Our Pentecost meeting this morning began with the Congregation singing
Song 318/642 Come Holy Spirit, accompanied by the Band and Song 91/209 Of all in earth , accompanied by Carole on the Piano . A time of Prayer followed when Prayers were said for our Youth by Lisa Davis & Nigel Day prayed for the Salvation Army High Councils
The Singing Company gave us “Jesus what a beautiful name”.
Major Ian had 4 commissions to present
Elsa Burdett – Received her Band commission
Lesley Bell received her Songster commission
Barry Robinson Received his Band Librarian commission
Lisa Davis Receiving a Youth Leaders commission
The Congregation sang Song 329/854 “Who is it tells me what to do” accompanied by the Band
A Testimony was brought to us from CSM Tim Scott , who remembering some advice from Major Ian years ago, when both were at Bromley Corps, which was to give testimony not a sermon, Tim gave a very personal one. Tim has been our CSM since 2007 and recognising in himself someone who is essentially traditional and possibly old fashioned in some ways, but is someone who is willing to take on new ideas and follow Gods plan . Tim said if Gods plan was for him to continue as CSM, that was fine , but he did not want to be complacent, and felt that if a change was part of Gods plan that was fine and moving forwards was always the best plan.
Bible Reading Acts 2:1-24
The Songsters gave us ‘Breathe on me’
The Message was delivered by Major Ian , and was entitled – ‘They were all together..!’
Celebrating Pentecost, the birth of the Church, Major Ian focused on the earlier Bible reading, commenting on the fact that the Holy Spirit is for “all” and the Church is not currently “all together”. We were encouraged to recommit ourselves to God , our Corps & our town .Major Ian said we should have confidence in God through the Power of the Holy spirit, and together we could make a significant difference .
The congregation sang Song 294/159 Breathe on me, breath of God, accompanied by the Piano, and many of the congregation prayed at the Mercy seat
our final Song 326/294 ” Thou Christ of burning, cleansing Flame” was accompanied by the Band
Our afternoon meeting was at 4pm and was the next in a series of Music nights, and our Special Guest was Kevin Ashman
Our Band gave us the introductory piece ‘Thank You’ followed by SA Song 413/752 “Come to the Saviour” accompanied by the Band
Kevin Ashman was introduced by Major Ian and the 1st item he played was a Cornet solo ‘’Tucker” which in part goes with the words to “Send the Fire”.
The Singing Company gave us the Song ‘A melody of love’
Singing Company led by Emma Davis
apologies for the odd photo angle.
Following on from the Singing company Kevin gave us the Cornet Solo from ‘Haydn trumpet concerto Movements 2 & 3’ Kevin was accompanied by Carole Horwood on the Piano
following the Offering we had a Cornet Duet ‘Happy Warriors’ bought to us by Kevin Ashman & Isaac Woodman
Kevin Ashman & Isaac Woodman
The Songsters contribution was ‘I will sing your praises’ after which we heard from our YP Band , who gave us the tune ‘Romford Young People’ which includes in part the tune “We want to see Jesus Lifted high ”
We then had a Devotional period led by Major Ian with Kevin
To include Cornet solo ‘Share my yoke’ by Joy Webb
Major Ian referred to two Bible passages
Matthew 11 v 29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery
We closed the meeting with the singing of Song 679 -“Be strong in the grace of the Lord” and thanks were given to Kevin Ashman for his ministry and special thanks were given to Carole Horwood for her Piano Accompaniment