There was a Church Service on 4 January 2020

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

The Call to Worship was a Hymn reflecting the worship theme for today: Christ Be Our Light

The Opening Prayer was given by Reg Newton

Announcements were given by Kevin Harris and included:
*Happy New Year to the Watford Congregation
*Welcome back to Phillip who was off with illness for a number of weeks
*Next week we will have our Quarterly Communion
*The Galway Festival 2020 details are on the Notice board
*Stuart Powell had a heart attack and is in hospital. His daughter, Joanne, is looking for an assisted living place for him
*The Thought For The Week was read out, it is on the Noticeboard and on the website: https://watford.wcg.org.uk/category/thought-for-the-week-from-national-director-james-henderson/

Speaking of Life was from Dr. Joseph Tkach and was entitled Light And Glory

Hymns were led by Nancy Silcox:
Hymn 1.  Shine, Jesus, Shine
Hymn 2.  In Christ Alone

Irene Wilson Read out her recent Day by Day about 2020 Vision, encouraging us to strive for 2020 spiritual vision in Christ who leads us in the path of righteousness—the path of life (Psalm 16:11).

Irene then led us in Intercessory Prayer, including:
*Thank you, Father, that you are always there ready to listen. Thank you for your love
*We bring before you, Ron Hitchcock, who is struggling with health and is to go into a Care Home. Be with him and give him peace
*Stuart Powell has a serious health problem with a recent heart attack. Father, both of these men a wonderful examples of faith. Please be with them in their trials.
*We see environmental catastrophes with floods in Malaysia and fires in Australia.  Lord, we complain about the rain and perhaps cannot comprehend the impast of these disasters, but our hearts go out to those affected and we ask that you would be with and protect them. We repent for the pollution and damage to this beautiful planet and ask for your intervention at this time
*We pray a blessing on those recently bereaved. Comfort the families and give them peace
*A New Year can bring fear of the future. We do not have 2020 Vision into what this year will bring yet we have faith and joy through you. We ask that this year you will work through us to help others and bring you to them by example as a light in a dark world

Hymn 3.  Be Thou My Vision
Hymn 4.  Morning Has Broken
Hymn 5.  Thy Word Is A Light Unto My Path

The Sermon was given by David Silcox. He began with a report of funerals he had attended in the last two weeks of long-time members and good friends: Paul Anness, Joan Millman, Roddy Hickson and Dr. Maurice Frohn.
He began his message by quoting from an Australian translation of Mark 1:22, “Struth, they were struck out of their withs!” Mark 1 begins the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God. Jesus begins his ministry, fulfilling prophecies 700 years after they were spoken. How many of us know anything from 1320?!
ark 1:21 tells that Jesus taught in the synagogue and verse 22 astonished people at his doctrine! He ‘taught as one having authority, not as the Scribes’. They were astonishe, amazed, struck-out, dumb-struck, speechless, as the  Australian expresses.  It was extraordinary how he spoke, that is with authority—not just with a strong, powerful voice, but without referring them to Moses or other leading Rabbis. Only god could speak with that authority. Do we truly realize that when we read the words of Jesus Christ, that we are reading the words of GOD?!  Mark didn’t even record what Jesus said, but the audience reaction to how he spoke!
An incident in Luke 1:23-28 with the demons recognizing Jesus as the Holy One of God—man and God! Jesus said he saw Satan fall from Heaven in Luke 10:18—the Demon recognized Jesus as his creator and asked was he come to detroy them? When the Demon obeyed Jesus coming out of the man, the people were amazed. Other people cast out Demons but in the Name of God, while Jesus WAS God and used his own authority.
Jesus began his ministry with preaching and teaching, then came healings (Mark 1:29-41. People then ask by what power and authority could he speak, and heal and forgive sin? Jesus heals and forgives sin by his own authority as the Son of  God. The Gospel is the Good News of the coming of and the message of Jesus Christ—both fully man and fully God.

The final Hymn was I Stand Amazed in the Presence,  after which the Closing Prayer was led by George Henderson

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the church hall. 

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