Sunday Morning 3rd June 2018
Call to Worship Deuteronomy 7:12-14
12 If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors. 13 He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14 You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young.
Our first Song this morning was ( 355 ) ” Beautiful Lord Wonderful Saviour ” to the Tune ( 867 ) -Potters Hand, followed by the Song (360 ) Faithful God
A time of Prayer was led by Tracy Wood.
The Singing Company , Led by Floss Scott, gave us the song “Why Worry”
The Congregation sang the Song ( 825 ) A Wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord
A short time of Testimony followed and Major Ian asked Trish Hall to give a testimony . Trish testified about her feelings following her recent accident, and her ongoing recovery. Today was the first time Trish & Don had been able to come to the meeting
The Bible Reading was by Paul Scoulding taken from Luke 18:35-43
The Songsters message this morning was the song ” I am praying ” by Fanny Crosby/Leonard Ballantine
The Message this morning from Major Ian harked back to Boundless 2015, when General Andre Cox said ….‘…go on do the Impossible’.
This had been brought to the Majors attention by a testimony last week from Bev Hudson .
Major Ian spoke about attending the recent live sculpture of Dame Joan Collins by the Artist Frances Segelman, an artist who works with Clay and her hands , doing the most amazing and impossible works of art.
Major Ian referred us back to Luke 18:35-43, highlighting that Jesus did the impossible , restoring the mans sight, to a straightforward request for mercy ” son of David have mercy on me”.
We were asked to reflect on the last time that we called out to God in such simple faith.
Two short Choruses followed
Song 783 Prayer Gently Lifts me (800) Piano
Song: 786 Silently now I wait for thee (827) Song 578 Christ of Glory
after which a short time of Personal prayer followed , with reflections on the one year anniversary of the London Bridge terror attack
our final tune which was powerfully sung , was ” Christ in me ”
Our Evening meeting today was a Café Church meeting , based around the story of the Good Samaritan & the question , who is my Neighbour ?.
We had a good time of fellowship with plenty of Cake ( donated via Ian , from the London Mayors association training day! ) and we made use of a short worksheet which helped us focus on the story, and its relevance today.we watched some short videos and discussion was had around the tables on ways to be a better neighbour. We were encouraged to make a short list of things we could improve upon, in our lives, to help achieve this .
Thank you to all those that helped set up the event.. Well done