Our Meeting on Sunday was led by Major Ian F Payne
What does it look like?
‘It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery’.
Bible Reading: Isaiah 61:1
Song 25 God’s Love to me
Tune 130 God’s Love to me (BAND)
SASB 237 All Heaven Declares
Tune 541 All Heaven Declares (PIANO)
Recognition of Adherents Helen Page & Kevin
Followed by a prayers for Helen & Kevin by Tim Scott
945 Whosoever hearth
Tune 935 “ (BAND)
Songsters, led this morning by Kate Boughton
Bible reading 2 Corinthians 3:12-18
Song 601 Lord I come to you
Tune 868 Power of your love (PIANO)
Message from the Word Freedom – what does it look like?
Here I am pleased to include the report from Rosemary Steadman-Allen, who covered for me in my absence this weekend ………………….
Good meeting this morning!
This morning we had the opportunity to reflect on the freedom we have because of Jesus. The hall was full despite many being away and heavy rain, which made a change from the heatwave during the week! Introducing the theme, Major Ian reminded us of the freedom of the borough parade marking the recognition given to the Princess of Wales’ Royal Regiment earlier in the month. The regiment were only permitted to march with sharpened swords in wartime, as they needed to be ready for battle, with a clear analogy to the spiritual warfare we are engaged in. Encouragingly, two new adherents were enrolled; Helen, who was previously in the YP and singing company, and Kevin; who in his testimony shared his journey, including street homelessness and a firm faith in Jesus.
Each aspect of the meeting linked with the wonderful freedom we have in Christ. The singing company sang that no matter what happens ‘we have Jesus’; and the songsters ‘Jesus will still be there’. The focus was on understanding that only God can free us from things that trap us, including our past experiences, attitudes, and cultural pressures. The YP spot emphasised this visually as three kids and Ryan Cripps had their hands tied (safeguarding issues checked!) with varying strengths of tie, and then asked to free themselves…sometimes no matter how much we try we can’t do this and need someone else (Jesus) to release us from those things that keep us off target of what God wants of us. John 8:36 if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed; and Galatians 5:!: It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
With this challenging theme, a number of people felt moved to kneel and pray at the mercy seat; a place in the Salvation Army where we can ‘do business with God; a place of God’s grace’.
God’s love to me is wonderful!
My very steps are planned;
When mists of doubt encompass me,
I hold my father’s hand.
His love has banished every fear,
In freedom I rejoice,
And with my quickened ears I hear
The music of his voice. (Sidney Cox)
The corps was pleased to recognise Pat Phillips’ birthday (she had provided beautiful flowers), and prayed for those who do not experience freedom; as well as for our own young people at summer camp and Territorial music schools.
Major Ian Payne speaking on 2 Corinthians 3:17
Four people went forward to the Mercy Seat. Praise the Lord ! ( Major Estelle)
Time for reflection
Song 571 As the Deer
Tune 559 As the Deer (PIANO)
Song 843 I Know not why
Tune 80 I Know whom I have believed
My Thanks to Major Estelle Clack for todays Photographs & to Rosemary Steadman-Allen for the report of the meeting