Major Ian Payne stated “ God is infinitely MORE than we know”
What are we committed to?
He reminded us of all the Activities in the building during the week.
Pray for them!
We need to be different from last year
Text: Ephesians 3:
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us”
Just imagine what could be achieved this year !
A Video was shown ‘God is in it all ‘
Reminding us that God is Greater than you will ever know! He will surprise you !
Singing Company “All there is of me “. Isabella Woodman Sang a solo.
Major Judith prayed for our youth
YP SS Primary JS Scouts Beavers Tweenagers Youth Club NRD YP Band YP Sing Co
Susan Willard prayed for leaders
Tracey Wood prayed for children under our care
A prayer for Chatham
God is in us!
Song 401 “We want to see Jesus Lifted High”
Prayers offered by Major Ian Major Estelle Clack and Corps Sergeant Major Tim Scott
Songsters sang “Tell the People”
Message: “God is infinitely more”
Don’t Limit God . We are not Self sufficient. Don’t have
Low esteem. Remember we are loved behind knowledge .
Colossians 2:6-10 was quoted
William Booth’s commission was “go for the worst”.
Remember Ephesians 3:20 “To Him who is able”
Are we determined to commit ourselves? We need to be different and hungry to be more like Jesus.
If you don’t do it who will?
Let us repent!
Then there was time to listen and pray. Commitment Cards were available. People moved forward and signed their commitment cards kneeling or sitting at tables provided.
Major asked “What does God want us to do or where does He want us to go?”
God will make a difference
Allow Him to speak!
Ask for forgiveness.
Kneeling in commitment !
Song 601 “Lord I Come To You”
Prayer by Major Ian
Song 925 “Let Us Go Out”
Benediction by Major Ian
My Thanks to Major Estelle Clack
for the mornings report
Please find Copied below an extract of our Welcome sheet
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’.
My grateful thanks to TE Tony McClure for his leadership of the meeting last Sunday morning.
Today is our Commitment Sunday and this morning we will be focusing around the thoughts of ‘God is Infinitely MORE’ What are we committed to?
We will be looking at all the activities that take place in our building, appreciating what they offer to the community and to us and we will be praying for them. Also, I want us to be looking at ourselves. I have said ‘We need to be different from last year’ in our spiritual development, in our outreach, in our care, in ourselves…….what are we going to do about it? Our text this morning is from Ephesians 3, ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us’. Wow. Just dream for a moment and think what could be achieved this year, in us, through us and for us.
Tonight, we will have our Annual Meeting, where you will have the opportunity to ask the leadership questions about the Corps life.
God bless Chatham Citadel Corps as we worship today, in spirit and in truth, re-committing ourselves once again to His service, for us and others. 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.
Your prayers are needed for all those in our Corps fellowship but especially for the following:
Please continue to pray that God will bless all the efforts that are being made to help those who are in need; these include Tuesday evening guests and Foodbank clients. Our volunteers are committed to providing the best service possible which can be at cost to themselves. Bless our volunteers.
As we greatly value the power of prayer, a Prayer Chain operates via email at the Corps, co-ordinated by Jean Jones on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please email Jean if you would like to add your name to those already on the list to provide an active prayer response to requests.
Next week-end, several members of the Corps will be travelling to Swanwick for an Encounter Prayer Gathering organized by the SA Prayer Network.
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.
THIS WEEK AT THE HALL
MONDAY 20th 10am – 1pm Employment + 10:30 – 1pm Medway Foodbank
10am Mainly Music
10am – 1pm Monday cafe
2 for 2.30 Book Club, High St Costa
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 TE Tony Mc
THURSDAY 23rd 6:15pm Singing Company
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
10am Mummy & Me
NEXT SUNDAY 26th January
10:30 Sunday School
1pm Band Learners
5pm NO MEETING
Sunday 2nd February 4pm
This will be the Installation of Lt. Colonel Judith Payne as Training Principal at the William Booth College at 4pm – Led by the Territorial Commander, Commissioner Anthony Cotterill. Chatham Band will be participating as well as Bromley Songsters.
If you wish to attend a coach will be made available (if we have the numbers) – it will leave Chatham Hall at 1:45pm and returning approx. 8/8:30pm.
Can you let Major Ian know if you want a seat on the coach – it will cost approx. £5/6 per person.
We are grateful to Majors Ian & Judith 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.
Dragon Boat Race
After the fabulous success of our team last year at the Rotary Dragon Boat Race, I am looking for willing ‘paddlers’ again for this year on Sunday 24th May. I need at least 20 people. I will be approaching those who participated last year, but if you are interested please see Major Ian.
Next Bacon Butty Coffee Morning….
Is Saturday 1st February 10am – 12:30pm, come and enjoy a Bacon Butty, Scrumptious cakes and have a good old natter!
