Corps anniversary weekend 27/10/2019

This weekend we celebrated 124 years of the Salvation Army corps in Bellshill. As well as celebrating our corps anniversary, we also celebrated the enrolment of Lachlan Pentney as a junior soldier during this morning’s meeting.

At the start of worship the band played Norman Bearcroft’s march Temple 85. While the band played, our corps flag was brought into the hall followed by Lachlan Pentney, and our leaders for the weekend, Major Adrian and Captain Clare Allman (corps officers at Birmingham Citadel).

The band’s contribution to worship Immeasurable! (Andrew Blyth), which was Lachlan’s choice.

During Lachlan’s enrolment as a junior soldier, Captain Clare encouraged him to keep shining his light brightly for Jesus.

Major Adrian based his message around three statements made by General William Booth to encourage young people.

I want you to be friends of God
I want you to have good hearts
I want you to live useful lives

Although these words were written by General Booth for children, Major Adrian challenged each of us to be a friend of God, to have a good heart and do the best we can to live a useful life.

At the conclusion of worship we played the melody Jesus Bids Us Shine.

Jesus bids us shine with a clear, pure light,
Like a little candle burning in the night;
In this world of darkness, we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, first of all for Him;
Well He sees and knows it if our light is dim;
He looks down from heaven, sees us shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, then, for all around
Many kinds of darkness in this world abound:
Sin, and want, and sorrow—we must shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

Jesus bids us shine, as we work for Him,
Bringing those that wander from the paths of sin;
He will ever help us, if we shine,
You in your small corner, and I in mine.

We give thanks to God for the legacy left by so many committed people whose ministry and influence throughout the last 124 years, has transformed the lives of those in our community. We are thankful that our corps is still at the heart of the Bellshill community, and pray we can continue to show them that they too can be friends of God!

Please pray for Lachlan, our newest junior soldier, in these coming days as he continues to learn more about Jesus, and grows in his Christian experience.

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