Our Morning meeting was led by Major Ian Payne and began with music from the Band , ” I Will Trust In You Alone ” and “Wonder Of It All”
Major Ian called Tim Scott to the platform to officially thank him for 13 years service as our Corps Sergeant Major
We also welcomed Isla Emilie Johnson to the Corps for the first time, with Proud Parents, Grandparents and Great Grandfather.
Today also marked the installation of Lt Col Judith Payne as the Training Principal of William Booth College (Ceremony was Sunday Afternoon, more on that later), and she was applauded by the congregation.
Major Ian’s theme this morning was What does Jesus look like to you? and recently having been on holiday in Rome, he saw many great painting of Jesu , and we were shown some on the screen. We were asked what does Jesus look like to to us & in us, as understanding him can only come through relationship.
The mornings first song was Song 335 Great God, your love has called us here – Tune 446 Solid Rock
followed by Song 471 Only by Grace can we enter – Tune 790
Following a short time of Prayer we next had the Commissioning of our New CSM – Paul Scoulding
Paul had a verse from Habakkuk come to him during the week – which he felt applied to Chatham Corps
Major Ian used the words from 1 Peter 4:10
Our Scripture Reading was from Psalm 119: 145-152
The Singing Company gave us the song ” You can never be too grateful”
our next congregational song of the morning was Song 674 “Saviour while my heart is tender” – Tune 379 South Shields & during the singing of this the Songsters gathered on the platform to bring their message ” He Was There ” by Isobel & Ian Robinson
The Message Major Ian F Payne
Major Ian Commented that the final line of the Songsters piece, When you surrender your heart he’ll be there, was such a powerful line, when God can seem a million miles away sometimes ( No matter who you are ) . We must remember Jesus loves us and forget all the other stuff that can get in the way .
Major Ian’s sermon was based on
Psalm 119:146-152 (NIV)
146 I call out to you; save me
and I will keep your statutes.
147 I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I have put my hope in your word.
148 My eyes stay open through the watches of the night,
that I may meditate on your promises.
149 Hear my voice in accordance with your love;
preserve my life, Lord, according to your laws.
150 Those who devise wicked schemes are near,
but they are far from your law.
151 Yet you are near, Lord,
and all your commands are true.
152 Long ago I learned from your statutes
that you established them to last forever.
and he spoke of the Psalmist’s relentless call for God and his hope and comfort in God. The Psalmist committed himself to obey God . We can find Christ in the midst of all we do & we must remember we can’t tell someone else about something we don’t know ourselves
The meeting was drawn to a close with the singing of our two final songs
Song 323 Lord, hear my prayer
Tune 762 Move Holy Spirit
a new song for most of us
Song 847 I serve a risen Saviour
Tune 681 “ “
Major Ian closed with a Benediction
In the Afternoon our Band and many from the Congregation went to the William Booth Training College to support Lt Col Judith Payne as she was installed as the Training Principal of the College