‘See the Difference you can make……
…….When I change – Today is Salvation Day’
Luke 19: 10 Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home!
Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham!
Our meeting began with the Band playing Song 905 – I’ve been changed.
Major Ian gave us some feedback on the fundraising events yesterday
with Bacon Butty sales, raising funds for the Scouts
and table top sales.
Plus a quiz at Strood Corps last night
Following the announcements by Tim we went on to sing the song 905 – “I’ve been changed” & in between the verses Major Ian called for short Testimonies from the congregation , of which we heard many .
Our next congregational song was
Song 517 Purify my heart
Tune 805 Refiners fire (Piano)
and following this we saw another in the series of Self Denial films
Film Clip Self Denial no.4
The Singing Company brought us the song “Don’t you know it’s time to Praise the Lord” and this was followed by the congregational song
Song 878 My Jesus I Love Thee
Tune 514 Unsworth
The Songsters gave us the song “Answer Me”
The Majors Message ‘See the Difference you can make…When I change – Today is Salvation Day’
The story of Zaccheus. Where are you in that story? Up a tree? In the crowd following Jesus watching him heal the blind beggar? Or were you one of the moaners? Who moans about the taxes? This character wasn’t liked, but he changed. Some of us don’t like change but, like the weather where the sun is up beyond the clouds, we know that we can be a Christian when our life changes.
Jesus saw something in Zaccheus that could be changed. It changed his life and the lives of others in the vicinity. Do you want your life to change is the basic question. Daily readings and a daily walk with God is very important and needs to be reignited. Having the Bible in your hand will make a difference so it’s good to bring your Bible to the meeting. The Bible is the tool and the bedrock of our lives. We need to get used to having our Bibles open more – a change in our church.
‘Go back to where you lost your axe head’ is mentioned in the Old Testament, 2 Kings 6. Go back to the point where Jesus touched your heart and check what has changed. We change physically over the years because we don’t keep up our exercise. Accept change which is God honouring in our lives, our church and our community. God can change the hearts of man – and he still does.
Are you happy where you are? Identify what needs to change and ask God to help you. It takes time. We need to be accountable to each other.
Zaccheus wanted for nothing – he was the most powerful person in the area. He didn’t know his need until Jesus called him and then his life changed. Let’s go out this morning having made a change in our lives – even a small turn of the dial of our lives, to allow God to be in the centre of our lives. To-day is Salvation Day.
The meeting was closed by the singing of our two final songs
Song 497 I want dear Lord
Tune 573 Begone Vain world
Song 34 I believe in God the father
Tune 361 Blaenwern
The afternoon meeting at 4pm was led by our Band and Bandmaster Nigel Lockwood explained it was a meeting of two halves . the first half was about giving Glory to God, and the second was more meditative.
The Band had opened the meeting by playing Camp Ladore – (GS1741) , and we then had the Congregational song ” To God Be The Glory” then Bev Hudson led us in prayer
The Bands second piece of the evening was a Festival arrangement – Exuberance ( TS1066) .
Following the Announcements by Tim , the Collection was taken & Andy Smith prayed . He said it only takes one person to change someone’s life, and he challenged us to go out and be that one person to someone..
Charlie Gouyet introduced the next congregational song, one of his favourites”The Servant King” and then gave his testimony
Charlie told us he had been taken to the SA in Jersey from a young age , along with his 4 Brothers & 4 Sisters, and along with all the usual activities within a Corps he was taught about the Bible and this was to form a large part of the information he was given which helped him to become a Christian . Charlie said he has no specific date when he became a Christian, no Bolt of lightning moment , but he was nurtured and mixed with people he looked up to .Charlie was in the car with the family that took him to the Corps , and to whom he was very close , when he told them he wanted to become a Christian. He said it’s not always been easy to be a Christian, but God never gives up on us.
Charlie knows that God has plans for him & Juliette now they are in Kent
The next Band Piece was Divine Communion (GS1255), by Arthur Gullidge. A very powerful tune
Chris Boughton gave us the Bible message this afternoon , looking at Faithfulness , Galations 5 : 22 .
Chris spoke of Faithfulness is believing in things we can’t see , but it is not a leap into the dark, it is a leap into the light. It is the basis of our relationship with God 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Looking at Romans 12 verses 15 to 16 , 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.[c] Do not be conceited. Chris said that a community of faithful people are committed to each other & we can live in harmony. Without faithfulness we are sunk.
Chris quoted from:-
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments
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.
1 John 1 v9 – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Hebrews 10 v23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful
If God says he is going to do something he does it , if he says it will happen , it will happen because Faithfulness is one of Gods inherent attributes .
The Bands final pieces were “Everlasting Hope” (GS2153) by Paul Sharman, which featured a Cornet Duet with Chris Boughton & Charlie Gouyet, and the final tune was Lullaby of Angels (TS1170).
Thank you to everyone who made worship possible today & for Jean Jones writing the report from the mornings meeting