Our meeting this morning will be led by
TERRITORIAL ENVOY TONY McCLURE
Theme: Sin in the spotlight
Reading: 2 Samuel 11:1-17
We have no Afternoon meeting today
Extract from our Newsletter
Corps Website: www.chathamsa.org.uk
20th October 2019
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
This newsletter is covering two weeks as Judith and I are on furlough, being pampered by my brother in Jersey! (Here’s hoping)
I am grateful to Paul (Scoulding) for leading last Sunday’s worship and to Territorial Envoy Tony (McClure) for the 20th October. I will be praying for the Corps on these Sundays that you will be blessed and receive from God in new and fresh ways.
There will not be a 5pm meeting on either of these Sundays.
Can I thank you all for your donations of tins given in the Harvest for the Foodbank. Can I ask that you please keep them coming and let Fran or Trevor have your donations.
You will see that, after last year’s fantastic success, we are running the ‘Advent Calendar Hamper’ again. We have looked carefully at the contents and are asking that the hamper be given in ‘Bags for Life’ – the hessian/hard fibre bags. These will be easy for transporting and handling. Please see Sam for details.
We are approaching a very busy time with lots going on. Please pray for each other, the leadership and all that is being planned for this season.
God bless Chatham Citadel Corps and the community we serve
God Bless you all
Ian F Payne – Major
Please pray this prayer:
Father God, I pray for my church today, that you will fill each of us with your joy and peace, and that, in our worship, our fellowship and mission, we will overflow with hope, by the power of your Holy Spirit, in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
Please pray that God will guide all those who are planning and organizing the Christmas events so that there will be an impact on our local community to bring God’s love to their hearts.
Please use the Prayer Book upstairs in the Prayer corner to list any specific prayer requests.
Prayers can also be put in the Prayer Box at the back of the Hall. They will be added to the prayer book and prayed for on Friday.
We are grateful to Heather Woodhouse for the flowers which adorn our hall. (Thanks to Joan for arranging them). Please add your name to the list of dates on the notice-board if you wish to donate flowers.
THIS WEEK AT THE HALL
10am – 1pm Employment +
10:30 – 1pm Medway Foodbank
7:00pm L.I.F.E. Dinner
1:30 Oasis Fellowship
8pm Bible Study
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
NEXT SUNDAY 27th October
10am Major Ian F Payne
10:30 Sunday School
1pm Band Learners
5pm Special Guest: Billie Jo O’Leary
from ‘Home for Good’ charity
Medway Foodbank, of which we are a part, is desperately short of supplies. If all of us are able to bring two tins a week we have the potential of giving over 150 tins a week to this worthwhile project – a box in the foyer will be provided – Thanks for your support.
Sunday 20th October – Today
Our Morning worship will be led by Territorial Envoy Tony McClure as Major Ian will be at Westminster Abbey for an Annual Service that he is involved in.
There is no 5pm Meeting today.
Sunday 27th October
Our 5pm meeting will be a Guest service with Billie Jo O’Leary from ‘Home For Good’ – a Christian Charity that looks for homes for children to be adopted. Billie is a local lady with a remarkable story.
Sunday 3rd November
The 146th Anniversary of Chatham Citadel Corps will be led by Major Marian Parker (Worthing Citadel) at 10 am and at 5pm with an ‘On the Sofa’ with Major Marian.
Sunday 17th November
Mike Dare from the Church Army will be leading our morning worship. Mike is one of the team of church leaders in Chatham Town Centre focusing on Youth.
Saturday 2nd November
Bacon Butty and Natter morning in aid of the Homeless Dinner Life Project on Tuesday nights.
Christmas Day Volunteering
If you (friends or neighbours) wish to volunteer for the Christmas Day programme of activities please see Major Ian or contact Grace, who is
co-ordinating the day on 07870 636451
Community Christmas Celebration
Let’s fill the hall and enjoy this event. Invitations will soon be available.
I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship.
Because God went first and sacrificed what is most precious to him to save us, he can ask us to surrender ourselves to him. Only one problem: The sacrifice wants to keep crawling off the altar. But, since we are that sacrifice, let’s offer ourselves fully to God!
It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.
Don’t you love gifts! When they’re truly given, with no strings attached, all we have to do is receive them. The greatest gift we’ve ever received has nothing to do with our efforts. It is a gift from God. We didn’t earn it, deserve it, or purchase it. God gave it through his sacrificial gift so our salvation would not be our boast, but his kindness.
Wednesday—1 Peter 5:8-9
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
Satan is real. He and his power are intended to harm. But rather than spending our time worrying about him, let’s resist him when we are tempted and focus on Jesus. He’s the one who won the big showdown at Calvary, triumphing over Satan. He took Satan’s greatest tool and disarmed it. Now we can resist and Satan will flee.
Pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints.
Heaven is something we see with our heart. When we are discouraged, doubtful, and depressed, we need to have the eyes of our hearts “enlightened.” The dawn needs to rise in our darkness, and then we will see the dawn of hope and the riches of our inheritance. But when things look bad, the only way to remember these things is to sing them, pray them, and read God’s promises of them.
Friday—1 Peter 2:9
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
We’ve been picked to be on God’s team, and we were picked first! We have an important role to play in the unfolding of the world’s history. We’re here to declare God’s praises to those who don’t know him so they can find his marvellous light and leave their world of darkness.
Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.
Yes, there are things we don’t like about our government. But God has truly blessed us to enjoy the protection of the authorities. But we also live in the time of some of the greatest persecution ever known in the Christian era. So, as we pray for our leaders and thank God for our freedoms, let’s not forget the persecuted church all over the world.
Sunday—2 Corinthians 3:6
He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant – not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.
A new covenant — God willingly entered into a new agreement with us, his creatures, sealed it with the blood of his Son Jesus, and sent the Spirit to give us the power to live the life of this new covenant. God has made a covenant of love and grace with us. The Almighty has then turned around and made us worthy and competent to share that covenant with others. No wonder it is life-giving: it brings life to us and through us!
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