Morning worship led by General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle

We were delighted to welcome the international leaders of the Salvation Army, General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle, to Bellshill today. We shared a great time of worship and were blessed and challenged by the message from our leaders.

The band provided the call to worship by playing Andrew Blyth’s arrangement ‘In God’s Presence’.

There are moments on our journey following the Lord
When God illumines ev’ry step we take.
There are times when circumstances make perfect sense to us,
As we try to understand each move He makes.
When the path grows dim and our questions have no answers, turn to Him.

Bow the knee.
Trust the heart of your Father when the answer goes beyond what you can see.
Bow the knee.
Lift your eyes toward heaven and believe the One who holds eternity.
And when you don’t understand the purpose of His plan,
In the presence of the King, bow the knee.

There are days when clouds surround us, and the rain begins to fall,
The cold and lonely winds won’t cease to blow.
And there seems to be no reason for the suffering we feel;
We are tempted to believe God does not know.
When the storms arise, don’t forget we live by faith and not by sight.

Bow the knee.
Trust the heart of your Father when the answer goes beyond what you can see.
Bow the knee.
Lift your eyes toward heaven and believe the One who holds eternity.
And when you don’t understand the purpose of His plan,
In the presence of the King, bow the knee.

All to Jesus I surrender,
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

I surrender all,
I surrender all.
All to thee, my blessed Saviour,
I surrender all.

This was followed by the band playing ‘Montreal Citadel’. As we played our corps flag was marched into the hall, followed by General Peddle and Commissioner Peddle and then our corps officers Majors Mariam and David Wing.

Commissioner Rosalie Peddle spoke of about three phrases which have played in heart and mind in these last few weeks, and she shared these with us stating they apply to all of us:
• Stay alert, because the devil is on the prowl
• Stand firm, on God’s word, and in His strength
• Live fearlessly in God given confidence and Holy Spirit courage as God is bigger than all things.

As always, each of our junior and senior sections took part in the meeting. The singing company (junior choir) sang ‘I will dance, I will sing’; The YP Band (junior band) played an arrangement of the chorus ‘As we are gathered’; and the Songsters (senior choir) sang ‘Amazing God’.

Cameron Shanks shared his testimony with us this morning. During which he testified that God had directed him over the last 18 months, on what he wanted him to do in the corps – Cameron is one of the members of the corps social media team and helped coordinate our Zoom meetings during lockdown, and assists with the live stream of our meetings now. We were reminded how important it is to listen to God.

Before General Brian Peddle shared his message, the band played a beautiful piece of music by Dan Forrest arr. Andrew Wainwright, entitled ‘And Can It be’, which is set to these words.

And can it be that I should gain
An interest in the Saviour’s blood?
Died He for me who caused His pain,
For me who Him to death pursued?
Amazing love! How can it be
That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?

He left His Father’s throne above,
So free, so infinite His grace,
Emptied Himself of all but love
And bled for Adam’s helpless race.
‘Tis mercy all, immense and free,
For, O my God, it found out me.

Long my imprisoned spirit lay
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke; the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

No condemnation now I dread;
Jesus, and all in Him, is mine.
Alive in Him, my living Head,
And clothed in righteousness divine,
Bold I approach the eternal throne
And claim the crown, through Christ, my own.

General Peddle challenged each of us not to be districted from God, in these difficult times, but instead we must

  • have that transformative experience of God;
  • become His instruments of mercy and grace;
  • understand that life is an eternal matter, not an earthly matter.
    Then we will be transformed so that we can transmission God’s grace into a hurting and broken world, that is definitely in need of a Saviour.

At the conclusion of worship, the band played ‘The Prayer’.

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know

Let this be our prayer when we lose our way
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

I pray we’ll find your light
And hold it in our hearts
When stars go out each night

Let this be our prayer when shadows fill our day
Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

We ask that life be kind
And watch us from above
We hope each soul will find
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Just like every child

Need to find a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

You can watch the live stream from our worship this morning, using this link to our corps YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/894nUNJVdk4

2 Replies to “Morning worship led by General Brian Peddle and Commissioner Rosalie Peddle”

    1. Sorry, but as this wasn’t an official visit we didn’t publicise the General’s visit. The General was in Glasgow to attend COP26, so he came to Bellshill to lead our morning worship. The live stream of the meeting is still available for anyone to watch (https://youtu.be/894nUNJVdk4) at a time that suits them. Once again we apologise for not publicising the General’s visit.

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