Our 10am meeting was led by Major Ian and focussed on the theme: ‘Jesus in the everyday walk of life… do you see him?’
We started our morning by hearing some clips of well-known voices; from Martin Luther King Jr to The Queen and William Booth – many of the voices were easily recognisable. Major Ian reminded us that Jesus is always with us, but asked whether we always hear him and recognise his voice. The song ‘Come Holy Spirit, thou guest of the soul’ (SASB209) was a reminder to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives at all times, before Trevor Grant brought the scripture reading from Luke 24:13-35:
…Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him…
Just as the disciples on the Emmaus road did not recognise Jesus as he walked alongside them, Major Ian asked the congregation: do we listen? Do we hear? Do we recognise Jesus as he walks alongside us as we journey through life? In the ‘everyday stuff of life’, we are assured that we are not walking alone.
In a reflective moment, ‘I come to the garden alone’ was interspersed with prayers for those in our fellowship and those in the wider community, which the Singing Company followed with ‘He Sought Me’. Graham Kendrick’s song ‘Jesus Stand Among Us’ (SASB338) was followed by ‘Carry the Light’ from the Songsters.
In a few weeks’ time, Gill Wylie will be moving away and her faithful service as Corps Administrator was recognised this morning. For some time, Gill has been involved in overseeing finance and administration processes and we are hugely grateful to Gill for all the work she has done.
With no afternoon meeting this week, our final songs of the day were ‘Jesus be the centre’ (SASB373) and ‘What a Faithful God’ (SASB378).
On Sunday afternoon, several members of the corps departed for a visit to the Holy Land. We wish them safe travels and pray that they will find the trip an enriching experience. As Major Ian will be leading the trip, our only meeting next Sunday will be at 10am and will be led by Don and Trish Hall. We look forward to welcoming you then!