‘Are we there yet’ was the theme of yesterday’s morning meeting at Chatham, led by Corps Officer Major Nigel Schultz.
The meeting began with prayer and two worship songs sung by the congregation, ‘Come, now is the time to worship’ and ‘Come into his presence’, followed by the ministry of the Singing Company (children’s choir)(Have your way).
Corps Mission Secretary Adrian Horwood gave a PowerPoint presentation entitled ‘Are we there yet? The presentation discussed the change in the management structure of the corps in the light of the Natural Church Development survey undertaken this year. A fuller outline of his talk will be posted on this site later in the week.
The meeting proceeded with a first scripture reading (John 14:1-14) and a message for the children present. The song ‘Lord, if your presence does not go with us….’ brought the first part of the meeting to a close.
A further Bible reading (John 14:15-31) preceded the ministry of the Songsters (Take time to be Holy) and Major Nigel delivered his message, saying (summarised):
‘It’s just 30 days to go. Christmas rush has begun with carol services and parties. You either love it, endure it, or tolerate it but in any event it is definitely coming. I love Christmas, the child inside of me loves Christmas. Are we there yet? Are we ready yet?
In John 14 the disciples were discussing with Jesus the hope of heaven and what is being prepared for us. They haven’t quite got what Jesus means. There is a place for each of us prepared in Heaven. We prepare ourselves for this advent but we may not see advent next year. We do not know. So there is a message to everyone ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled, believe in God and also in Jesus’. There is a place for each of us in heaven.
Christmas is a reminder that Jesus came for us and one day we will be with Him. We are not there yet but it is a time of preparation, prayer and studying God’s word. As we wait and celebrate Christ’s coming, do not let your hearts be troubled.
Some people travel long journeys at Christmas time. These can be monotonous and somebody will say ‘Are we there yet? This could have been a question posed by Mary, or the shepherds. Sometimes Christians fail on their journey and take a wrong road. Jesus says ‘Do not be troubled, focus on me’.
In our walk of holy living we do not take a straight road but are constantly changing and aiming to reach our goal. God gives us different challenges and commitments are need to get closer to a unique relationship with God. Follow Jesus as the Way, the Truth and the Life. The Holy Spirit is among us showing us the way.’
The song ‘Lord, hear my prayer, thy power I claim’ gave time for thought and the meeting closed with ‘I dare to be different’.
In the evening we recognised our Corps’ 144th Anniversary with a short meeting of musical ministry followed by an Anniversary Meal. The contribution from the Songsters was ‘Breathe on me’ and the Band brought ‘Deck the Halls’ and ‘Normandy Carol’
Scripture chosen was John 6:1-15 and whilst the meal was being enjoyed a short video about the many and various aspects of Chatham Corps was played. Members of the congregation had been invited to wear Christmas jumpers and a competition for the best was held resulting in three equal winners, Sam Kate and Katelyn. Well done all of you.
Once again we had experienced a excellent day at the Corps with good worship and fellowship. We would invite all withing travelling distance to come and experience the same with us. God bless you all. Have a great week and go easy on the mince pies.