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Sunday Meetings 23rd September 2018

Our meetings this Sunday will be led by our Band  , this will include a morning meeting at 10:00  & Church in the High Street at 12:45..all details are listed below in a copy of our Newsletter

 

Chatham Citadel Corps

 

23rd September  2018

 

Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.

 

Today we are delighted that our Senior Band are leading our worship. Each week we are blessed by the ministry of their music, so this morning let us sit back, relax and receive from God in a new way. Thank you to the Bandmaster, Nigel, his band locals and the band for all the preparation put into our worship today.

It will be somewhat different, with ‘coffee & chat’ at the usual time, then at approx 11:45 there will be a light lunch for everyone. Following that, at 12:45, we will have ‘Church in the High Street’, a great opportunity to engage, face to face with our community and share in our unique way.

Let us all pray that through the efforts of the band we will be challenged and brought closer to God – in and outside of the building – Here’s to a day of blessing.

 

Don’t forget about ‘Your Talent’. What can you do that is different and surprising? Thanks to those who’ve already offered. Any others I need to know? Looking forward to a great evening on the 6th. ( see details below)

God bless you all.

 

Ian F Payne
Major

 

PRAYER REQUESTS

 

Please pray this prayer:

Father God, I pray for my church today, that you will fill each of us with your joy and peace, and that, in our worship, our fellowship and mission, we will overflow with hope, by the power of your Holy Spirit, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Corps Information
NB:  NO SUNDAY SCHOOL TODAY AS ALL YOUNG PEOPLE WILL BE OUT  WITH ‘CHURCH IN THE HIGH STREET’

Friday 28th September  Parent & Toddlers will be hosting a Macmillan Coffee Morning in the Bradbury Hall  from 10am –  for details please see Sue Willard (& to donate cakes)

 

Sunday 30th September This will be our Harvest Sunday. We will be accepting gifts of ‘TINS’ for the Foodbank, please give generously. We will also be having our annual Harvest Altar Service.

Saturday /Sunday 6th& 7th October is our 145th Corps Anniversary conducted by the Territorial Commander, Commissioner Anthony Cotterill and Commissioner Gillian Cotterill

Saturday 6th October – ‘Chatham’s Got Talent’ Do you have a hidden talent? We are planning an evening of Celebration and Fun. This is for all ages and all talents. Please indicate to the CO if you would like to take part in this evening. I am sure we will find some new skills/talents emerging and have a great evening of celebration.


Sunday 14th October is our Young People’s Annual and the morning meeting will be led by our Young People and Leaders.

 

 

SUNDAY 30th September              LAST CALL
Welcome & installation of the UKT Territorial Commander,

Commissioner Anthony Cotterill and Commissioner Gillian Cotterill
5pm at the Regent Hall   Oxford Street.

There will be no evening meeting at Chatham that Sunday Evening

A coach will be provided, leaving Chatham Citadel

for Regent Hall at approx 2pm to and returning,

arriving back to Chatham approx 8:30pm.

If you wish to reserve a seat please

put your name on the list on the notice board

There will be no cost we will only be asking for a voluntary

Donation towards the £600 hire of the coach (cira £5)

 

This Week at the Hall

MONDAY
10am                  Mainly Music
10am – 2pm      Community Café
10am – 2pm     One2One Employment Plus
10:30 – 1:00      Medway Foodbank
6pm                    Beavers & Cubs
7:30pm              Scouts & Explorers

 

TUESDAY
6:30                    YP Band & Learners
8pm                    Senior Band
7:00pm              Life Project (Volunteers arrive at 6pm)

WEDNESDAY
1:30pm              Cameo – NO CAMEO DIVISIONAL EVENT on 25th

6:30pm              Roma Church – Armáda Spásy
8pm                    Bible Study – David and a challenge

THURSDAY
6:15pm              Young People’s Singing Company
8pm                    Songsters

FRIDAY
10am                  Mummy & Me
10:30 – 1:00     Medway Foodbank

12 – 12.30         Prayer Fellowship
7:30pm              Youff (Youth Club)

 

SUNDAY (30th September)

10am              Thanksgiving & Gratitude

NO EVENING MEETING. AT THE REGENT HALL FOR TC INDUCTION & WELCOME. COACH LEAVING HALL AT 2pm

 

Please join us for worship at 10 am & 12:45 pm

 if needed ,our  location  is below

Chatham

 

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Cameo Report 19th September 2018

Major Febe Pipe shared her experiences as an officer in the Italian Territory. What an amazing story of courage and recovery from a serious illness!

