Tuesday 2nd June – Songster Practice

Hi everyone,

Well here we are at the beginning of June. Hope you’re all enjoying this glorious weather! If these were normal times we’d have already been in summer uniform for a couple of months by now!!! But unfortunately our army halls and church buildings are still closed and our uniforms hang in the wardrobes.

However I was thrilled on Sunday morning to see a full hour Celebration for Pentecost on BBC 1, followed by half hour Morning Worship and later Songs of Praise. In addition we have many church services accessible online so I’m convinced that this year the message of Pentecost reached far more people that it has on previous years and that must surely be good!

So I am continuing on the same theme of the Holy Spirit for our songs this week.

The first one was new to me but is a beautiful song, suggested by John.

Suddenly:

In complete contrast and going back several years, many of you will have enjoyed singing our second song.

Every time I feel the Spirit:

We go back much further for our third song, which many of us of a certain age will remember singing in our youth. It is written in 4 part harmony typical of the devotional songs of that time and as the piano simply played the voice parts, it can easily be sung unaccompanied.

Spirit Divine:

Our final song is a recent arrangement of words by John Gowans from the musical ‘Spirit’ which we learned in practice a couple of years ago.

The Spirit of the Lord in me:

So four very different songs this week but one common theme – the Holy Spirit and the effect of His presence on our lives.
Galatians 5 22-23 lists the qualities or fruits that the Holy Spirit can produce in our lives: ‘love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.’ As I read them it struck me that they were all the things our troubled, hurting world needs right now!

We’re going to finish with the song Candle of the Lord’. Use it as a prayer – for yourself and for our hurting world.

Take care, stay safe and be kind. Chris

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Sunday Reflections – 31st May 2020

Pentecost – “What does this mean?”
Pre-worship And You will be my witnesses

A song to introduce us to our theme:
Song 326 – Thou Christ of burning, cleansing flame (Send the fire!)

Prayer Song:
Song 294: Breath on me, breath of God

Songsters His Provision
The words for this song can be found in the Songbook, number 316.

Bible Reading: Acts 2:1-13
Reflection: Pentecost – “What does this mean?”

Band: Fall Afresh
The words for this song can be found in the Songbook, number 312.

A final song to take us into the week:
Song 321: I dare to live a life of faith (Dare to be different) – (Harry Read)

I DARE to live the life of faith,
The life of challenge God has planned:
Of holiness and victory,
For truth and righteousness to stand.

I dare to be different, I dare to believe;
I dare to be different, God’s Spirit receive.
I dare to be different, my life sacrificed;
I dare to be different by living like Christ.

I dare to ask the Spirit, come,
To match with power my heart’s desire,
My life to cleanse and energise
With mighty pentecostal fire.

I dare to want to live like Christ
According to His will and way;
His love to know, compassion share,
And serve Him boldly every day.

Benediction
No matter who you are or what you have done;
No matter where you are or what you are facing;
No matter how you feel or whether you understand it;
The truth is this: you can go in hope, joy and peace,
For the Spirit has come! AMEN
God Bless You All
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Tuesday 26th May – Songster Practice

Hi everyone,

Well here we are almost at the end of May – Spring Bank Holiday! Doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun?!!! In the ‘old world’ it would have been school half term and some of you would have been away on holiday or spending time with family and there would have been no songster practice! But since none of us are going anywhere I thought I would post as usual for those of you who enjoy our weekly online singalong!

We’re going back a number of years for our first song chosen by Jo. The Majesty and Glory of Your Name is based on Psalm 8. It tells of the greatness of God, the all powerful Creator, and also reminds us of our worth and value to Him.

The Majesty and Glory of Your Name 

Father Creator follows a similar theme, acknowledging that God is Lord of the universe and yet He knows each one of us.

Father Creator

As many of you may know, this year marks the 40 years anniversary of the ISS, and just before ‘Lockdown’ there was a Festival of Celebration in the Fairfield Halls, Croydon. This next song is their most well known – some of you will remember singing it a couple of years ago at Liverpool Walton. They are joined by some of their past members and also songster brigades who have members in the current ISS.

It’s one of my favourites and I love the words of the second verse which link this song with our previous two:

‘I stand amazed to think the King of Glory
Would come to live within the heart of man.
I marvel just to think He really loves me
When I think of who He is and who I am.’

Wow, isn’t that amazing?
Sing along and entertain the neighbours!

More than wonderful

We have an amazing God don’t we and I pray your hearts will have been uplifted and encouraged by these songs.

Our final song was requested by Marlene a few weeks ago but I know it’s a favourite of many. In these days, the words of the chorus remind us to; ‘Trust the heart of the Father’ and ‘Believe the One who holds eternity’

That’s a great comfort and reassurance to me! Let’s hold on to those words through the coming days.

Bow the knee

Take care. God bless.

Chris

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