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