Our Meeting this Sunday morning was led by Major Ian Payne
‘Self Denial or Deny Self’
Following the Announcements by our New CSM Paul Scoulding
Major Ian spoke of small changes we could make in our Lives , in the spirit of self Denial. Maybe get up a little earlier, or make your walk to work a little longer , and devote that extra time to working on your Spiritual life
Our first song of the morning was
Song 335 Great God, your love has called us here
Tune 446 Solid Rock
Song 998 Beauty for Brokenness
Tune 638 God of the poor
After a time of Prayer the Singing Company gave us the song ” Do Something Beautiful ”
and we had our Scripture Reading Mark 16:14-19
followed by the singing of
Song 522 Standing on the Promises
Tune 840 “ “
The Songsters Message for this morning was ” Your Light ” – William Hastings/Andrew Blythe
The Message Major Ian F Payne
Major Ian’s Message this morning was in part inspired by a conversation with the Dean of Westminster Abbey , where the Abbey is referred to as the spiritual heart of the UK, Major Ian wondered if we could aspire to be the Spiritual heart of Chatham . If we all worked on increasing the time we spend improving our Spiritual life we could make progress to that aim
our final two songs of the morning were
Song 424 I heard the voice of Jesus say
Tune Musical Salvationist October 1989
Song 843 I know not why
Tune 80 I know whom I have believed
The Benediction was delivered by Lt Col Judith Payne
The Afternoon Meeting was a Meditation on the Psalms a relaxed meditation with the Psalms, with music, film and words
We read Psalm 8
and listened to ” Everywhere ” – General John Gowans
This was followed by Psalm 46
and we saw a video and heard the song “Be Still ” by Hillsongs
we next looked at
As the deer Pants for the Water
We saw a short video made by Major Ian, the audio of which was Chatham Songsters singing ” under the Cover of his Wings” ( recorded 2009 )
Psalm 23– Lord is my Shepherd , and were were asked to think of the most important verse to us , out of the 6 verses
psalm 150 – sung in Hebrew
The Benediction was – Deep Peace
Please find below extracts from the Corps News Letter
Welcome to Chatham Salvation Army, a Christian fellowship where we are attempting to bring ‘Christ to people and people to Christ’. What a great weekend it was last week. Many have commented at the privilege of going to the WBC to be a part of the installation of Judith as Principal. My personal thanks to the band for their ministry and participation. To be in the Assembly Hall always is a blessing to know of the thousands of commitments that have been made over the years by countless Officers who have knelt at the Mercy Seat – Judith and I being two of the same. Today is the commencement of our Self Denial Appeal, where we look at the Salvation Army’s Work in West Africa for the next five weeks and then on the 8th March we make a Monetary Gift to be used by the Salvation Army in that Area. This morning more will be explained about the origins of Self Denial that commenced in 1886 by William Booth.
Our 5pm meeting will be a relaxed meditation with the Psalms, with music, film and words. An opportunity to receive from God in a relaxed and purposeful way. Also, commencing today at 9:45am, I with my Leadership Team will be in the Bradbury Room praying for the meeting. You are welcome to join us. God Bless Chatham Corps as we worship in Spirit and in Truth 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. There are many who have health/age related problems and others who are finding life difficult at the moment.
Please pray for the clients who come to Employment Plus and for those who volunteer to help them and provide other services such as literacy skills.
Pray for the regular outreach of the Corps in the form of sales of SA literature in the High Street, Chaplaincy support and High St/Hospice ministry.
Prayer requests can 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.
Please use the Prayer Book upstairs in the Prayer corner to list any specific prayer requests.
We are grateful to Carole & Adrian Horwood 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
MONDAY 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
8pm Ladies Fellowship Quiz PM
6:30 YP Band & Learners 7:00pm L.I.F.E. Dinner
8pm Senior Band
9:30am Medway Language Sch
8pm Bible Study
THURSDAY 6:15pm Singing Company
12 Noon Prayer Fellowship
10:30 – 1pm Foodbank
10am Mummy & Me 7pm Youff
NEXT SUNDAY 16th February
10am ‘Your Giants’
10:30 Sunday School
1pm Band Learners
5pm No Meeting
Forthcoming Sundays at 5pm
Feb 16th No Meeting
Feb 23rd Songs & Their Stories – No Sections
March 1st Holiness Meeting – Band & Songsters
March 8th Dedication of Reggie Wilkinson with YP Sections
March 15th An Evening with the Songsters
March 22nd World View of TSA No Sections
March 29th Divisional Youth Band Praise
LADIES FELLOWSHIP Ladies Fellowship is on Monday 10th February at 8pm at the Hall will be holding a Quiz Night – Bring a Friend with Brains!
*NEW* CRAFTY WEDNESDAY *NEW* Starting Wednesday 12th February at 10.30am-12.30 will commence a weekly Craft Fellowship. It will be an informal group where you can bring whatever you are working on or wanting to learn some new craft and share with the group and get advice and support. It will be relaxed time of sharing, maybe learning something new. You can come along for time of fellowship or could just make the tea. All suggestions welcome, if interested speak to Major Estelle or Rae Edwards
Congratulations to Rachel & Mark Johnson on the arrival of Isla Emilie and proud Grandparents, Carole & Adrian on their 3rd Grandchild. God bless Rachel & Mark and & welcome Isla.
NEXT BACON BUTTY MORNING….
Is Saturday 7th March 10am – 12:30pm, come and enjoy a Bacon Butty, Scrumptious cakes and have a good old natter! BRING A FRIEND
YOUNG PEOPLE 13+
Today 10:30 will be ‘Youth Cell’ – a time for Youth Bible Study and fellowship. All Young people welcome – Please ask Louise Robinson for full details.
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.
Monday 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not focus on me, but on others. Each of these qualities of love is based upon an affectionate, compassionate, and forgiving attitude that regards others of value and not just self. No wonder the old saying goes “The middle of sIn is a big I!”
Tuesday 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Always love – pretty tall order and pretty tough stuff. Only God is “always.” But then Christians are fuelled to an “always love” through the Holy Spirit! Check out the promised source of “always” love in Romans 5:5.
Wednesday John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Did you know the Bible doesn’t just say, “God loves you?” Now don’t let me confuse you, it does say God loves us many times, but each time it does, it shows us that love as well. God loved us so much time He didn’t just say I love you with a valentine, He showed He loved us by sending His Son!
Thursday John 13:34-35 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. How do you recognize Jesus’ followers? How do you find Christians? Jesus said they love each other just as he loved the disciples. In the immediate context, this means he is willing to give sacrificially and extravagantly by dying for them on the cross, and he is also willing to love selflessly and practically by washing their feet. His ministry reveals he also will do almost anything in between extravagant and practical. Imagine if we all read the Gospels, and committed to love each other in the same way Jesus showed his love to his disciples!
Friday 1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. He loved us first! He offered His Son to save us regardless of our decision to believe or ignore His grace. We are given the ability to accept or reject the death of His Son as the sacrifice for our sins. The only condition, as 1 John 2:1-2 emphasizes, is that we realize that He died for everyone else in the world, too!
Saturday 1 John 3:11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. The original message – love one another. The enduring message – love one another. The most convicting message – love one another. The most difficult message – love one another. I’m reminded of the little verse: To dwell above with saints we love, O that will be glory. But to dwell below with saints we know, now that’s another story. But it’s the story we’re called to write!
Sunday Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. Conquerors! We win!! When you open up the final book of the Bible, Revelation, that is the message – Christians win because Jesus is the one true conqueror. No matter how the battle is going for you right now, remember that in the end, we win!