activity for those 11 and under. It was once again held this year at the John Lowther County Scout Activity Centre in Kettering with a theme of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Around 30 campers between the ages of 5 and 13 as well as 10 Creche were looked after by around 30 staff as the children enjoyed activities such as archery, pedalkarts, candle-making, Christian Living and Leatherwork. They also enjoyed outings to the Church of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Rushden Splash Swimming Pool and Wickstead Park.  Each day began with morning Worship and great food was provided by Christine Templeman and her team. Why not consider sending your child next year, or recommending a friend or relative?  For more information visit the website at https://gracecom.church/events/adventure_camp.php

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