Morning Meeting 29th April 2018
Theme – ‘I wanna be like you!’
This morning’s meeting was lead by the YOUFF (Youthful Outgoing Understanding Faith-Filled Followers). The congregations affirmed their desire to worship the Lord as the Worship Group led the opening song, ‘Lord you are good’.
A time of prayer followed after singing the chorus ‘To be like Jesus ‘ and was led by Floss Scott & Rebecca Abbott.
Assistant CYS Louise Robinson used the Disney song ‘I wanna be like you’ to introduce the theme of the meeting. She spoke of how social media, reality TV and ‘celebrities’ all show an image of how we should look and behave yet, as Christians, there is only one person that we should be striving to be like – Jesus.
This linked with the next song, ‘Made in the likeness of God’, and then the Singing Company brought the beautiful song ‘There is none like You’ which featured Floss Scott & Beth Boughton.
Dean Bland introduced the YP Story, however the star of the show was Chris Boughton who ‘volunteered’ to follow a YouTube make-up tutorial video created by Erin Burdett and Laura Davis. He tried valiantly to keep up with the instructions Erin gave but, despite his best efforts, did not really look like Erin at the end of the process! Dean reminded us that the bible tells us that we are made in God’s image. That is amazing and we could never improve on that! God also tells us not to copy the ways of the world, only he can transform you into a new person and he will change you from the inside out.
The only person we should ever be trying to be like is Jesus – and you don’t need a make-up tutorial for that!
The YP Band played a sensitive rendition of ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’ which was followed by the first Bible reading
Genesis 1: 26-28 that was read by Beckie Wilkinson.
A more traditional song followed, ‘O to be like Thee’, which spoke very clearly about the theme of the meeting.
A second Bible reading, Romans 12: 1 – 11, read by Gaby preceded the Songsters who used the song ‘I’ll Follow Thee’.
The Message was brought by two of our Sixth Form students, Laura Davis & Beth Boughton. Being unused to delivering a sermon, they decided to approach it as if they were writing an A-level essay. They took the question: ‘how, as Christians, do we aspire to be like Jesus? Explore ways in which one may be unsuccessful. They went on to provide evidence from literature (the Bible); examine language (focusing on the literary technique of metaphoric phrasing) and application to real life situations.
In Romans 12: 6 it says: ‘In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.’ Beth went on to explain that this quotation informs us of many things we can and should do when aspiring to be like Jesus. However, it isn’t always that simple. For example, when we have things to say but are too shy to speak, or when we have things to teach but no one listens.
Laura explained the difference between a simile and a metaphor before going on to say that acting as if you are someone else does not make you them. You are only a duplicate or a replica. Fortunately, Jesus doesn’t want us to be him, nor does he want us to be perfect. He simply wants us to share his word in our day-to-day lives. If he wanted perfection, we would all have the same personality, the same appearance and the same life. If we all tried to be like other people, we wouldn’t be fulfilling how God intended us to be. After all, God created us in his own image. It is therefore our role and duty to be ourselves and live our day-to-day lives, to make sure we are sharing God’s word through our individual and unique ways.
As we try to apply this to our lives we must remember to but our faith in God, not in the things of the world: ‘how many of you follow a football team? I’m sure you ’re often very disappointed in the way the team performs and feel that they’ve let their supporters down. How often have you, or one of your children, bought an amazing gadget that you saw advertised, only to discover that it doesn’t work or breaks in 5 minutes?
In conclusion, there is only one person who we can put our trust in and follow, as he will never let us down. He provided the perfect pattern for our behaviour and we are invited today to say… Lord I wanna be like you.
A time of response followed with a video accompanying the song ‘Be like Jesus’ by Fourhymn.
The final song: ‘Teach me to dance’ invited us to follow Christ’s instruction in the leading of our lives.
Lauren Officer and Sophie Elliott then concluded the meeting with a benediction.
Thank You to Lisa Davis for providing the report on the mornings meeting
LED BY MAJOR KAREN SMITH
Theme – Spurring on!
Before the start of the meeting the Band played ‘All in the April Evening’ and during the meeting its piece was ‘Prelude on Lavenham’.
The Songster message was ‘On the Rock’.
Louise Robinson’s sung testimony was entitled ‘Amazing God’.
The item about Junior Soldiers Camp involved Sam Boughton, Katelyn Smith and Isaac Woodman who were all questioned by Major Karen about their favourite aspects of the week and responded very well.
Testimony time was well supported with several people speaking words of encouragement from their own experience.
Major Karen did not preach a sermon but instead each member of the congregation without exception was given a print out of the scripture used (Hebrews 10:19-25).
19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Following the Band’s message the congregation was asked to split into groups of about three people to each group and were asked to identify and discuss for about 7 minutes words which stood out for them and were words which would encourage others and ‘spur them on’. A very healthy input was made by everybody.
Thank you to Murray Smith for providing the report on the Evening Meeting