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Our morning meeting was led by Major Ian and focused on the story of Jonah.
Our meetings this Sunday are
10am Shout Salvation
Jonah 2:9 I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”
This Sunday we resume Morning and Evening meetings at 10 am & 5 pm
The morning Meeting will be led by Major Judith and in the 5 pm meeting we will hear from our YP Sections
Please see below some of our welcome sheet giving details of the meetings and events in the weeks ahead
Unfortunately the Planned Bacon Butty Morning for this Saturday 7th September is cancelled. The next. One will take place on the 5th October
Our meeting this morning was led by Major Judith Payne
Our meeting this Sunday is a Holiness Meeting at 10 am
Ephesians 3.14 – 19: I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God..
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Our meeting this Sunday Morning was led by Major Judith Payne
This was the second meeting where Major Judith is focussing on the Shore/Beach where it has played a part in teaching Gods people valuable lessons . This morning Major Judith focused on the beach on the sea of Galilee and Marks gospel and quoting Ephesians 2.10: For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Mark 1.17: was looked at because when Simon & Andrew followed Jesus he was going to be making them more than they knew . In much the same way as we are now being made more than we are now, if we follow the Lord , as we are part of Gods Plan .
Our first song of the morning was
Song 51: O thou God of full Salvation
Tune 360: Bethany
Major Judith then spoke of how the practice of expressing gratitude is an important part of life & spiritual discipline. Major Judith backed this up with seven proven benefits of expressing gratitude
1.it can open doors to great relationships
2. it improves physical health
3. their is a physiological health benefit
4. it enhances empathy & reduces aggression
5. you sleep better
6.it improves self esteem
7. it improves mental health
“Major Judith did say she has all the studies and research behind those claims, and if you want to know more get in touch”
Time for gratitude
This was followed by a time where we thought about someone we were grateful to have in our lives , everyone was given a Postcard ( as we were focusing on the Beach after all ) and we were encouraged to write expressing our gratitude. whilst writing we listened to the song
“Speechless” by Sandi Patti
The congregations next song was
Prayer: Song 377: Lord, how I love you(Piano ) Tune 739: Lord, how I love you
We returned to Marks Gospel , with Major Judith explaining this was the first & shortest of the Gospels, and it started at the work of John the Baptist, who as it says in verse “5 The whole Judean countryside and all the people of Jerusalem went out to him. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River..”
so he attracted people to him . Major Judith put forward the thought that if we don’t show the character of Christ in our lives, and show that we are welcoming and that we wish to extend love , then people are not attracted to come to Church. If we have the Spirit of God in us , we should be different and therefore attract people to us, we are after all Gods workmanship and are still in the process of becoming what he wants us to be.. ” don’t ask me who I am , but who I am becoming” was a phrase the Major quoted .
Next the congregation sang
Song 695: Will you come and follow me?
Tune 239: Kelvingrove
which was followed by The Songsters singing
” Keep The Flame Alive”
Message from the Word
Major Judith continued her message , explaining that Simon was an outspoken man . he was married ( because scripture tells us he had a Mother in Law, whose house was used as a meeting place ) However we don’t know much else about his family or what he did by way of provision for them when he left and followed Jesus. He went on to become “Peter the Rock upon which the Church was built ” , but first he had to be changed by Jesus.
Simon had to follow , listen , change and learn from Jesus. Would you be willing to do the same & do you have a vision for what God could do in your life.
Peters last letter that is in the scriptures contain in 2 peter 1 the phrase ” Make every effort”
If Asked would you follow like Peter did ?
our final song of the morning was
Song 355: Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Saviour
Tune 867: The Potter’s Hand
Our Meeting this Sunday will be led by Major Judith Payne
The morning meeting was led by Major Judith Payne, assisted by the CO, Major Ian F Payne. This is quite a rare happening but for three weeks Major Judith will be preaching to us.
The theme of the series is called ‘On the beach’ and Major Judith explained that the beach she had chosen for her message was Moses at the Red Sea. Exodus 14:13. ‘Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground and you will see what the Lord will do to save you!’
The opening song (SASB 378) Lord, I come before your throne of grace was sung before we were asked to think of three things for which we were thankful. This was a practice to be regularly encouraged as it resulted in positive thinking and relaxation before sleep (not in the meeting) at home. SASB 364 ‘Give thanks with a grateful heart’ was part of the opening prayer time. A children’s chorus (with video) ‘How did Moses cross the Red Sea?’ gave a link to the storyline which was enhanced by a video of Exodus 14 being read. The Singing Company, although depleted in number, sang ‘I’m in His hands’ and the Songsters ministry was ‘Grace Alone’.
Bible readings from Isaiah 40: 26-31 and Exodus 14:14 were read by Major Ian before the singing of SASB 402 ‘God will make a way’.
Major Judith, in her message, said that ‘Some people think of the story of Moses and the Israelits crossing the Red Sea as a fairy story but research has shown that the ‘sea’ was not the Red Sea as it is known today but another sea between Egypt and Saudi Arabia where pictorial carvings have been found on a column and coral covered wagons are under water there. Saudi Arabia would not want people visiting their country to check these out – hence the lack of publicity. It is also known that if the ‘East wind’ blew strongly at a certain time the waves would be hindered in their flow. So, have faith that God’s word is true and nobody can change the knowledge in your life of God’s work based on personal experience.
Moses said ‘Don’t be afraid. Stand your ground. God will fight for you.’ The beach can be a difficult place for us and we can be stuck in many different ways. Life’s knocks can cause us to feel stuck and afraid. God being enough is true. He is eternal and awesome. Nearly 400 times it says in the Bible ‘Fear not’ or ‘Don’t be afraid’. Why is this so? It’s because there’s enough in the world for us to fear. It can undermine everything if it gets a grip. What did Jesus do when he felt fear? He went to a quiet place, took his friends and spoke to the Father. Fear of God is a different kind of fear. It’s reverent awe, respect, trust. God is almighty and will fight for us.
Moses had to tell his people to stand their ground. The desert is a fertile place in which to complain – and this they did, many times as listed in Numbers 11. They were reasonable but what they did wasn’t reasonable. We need to trust in God Proverbs 3. ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart’. The people of Israel failed to stand. Everything is given by God. He will provide for all your needs. Don’t be afraid. Stand your ground. He will fight for you. He will make a way. This was a transformational process for them. 3,500 years later Israel is still a nation. Persecuted on a regular basis. In Numbers 17 Moses came to the end of his tether and had a rant to the Lord. It’s OK to make a rant to the Lord. The arm of the Lord is never too short. It is big enough for anything. The hard times when we suffer are when we grow. God does good in these times to make us stronger. Romans 8:28 is good to remember ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.’ We can’t always choose what happens to us but we can influence how we respond. Stand our ground. God will fight for you. He is for you. Isaiah. Time to wait for the Lord – it takes great effort to wait. Wait in the stillness of the arms of God.
God is Almighty. He is fighting for us. He will never let us down. ‘Be still and know that I am God’.
The meeting finished with the singing of SASB 393 ‘Tell out my soul’ and a Benediction.