Morning meeting 19/08/2018

Worship started with the band providing the call to worship. We shared Steven Ponsford’s arrangement of the Matt Redman song 10,000 Reasons entitled The Break Of Day:

Bless the Lord, Oh my soul
Oh my soul, worship his holy name
Sing like never before, Oh my soul
I’ll worship your holy name

The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, Oh my soul
Oh my soul, worship his holy name
Sing like never before, Oh my soul
I’ll worship your holy name

God was most definitely with us this morning, and I’m sure every one of us was challenged by something which was said or done, or by the musical contributions of the sections.

Some of the young people who recently attended Summer School led us in prayer at the start of the meeting, asking us to consider how fear affected our faith. They concluded the prayer time with a vocal duet from Miriam Mathie and Cameron Shanks, during which we were asked to write on a piece of paper our prayer requests. A number of people brought their prayer requests and laid them on the mercy seat as Miriam and Cameron sang.

We also heard more of the life changes experiences of some of those who travelled to Ukraine to be part of the Ukraine: Vision of Hope 2018 project.

The band item this morning was the Joy Webb song Share My Yoke which was arranged as a cornet solo by Ivor Bosanko. The solo was played beautifully by Alex Ramsay:

When I’m tired and nothing’s going right for me;
When things I’ve counted on just do not come my way;
When in my mind the thick grey folds of doubt arise,
It’s then I seem to hear him say:

Share my yoke and find that I am joined with you.
Your slightest movement I shall feel and be there too!
Share my yoke and come the way that I must go!
In our “togetherness” my peace you’ll know;
The world beholding us will see it so!

When I’m perplexed and no one’s understanding me;
When even safest thoughts collapse in disarray;
When I’ve lost the things that always seemed so sure,
It’s then I need to hear him say:

Share my yoke and find that I am joined with you.
Your slightest movement I shall feel and be there too!
Share my yoke and come the way that I must go!
In our “togetherness” my peace you’ll know;
The world beholding us will see it so!

When I’m alone and nothing’s getting through to me;
And isolation that increases day by day;
When closest friends can seem a thousand miles away,
It’s then I long to hear him say:

Share my yoke and find that I am joined with you.
Your slightest movement I shall feel and be there too!
Share my yoke and come the way that I must go!
In our “togetherness” my peace you’ll know;
The world beholding us will see it so!

The theme for this morning’s meeting was The Prodigal Son, but Major Chris told this from a different perspective today – as the father welcoming his child home. He asked us to encourage those who no longer worship with us to come home to God.

After Chris’ message Olwyn Mathie shared a lovely vocal solo with us entitled Abide In Me Jesus.

The band concluded worship with the music associated with these words:

How deep the Father’s love for us
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
To make a wretch His treasure

How great the pain of searing loss
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the Chosen One
Bring many sons to glory

Behold the man upon a cross
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed, I hear my mocking voice
Call out among the scoffers

It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished

I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom

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