Our Morning Holiness Meeting was led by Major Ian Payne with the Bible message delivered by Major Judith Payne, who gave us the second part of her message following on from last week.
A Life without Lack – Psalm 23
The faith that we need to experience this
Major Judith began by saying that we live in a consumer society, and you could say we can have anything , but for a Christian the focus is that the Lord is my Shepherd – I lack nothing
Major Judith shared the following video clip
Bible Reading: Romans 11. 33 – 36
The Congregation then sang
Song 55 Praise my soul
We had a Bible reading: Mark 9.14 – 29, read by Major Ian
Major Judith focused on the lines
23 “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”
24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
The next congregational song was
SASB 876 Many are the things I cannot understand
Tune 873 The Wonder of his grace
The Singing Company gave us the song “I Stand Amazed” , which was beautifully sung
following the offering the Songster gave us the “Sabbath Psalm ”
by Leonard Ballantine
Bible reading Job: 42 v 1-5
42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
2 “I know that you can do all things;
no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
3 You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures my plans without knowledge?’
Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
things too wonderful for me to know.
4 “You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
I will question you,
and you shall answer me.’
5 My ears had heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you.
Our next congregational song was
Song 63 The Lord’s my Shepherd
The Message from the Word was given by Major Judith Payne
Major Judith preached on the book of Job, saying he was a good upright man who, when tested by the Devil trusted in God even more. Major Judith explained he had a ritualistic faith for himself and his family , but by chapter 3 he had lost everything and although he moaned and cried ,he never cursed God and by chapter 13 his faith was one of desperation. Job however remained faithful, and at chapter 42 we read 5 My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.
Major Judith gave us a personal account of choosing to hold on and remain faithful. This was something she recorded in her Journal some time ago when her children were small and Major Ian was suffering ill health.
Major Judith found herself running their Corps on her own and looking after the family ( 4 Children + Major Ian ) . While praying to God she was saying she really did not like the situation she was in , but was trusting in the Lord to see her through..But he ought not say things like Romans 8 :28 in the Bible
28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Unless he was going to do that in her life !
And in time she came through , and has that situation as a powerful reminder .
Two more congregational songs followed
Song 494 I am trusting thee Lord Jesus
Song 378 Lord, I come before your throne of grace
Tune 923 What a faithful God
The Benediction was given by Major Ian Hudson ,
Thank you to the Band for their support this morning and to our Pianist this morning Carole Horwood .
Thanks go to Major Estelle Clack for taking the mornings photographs
Our 4pm meeting was a Café Church event entitled a “Leap of Faith”
We looked at what we thought Faith was, what it looks like in other or how we have experienced it ourselves. We made use of a leaflet
and looked at some short video clips to illustrate various points
We were not great in number, but some good discussions were had around the tables ( some good snacks were had around the tables as well ) . Three or four people gave examples of times when faith was tested or they saw examples of great faith being shown by others. and we closed the meeting with a music video , which I include below for you