Monday Spot 3rd December 2018

Our meetings Yesterday reflected the 1st Sunday of Advent , and both were led by  Major Ian F Payne

 


                                                    ‘What do you want me to do for you’

                                                                 O come O come Immanuel

 

Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him, 41 ‘What do you want me to do for you?

 Bible reading were taken  from    Luke 18:40-41 & John 9:10

‘How then were your eyes opened?’ they asked.

 

 Our first song of the morning was :-

Song                   104             Come thou long expected

Tune          318             Burning Burning

Which was followed by the Lighting of the First Candle on the Advent Wreath

By the Abbott Family   who chose

Song                   117             O Come O Come Immanuel

Tune          444             “                 “

and led the Corp in Prayer

 Major Ian gave a Bible reading              John 9:1-12, and this was followed by the singing of  

Song                   102             Away in a Manger

Tune          497             “        “

and the congregation were asked to bring forward their gifts as part of the Christmas Toy service appeal

 

Prayer was given  for those to receive the toys 

The Singing Company gave us the song   I will Believe   and the  Songsters message this morning was Love came down at Christmas

 

We had a Film Clip      –     Advent What do you want me to do for you

Message                      ‘What do you want me to do for you’

Major Ian offered the chance for the congregation to come forward and be blessed for service , and approx. 50 of the corps responded ( Kate Boughton had to play 4 or more tunes on the piano to cover the time of this very powerful moment )

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

     Our final songs of the morning were

         Song                   386             Open our eyes Lord

and      

   Song         114             Light of the World you stepped down

Tune           653             Here I am to Worship

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AFTERNOON 

Our Band and supporting collection team were out in Rochester High Street  during the afternoon , playing at the Dickens Festival- with some help from the Town Cryer

 

 

 

                         

 

 

 

 

 

It was very busy and the music was much appreciated , with good crowds being drawn , so much so that the stewards had to keep asking people to leave a path down the road

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                                                                    Sunday Evening

 

6pm Corps Reflection  

Advent Meditation Music & Words

Our Evening Meeting was as billed , a time for meditation , Major’s Ian & Judith shared the readings , and the congregation was asked to relax & receive

 

Music Gabriel’s Oboe 

Advent Prayer

In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in unity,
that our praise and worship
might echo in these walls
and also through our lives.

In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in mission,
that the hope within
might be the song we sing,
and the melody of our lives.

In this Advent of expectation
draw us together in service,
that the path we follow
might lead us from a stable
to a glimpse of eternity. AMEN

Readings were heard from  John 1  Genesis 1 Micah 5  Isaiah 9 Jeremiah 29:11 Luke 2  Matthew 2

 

 

Benediction

 

This Advent time let us all;
Be people of love.
Let love live in your heart and share the love of Christ with all you meet.
Be people of joy.
Let joy live in your heart and share the joy of Christ with all you meet.
Be people of peace.
Let peace live in your heart and share the peace of Christ with all you meet.
Be people of hope.
Let hope live in your heart and share the hope of Christ with all you meet.
In this Advent season, let us all feel, and share
Hope, Peace, Joy & love by praying for our world & our communities.
May we all know God’s Love, Joy, Peace, and Hope, this Advent season. Amen.

 

 

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