Monday Spot 27th August 2018

Our Meeting today was led by Envoy Don Hall

Don Began the meeting reading the following

Call to worship Psalm 103

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases,
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

 

Don urged us to praise the Lord for all his works

The Congregation  sang the first song of the day, accompanied by the Band

Song: 56. Tune 735. Praise the Lord, the Almighty

 

 

Introduction to Theme: Waiting for the Appointed time

Don Quoted from Habakkuk

How long, Lord, must I call for help,
    but you do not listen?
Or cry out to you, “Violence!”
    but you do not save?
Why do you make me look at injustice?
    Why do you tolerate wrongdoing?
Destruction and violence are before me;
    there is strife, and conflict abounds.

and then asked the congregation how we would respond if God gave us a prophesy , would we ignore it?..would we wait on God for his perfect timing, or would we try and force things along in our own strength?

Our 2nd song of the morning was

Song: 636. Tune 333 All to Jesus I surrender

 

Prayers were then said for those of the Corp who are on our prayer list , and this was followed by a song Don had printed for us

Song: Let love be real. Tune. Londonderry Air

Let love be real, in giving and receiving,
Without the need to manage and to own;
A haven free from posing and pretending,
Where every weakness may be safely known.
Give me your hand, along the desert pathway,
Give me your love wherever we may go:
As God loves us, so let us love each other, with no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, not grasping or confining,
That strange embrace that holds yet sets us free;
That helps us face the risk of truly living,
And makes us brave to be what we might be.
Give me your strength when all my words are weakness,
Give me your love in spite of all you know:
As God loves us, so let us love each other,
With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

Let love be real, with no manipulation,
No secret wish to harness or control;
Let us accept each other’s incompleteness,
And share the joy of learning to be whole.
Give me your hope through dreams and disappointments,
Give me your trust when all my failings show:
As God loves us, so let us love each other,
With no demands, just open hands and space to grow.

by Michael Forster

Great words, and a lovely song to sing

 

Summer Sun Review was the next item & Don called the only two Junior Soldiers to the Platform , Katelyn & Floss to describe how they spent their summer break & what happens next.

Katelyn told us she had been to Scout camp and had spent time with her Grandparents, and when she returns to school it will be to start secondary school

Floss told us that she was enjoying a work free summer, as she has left school and is waiting to start at University. She has spent time in Calais ( during some football event ! it was very busy apparently), and had a family holiday to Cornwall

A Summer College Review followed , and Jean Jones and Olive Long gave us their thoughts on the WBC  summer college they both attended

Jean ( who has been to the summer college a few times) told us the theme of study  this year was discipleship, which she really enjoyed .A Visit from the ICO ( international college for Officer) was a great chance to meet people from varied places such as Haiti, Canada, Pakistan & Guernsey , which highlighted to Jean the varied places and situations the Salvation army operates

 

Olive told us this was her first visit ( but she will be going next year) , and she was pleasantly surprised to be shown into her room on the first day, to be greeted by the view from the window which was exactly the same view she saw when her Sister went into training 60 years ago . Olive enjoyed meeting new people but particularly loved  the teaching on the history of the Salvation army. This included a 2 hour visit to the East end  , to the mile end waste by the Blind Beggar Pub, where William Booth began his ministry. Although this area has seen much change & Olive imagined it would be unrecognisable to William Booth, she knows , having spoken to officers from the ICO,  that the Army is growing still in other countries and it all Started in the East end . Olive was please to have joined the 40 or more students who formed a choir to sing for the members of the ICO , Olive said they “raised the roof ”

Don gave us a short Bible  reading John 2:1-5

On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”

“Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”

His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”

Don used the above and the earlier reading from Habakkuk to illustrate that we should wait for answers from God , and when the answer comes we should accept it and not try and make it fit in with our own ideas & plans .

The meeting concluded with the singing of

Song: 522. Tune 840 Standing on the promises of God

Thank you to all those that made worship possible this morning

 

 

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