Monday Spot 11th June 2018

Our Morning meeting was led by Major Ian Payne

This morning the theme is ‘Having asked God for Forgiveness…

and as it said on our welcome sheet today

One of the greatest challenges of the 21st Century, ‘Forgiveness’ – May our thoughts, this morning lead up to a greater understanding in ourselves.  1 Corinthians 13:12  We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us! 13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.

We began the meeting singing two songs

Song  26     Great is thy Faithfulness ( accompanied by the Band ,under Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood)

Song 353   Be Still, for the Presence ( accompanied by Carole Horwood on the Piano )

following which we were led in prayer by Mike Gibbs

Our Singing Company ,led by Emma Davis, gave us the song ” Every second”

and following the Singing Company the Congregation sang ” He Giveth  More Grace”.

We were told of two of our Singing Company member who are raising money for a very special charity..

 

Mia & Hannahs Slater  are going to have there hair cut to raise  money for the Little Princess Trust – A charity to provide real hair wigs for children suffering hair loss

If any one would like to sponsor them go to Tina Steele just giving  page

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/makingwigs

 

If you need any further information  please  contact  Eric Slater

 

 

A Bible reading by Tim Scott followed , reading from 1 Corinthians 13.

The Songsters contribution this morning was  ” Give Me Jesus”  arr by Tom Fettke

 

The message this morning began with the following Video clip

Major Ian delivered his message on forgiveness, looking at the wordly view of forgiveness and the Christian view. Some examples of forgiveness in action were looked at , such as Nelson Mandela who on release from prison asked for reconciliation , not recrimination. We heard of the Church Pastor in Scotland , who’s daughter was killed in the Lockerbie aircraft bombing. This man forgave his daughters killers, and went on to set up a charity  in Libya named after his daughter.

Major Ian emphasised that Words can hurt but forgiveness heals & he encouraged us this week to Love & Forgive

 

our final congregational songs were Song 376   King of Kings (accompanied by Carole on the Piano)  and Song 393   Tell out my Soul ( accompanied by the Band)

Grateful thanks to Emily Miller for taking the Photographs this morning.

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Our Evening meeting was one of Praise , Prayer & Testimony

We began with two congregational songs

Song       382 Majesty , followed by  Song 389 Rejoice Rejoice ( both supported by the Band)

after which Major Judith Payne gave her testimony ,Quoting Romans 8:28

28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.

referring to  how she is experiencing a time of great change in her life , with family not living close by now and a changes at work as well as a new house.Also she is wondering ” what do I need to do to give God more of me”

Song       114 Light of the World ( supported by Lisa Davis on the Piano)

A time of prayer followed were prayer subjects were called out.

our next congregational Song was   760  I am praying Blessed Saviour

This evenings Band Piece was ” Beside the sea of Galilee” to the tune of Lakeside – an arrangement by Andrew Mackereth  which is associated with the original word by Catherine Baird

We had 4 testimonies this evening , intertwined with

Song       883 O Happy, Happy Day

Murray Smith Testified about watching the recent changes he has seen in a member of the congregation , who was visibly impacted by a particular song.

Peter Willard testified on being led to pray outside a closed church in Southampton, which he had gone to look at during a recent family trip, praying that Churches should be open more

Jean Jones testified to her recent experience at  a J John rally  ” Just One “at Gillingham priestfield  stadium on Saturday , attended by approx. 5000 people

Greg Davis  testified to a few different things including how, following the reading of a story on a multi-faith wedding in the “Daily Bread”, he try’s  to share his Christian faith with his neighbour’s  of different faiths.

His second thought was  when Margaret , Greg’s wife, takes her class on a visit to the Local church, for some children it’s the only time they have been to a church .During the recent visit the Vicar explained to the children,  Jesus dying on the Cross with his arms outstretched, is like he is hugging everyone.

Greg’s last point was that during a concert in Birmingham where the ISS  were singing , the final notes of choral symphony no3 the 4th movement, are maintained for a long period, “they go on & on “and Greg was struck that Gods love is like that

The meeting closed with the Songsters Singing  – Sing ,Love & live ( by Neil Winton/Andrew Wicker)

 

Next Week our meetings are  at 10 am & 4 pm

The Morning meeting will include the Junior Soldiers  day of renewal

The 4 pm meeting will be one of Music & Worship with Chatham Senior Band

 

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