 

She brought a boot to represent the map of Italy and a home made Italian flag she gave to a friend.

 

We thank God for her faithful service as an officer through an earthquake, and her husband’s safety after being held at gun point while on duty!

 

 

Majors Febe & Russell Pipe

 

God bless

 

Estelle 

 

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Monday Spot 17th September 2018

Our morning meeting was led by Major Ian Payne

it’s theme was    ‘Walking & Talking….even praying

We had the following Bible reading

Romans 12:1 Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.

The major asked us if we did that in our daily lives?

Our first congregational song was  the lively one

Song                   392             Teach me to dance

Tune          850             “        “        “                           (BAND)              

followed by the more reflective song

SASB        165             From heaven you came

Tune         869             Servant King                        (PIANO)

Prayer time followed where prayers were heard from the congregation

 

The  Singing Company 

gave us the song ” the Great downpour” by Len Ballantine

 

 

 

Major Ian spoke then about the social side of the Corps, “what do we really know about each other” and he mentioned he was looking into events where we could all socialise more, which led into a reminder of the Chatham got Talent event on the 6th October

our next congregational song was

Song                   635             When the music fades

Tune          858             The heart of worship  

 

The final verse of which is

I’m coming back to the heart of worship
And it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus
I’m sorry, lord, for the thing I’ve made it
And it’s all about you,
It’s all about you, Jesus

       

This  song by Matt Redmond, which Major Ian explained, was written when Matt Redmond realised his music had become all about perfection & performance , rather than Worship . It is something we can all reflect on, to make sure we don’t make similar mistakes in our live

We next had a reading from Nehemiah 2 , where as the cupbearer to the King , Nehemiah had been obedient to God and asked to leave the Kings service ( a job that was usually a lifetime role) to  enable him to Return to Jerusalem to rebuild the city

 

The Songsters

gave us the song ” We lift you up” by Isobel & Ian Robinson

With Soloist Louise Robinson

 

 

Bible reading              Romans 12:1-2 ( The message version)

 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

 

 

Message from the Word    ‘Walking & Talking….even praying’

Major Ian spoke of the Power of Prayer walks, where we can take our prayer out in to the community and be onsite praying. Major Ian  Referred  back to the passages from Nehemiah, where Nehemiah had walked around the City before entering. We can do this as well , praying at work , on the Train or Bus, you could talk to the people you commute with, start conversations at work.. God wants to use us, and you never know where these conversation could lead

Time for reflection              

Song         623             Take my life and let it be

Tune           241             All for thee

 

 The last verse of which was used as our Benediction

 Take my love; my Lord, I pour
At thy feet its treasure-store;
Take myself, and I will be
Ever, only, all for thee. 

My Thanks to Mike Gibbs for the pictures today

 

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Our Afternoon meeting  was at 4pm

                               ‘Cafe Church’

it’s title was   –     Amazing be Creative

The meeting included various short videos/slides / music & a Worksheet

Thank you to Jean Jones  for a copy of her one, as I could not be there myself

Itinerary…..

Video –            Woman at the well

Five things that amaze you

Slides/music    I’ve just seen Jesus

When Did Faith Amaze you?

