There was a Church Service on 15th February 2020 at 11am as usual in St. Peter’s, Watford

The Opening Prayer was given by Robin Howard

Hymns were led by Sueann Henderson
Hymn 1 – God of Grace and God of Glory
Hymn 2 – The Splendour of a King

Announcements were given by Kevin Harris who began by reading out an email from David Silcox. They will be not be at Watford until 13th March
*Phillip Halford is at home improving but still needs our prayers.
*Jill Newman remains in hospital in Watford and feels more settled now. She does appreciate visitors.
*Joan Esom is at home but is still getting pain from kidney stones.
*Please contact Richard Fowler if you wish to go on the trip to London to
see the Prince of Egypt stage production.
*This year’s Festival in Bridlington will take place 3rd-10th October.

Sueann read from Psalm 145 and then led
Hymn 3 – King of Kings, Majesty

Intercessory Prayer was led by Peter Beardsmore and included:
*Thank you that we can meet here in warmth and comfort without fear. We are blessed to have warm homes to live in.
*We pray for Martin and Wendy Philo as their son David lies in hospital unconcious with pneumonia. We ask your healing for David and strength
For his parents.
*Thank you that Jill is in the best place for her situation for now and
has a more peaceful mind.
*Please resolve Joan Esom’s problems and free her from pain.
*Please restore Phillip to full health and we look forward to seeing him back at church soon.
*We pray for Cliff Neill who is to have more tests. We know that you have a plan and purpose for us all.
*We have political turmoil in this country. Please guide our Government to negotiate proper and peaceful trade agreements.
*Please intervene in the Corona virus infection. It is like a plague and we know that you can stop it.
*There is another storm this weekend which will be especially bad in the north. Please deliver us from it.
*The world is full of troubles and we know the answer is for Jesus to return and solve those problems. Please help us to spread your Gospel message. You are always pleased to hear when we pray to you.

Sueann read from Psalm 95 and then led:
Hymn 4 – Light of the World
Hymn 5 – Wonderful Grace

The Message was given by Mike Barlow from Mark 7. We read in Mark 7 that it was the tradition of the Elders to require the Pharisees and all Jews to wash their hands in a special way before they eat. As an act of righteousness they would wash right up to their elbows and other items such as cups, pitchers and vessels also were washed in a special way. The Pharisees asked Jesus why his disciples ate bread with unwashed hands. Jesus replied to the Pharisees that they honour him with their lips but their heart is far from him. They do not teach God’s commandments but those of men. He called them hypocrites. Verses 6-7. They put their traditions before God’s law for example to honour your father and mother. Read verses 8-13. Jesus wants all of us to listen to him and understand that nothing that enters a man can defile him. It is what comes out of a man that defiles him. Verses 14-15. The disciples didn’t understand so Jesus explained to them that all evil things come from within a man. Verses 17-23. It is natural for us to sin but what about our hearts? Jeremiah 7:19. It is a dilemma. The Apostle Paul had the same struggle. Read Romans 7:14-25. King David did also. Read Psalm 51. David asked God to create a new heart in him. Verse 10. Our minds need to be transformed by the Holy Spirit and our bodies to be a living sacrifice acceptable to God. Romans 12:1-2. We must live by God’s high standards and not the world’s. God’s heart is love and we can read the
fruits of the Holy Spirit in Galations 5:18-25. Our goal is to become more like Jesus and to have God’s divine nature in us. When we are led by his love we become a new creation and the old things have passed away and become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17.

The Final Hymn was Amazing Grace, after which the Closing prayer was given by George Henderson.

Fellowship continued over Refreshments in the Church Hall.

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