Harvest celebrations 15/09/2019

Today as we celebrated Harvest our meeting were led by Lieutenant Scott Garman from Glasgow City Centre corps.

The band provided the call to worship this morning as we played Now thank we all our God (Kenneth A. Elloway)

Now thank we all our God,
with heart and hands and voices,
who wondrous things has done,
in whom this world rejoices;
who from our mothers’ arms
has blessed us on our way
with countless gifts of love,
and still is ours today.

During worship we played Paul Sharman’s Everlasting Hope, which features the hymn tune Great Is Thy Faithfulness, and reminds us that

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own great presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.

We were challenged by Lieutenant Scott to consider how we would respond if a friend, a neighbour or a foreigner asked us for help. And reminded us that before we can help others we must first love God, then ourselves, and then others.

As the benediction the band played the music associated with these words

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there is hatred, let me bring you love;
Where there is injury, your healing pow’r,
And where there’s doubt, true faith in you.

Make me a channel of your peace:
Where there’s despair in life let me bring hope;
Where there is darkness, – only light,
And where there’s sadness, ever joy.

Our afternoon meeting was also led by Lieutenant Scott, and got off to a great start as the band played the march Star Lake (Eric Ball).

We were told by Lieutenant Scott that practice doesn’t make perfect, but that practice makes permanent. He then asked us ensure we don’t just go through the motions of being a Christian by attending church on a Sunday. But instead we try to live our lives as God has directed us to, as only then will living like Christ become habit.

The band contributed two items to our worship. The first the song arrangement Blood of the Lamb (Ian Feltwell). And later in the meeting we played the quick march Spiritoso (Steve Ponsford).

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