Welcome to our virtual Service for our Watford congregation during the coronavirus lockdown. Announcements and Prayer Points are at the bottom.

PRAYER
Saviour, Redeemer, we praise you Lord, for your great love and mercy.
 We seek your healing and reconciliation as our lives are transformed  by the relationship we have in your Spirit.
Please bless our worship and our lives of service in your name.
Amen

This is the time of year, more than any, that speaks of relationship and unity. One of the touching shows of unity is on Thursday 8pm when all up and down the streets of the UK people go out on their doorsteps to clap and honour NHS staff and key workers who are putting their lives on the line to serve during this global coronavirus crisis.

Here, together virtually, we can express our worship and relationship with our Saviour in virtual church, joining in praise together.Our first hymn sings: ‘To Thee, before Thy passion, they sang their hymns of praise;
To Thee, now high exalted, our melody we raise.’
All Glory, Laud And Honour to our risen King and Redeemer:

HYMN NO. 1 – ALL GLORY LAUD AND HONOUR-WCG hymnal 215

The Speaking of Life this time is based on Granny’s Lake and is presented by Jeff Broadnax, and here is the link: https://www.gci.org/media/videos/speaking-of-life-2016-grannys-lake/

Jesus, that stream of living water, transforms us into His likeness. We are delivered from bondage and oppression by that bright Morning Star, the Lion of Judah, as we sing in our next hymn:

HYMN 2 – THE LION OF JUDAH-WCG hymnal 286

And those happy tidings are that the Kingdom is now opened to all. The seals are all broken, proclaim it afar! He has triumphed forever, let’s FEAST!

SPECIAL MUSIC:  THE FEAST WITH GRAHAM KENDRICK LYRICS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xcmEce9Ep4&feature=youtu.be

Now is the time to feast on the word of God with our live-streamed Sermon for today:

SERMON: LIVE-STREAMING SERVICE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIT5gzMu8B4&feature=youtu.be

Truly the lifegate is opened by the death and resurrection of the Son of God who yielded his life, an atonement for the sins of all—to God be the glory!

HYMN NO. 3 – TO GOD BE THE GLORY-WCG hymnal 288

PRAYER
To you be all glory, honour and power almighty, risen Lord. Thank you for eyes to see you, tongues to sing and bodies to worship you by word and deed, indeed, with our whole being.
Please be with us during the coming week and keep us safe and well.
Amen

EMERGENCY NUMBERS for the coming week!
Emergency numbers may be dialed direct.
No operator assistance is necessary.
All lines are open 24 hours a day!

Call John 14 when in sorrow.
Call Psalm 27 when people fail you.
Call John 15 If you want to be fruitful.
Call Psalm 51 when you have sinned.
Call Matthew 6:19-34 when you are worried.
Call Psalm 91 when you are in danger.
Call Psalm 139 when God seems far away.
Call Hebrews 11 when your faith needs stirring.
Call Psalm 23 when you are lonely and fearful.
Call I Corinthians 13 when you are bitter or critical.
Call Colossians 3:12-17 for the secret to happiness.
Call I Corinthians 5:15-190 for an idea of Christianity.
Call Romans 8:31-39 when you feel down and out.
Call Matthew 11:25-30 when you want peace & rest.
Call Romans 8:1-30 for Christian assurance.
Call Psalm 121 when you travel for work or holiday.
Call Psalm 67 if your prayers grow narrow & selfish.
Call Joshua 12 when you want courage for a task.
Call Romans 12 for how to get along with others.
Call Mark 10 when you think of investment/returns.
Call Psalm 27 if you are depressed.
Call Psalm 37 if your pocketbook is empty.
Call Psalm 126 if you are discouraged about work.
Call Psalm 19 if you find the world growing Small and yourself great.

MAY YOU HAVE A BLESSED, PEACEFUL, JOYFUL WEEK FULL OF HOPE.

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRAYER POINTS FOR THIS WEEK:

Blossom Daley –  Watford Congregation
Submitted by David Silcox 
We are sad to announce the death of Mrs. Blossom Daley of the London and latterly the Watford congregation. Blossom was admitted to hospital late last week with COVID-19 symptoms and her condition deteriorated rapidly. She died early in the morning of the 8th April.
Blossom was a woman of faith and although suffering with ill health for many decades she never let her ailments dampen her hope in being healed. She was a ‘prayer warrior’  often asking for updates on people she had been praying for. She remained faithful to the end. Nobody who talked to Blossom would fail to come away with a smile on their face or be in any doubt of her fervent belief in her Christian commitment.
She now rests in peace in God’s loving care. Blossom had three children, Dawn and Tyrone  who reside in the UK and Kim who lives in Bermuda. Please remember her family in your prayers.

Ossie McKay –  Ballymoney 
Submitted by Bob Beggs
I have been informed that Ossie McKay, former member of the church in Ballymoney, has passed away. He was being treated in hospital for the Covid-19 virus but sadly succumbed to this deadly pandemic.
Please remember his family in prayers.
 
Fe Bata – Dublin congregation

Submitted by Ray Jordan.
Fe,  is the wife of deacon Alan Bata and, is a nurse working in one of Dublin’s major hospitals. Fe has tested positive for Covid-19 and is now self-isolating at home.
Could you please pray for Fe, that our loving Father would protect and bless her, and prevent the virus from developing into anything more serious.  Please also pray for her husband,  Alan and daughter Caryl, who are all at home together.

Wedding Announcement – Blean Congregation
Submitted by Annette Woods 
I am pleased to announce the wedding of Mr Christopher Reeve and Miss Linda Newbury on Monday March 23rd. The ceremony was conducted by Annette Woods

Mrs Sheila Halstead
From Brian Smith 
It is with great sadness that we have to announce that much loved, long time church member Mrs Sheila Halstead died in a Surrey Care Home at10.00am on Thursday 9th April following a year of various illnesses and issues. She was 95 and it is not believed to be Covid-19 related. She was a member for over 50 years attending our congregations in Guildford, Wimbledon, London South, Croydon and for the past 13 years Coulsdon. Her husband died 29 years ago.

*Please pray for the full recovery from coronavirus of our Prime Minister, Boris Johnson
*We ask God’s blessing and protection on the NHS and key workers as they work to help during this global crisis
*Be with and guide our leaders both in government and in Church as they work together to take our country through unprecedented times of crisis during this COVID-19 endemic.
*Thank you for the wonderful technology that means we can keep connected via telephone, Skype, Zoom, youtube live-streaming, and other platforms. Technology can be a curse if abused and misused but a blessing as tools for unity and care.
*Our hearts go out to those who are ill in hospital, those who have lost loved ones, and people who are suffering from anxiety, lost jobs, economic trials and the many side-effects of lockdown. Give us hearts to care and help us to show that care in practical ways according to our means and ability.

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