Pictures           What amazes you about these pictures

Scripture

Video               His Love still amazes me

Slides/music    in this quiet moment

Thank you to Jean for the following photographs of the afternoon

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Meetings 16th September 2018

 Our meetings this Sunday will be led by Major Ian F Payne

 


Our Morning meeting is at 10am                                                      entitled ‘Walking & Talking….even praying’

Our afternoon meeting is at 4pm, and will be a  Cafe Church service

 

 

Romans 12 

1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

(Message)

 

12:1

 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.

(NIV)

 

Please join us for worship at 10 am & 4 pm

 if needed ,our  location  is below

Chatham

 

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Monday Spot 10th September 2018

Our Morning meeting was led by Major Ian Payne who took for his theme

                                   “All you need is Love”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave[a] his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

John 3:16                                                               

 

PSALM 42: As the deer pants for water, so I long for you, O God. I thirst for God, the living God. Where can I find him to come and stand before him?

The meeting began with the Major asking us ” what makes us happy” and he quoted a Study that was carried out by Harvard University over an 80 year period ..it seems the Beatles were right  ” all you need is Love”

 

Our 1st song was

Song                   39               Joyful Joyful we adore thee

Tune          367             Europe                                  (BAND)   

and Major Ian drew our particular attention to the line in verse 3                 ” Teach us how to Love each other ”        

our next congregational song was      

SASB        467             If human hearts are often tender

Tune         17               How Much More                            (PIANO)

         

Which was followed by a time of Prayer, where those recently Bereaved or not in good health were prayed for , along with our Youth Group who were away at retreat

During this mornings meeting we had the Dedication Ceremony of Kelly Marie . The Song chosen by the Family was

Song                   3                 All Things Bright & Beautiful (550 Band)

and the Singing Company Sang –      Welcome to the Family


Dedication of Kelly Marie

 

 

Following the Dedication ceremony the singing company sang again, this time led by Floss Scott,this was her last meeting with us before she heads off to University in Canterbury

 

Bible reading              1 Corinthians 13

 

The Songsters , led by Emma Davis , gave us  the Song ” Breathe” by Marie Barnett .

 

Message from the Word    All you need is Love

 

Major Ian’s Message focused on Love , you can’t actually see it , but you feel it . Highlighting the feeling people experience holding one of their children for the first time or meeting the person they eventually marry, that is what you feel inside, and God comes into our live to say he loves us .It does not matter who we are , how old or young, what size or shape . Its unconditional. Love needs to be the Primary reason we come to Church, and what underpins all that we do

Time for reflection              

Song         571             As the Deer

Tune           559             “        “        “        “        “        (PIANO)

 

Song         25               God’s Love to me is Wonderful

Tune          130             “                 “

 

Thank you to my Photographers Joe Scott & Mike Gibbs

 

 

 

                                               Sunday Evening

Our Evening meeting was a   ‘Songs of Praise’

 Songs were chosen by member of the congregation , and they were asked to explain their choice

Song           882             O Happy Day
Tune          29               “       “                            Band
Chosen by Jean Jones, who said it is essentially her Testimony

 

Song          783             Prayer Gently lifts me

Tune          800             “        “                            Piano

I believe this was the Majors choice

 

Song          829             Come & Rejoice with me

Tune          147             Carlisle                          Band

Chosen by Envoy Anthony McClure, and it’s verse 4 that has special meaning for him

Come and rejoice with me,
For I have found a friend
Who knows my heart’s most secret depths,
Yet loves me without end.

 

Band Ministry this evening was a march called South Coast by Martin Thomas. Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood gave us some details of the tune , including the fact that within it we would hear two songs  ” Down at the cross ”  and also ” A little ship was on the sea”

 

Song          861             In Christ Alone

Tune          132             “       “                            Band

Lesley Bell explained her choice as  something she first heard on songs of Praise ,and then at the Albert Hall during a recording of a later programme. When Lesley came to the Army she was please to find we sang the song as well, and it was her choice during her enrolment as a Senior Soldier

Song          848             I’m in his hands

Tune          693             “                  “                  Piano

Juliette Gouyet explained this was her choice , because it is true ., and after the song was sung one of our congregation , Mavis , asked to speak. Mavis explained this song was very meaningful to her when her husband was ill in Hospital, but following his death she did find the line  ” his way is best you see” rather difficult to understand . It was clearly a song that still stirred emotions , and we thank Mavis for her testimony

The Songsters contribution was  ” He is Exalted “, by Isobel & Ian Robinson

Scripture:                      Psalm 150

 Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
    praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
    praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
    praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
    praise him with resounding cymbals.

