Our Pentecost Sunday morning meeting was led by Major Ian and took the theme ‘Pentecost your Yes’.
The Band began Pentecost Sunday morning with the march ‘Be Glad’, setting the tone for an upbeat day of worship. William Booth’s rousing song ‘Send the Fire’ was an ideal opener on the birthday of the church, as we considered once again Jesus’ disciples’ first experience of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
Illustrating the continuing importance of the Holy Spirit’s power today, a few of the children helped Major Ian unbox a remote-controlled car. The car initially wouldn’t work as it had no batteries, but once a source of power had been found, it was able to drive around the hall! So too we must tap into a power source if we are to be effective in fulfilling God’s purposes for us each.
‘Beautiful Lord, Wonderful Saviour’ was followed by ‘Jigsaw’ (Andrew Mair) from the Singing Company, reminding us that we need God to make us whole and providing reassurance that ‘You’ll prosper in His plans’. The Songsters’ contribution to the morning was Lee Fisher’s anthem ‘God Is Greater’, a comforting message to all in our fellowship facing difficult times.
After the song ‘Lord, I come to you’, Major Ian’s message echoed Joel’s Prophesy (as quoted by Peter in Acts 2) in reminding us that God speaks to everyone, and in turn we can all speak to God – ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’ (v.21). Man or woman, young or old; the Spirit of the Lord can fill everyone as it did during the events at Pentecost. A time of response, aided by the songs ‘Fill me Anew’ and ‘His Provision’, was a time during which many made the prayer ‘Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me’ their own. This was corporately affirmed as we closed worship with the song ‘Come, Holy Spirit’.
Our 5pm meeting took the form of a ‘Cake and Cabaret’, led by the Young People’s Band and Singing Company. Both groups presented a great variety of music, starting with ‘the Singing Company with ‘Good Soldiers never look back’ and ‘Sanctify us!’, which included words from Psalm 119 – ‘Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path’, continuing with ‘sanctify us with your truth, fill us with your Holy Spirit’; an appropriate prayer for this Pentecost Sunday.
There were also some lighter moments during the afternoon, including a comedy double-act from Pelo and Ronnie, and a poetry recital by Cami. Grace, Chantelle and Isabella also sang their very first trio, ‘When it’s a sunny day!’. Isabella’s older brother, Isaac, was also featured as a cornet soloist as the YP Band played ‘Righteousness, Peace and Joy’, helped by Josh Davis on trombone. Young talent was also on display at the piano, with Katelyn playing two pieces, ‘When the saints’ and ‘Minuet in C’.
Major Ian highlighted Psalm 8:2; ‘Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies’. Major Ian prayed for the vital part that young people play in our corps, and also for those who give their time and talents to lead them. The Singing Company closed our Pentecost celebration with ‘He is the Lord’.
We look forward to welcoming you at 10am and 5pm next Sunday!