This mornings meeting was led by
Nigel & Margaret Day
and the Theme of the meeting was Waiting for God
Our first song of the morning was
Song 378 What a Faithful God TB923 Band
After which we were all invited to read the following Psalm 27 v 14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
We sang Song 64 How great is our God TB 664 Piano, and Nigel made the point that this is exactly the message we should take out from our building
A time of prayer followed with Nigel thanking God for all the Love he lavishes on us , and praying for those who were not with us this morning , either on holiday or unwell. After the Prayer Nigel Called Rachel Abbott to the platform , the only one in the hall that had been to the recent Territorial Music School, and he asked for some feedback on her week
Rachel said that the theme of the week was ” Follow” , and they had looked at scripture passages where Jesus had called his disciples and they followed immediately. The message that impacted the most for her, and others, was that we are often told to believe in God, but the reverse is very much true as well , God believes in us .
Bible Reading by Margaret
1 Kings 18:41-46 New International Version (NIV)
41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
43 “Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“There is nothing there,” he said.
Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.
Nigel Presented the following film clip which helped to illustrate the kind of rainfall referred to above
The next congregational song was Song SOF 2034 Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord. by Chris Tomlin, and we sang along with a video clip
The Songsters, led by Carolynn Woodman gave us ” He Leadeth Me ” by Joseph Henry Gilmore arr Thomas Mack
Following which the congregation sang Song 305 Now the fruit of the Spirit TB776 Piano
Nigel’s Sermon began with his admission that he was not very patient when he was younger, used to always be looking to move on the next thing, and still does not find waiting around very easy. With the modern world being as it is , and many of us constantly online and able to shop when ever we want , and not having to wait much for anything, we need to find more patience in our lives ..to wait on God
We were shown the following as an example of patience
Nigel quoted from the Bible times where People had to be patient
Galatians 6 v9
Psalm 37 v7
Psalm 130 v5/6
Also Nigel referred to Jacob having to wait many years to marry Rachel, God was teaching him patience. Which was rewarded by his descendants founding the Israelite nation as was promised to him
Nigel’s sermon also focused on the need to wait positively and expect God to do something referring to Hebrews 6 v12
And we also looked at how plentiful was God’s response when we have waited , for example the disciples waited for the holy spirit to come , and when it did they were able bring about three thousand to Christ that day
The meeting was brought to a close with the Prayer chorus “Silently now I wait for Thee” and then a powerful song to end
Song 30 He giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater TB 527 Band
The Benediction was from Jude v24/5
To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Saviour be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!
Thank you to all who helped enable worship today
Our Pianist today was Carole Horwood and the Band was led by Adrian Horwood