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

 

Song          616             O Love that will not let me go
Tune          427             St Margaret

Dorothy Boughton & Rex Boughton .

Dorothy & Rex  explained to us that this was a particular emotional song for them, and I honour them for sharing it with us . This is not the forum , or my place to share what was said , but I give you the 1st verse of the song below

1. O Love that will not let me go,
I rest my weary soul in thee;
I give thee back the life I owe,
That in thine ocean depths its flow
May richer, fuller be.

 

I think we all experienced a full range of  emotions during this evenings meeting , thank you to all that made the evening possible

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Sunday Meetings 9th September 2018

Our meetings this Sunday are at 10 am & 6 pm , and will be led by       Major Ian Payne

10am ‘All you need is Love’

6pm  Songs of Praise

16 For God so loved the world that he gave[a] his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.

John 3:16

 

Please join us for worship at 10 am & 6 pm

 if needed ,our  location  is below

Chatham

 

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Foodbank Christmas opening hours 2018

UPDATE FROM THE FOODBANK TEAM

Advance Warning

We have decided to close on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. We will open on 28th December weather permitting.

A notice will go up at the beginning of December stating the closing dates.

 

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Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 28th September

 

The Parent and Toddler team will be holding their Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 28th September from 10am to 12. Please support this event by bringing your family and friends for coffee and cake. If you are able to bake a cake or similar for this occasion, please let Sue Willard or Irene Maycock know; offers are always appreciated

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Chatham’s Got Talent 6th October

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Monday Spot 3rd September 2018

Our meeting this  Sunday was led by Major Ian Payne

The theme of the morning was

                       ‘Who do you think you are?’

Major Ian began with a Bible Reading:                         Jeremiah 29 v 11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”

Major Ian explained that if God has plans for us , then it follows that he knows us.

 

The Major shared some of his Summer adventures, which included tracing some family history in Jersey during his holiday over there

The congregation then sang our first song of the meeting , from General John Gowans

Song                   329             Who is it tells me what to do

Tune          854                                                            (BAND)              

followed by

SASB        328             To Be like Jesus

Tune         898             “                 “                           (PIANO)

         

Prayer time followed and those of the Corp mentioned on our Prayer list were prayed for.

The Singing Company    gave us their contribution  to the meeting  ” Our Father”     

A Bible reading followed             Matthew 22:34-40

 

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

The congregation was then invited to sing the first verse of the following song

SOF           1498           Over all the earth you reign on high   (Piano) ***

after which we began with a Summer Round up of what people in the Corps had been involved in

Scout camp  was attended by Katelyn Smith ,who said she enjoyed learning to throw axes !

Music school was attended by Fiona Pennington where she enjoyed playing in the Band

TMS was attended by Martin Davis , who played and sang in everything, but said the Bible teaching was the best bit

Kids camp was attended by Elsa Burdett, where she was the leader of a group of 6 girls , and she enjoyed the Visit to Go ape at Bedgebury

Senior camp ( William Booth Summer School), was attended by Olive Long , who told us that she enjoyed the fellowship & learning about Salvation Army History

 

The Songsters, gave us  the Song ” Come to me”

 

Message from the Word    Who do you think you are?

Major Ian began his message by giving us the names of 3 previous officers of the Corps  ( Cooper , Buckle &  Ashton ), names that were not familiar to us , but we know they all must have made a difference in the life of the Corps, we just don’t know the details . We reflected on what will be said of Chatham Corps in another 145 years, and what difference will our generation have made.

