MORNING MEETING LED BY TERRITORIAL ENVOY TONY McCLURE
Theme: The supremacy of the Son of God Reading: Colossians 1:15 – 23
Welcome and Announcements were given by CSM Tim Scott , following which Tony gave the Call to Worship: Reading from Colossians 1:21,22
This was followed by an Opening Prayer
Our first song of the morning was Song: 466 I stand amazed in the presence , supported by the Band ( TB 769 ) ,
we sang the first two verses and then brief testimonies were given by Jean Jones & Major Estelle Clack , after which were sang the last verse . We went straight on to sing Song: 364 Give thanks with a grateful heart Supported by Carole on the Piano (TB 626 )
Mike Gibbs Prayed at this time , and the Congregation said the Lords Prayer
Song: 853 I was sinking deep in sin was our next song , again supported by the Band (TB 744)
Tony Spoke about gifts received at Christmas ‘Gifts bizarre’ as he referred to them . Children get given appropriate gifts , things they may particularly want or need , however when you are older , he said, friends can give you very odd gifts, such as a Rubber Chicken
Our next Congregational song was Song: 32 How deep the Father’s love for us , supported by Carole on the Piano ( TB 663 ) This was followed by a Corporate reading of Psalm 121: 1-8
I lift up my eyes to the hills –
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
the Maker of heaven and earth.
3 He will not let your foot slip –
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord watches over you –
the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord will keep you from all harm –
he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
both now and for evermore.
The Songsters gave us the Song ” Bow The knee, and Tony Followed this by Reading: Colossians 1:15 – 23
Tony entitled his message : The supremacy of the Son of God
The Message began with Tony referring back to a time when it would have been unusual to see a Christmas tree in a Salvation Army Hall , possibly through not wanting to be seen to acknowledge what was previously a pagan festival ( He was young at the time he said so that may not have been the reason ) . These days most Halls would have a tree , and the advent candles ,and Nativity Scenes , which have become quite a focal point in celebrating Christmas in peoples houses as well .
Jesus is the most important thing, but are we packaging him as a little figure of a baby, which gets packed away on the 6th of January . We need to remember the supremacy of Jesus as God , not just visualise him as a baby
Our God is the God of self giving love, and all creation is like it is because he made it so. Jesus is Gods greatest gift to the world , don’t let him be frozen in time as a baby in a manger
Our final song of the morning was Song: 27 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (TB 399) Supported by the Band
Songs of Praise – Sunday Evening 13thJanuary
At the start of the Evening meeting the Band played the tune ‘Southdown’
Announcements were Given by CSM Tim Scott , which included the fact that we have no evening meeting at Chatham next week . This is to allow people to attend Sittingbourne Corps where the ISS will be singing
Our first song of this evenings meeting was chosen by Tim himself
Song 966 ‘Make the world with music ring’ Tune 795 , supported by the Band , chosen because it gives a clear message of what we do
our next song was chosen by Chris Boughton – Song 360 ‘Faithful God’ , supported by Carole on the Piano . Chris said he chose this song because the words meant a lot to him, when we are faced with difficulty we can too easily forget Gods faithfulness to us .
Chris also quoted from Psalm 91 v4
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
Our next song was Song 876 chosen by Nigel & Margaret Day ‘Many are the things’
( Tune 873 ) accompanied by the Piano , Nigel told us the song had been particularly helpful in times of personal trouble , particularly verse 1
A Bible Reading was given by Heather Scott Luke 19, v 1 – 9
Song 861 was chosen by Kate Boughton ‘In Christ alone’ (Tune 132 ) as she find it uplifting and re-assuring , plus it has a great tune
The Songsters sang two songs ‘Sing, Love and Live’ and ‘God and God alone’
This was followed by Tims Message
Tim explained that the earlier Bible reading , the story of Zacchaeus the Tax Collector, had previously been preached by Major Ian , and in the story Zacchaeus has the full attention of Jesus . Tim admitted that this led his mind to wander to something he had seen on the news relating to Prince Harry . The news item was in Australia at the Sydney Harbour Bridge , and Prince Harry was talking to a lady in the crowd at the time of the Invictus Games , which is for injured service personnel . It seems that Prince Harry’s Staff were wanting to move him on to keep to schedule, but the Prince was not going to be rushed as he was giving his full attention to the conversation , which was to do with mental health issues . He gave the time and attention .
Tim went on to say , we can all be very busy , but God has time for us , he listens to us individually , do we give our time to God and to others ?
The Band played ‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’
our next Song was Song 1022 chosen by Greg Davis , ‘Saviour and Lord, we pray to thee’ Tune 4 accompanied by the piano , chosen partly as it was the final song at a Music School Greg attended and the words of verse 4 really spoke to him at the time
Beneath thy standard still we’ll stay, Thy cause shall every purpose sway
Nor will we lay our armour down , till exchange it for a crown.
Our final Song was Song 932 Chosen by Sharon Smith ‘On we march’ Tune 788 supported by the Band .. Sharon said she chose it mainly for the chorus and it is such a lively song .
Sharon is currently slightly restricted by a cast, and Major Estelle Clack kindly provided me this photo last week
The Benediction was delivered by our DC Major Mark Herbert