Corps 123rd anniversary weekend

This weekend we celebrated 123 years of the Salvation Army in Bellshill. Our weekend started last night with an excellent social evening organised by the young folk of the corps.

Our leaders for the weekend were Majors Donald and Ann Montgomery, and this morning they challenged us to go out into our community and spread God’s message.

The band’s shared an arrangement of Midwinter during worship this morning:

In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
Long ago.

We concluded worship by reinforcing the message from Donald and Ann, to take God out into our community, as we played Lord, If Your Presence:

Lord, if your presence does not go with us,
Please do not send us up from here.
How will anyone know we are your people
Unless you go before us?

Lord, if your favour does not rest on us
We dare not move beyond this place,
How will anyone know we go in your name
Unless your blessing is over us?

So we stand within your presence,
And humbly seek your grace;
Father Almighty, Jehovah, Saviour,
We long to meet you face to face.
Let your glory fall upon us,
Convict, inspire, provide;
Father Almighty, Jehovah, Saviour,
Your holy presence is our guide.

Lord if your presence does not stay with us,
Please do not send us up from here.
How will anyone hear of truth and goodness
Unless your Word speaks through us?

Lord, if your presence is not love in us
How can we minister your grace?
How will anyone feel your tender mercy
Unless your heart is in us?

So we stand within your presence…

This afternoon the band did it’s second carolling session of the weekend – yesterday they played at Tesco Bellshill, and this afternoon at Uddingston.

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