We were asked what distinctive characteristics we may have, do we have patience , do we love God ..and everyone in the Corps is different, but we do all have a common thread that bind us .that thread is a love of Jesus of Nazareth..and that is something that helps to make us who we are as Christians, the act of attending church does not do it .That Characteristic needs to be within us , and it defines us

We were reminded that People come to Faith because of who YOU are .

 

The meeting drew to a close with the singing of our two final songs

 

Song         323            Move Holy Spirit

Tune           762             “        “        “        “        “        (PIANO)

 

Song         96               There’s  other name but this name

Tune          772   “        “

 Thank you to all those who helped make worship possible today .

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Sunday Meetings 2nd September 2018

 

Our meeting on Sunday at 10 am will be led by Major Ian Payne

 

The theme of the morning is

                       ‘Who do you think you are?’

 

 

“For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess”.
Deuteronomy 30:16

 

 During the meeting we will have  “Summer Round up ” from
Music school. Scout camp, Kids camp. TMC, Senior camp;

 

 

Please join us for worship at 10 am

 if needed ,our  location  is below

 

Chatham

 

 

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Monday Spot 27th August 2018

Our Meeting today was led by Envoy Don Hall

Don Began the meeting reading the following

Call to worship Psalm 103

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

Don urged us to praise the Lord for all his works

The Congregation  sang the first song of the day, accompanied by the Band

Song: 56. Tune 735. Praise the Lord, the Almighty

 

 

Introduction to Theme: Waiting for the Appointed time

Don Quoted from Habakkuk

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.

and then asked the congregation how we would respond if God gave us a prophesy , would we ignore it?..would we wait on God for his perfect timing, or would we try and force things along in our own strength?

Our 2nd song of the morning was

Song: 636. Tune 333 All to Jesus I surrender

 

Prayers were then said for those of the Corp who are on our prayer list , and this was followed by a song Don had printed for us

Song: Let love be real. Tune. Londonderry Air

Let love be real, in giving and receiving,
Without the need to manage and to own;
A haven free from posing and pretending,
Where every weakness may be safely known.
Give me your hand, along the desert pathway,
Give me your love wherever we may go:
As God loves us, so let us love each other, with no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, not grasping or confining,
That strange embrace that holds yet sets us free;
That helps us face the risk of truly living,
And makes us brave to be what we might be.
Give me your strength when all my words are weakness,
Give me your love in spite of all you know:
As God loves us, so let us love each other,
With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, with no manipulation,
No secret wish to harness or control;
Let us accept each other’s incompleteness,
And share the joy of learning to be whole.
Give me your hope through dreams and disappointments,
Give me your trust when all my failings show:
As God loves us, so let us love each other,
With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

by Michael Forster

Great words, and a lovely song to sing

 

Summer Sun Review was the next item & Don called the only two Junior Soldiers to the Platform , Katelyn & Floss to describe how they spent their summer break & what happens next.

Katelyn told us she had been to Scout camp and had spent time with her Grandparents, and when she returns to school it will be to start secondary school

Floss told us that she was enjoying a work free summer, as she has left school and is waiting to start at University. She has spent time in Calais ( during some football event ! it was very busy apparently), and had a family holiday to Cornwall

A Summer College Review followed , and Jean Jones and Olive Long gave us their thoughts on the WBC  summer college they both attended

Jean ( who has been to the summer college a few times) told us the theme of study  this year was discipleship, which she really enjoyed .A Visit from the ICO ( international college for Officer) was a great chance to meet people from varied places such as Haiti, Canada, Pakistan & Guernsey , which highlighted to Jean the varied places and situations the Salvation army operates

 

Olive told us this was her first visit ( but she will be going next year) , and she was pleasantly surprised to be shown into her room on the first day, to be greeted by the view from the window which was exactly the same view she saw when her Sister went into training 60 years ago . Olive enjoyed meeting new people but particularly loved  the teaching on the history of the Salvation army. This included a 2 hour visit to the East end  , to the mile end waste by the Blind Beggar Pub, where William Booth began his ministry. Although this area has seen much change & Olive imagined it would be unrecognisable to William Booth, she knows , having spoken to officers from the ICO,  that the Army is growing still in other countries and it all Started in the East end . Olive was please to have joined the 40 or more students who formed a choir to sing for the members of the ICO , Olive said they “raised the roof ”

Don gave us a short Bible  reading John 2:1-5

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Don used the above and the earlier reading from Habakkuk to illustrate that we should wait for answers from God , and when the answer comes we should accept it and not try and make it fit in with our own ideas & plans .

