Our morning Meeting was led by Major Ian
Following some introductory music from the Band Major Ian began with a quick report on the Dragon Boat race last weekend , including a video presentation . Our Corps Sergeant Major , Tim Scott , as Captain of the Sally Ann Sinkers boat , received the Certificate and Medal from the organisers
The mornings message was ‘Do you love me’ using John 21: 15-19 as the text
Our first song of the morning was Song 389 Rejoice rejoice
and following this Major Ian asked various people who they loved and why ? , how did they know who they loved and could they remember the day they fell in love with Jesus .
With This in mind when we sang our next Song , Song 397 This is my Desire we were asked to cast our minds back to that first time we realised we loved Jesus
The Singing Company brought us the song ” Without love ” and included Shirley Harrod as the newest member today
The Songsters message this morning was “By His Hand ”
We saw a video presentation of John 21: 15-19 and after this the Congregation sang Song 1217 Draw me close
The Majors Message ‘Do you love me’ looked at the Bible reading , and he spoke of the significance of sharing a meal together , be it around the family table or sitting on a beach beside the sea of Galilee next to a charcoal fire , eating the recently caught fish .
The fishing trip had been Simon Peters idea , as he had been at a loss about what to do since the arrest of Jesus and reverted back to something familiar ( Fishing) . Sitting together after breakfast Jesus had asked Peter three times “Do you love me” , to reflect the three times Peter had denied Jesus before his arrest . Peters answer to the question for the 3rd time “do you love me” , was “Lord you know everything “, which is still a true statement today.
Our final two songs of the morning were
Song 607 Lord thou art Questioning and Song 262 Love divine
Our Café Church meeting this afternoon was entitled Chatham to Israel and Back
and we heard some of the stories of the recent trip to the Holy Land, by some members of the Corps. Woven in between were some carefully chosen songs , starting with Song 229 O Joyful Sound
followed by Song 783 Prayer gently lifts me which was sung by the group in a place called the Tear Drop church in Jerusalem , named for the incident in which Jesus wept over the future fate of Jerusalem.
Tony McClure , wearing his prayer shawl , and telling us that each corner has a Bible verse & traditionally each bead was a Jewish Law
Ray Maycock spoke of how moved he was when the group visited Yad Veshum , The World Holocaust Remembrance Centre.
and he found the Singing of ” Holy Holy Holy ” during a service whilst on a boat out on the sea of Galilee a tremendous experience , and he said he had never worshipped quite so freely
We sang Song 26 Great is thy Faithfulness
and then we heard from Margaret Day , who felt that time spent on the shore of Galilee , just herself and Nigel bought Jesus personally close her & Nigel said that, although many of the historical sites that were visited have been built over many time in 2000 years , a walk that was taken in Magdala Canyon was special , as that has not changed , so he really felt he was walking where Jesus walked .
The Rams Horn was heard from , with Both Irene & Ray Maycock demonstrating their technique
Those of the group that spoke, all expressed their gratitude for the amount of preparation and prayer that went into the tour , particularly singling out Major Judith in their thanks
I think I shall be seeking a member of the group to write a more in depth report of the trip for publication on the website at a later date .
our final song was song 27 Guide me o though Great Jehovah
It was Major Judith that gave us the Benediction
24 “‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”