Our Meetings this Sunday are at 10 am & 4 pm , as they will be until further notice
Sunday Morning is our Commitment Sunday Meeting led by
Major Ian Payne
Our Sunday afternoon meeting will be led by our Songsters
‘Living Fruitfully as Disciples’
15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
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Chatham Citadel Corps
Major Ian F Payne
Corps Website: www.chathamsa.org.uk
3rd February 2019
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
Today later than most Corps, due to our furlough, I will be leading our Commitment Sunday ‘Living fruitfully as Christians’. It’s a great challenge to us all. How do we live as fruitful Christians in a society that is divided, culturally not relevant, people do not care for each other, there is so much greed and the list could go on. However, we are all called to live a life that examples Christ. For each of us it is different, but largely the same.
For us to be fruitful we need to take care of ourselves, preparing ourselves to be ‘fit’ and well sustained in God’s word; being different, not weird; objective, but different, so that people will want to know why.
May this morning begin afresh a journey for us all that will refocus us, refreshes us, reunites us to the Vine: that being Jesus. God bless you all as you consider His claims on your life and re-commit to the ongoing work of Christ through Chatham Citadel. Maybe this morning you will allow yourselves to commit together as families, partners, friends. However you respond this morning, may you know God’s abundant blessing today and for the days ahead. God wants to do amazing things and we can and will help in the call from Him by responding positively this morning.
This evening the Songsters will be leading our worship and I am sure it will be a fitting end to a day when God will draw close to us all as we worship in Spirit and in Truth.
God Bless Chatham Citadel Corps today.
Please pray this prayer:
Father God, I pray for my church today, that you will fill each of us with your joy and peace, and that, in our worship, our fellowship and mission, we will overflow with hope, by the power of your Holy Spirit, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pray for the New Road School project. For both SA volunteers, staff and children involved. There’s been a very good start.
Pray for all those needing food from the Foodbank and for our volunteers who are working hard to fulfil this need. Pray also for the Tuesday LIFE Dinner, volunteers and guests that lives will be changed.
Prayers can be put in the Prayer Box at the back of the Hall. They will be added to the prayer book and prayed for on Friday.
FLOWERS – We are grateful to Carole and Adrian Horwood for the flowers which adorn our hall. (Thanks to Joan for arranging them). Please add your name to the list of dates on the notice-board if you wish to donate flowers.
PARKING OUTSIDE THE HALL
Can I respectfully ask those with Blue Badges to not park immediately outside the front doors of the Hall on the roadside. Please drop off your passengers then park on the cobbles behind the hall displaying your blue badge.
Wednesday 6th February 8pm
Pastoral Care Council meeting at the Quarters. This is a selected group chaired by the CO to look at all the rolls of the Corps and action any Pastoral work to be undertaken. Also looks at future leaders and members of the Corps. Any questions please speak to the CO.
Every week the meetings are recorded and sent out to those who are unable to attend – I am grateful to Lisa Davis who carries out this important ministry. I thought to highlight this fact as there may be others who you know and who could benefit from this service – Please speak with Lisa.
As you are all aware the Foodbank is an amazing service that operates from the hall. Last year over 4800 people were helped with food parcels, including over 1900 children. It is a much-valued service and I am grateful to Fran and her team for all their hard work. Mike Rowley has been on the team for a number of years and is looking to take a step back. We are looking for someone to take on this voluntary role. If you are able to give two mornings a week to be a part of a very important team and service, please speak with Major Ian.
DAILY BIBLE READINGS & THOUGHTS
‘Seven days make one week, Seven days without prayer make one weak’
I have added to the newsletter seven texts and thoughts to help you in your daily walk with God – I hope you find them useful. You already have the prayer subjects in this newsletter that you can use as you pause each day to make a difference in your life, and those you are praying for.
Are you a qualified First Aider? If you are, would you consider being on a list at the hall to be called upon in the event of an incident? Please speak with Major Ian.
SUNDAY 10th February 4pm
We will be holding a Chatham Citadel Soldiers meeting. This will be an opportunity for the Major to give an appraisal of the past 10 months and also propose the future plans of the Corps. There will be opportunity for a Q&A session. Please come prepared as this is a time, after our Commitment Sunday, to set plans for the future of the Corps.
