Our morning meeting today was entitled
A Life without Lack – Psalm 23
The meeting was led by Major Judith Payne
Bible Reading: Colossians 1. 15 – 18
SASB 374 Jesus is Lord
Tune 708 Jesus is Lord
Prayer time: where prayers were heard for our children attending the YP retreat at Rippledown, and the people involved in rescuing the children stuck in caves in Thailand
Song 377 Lord, how I love you
Tune 739 Lord, how I love you (Piano)
Introduction to thoughts and united Bible reading: Psalm 23
Major Judith referred to Psalm 23 as a good old friend full of truth and encouragement , and she also commented that John 10:10 is a key verse in her work
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
Major Judith talked about what stops us living life to its fullness .
Song 63 The Lord’s my Shepherd
Tune 863 The Lord’s my Shepherd (Piano)
The songsters message was “I will worship you ” written by Isobel & Ian Robison
Bible reading John 10: selected verses
Song 139 He came to give us life (Band)
Tune 645 He came to give us life
Message Major Judith M Payne
Verses 2&3 of Psalm 23 were described as what God wants to do for us
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3 he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake
As for V4 this was described us talking to God
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me
Major Judith went on to say that although we still will go through the deep dark places , we must always remember that with the Shepherd leading us , this is not the end of the journey, God always has plans for our future .
Verse 5 shows Gods provision
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Verse 6 shows that wherever you go in life Gods love & goodness follow us ( even if we are not taking any notice of him)
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
Time for reflection
Song 700 For the joys and for the sorrows (Piano)
Tune 619 For this I have Jesus
Song 723 Loved with everlasting love (Band)
Tune 280 Ramsgate
Following the morning meeting a section of the Band took part in the regular outreach at the Wisdom Hospice
Our Sunday evening meeting was one of Praise & Testimony
Our first song was
Song 254 How Lovely on the Mountains
Tune 793 Our God Reigns (Band)
followed by some comments from our General elect , that we should not be an Army confined to Barracks, but an army engaging with our friends/family/neighbour’s and strangers & sharing the love of Christ .
Our next songs were
Song 361 Fill thou my life
Tune 134 Land of pure delight (Band)
Song 783 Prayer gently lifts me
Tune 800 Prayer Gently (Piano)
followed by the Songsters Message for the evening was ” we lift you up” by Ian & Isobel Robinson , which included a Solo by our own Louise Robinson .
The congregation then sang
Song 843 I know not why
Tune 80 I know whom I have believed (Band), and the verses were interspersed with testimonies
1st was Joan West, who testified that she was encouraged to meet six people at a recent wedding, all who she had got to know through her prison ministry, and all who were working and making their way in life .
2nd was Major Estelle Clack , who testified that in the two years she has been leading the CAMEO group , she has invited many people to come and share about their lives , including one person who felt that they had been passed over for jobs at work due to Salvationist beliefs, but in time his beliefs were respected
3rd was Major Peter Clack who told us that at 10 am every day we are prayed for by name by Peter & Estelle , because we are out there in the world , doing Gods work
The 4th testimony was from Peter Willard who has returned to the high st ministry after a break of two years, and he was blessed by the conversations he had , and the positive response he received ..This included two separate conversations ,which were very personal and were both linked back to WW2 ..
The Band Message this evening was from a 1967 Eric Ball piece called Serenity , written to go with the words written by Horatio Spafford ( song 741) , who wrote the words following the tragic loss of his 5 children, 4 of them died when the ship they were on sank crossing the Atlantic. Spafford was not with them at the time as he was delayed in America. He was inspired to write the words to ” it is well with my soul” as the ship he eventually returned to England on, was passing the spot that the earlier ship had sunk..
Song 466 I stand amazed
Tune 769 My Saviours Love (Band)
Major Ian quoted from a speech by General elect Brian Peddle , and among the quotes was this..
To all Officers & Salvationists I have a “big ask” and here it is .
Pray as never before for those who lead;Pray for an even greater opportunity for the mission; pray the Jabez prayer for the SA & believe that God is going to do a new thing; pray thy Kingdom come ; pray that in all we do his name will be honoured and glorified ; and pray earnestly that you fully fulfil your intended place in the march forward
Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory!
Our final song was
Song 948 Be strong in the Grace of the Lord
Tune 431 Be glad in then Lord