146th Corps Anniversary
Worship will be led by Major Marian Parker (Worthing Citadel)
Entitled – Light in a dark world
5pm The Evening meeting will be an ‘On the Sofa’ meeting. Major Ian will interview Major Marian Parker
Don’t Forget this Saturday
Notes from our Newsletter
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
HAPPY 146th ANNIVERSARY CHATHAM CITADEL Today we welcome Major Marian Parker from Worthing Corps, to lead us in worship as we celebrate and thank God for 146 years of Salvation Army ministry in Chatham and still going strong. We thank God for all those who invested time, energy, leadership and vision in the past, but we trust God for those same things as we approach our 150th Anniversary. I am delighted to share with you that the General Brian Peddle has agreed to come and lead our celebrations in 2023 – God is at work. We are grateful to Major Marian for her time and message that she will bring us today. A day of reflection and I am sure, looking back, but certainly a day for giving God the future and ourselves for His kingdom’s sake.
Tonight at 5pm Major Marian will be On the Sofa, sharing her journey through words, music and song. At these times we gain so much for ourselves when we hear similar stories.
God bless Chatham Citadel Corps. It is a privilege to be the Officer for a group of people who are engaged and wanting God to grow the church. Let us be blessed as we worship together today.
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 also pray for the Tuesday LIFE Project and particularly, one of our Guests, Rosie, who died a few weeks ago and whose funeral service is on Thursday. She was a well known ‘character’ in and around Chatham and the community has been shocked by her death.
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 Mike Rowley 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
10am Mainly Music
10am – 1pm Monday cafe
3pm-5pm NRS Club
6pm Beavers & Cubs
7:30pm Scouts & Explorers
6:30 YP Band & Learners
7:00pm L.I.F.E. Dinner
8pm Senior Band
9:30am Medway Language Sch
8pm Bible Study
6:15pm Singing Company
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
10am Mummy & Me
NEXT SUNDAY 10th November
The Band will be at the Civic Service
10:30 Sunday School
1pm Band Learners
5pm Christmas Information Meeting
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.
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
Christmas is coming as is the Community Carol Service on Saturday and Sunday 14th & 15th December
Invite Cards for Friends and Family are now available. Can I remind you that it is your opportunity to invite someone to an event that they will very likely say yes. If we all brought one person the hall would not be big enough. Let’s all do our part.
Monday Psalms 95:1-2
Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song.
Joy knows no better explanation than laughter and song. We sing to the Lord because we are joyful! Our music is not inhibited or held back, but exuberant and as full of sound as it is of heart. Thanksgiving brings us into the Father’s presence and it is our joy at being saved that leads us to sing.
Tuesday 1 Corinthians 1:4-5
I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way – in all your speaking and in all your knowledge.
The apostle Paul was amazing. He is writing to one of the most problematic churches and yet finds reasons to give thanks for them. First, he is thankful for them because Jesus died for them. When God extends his race to others, how can we not do the same? Second, he recognizes the areas of their abuse are also a reason to give thanks – they may have distorted it, but when reined in to honour God, these gifts could bless their church. Even though he has tough words to follow, Paul’s example reminds us that a child of God is something to be cherished, even if they have problems.
Wednesday Colossians 3:15
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Peace – that illusive state of grace that incorporates all of life’s well-being. Because of Jesus, we have true shalom -wellness in body, soul, and spirit. His relationships with others, his victory over sin, death and the grave ensures that we can have peace, too! So as we receive the Spirit of Christ into our hearts, we can live with our brothers and sisters, no matter how flawed, in a state of peace. Besides, as Paul changes metaphors on us, we are the Body of Christ and of course a body does not want to be at war with itself. So live in peace with others, and do so with thanksgiving.
Thursday Psalms 100:4-5
Enter [the Lord’s] gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Worship is always about entering – entering into grace, entering with thanksgiving, entering to share with others, but most of all entering into the Lord’s presence in a special way. But our entering is not the basis of worship. Instead, worship is about the Lord’s faithfulness, goodness, and enduring grace. We come to God like so many before us, who are waiting with God for us. We come to praise him for all he has been, all he is, and all he will be. We come to enter and worship.
Friday Colossians 2:6-7
Just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Some things you don’t change, swap, or update. In an age when computer processors make major leaps every few months and software companies release new upgrades every year, we get programmed into looking for the new and improved version of everything. The simple but profound truth is that Jesus is Lord. No update needed. No rival worthy. No change necessary. In fact, if we stray from this as the basis of our life, we put all we hold dear at risk. But if we continue, if we grow, if we root ourselves in this truth and make it the undergirding reality of our lives, then our future is secure and our victory assured!
Saturday Philippians 3:17
Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Everything! All! No matter what we say, no matter what we do, it is to be offered as a gift of thanks to God with Jesus’ name, power, and honour attached! This makes all of life our worship and thanksgiving to God. There’s no such thing as going to worship; if we live, if we talk, if we act it’s worship. So how has your worship been lately?
Sunday Hebrews 12:28
Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.
We are receiving the triumphant and glorious victory of God in his Kingdom. We will join with the angels and the saints of old and live with the Father forever in victorious and never-ending joy. But this Kingdom doesn’t begin just when Jesus returns. This Kingdom has started now in his Church, his people, those in whom God’s will is cherished and obeyed. So our worship should be filled with awe that the holy God of Israel is also the lowly God in Jesus who has redeemed us and made us to be a holy people unto himself. What else can we do but worship with heartfelt thanksgiving and wonder-struck awe?
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