BRING A FRIEND
Monday Scripture Reading — Psalm 77:1-4
I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. — Psalm 77:1
For followers of Christ, calling out to our God—the source of our life and strength and hope—is a natural response to shock, fear, disbelief, and grief. Sometimes “Oh, God!” is all we can say as our mind races and our world blurs. It’s our 911 call to the God of the universe.
One of the wonderful things about the Psalms is that, by example, we are granted permission to cry out to God in desperation. It’s human to fear death when we’re diagnosed with cancer. And it’s human to want to die when we lose a precious child or spouse. God’s people are not required to be stoic in difficult times. Instead, we are invited to collapse into the arms of God, who will hold us tightly, catch our tears, and carry us through whatever lies ahead.
Tuesday Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:169-176
I have strayed like a lost sheep. Seek your servant, for I have not forgotten your commands. — Psalm 119:176
Here, at the very end of this psalm, the author compares himself to a wandering sheep. By his own admission, he stands guilty of failing to keep God’s instructions. He needs help.
Throughout the psalm, we have seen the psalmist passionately crying out in desperate situations. Often he asks for God’s rescue, and repeatedly he finds peace and joy in meeting God in his Word, even when God may seem silent. The irony, of course, is that the psalmist hasn’t been searching for God so much as God has been seeking the psalmist all along—from the very start. By providing his precious Word, which we all desperately need, God has shown beyond the shadow of a doubt his mercy and his love.
Wednesday Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:145-152
You are near, Lord, and all of your commands are true. — Psalm 119:151
It seems the psalmist has reached a level of desperation. Yet each time he cries out, in his heart he expresses an equally strong affirmation of hope and comfort in God’s Word. And he expresses his unflagging commitment to obeying God’s decrees and statutes. Even as the psalmist’s enemies inch closer, even as God seems to remain silent, the psalmist puts his hope in God and his Word, and he commits himself to obey God. In obedience, the psalmist finds God’s heart and feels God’s closeness.
A life of faith includes moments when God seems silent. We don’t know why God doesn’t always answer immediately when we call. But if we reflect on all the promises God has made and kept—all lavishly recorded in his Word—we can be sure that God keeps his promises and will answer.
Thursday Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:129-136
Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees. — Psalm 119:135
The words “Make your face shine on your servant” echo the blessing found in Numbers 6:24-26. There God explains how to give his people a blessing, saying: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Here God conveys to his people that he sees them and promises to love and protect them.
In our reading for today, the psalmist sees the light of God’s Word, and his passion for God grows, leading to a greater thirst for God’s Word. As he reads and meditates, ponders and absorbs, the writer’s understanding of God’s love, mercy, and compassion deepens and his longing for God increases. The intensity of his passion for God leads him even to pant for God’s Word!
Friday Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:113-120
Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live. — Psalm 119:116
The psalmist has cried out in lament many times already in Psalm 119. Like other lamenters in the Bible, the writer groans under the weight of distress in facing enemies and opposition. Here the psalmist reveals that he is under extreme duress from his enemies, who are also God’s enemies.
The faithful take refuge in God and in his Word, treating God’s Word as their shield and sword. They bow before God and put their hope in God’s instruction, holding it in the highest esteem.
And in the midst of this discussion we hear the psalmist making a bold and wonderful request, in faith: “Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live.”
Saturday Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:105-112
Your word is a lamp for my feet, and light on my path. — Psalm 119:105
We live in a spiritually dark world where our souls are often in peril. In this section of Psalm 119 the psalmist declares that God’s Word is a light for our path for living in this dark world.
The psalmist vows to use God’s Word to shine a light on his path. He’s not suggesting that God’s Word shines a light on the future, as if he could sneak a peek into events that would take place tomorrow or next year. He is saying that God’s Word helps him to understand right from wrong as he faces choices today. He is saying God’s Word teaches the meaning of obedience so that he can live confidently for God in his world each day.
In some places you walk today, you may need a flashlight. But in every place you go, you will need God’s Word as a lamp for your feet and a light for your path.
Sunday Scripture Reading — Psalm 119:97-104
How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth! — Psalm 119:103
Some people have described this section of Psalm 119 as “quiet.” Unlike many other sections, which bristle with emotional tension and cry out with pleasure to God, here the psalmist quietly meditates on the wisdom of God’s Word.
As the Creator of the heavens and the earth and all living things, God knows what’s best for living in his world. If we want to learn and be guided by his wisdom, we need to turn to his Word. God’s Word guides and blesses all who seek his wisdom.
At the very least, we can understand this psalm as a lifelong call of living into God’s Word, which can nourish us with divine wisdom for everyday life. In this sense, we can see why the psalmist says God’s words are “sweeter than honey”!