It almost seems as though Captain Dean Pallant (Editor of Salvationist) has been reading last week’s Monday Spot where we praised God for the fact that He never takes a holiday.
In his ‘Comment’ column in this week’s issue (5 August) Dean reiterates that thought and also speaks about how we should worship God when on holiday. Click here to read the latest issue of Salvationist (29 July is the latest issue on the site today but 5 August will be published soon). Perhaps you would like to share your views on Dean Pallant’s column with us.
This week sees the end of the Divisional Summer School held at Robertsbridge in Kent. A number of our young people went and we look forward to hearing from them about their experiences.
Our morning worship centered around the commandment which begins ‘Remember the Sabbath Day…….’. Major Kathy led the meeting and spoke about how God intends this day to be ‘Holy’ rather than dull and boring (no, it is not necessary for us to remove the ‘budgie’s’ swing from his cage on Sundays so that he doesn’t enjoy himself). God’s commandment is that we set the day apart for Him, not that we have to be bored and miserable.
In the evening we followed the assurance that ‘God is with us’. Songs used included Sidney Cox’s ‘I am amazed when I think of God’s love’ (SA Song Book 319) and Richard Slater’s ‘None the love of Christ can measure, none its depths can ever tell’ (SA Song Book 363). In her sermon Major Kathy referred to the words of John Gowans ‘Don’t assume that God’s dismissed you from his mind’ and in particular the chorus which begins ‘For His love remains the same’ (SA Song Book 44).
Finally we would like to leave with you the words of Psalm 23 (used in our morning meeting) but personalised in a particular way. When you read it, give special emphasis to the words in bold capitals so that a new perspective is brought underlining the presence of God with ME (not just us).
The Lord is MY shepherd, I shall lack nothing,
He makes ME lie down in green pastures,
He leads ME beside quiet waters,
He restores MY soul.
He guides ME in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with ME;
Your rod and your staff, they comfort ME.
You prepare a table before ME in the presence of MY enemies.
You anoint MY head with oil; MY cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow ME all the days of MY life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Yes, God is with us, INDIVIDUALLY