Monday Spot 16th July 2018

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

Tune 406                         

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!”

 

Prayer time:

 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

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Bible reading                   Job: 42 v 1-5

      

42 Then Job replied to the Lord:

“I know that you can do all things;
    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
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.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
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

Tune 863    

   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 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

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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

 

 

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