Ashburnham Place in springtime is very beautiful.
During the past weekend seven of our ladies have been at Ashburnham attending the Women’s Weekend hosted by the London South East Division under the direction of Divisional Family Officer Maureen Ross, a former member of our corps. We hope to bring you a more detailed report on the ‘goings on’ later in the week, so watch this space.
As far as activity at Chatham is concerned, our morning meeting yesterday was led by Major Kathy Woodhouse. She continued with the question ‘what does God think about work?’. This week the subject was ‘lip service’.
Basing the meeting on Titus 2:1-10 and Colossians 4:2-6 Kathy chose songs 760, 867, 212 and 568 from The Salvation Army Song Book together with 480 and 441 from Songs of Fellowship. Musical ministry from the Singing Company (‘On this Rock’)and Songsters (‘Jesus will still be there’ and ‘I will Sing’) added much to the worship.
The meeting included the commissioning of Rachel Horwood and Sarah Lockwood, both as Assistant Singing Company Leaders, and Theresa Tranah as a Songster. Theresa testified to her faith in God as expressed in being a Songster with particular reference to the Brigade’s recent visit to Derby.
L to R: Rachel, Sarah and Theresa
In her message Kathy reminded us of the old (very) Primary chorus which begins ‘Be careful little lips, what you say’. She said faith is not static. It is meant for sharing and we need to be reminded of this from time to time. We cannot make our faith a secret thing between us and God. It is not possible to be a Christian without telling anyone. God’s plan for the world was a mystery until it was revealed in Jesus. Paul’s prayer was that there would always be an opportunity for witness. What difference would it make if you asked God to open doors for you? Try it and see. You will then become a conduit for God’s grace.
In the evening Major Drew returned to the theme ‘Compelled by Love’. He continued under the heading of ‘Faithful to the truth’. This was the second time during the week that truth has featured strongly, the other being our Wednesday evening Bible Study.
The meeting began with ‘Wake Up O Sleeper‘ and 1 Peter 2:9. Songs 371, 463 and 141 from The Salvation Army Song Book and 362, 1419 and 755 from Songs of Fellowship were also used to support the scripture taken from 2 Timothy 4:2-5.
The Band contributed ‘Praising’ and the Songsters ‘With All My Heart’. Further musical ministry was provided by Adrian Horwood with a euphonium solo featuring the theme tune ‘Compelled by Love’.
In his address Drew asked ‘how good are you at discerning what is true or false?’ Paul gives Timothy some advice in the context of people around him believing in unsound doctrine. This can be confusing. We all live by a particular set of beliefs and values. The question is ‘what are yours?’ How do we keep to the gospel of Jesus Christ? What is truth? Drew outlined the gospel and its effects. The source of this is JESUS (John 3:16) “For God so loved……………..” The gospel of Jesus is about love and we must tell this to others. Trust in a person and faith in action. A commitment to serve! Exciting, so be encouraged, keep your head and get on with it.
We also need to remind readers that on Tuesday the funeral of Chris Page will take place. The Service of Thanksgiving will commence at 10.30am at The Salvation Army Hall in Church Street and will be followed by the Committal at Medway Crematorium at 11.20am. Joan has requested that Salvation Army uniform or black suits and ties should not be worn. Bright clothing please!
In conclusion we give thanks to God for his goodness in enabling us to reach more and more people through the ministry of this website. The readership figures are rising steadily and continuously and we thank those who regularly visit us and keep in touch. We also welcome all new readers and encourage them to return from time to time to see how things are going. We commit ourselves to continue to ‘bring Christ to people’ in this way through providing items of interest, both topical and historical, news, encouragement, teaching and challenge. God bless you all and have a good week.