Our meeting at Chatham this morning was led by Major Karen Smith
Major Karen Smith
Major Karens Message was entitled Learning from the children , and was focused on Mark 10:13-18
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Major Karen began her message with a story of the late 19th Century tightrope walker Blondin, who famously walked across the Niagara falls in the USA. Making a return journey across with a wheelbarrow in fronts of him. Receiving the applause of the crowd he asked some people if the believed he could walk back on the rope without falling “YES” they each replied. “do you really believe I can make it !” he asked, “YES ” they replied “we have just seen you do it! ”
Then Blondin said “will you please step inside my wheelbarrow and come with me”
“OH NO” they replied “its far too dangerous”
That is the difference between Belief & Trust
Major Karen explained, that was the essence of the above Bible reading , Jesus is asking of us today, will we trust him – Like a child trusts.
other passages from Mark were looked at including
Mark 9:36-37 New International Version (NIV)
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
Mark 9:42 New International Version (NIV)
Causing to Stumble
42 “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them if a large millstone were hung around their neck and they were thrown into the sea.
Major Karen ended her message with 6 qualities learnt from children
Don’t let little things get you down , a child is never sad for long
Run full force. Children very rarely want to walk
Imagine and play
Say what you feel
Learn something new everyday
Accept all , all they see is a potential friend and all that they look for is kindness We tend to loose sight over time, don’t we
5 things we can learn from children
Ask more questions / Try new things/Be more creative/Laugh more / Do what makes you happy
We had an update on the Tweenagers fund raising efforts for the Matumaini School
and their latest event was a well attended quiz at Lordswood school ,where over £330 was raised. The Tweenagers who are continuing to raise funds for the school , particularly hope to be able to cover the ongoing costs of powdered milk used for the daily porridge at the school.
Our Service this morning also included the Dedication of Millie Jemma Rose Filmer, who was brought to the Corps for dedication by her Parents Nicola & Stephan, with great support from their extended family
The family chose the congregational songs ” All things Bright & Beautiful” as well as ” Dear Lord & Father of Mankind”
Our Singing Company , conducted today by
Floss Scott, brought us the song ” Jeremiah 3:17 ”
The Songsters Message this morning was the song ” Breathe & be Still ”
and the final congregational songs were 807 – “Yes Jesus Loves Me ” and Song 262 “Love Devine all Loves Excelling ”
The Afternoon meeting was led by our songster Brigade under the leadership of Carolynn Woodman
Carolynn Woodman Songster leader
with the great support of Tim & Heather Scott
Tim And Heather Scott
The Songsters opened the meeting with two items
” We Saw love ” and “God loves You ”
followed by a prayer from Jean Jones
The congregation Sang Song 966 – “Make the world with music ring ” which was introduced by Theresa Pennington.
A time of Testimony followed from Lisa Davis who shared about 3 particular challenges recently in her life , and they included the recent serious illness of her Father, being asked to take on the Youth team leaders role at the Corp and finally Redundancy . All these challenges highlighted to her the power of prayer in any situation, and in her fathers case, how powerful a witness that prayer can be; even when in hospital.
The Singing company contribution was the song “Do Something Beautiful ” and that was followed by a Bible Reading 1 John 4 verses 7-21 Read by Lesley Bell
1 John 4:7-21 New International Version (NIV)
God’s Love and Ours
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
The Songsters next item was the song – “You are loved ” after which Tim Scott delivered the message ..
Tim started by telling us all “We are Loved , like it or not you are Loved “, and he continued with the idea that we need to show more love in our Fellowship taking quotes from 1 John 4, v7 & John 13, v34-35
a further comment from Tim was that a Healthy Church- a Church that is genuinely being a Church- will be marked by a fellowship of love, and if you don’t see love in your brother & sister whom you see, how can you say you say love God whom you don’t see !
John 15:9-12 New International Version (NIV)
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you
After Tim concluded his Message the Congregation sang
Song 25 – “Gods Love to me is Wonderful “, which was introduced by Paul woodhouse and then the Songsters concluded the meeting with the beautiful song ” I’m in his hands”