Yesterday’s sole meeting was conducted by Major F Payne, our Commanding Officer, with the theme ‘Where is your power?’ based on the verse ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness‘. 2 Corinthians 12:9
Major Ian F Payne
The meeting commenced with the reading of Ephesians 3:16 ‘I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being’. Then the congregation joined in singing SA Song 8 ‘Come let us all unite to sing’ confirming ‘God is love’. Then thanks to God expressed in SA Song 204 ‘There is a Redeemer’ followed by prayer time led by Major Ian. He mentioned the story behind the writing of this song and how Melody Green had lost her husband and two children in an air crash but God had given her inner strength to pen the words. We lose strength when we lose someone and God gives us inner strength to support us.
SA Song 451 ‘Would you be free’ was sung with the chorus ‘There is power, power, wonder-working power in the blood of the Lamb’.
The Songsters contribution to the meeting was ‘Under His wings’. This comes directly from Scripture – Psalm 91. Sometimes we don’t think of ourselves as highly as we should because of what is said about us. We are who we are in Christ. We are a new creation in Christ. There is power in the blood. We need to rest in the shadow of the Almighty and learn to say the word ‘no’. There may be times when the Corps has too many demands and we must say the word ‘no’ to protect ourselves from been exhausted. We need to look after ourselves and find a comfortable space in God.
Major Ian’s message from the Word was based on ‘Where is your power?’ His thinking was not about strength in lifting things but God’s strength within us. Power-loss and reconnection. Ephesians 3:16 ‘He may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being’. What does it look like. It’s a great privilege to be involved in the summer camps with needy children. The young leaders from Chatham are doing an amazing job and Ian said he has seen God at work through them. They have had to deal with the many varied problems which the children are presenting but God strengthens ‘their inner being’. He said that great changes take place in the children during the week because they are loved and cared for and given hope. Ian said it was very moving to hear the children recite the memory verse for the week on Friday which was Ephesians 3:16-19.
It may be that the Salvation Army needs to reconnect with the world of to-day. Luke 9:1 says that Jesus ‘gave them power and authority’. This ‘power and authority’ is ours too if we are followers of Jesus. Reconnection is important in our spiritual lives – to allow the inner power to reach us. Kofi Annan who died this week (Director General of the United Nations) testified to his Christian beliefs and values in helping him through life. He was a great ambassador for peace. It is our choice to be filled with the power and love of God. Use God’s power wisely. Paul’s words to the Ephesians are still relevant today. Scripture is screaming at us to reconnect. Let us do this during a time for reflection in the singing of the chorus ‘Send a new touch of power on my soul, Lord. Send it now, Lord, send it now Lord. Touch my lips with a coal from your altar, Lord. Send a new touch of power on my soul’.
The final song was SA Song 734 ‘I’ll go in the strength of the Lord’ followed by the Benediction.
Next week’s meeting is being led by Trish and Don Hall as Major Ian is away at Summer Camp this week and then spending some days on holiday.
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