There was a Church Service on 12 October

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

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson who began by reading from Psalm—I will always sing of your constant love and faithfulness, praising His goodness:
Hymn 1.  To God Be The Glory
Hymn 2.  There Is A Redeemer

Announcements were given by David Silcox and included:
*Linda Halford has fallen and dislocated and broken her elbow. She has had an operation to pin the bones and would appreciate prayers for healing. She and Phillip have gone down to the Festival at Paignton
*Tanya Brown, daughter of the Browns in Scotland, has died.
*Gillian Stevens is quite ill and not able to travel to Paignton this year. Please pray for her
*Joan Millman, who is 90 years old, fell and is not able to travel to Paignton this year. Please pray for her
*Street Angels are out tonight
*There is a thank you certificate from the Watford food Bank thanking us for the items collected in the Harvest Service on 5th October
*Next week many will be away at the Autumn Festivals, but there will be a Service here and it will include Communion and be followed by lunch.
*The Thought for The Week from Peter Mill this week, is on the notice board

Hymn 3.  The King of Love My shepherd Is

Intercessory Prayer was offered by James Esom and included:
*Thank you for the blessings you constantly give—the rain, beauty of creation and meeting in safety as part of GCI
*Bless and guide our ministry teams and church councils
*Thank you for the children and leaders of Young People’s Church
*We pray for persecuted Christians
*Be with the aid agencies who do a wonderful work
*There is fighting in Turkey and tensions in many countries and we pray for those affected
*We pray for your wisdom and guidance for our government and the Queen
*Be with those who are bereaved or ill among us
*Be with the homeless and bless those who work among them, the food bands and charities
*Be with Sueann and the Street Angels to shine your light in the dark streets
*Be with Blossom Daley, Debbie Thomas, Tony Shevlane who has ongoing illness, and Geoff sole who needs healing so he can fulfil his jobs with the youth at Paignton
*Be with Linda Halford who has broken her elbow, give her a quick and full recovery
*Gillian Stevens health issue is getting worse and we ask your healing for her and for Joan Millman, who has fallen. Also for Richard Fowler, help him to recover completely
*Protect those travelling to Festival sites and bless the Festivals so people return inspired and refreshed

Before the next hymns Sueann read Romans 8:28, nothing can separate us from God
Hymn 4.  In Christ Alone
Hymn 5.  Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling

The Sermon was given by Barry Robinson. Matthew begins with geneology. Today we give a CV to show who we are but in ancient times your identity was in your family history. The family of Jesus includes Ruth. Barry looked at 3 practical lessons we can learn from the story of Ruth:
1- The power of friendship and relationship is absolutely life-changing
2- There are signs of hope in every situations—God is working a bigger picture
3-Grace destroys selfishness and prejudice
Ruth points us not to her great deeds and example but to The One who came from her—Jesus Christ, whose sacrificial love brings hope to all

The final Hymn was And Can It Be  after which the Closing Prayer was led by Winston bothwell

Fellowship continued over refreshments in the church hall. 

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The Bricket Wood Bible Study took place on 11 October at 7:30pm as usual in the upstairs room of the St. Stephens Parish Centre.  Please come along and join us in studying the Bible in depth as well as fellowship and refreshments following.

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