17th February 2019
‘See the Difference you can make if you rest in Him’
Our meeting began looking at Matthew 11:28 – “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”, and Major Ian made the point that we don’t often do it.
He called for volunteers to lift his Burden – ( a rucksack on the platform) , it was heavy and extra help was called in to lift it. The rucksack had a huge rock in it..but that was the obvious burden , at the bottom of the bag were a large amount of smaller thing we are equally burdened with.
Our first song of the morning was
Song 790 Take time to be Holy
Tune 510 “ “ “
and this was followed by the first of the Self Denial Videos for this year
The Singing Company sang ” And Can It Be”
This was followed by & a time of Prayer
Song 773 Lord Speak to me
Tune 17 How Much More
The Bible reading was Matthew 11:28-30
After the Collection the Songsters Sang ” To God Be the Glory” words by Fanny Crosby and musical arrangement by our own Emma Davis
Message ‘See the Difference you can make
…..if you rest in Him’
Major Ian spoke of everyone these days being burdened , but whatever the burden, Jesus can lift it ..and referring to the Bible reading earlier God asks us to “take” his yoke , its not put on us & we have a choice
Video Clip Lay your burden down
Song 353 Be Still
Tune 566 “
We had a time of Reflection & Response , which was followed by our final song of the morning
Song 382 Majesty
Tune 749 “
Major Ian Pronounced the Benediction
Our Sunday Evening meeting was an ‘On the Sofa’ event
With Majors Peter & Estelle Clack
Song 25 Gods Love to me is wonderful
Tune 130 “ “ “
Major Estelle was Born in India where her Parents were officers, and early school life was in Boarding Schools with her Sisters
Major Peter was born in Inverness with Twin Brothers Tony & David and a Sister Ruth, and also had Officer Parents, and Peter remembers not liking the constant moving around to different Corps
Major Estelle came to her own decision to go into Officer training ,and Major Peter felt chosen while aged seventeen at Weston-Super-Mare Corps.
Peter & Estelle met at the training college, where at the time Male & Female training was separated
Song 623 Take my Life & Let it be
Tune 246 Consecration Hymn
first Overseas appointment was in the Bahamas , where Peter would bang the Drum to call people to service
In Jamaica they were working with the Cadets, but the conditions were challenging , and often food was scarce ( particularly when Major Estelle’s purse was stolen on one occasion , leaving them without any money)
Next appointment saw them spend two years in Panama
From what Peter & Estelle told us the time in Pakistan was quite challenging , and violent at times. Retired officers had very little money and one of the last things that were achieved before leaving Pakistan , was to get pensions increased
Song 809 On Gods word relying
Tune 671 I believe
A Return to the UK
and then a move to Sheffield.
A Final Overseas move was an appointment to Seattle, a very large Corps, a then a further move to Tucson
and then Arizona DHQ & Batavia Corps
The Majors were asked about their favourite Scripture , and Major Estelle said hers was 2 Timothy 1 verse 7.7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
Major Peter said his was 1 Peter 2
and a card given to him as a young boy at Weston-Super-Mare
The call of the Lord doesn’t have to carry out judgement but command our obedience
Our final song was
Song 329 Who is it tell me what to do
Tune 854 That’s the Spirit
Following which Major Estelle Pronounced a Benediction.
We are Blessed to have this Lovely couple at our Corps . and we thank them for the insight they provided to their life as Salvation Army Officers , in what has been a varied and challenging career .