The meeting concluded with the singing of

Song: 522. Tune 840 Standing on the promises of God

Thank you to all those that made worship possible this morning

 

 

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Monday Spot 20 August 2018

Yesterday’s sole meeting was conducted by Major F Payne, our Commanding Officer, with the theme ‘Where is your power?’ based on the verse ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness‘. 2 Corinthians 12:9

  Major Ian F Payne

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Sunday Meeting 19 August 2018

The only meeting today is at 10.00 am and will be led by Major Ian F Payne with the theme ‘Where is your power?’

  Major Ian F Payne

If you are in the locality, we would love to see you.  Here’s where we are:

  

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Monday Spot 13th August 2018

            This mornings meeting was led by

                     Nigel & Margaret Day

and the Theme of the meeting was  Waiting for God

 

Our first song of the morning was

Song      378         What a Faithful God           TB923 Band

After which we were all invited to read the following       Psalm 27 v 14     “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

We sang   Song 64 How great is our God     TB 664 Piano, and Nigel made the point that this is exactly the message we should take out from our building

A time of prayer followed with Nigel thanking God for all the Love he lavishes on us , and praying for those who were not with us this morning , either on holiday or  unwell. After the Prayer Nigel Called Rachel Abbott to the platform , the only one in the hall that had been to the recent Territorial Music School, and he asked for some feedback on her week

Rachel said that the theme of the week was  ” Follow” , and they had looked at scripture passages where Jesus had called his disciples and they followed immediately. The message that impacted the most for her, and others, was that we are often told to believe in God, but the reverse is very much true as well , God believes in us .

 

Bible Reading     by Margaret

1 Kings 18:41-46 New International Version (NIV)

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.

43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.

“There is nothing there,” he said.

Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”

44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”

So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”

45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Nigel Presented the following film clip which helped to  illustrate the kind of rainfall referred to above

 

The next congregational song  was Song      SOF 2034       Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord.  by Chris Tomlin, and we sang along with a video clip

 

The Songsters, led by Carolynn Woodman gave us  ” He Leadeth Me ”  by Joseph Henry Gilmore arr Thomas Mack

Following which the congregation sang                                       Song      305 Now the fruit of the Spirit    TB776 Piano

Nigel’s Sermon began with his admission that he was not very patient when he was younger, used to always be looking to move on the next thing, and still does not find waiting around very easy. With the modern world being as it is , and  many of us constantly online and able to shop when ever we want , and not having to wait much for anything, we need to find more patience in our lives ..to wait on God

We were shown the following  as an example of patience

Nigel quoted from the Bible times where People had to be patient

Galatians 6 v9

Psalm 37 v7

Psalm 130 v5/6

Also Nigel referred to Jacob having to wait many years to marry Rachel, God was teaching him patience. Which was rewarded by his descendants founding the Israelite nation as was promised to him

 

Nigel’s sermon  also focused on the need to wait  positively and expect God to do something referring to  Hebrews 6 v12

And we also looked at how plentiful was God’s response when we have waited , for example the disciples waited  for the holy spirit to come , and when it did they were able bring about three thousand to Christ that day

The meeting was brought to a close with the Prayer chorus    “Silently now I wait for Thee”  and then a powerful song to end

Song      30 He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater TB 527 Band

 

 

The Benediction   was from     Jude v24/5

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!

Thank you to all who helped enable worship today

Our Pianist today was Carole Horwood and the Band was led by Adrian Horwood

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