Our Meeting this morning was led by Major Ian Payne , and was entitled ‘What are we building on’ the Text for the meeting was Luke 6:46-49
‘But the one who hears my words and does
not put them into practice is like a
man who built a house on the ground
without a foundation.
Major Ian told us that Japan was the country that experienced most Earthquakes in the World , and they have developed techniques to build Skyscrapers that can withstand Earthquakes , but it relies on really good foundations, and Yesterday Major Ian told us that it took him & his two Sons ( a lot of time and effort) to remove a tree stump, because it had superb roots , which would have given the tree a strong foundation ( His Granddaughter meanwhile was happily pulling up small shoots and plants on her own , as they only have weak roots ) Jesus is our foundation.
our first song of the morning was Song: 522 – Standing on the promises
and following the Bible reading we continued on to sing our next congregational Song: 578 Christ of glory
We had a short time of Prayer , which included Prayer for our Band currently leading worship at Hastings Temple
We then heard from some of our YP members , who spoke of last weekends retreat , where they took part in many activities including Raft Building, Archery, and Crate Stacking ( which seemed to be the most popular activity)
We sang The Lord’s my Shepherd, to the New tune – 863 as our next song , and this was followed by our Singing Company , who sang ” With all I am ”
46 ‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When the flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.’
The Songsters message this morning was “Praise his Holy Name” and then we had Major Ian’s Message ‘What are we building on? and following a quick singing of the Sunday School song ” The Rain came down & the floods came up ” we were told that Major Ian had recently been looking at the Corp archives , as our 150th Anniversary is coming soon. Ian commended the fantastic work of Peter Wood who had researched and documented our history , and while it was fairly well known that Catherine Booth had opened the work in Chatham , it may not have been known ( certainly I didn’t know ) that this was not a Ribbon cutting ceremony on the first day , Catherine Booth preached at Chatham for about three months , with william Booth preaching on the opening day . The original building was in the Brook, which was a rough part of town , having the most number of public houses in one road apparently . Early officers recorded having to bodily eject some troublemakers .The early work carried out in Chatham forms our foundations. Do we have the strong foundations in Jesus of our early pioneers and will history show that we stood firm & made a difference in our community ?
Our final Song of the morning was 861 – In Christ Alone
For I’m building a people of power
And I’m making a people of praise
That will move through
this land by My Spirit
And will glorify
My precious Name
Some Photographs of the Band at the Open Air in Hastings on Saturday , in Butlers Gap in Hastings Old town, a further report on the Bands weekend will follow soon .