Grateful thanks to all those who helped collecting, when the various sections went out and about over the Christmas period. The people below only reflect those who stood and collected, but throughout the Christmas Season there were many people, not named below, who worked tirelessly with the food parcels (over 150) and the Christmas Gift appeal (over 600), those who counted, banked, offered refreshments and Christmas Day volunteers. To you all – THANK YOU
|Lesley Bell||£ 762.53|
|Band Box||£ 758.36|
|Andrew Pennington||£ 707.25|
|Olive Long||£ 697.64|
|Wendy Scoulding||£ 588.68|
|Paul Scoulding||£ 588.68|
|Ian F Payne||£ 539.26|
|Iris Wells||£ 304.70|
|Steve Wood||£ 256.25|
|Nigel Day||£ 211.86|
|Kevin Lloyd||£ 193.05|
|Margaret Day||£ 183.16|
|Peter Willard||£ 179.80|
|Kevin Abbott||£ 179.36|
|Peter Cole||£ 158.06|
|Emma Davis||£ 148.93|
|Allan Jones||£ 141.48|
|Susan Willard||£ 128.12|
|Jeremy Davis||£ 128.12|
|Lisa Davis||£ 128.12|
|Vic Deamer||£ 122.14|
|Heather Scott||£ 105.55|
|Gill Wylie||£ 42.44|
|Judith M Payne||£ 39.10|
|Debbie Abbott||£ 25.20|
|Songster Box||£ 10.44|
THIS WEEK AT THE HALL
10am Mainly Music
10am – 1pm Community Café
10am – 1pm One2One
10:30 – 1pm Medway Foodbank
2pm Bible Study
6pm Beavers & Cubs
7:30pm Scouts & Explorers
1pm Youth Care Medway
6:30 YP Band & Learners
8pm Senior Band
7:00pm L.I.F.E. Dinner
8pm Bible Study
8pm Pastoral Care Council
6:15pm Young Peoples
10am Mummy & Me
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
7:15 Open Kids Club
7:30pm Youff (Youth Club)
NEXT SUNDAY (10th February)
10am Where do you Stand
4pm Past, Present & Future
An Evening of thoughts and Q&A
MONDAY Romans 8:38-39
I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither present nor the future, nor powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is ours in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Separation is something we fear whether it’s from a child, a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a friend, or from God. Because Jesus bore the separation from God, becoming human and going to the cross, we can know we won’t have to ever be separated from God’s love.
TUESDAY 1 John 4:11-12
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
Can you imagine what an honour it is to have the Creator of the universe, the Lord God Almighty, living inside of you! But when we love each other, that is exactly what happens. When our hearts are full of love, there is room for God. When they are not full of love, we leave God little room to take up residence and produce his character in us. Let God complete his love in you. Make a commitment to do loving things for other believers today!
WEDNESDAY Proverbs 17:9
He who covers over an offence promotes love, but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
“It’s just a little harmless gossip.” The Wise Teacher reminds us that gossip is neither little nor harmless. Its consequences are huge and its damage horrible. Instead, it is much better to be a peacemaker and an offence-mender.
THURSDAY Romans 13:9-10
The commandments, “Do not commit adultery,” “Do not murder,” “Do not steal,” “Do not covet,” and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” Love does no harm to its neighbour. Therefore, love is the fulfilment of the law.
Wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to have laws to keep people in line! That’s the point behind Paul’s message here. Treat our neighbours as we would like to be treated. Love them as we like to be loved. If we do that, then we’re not going to do anything that would hurt them, much less violate a command of law!
FRIDAY 1 John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
What is there to fear if God sent his Son to die to redeem us? What is there to fear if we cannot be separated from the love God has for us in Christ Jesus? What is there to fear except ourselves? As we love God and his children, we are reminded by his love for us, which is far better than our meagre love for others. Rather than run from him in fear, we bow before him in thanks, knowing that he who hears our prayers is also he who loves us and stops our fears.
I cannot think of anything I’d prefer the Holy God to be rich in than mercy. I know my failures, shortcomings, sins, and transgressions. Without his mercy to pardon, and without his grace to send Jesus to pardon at first, I would be lost and without God. Now, because of his rich mercy, my life is tied to Jesus’ future and not the one I earned for myself.
SUNDAY 1 John 4:19
We love because [God] first loved us.
It’s all very simple. God is love. He is its origin, example, and architect. I love because he loved me first. I know how to love because he has demonstrated it. I can love because he made me to have his likeness. He is the fountain, the motivation, and the pinnacle of love. I love because he does, first, last, and always.