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
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.
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