There was a Church Service on 18 January 2020

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

The Opening Prayer was given by

Welcome given and Worship led by George Henderson who began by reading Psalm 100—come before him with joyful songs
Hymn 1.  Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
Hymn 2.  Praise My  Soul, The King Of Heaven

Announcements were given by Kevin Harris and included:
*Next Saturday 25 January the Service will be at 10:30am and we welcome members of Churches Together during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  There will be brunch after the Service
*Mrs. Richards funeral was yesterday with over 200 people attending and Mr. Richard leading the choir and giving a eulogy!
*Stuart Powell is out of hospital and much recovered
*Ron Hitchcock funeral will be Wednesday 29 January at 2:30 in Kings Langley—see the noticeboard for details
*Kevin read from the US update and also the Thought for The Week, which are both on the notice board

Hymn 3.  Here Is Love, Vast As The Ocean

Intercessory Prayer was led by Geoff Sole and included:
*Charles Haddon Sturgeon said ‘Prayer Meetings are the lungs of the Church” so let’s exercise our lungs today
*Thank you for the incredible blessings you pour out on each of us. Thank you that you hear our prayers and for your Holy Spirit in each of us
*Thank you for the Church that we can come in peace and safety to praise and worship and learn.
*Today is the first day of the Week of Prayer For Christian Unity and we ask that you help us to work together as one church in unity. Unusual Kindness is the theme of the week so as we focus on this, help us to set the example of kindness following you
*We pray for those who do not know you.
*Be with and comfort the family of both Mrs. Richards and Ron Hitchcock
*We remember a number of people who need your help:
David Plumley—you are the one who can heal
Debbie Thomas-encourage, help and heal her
Richard Wright-take away his pain and give him renewed energy
Cliff Neill and Harry Sullivan, both pillars of the Church, both suffering health difficulties
Andrew Silcox-especially needs your healing of his sight
*Martyn and Wendy’s son, David, has so many health challenges, be with him and show him your love
Stuart Powell-we thank you for answered prayers and please continue to be with him
*We pray for the Queen and Royal Family who are having difficulties at this time
*Be with our fellowship and the leadership. We pray for Greg Williams, our Denominational President, James Henderson who is responsible for this European Region and the UK Ministry Team
*Thank you for the rain in Australia and we ask for more rain to put out the remaining bush fires and end the drought.

Hymn 4.  Wonderful Grace
Hymn 2.  Lord I Come to You

The Sermon was given Irene Wilson looking at three parables in Mark 4.Verses 10-20 give the parable of the sower and Jesus interpreted the parable to his disciples. This parable shows that people receive teaching in different ways at different times. There are many parallels that can be drawn such as Jesus Christ being the ‘seed’ that will grow and fill the earth; our lives can be strewn with boulders and thorns, but we have access to green pastures when we turn to the soil where the seed can grow; the sower keeps on sowing even when some falls on the rocks or among the thorns and in due time the rocks may contain soil and the thorns may be removed.  We can’t take analogies too far:  people are not soil, but thinking, changing people.
Irene also looked briefly at Mark 4:21-24 to encourage us to put our light on a stand so people can see, not hide it.
Mark 4:30-33 speaks of the grain of mustard seed and Irene drew the picture of Jesus coming as a tiny baby who will fill all the earth with his kingdom.  Perhaps like a protea which although fire destroys the tree, the seeks are scattered to germinate.
Don’t worry about the facts and the science, but learn the lessons for us contained in Jesus parables.

The final Hymn was There Is A Redeemer,  after which the Closing Prayer was led by James Esom

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the church hall. 

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