Monday Spot 18th March 2019

Our Morning meeting led by Major Ian Payne  was based around Psalm 119 1-8

Following the announcements by CSM Tim Scott , Major Ian led the congregation in congratulating Alan Myners on his 90th Birthday

( pictured here 10 years ago)

Psalm 119:1-8 from the message translation was read, and this mornings theme was , “See the difference you can make  ..when I hit the target”

A Large target was held up on the platform , and many in the congregation were asked to throw  tennis balls , which could stick to the Velcro target.  We had attempts from the Band, the Balcony , & the platform by young and old alike






The Target was initially Stationary and later it was moved around.. Some  good shots were made, but it illustrated that , the closer you were to the target , the more accurate you were .

Our first song of the morning, supported by the Band , was

Song           38     Jehovah is our Strength

Tune                     200   Darwells

and following our second congregational song , supported by Lisa on the Piano ,

Song          601   Lord I come to you

Tune           868   The Power of your Love

we had time of Prayer , with 5 or 6 of the congregation praying , for issues such as New Zealand ( following the shootings at two mosques this week) , our Government & our Youth.

The Singing Company , with two New Members Ronnie & Joan,    gave us the song  ” Please Show Me” , and it was very prayerfully delivered

Due to Gremlins in the system we couldn’t watch vide no 5 , but I can post it here

Film Clip              Self Denial no.5

Next Week is our Self Denial Altar Service

Our next congregational song was

Song          402   When I look into your Holiness

Tune           927   “                  “                  “

Following the collection we heard from the Songsters , with the Leonard Ballantine song  ” I will Sing Your Praises”

The Majors Message  was entitled            ‘See the Difference you can make…When I hit the target’ , looking at Psalm 119 1-8

Major Ian referred back to the target example from earlier in the meeting , the closer you are to the target ,the easier it is . We all live in a world of targets we are expected to achieve , but it is important for us to be hitting Gods target. Do we bite our tongue and not argue , do we stop ourselves from rising to someone’s comment . How easy is it not to fall into the traps of life, but to enable us to hit Gods target

Major Ian quoted from Joshua where it says  ” Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.”

and Psalm 119 140-142 it says

Your promise has been tested through and through,
    and I, your servant, love it dearly.
I’m too young to be important,
    but I don’t forget what you tell me.

Major Ian said to us that achieving Gods target is tough, but as it says in the next verse of psalm 119

Trouble and distress have come upon me,
    but your commands give me delight.

Just because we are Christians , we are not immune to life’s troubles , but we have Jesus with us in the tough times .

Our final two songs of the morning were

Song           424   I heard the voice of Jesus

Tune           Songster Tune


Song          261   Lord the Light of you love is shining

Tune           822   Shine Jesus Shine







We had a pleasant Evening using the worksheet below as a aide , along with music and film clips looking at Matthew 11   26-30


 as well as Tea Coffee made by Heather & Tim Scott and a good selection of cakes for everyone






we also looked at Ecclesiastes 3  & Psalm 23

Our Benediction was the song “His strength is perfect ” by Steven Curtis Chapman, a version of which I have copied below

Thank you to all who made Worship possible today , my particular thanks to Lauren Officer for the morning Photographs and Major Estelle Clack for the Café Church Photographs

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