Morning meeting 26/08/2018

To prepare us for worship today, the band played the tune Jesus Loves Me:

Jesus loves me—this I know,
For the Bible tells me so;
Little ones to him belong,—
They are weak, but he is strong.

Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
Yes, Jesus loves me!
The Bible tells me so.

Jesus loves me! He who died,
Heaven’s gate to open wide;
He will wash away my sin,
Let His little child come in.

Jesus loves me! loves me still,
When I’m very weak and ill;
From His shining throne on high,
Comes to watch me where I lie.

Jesus loves me! He will stay,
Close beside me all the way;
He’s prepared a home for me,
And some day His face I’ll see.

This morning we were privileged to share in the dedication (christening) of Archie James McSherry, son of Peter and Claire McSherry. The band piece this morning was especially requested by Claire and Peter, and was Darren Shaw’s beautiful piece entitled Guardian Of My Soul:

I worship you, God’s only Son,
Who took my sins to the cross
So I could be completely free
To follow where you lead.
Lord you wounds are now my healing,
And I am wholly yours.
You know my name and where I’m going,
Guardian of my soul.

O let me hear thee speaking
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will.
O speak to reassure me,
To chasten or control;
O speak to make me listen,
Thou guardian of my soul.

I’ll follow you, God’s only Son,
Along the road to the cross,
No other place can I find grace,
Unfathomed and unflawed.
And as I reach the hill of Calvary
And see your open arms,
I’ll know my name and where I’m going,
Guardian of my soul

After being reminded by Major Lynda to be holy because we are chosen and treasured by God, the band brought the meeting to a conclusion by playing another piece requested by Claire and Peter – The Lord Is Gracious. This piece was composed by Darren Marc Bartlett (arranged by Olaf Ritman) and is based on Psalm 103. It includes the words “The Lord is gracious, abounding in perfect love, and slow to anger. He rules the earth in Heav’n above”.

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