|You ever have that feeling where youre not sure if
youre awake or still dreaming? Morpheus (From the film the Matrix.)
Neo is a computer hacker, driven to answer the question, What is the matrix. With the help of Trinity he meets Morpheus who offers him a choice of two pills. If he takes the blue pill life carries on unaltered. If he chooses the red pill then the Matrix will be revealed to him. Driven by the need to know Neo takes the red pill. His world recedes, revealing a horrifying and unbelievable truth. He is cocooned in a bio-pod like billions of other humans. Their brains are connected to the Matrix a computer program that fools humans into subservience where they believe they exist in the world as it was in 1999. Machines powered by human energy now run the world.
A small group of humans have broken free of the machines influence and live in Zion, a city built deep in the earths crust. Here they take a stand against the machines; fighting to free humanity and helping others find the truth. As the sequel Matrix Reloaded screens in local cinemas, with the final part of the trilogy due to screen in November, the themes of reality, truth, spirituality, faith, freedom, technology and having a saviour who fulfils prophecy, are explored in increasing depth, leaving the viewer unsettled and challenged.
What is real? What is the truth beyond our daily experiences? How do we know what is true, how do we find it? How does truth affect life? These questions, once the preserve of religious experience and philosophy are now the themes of films in a generation that spends more time in the cinema than in a church or faith community. As Christians our faith in God is lived in the physical world He created, where we know the reality of the spiritual world in our lives through prayer and the changes that God works in others and us.
For so many life is what they can see and touch. Science and the western lifestyle have caused many to lose touch with the truth of their created state and Gods ultimate plan for all of us to spend eternity with Him. As this month unfolds do remember those around you who find it hard to believe in spiritual things, but who will put their trust in crystals, numbers, colours and other objects that they can see and touch. Pray that the films they watch, the things they experience will challenge them to keep seeking the spiritual truth of God, and so find freedom through faith.
|For those of us who were (and still are) musically
inclined, the nineteen-thirties were very happy years. Music has always been an
integral part of Wimbledon corps life, a wonderful means of proclaiming praise
to our Lord and the news of the gospel through his redeeming
Around 1932-33 our songsters made a gramophone record (well, half of it!). A 78 rpm highly breakable disc, it bore the Regal Zonophone label with the title Favourite Carols under catalogue reference NR 1112. We still have our family copy of this record, thankfully intact. Side 1 features It came upon the midnight clear and Silent Night with Wimbledon songsters accompanied by The band of The Salvation Army Supplies Department. On side 2 are two further carols by Chalk Farm songsters. Fortunately, I have been able to transfer the recording on to cassette tape.
Our corps band made a number of weekend visits to various far-away (for those days!) corps, sometimes followed by a return visit from their bands, often resulting in long-term friendships. Those of us who were in the singing company have such happy memories of those days. We were really in great demand, visiting a number of corps and local churches plus, on several occasions, Alver Bank eventide home at Clapham with its delightful gardens. In more recent times Alver Bank has been completely rebuilt and now has its own Community Chaplain - our good friend Envoy Ray Kear.
The young peoples band (for the most part under the leadership of our special friend Paul Johnson) worked hard, coping splendidly with marches and selections, solos, quartets etc. Paul was a hard task-master for he believed that nothing but the best was good enough for God. Christmas time was particularly demanding as we walked the streets of Wimbledon and Merton Park, often with frozen fingers and feet (to say nothing of frozen valves.), playing carols. In our earlier days we had just one sheet of 12 tunes, one or two of which were certainly not known to the general public, limiting our repertoire to the same old few melodies. Early each new year we were rewarded for our efforts by our Paul who provided a wonderful meal and a time of fun and games.
Next month: More 1930 highlights.
|Pastor Dave Charlton recalls:-
After worship service at First Baptist Church in Newcastle, Kentucky, a
mother with a fidgety seven-year old boy told me how she finally got her son to
sit still and be quiet. About halfway through the sermon, she leaned over and
whispered, If you dont be quiet, Pastor Charlton is going to lose
his place and will have to start his sermon all. over again! It
|It is always a joy to welcome new folk to the Corps. Over the last few months Amanda, Kate, Peter and Linda have all become friends. After thought and prayer each has expressed the desire to make a commitment to the Corps as their spiritual home and so will be enrolled as Adherents during the morning Holiness meeting on 8th June. Do prayer for them, and come and support them on this special occasion.|
|It is always good to hear from old friends. Ksenya Kolpatchi (now
at Thornton Heath Corps) was enrolled as a Senior Soldier on 27th April. It is
good that her conviction of faith remains as strong and clear as when the
family worshipped with us.
Don Cramp is home, following major heart surgery in April. He is doing well and looking forward to being allowed to do more by the doctors.
|Easter is now behind us and Pentecost, the time when we remember the coming of the Holy Spirit to the believers will soon be here. The YP Corps will be celebrating the day with a Picnic and Games from 3 to 5-30pm at South Park Gardens, Wimbledon. All are welcome to join us. Do bring a chair / ground sheet, and picnic food.|
|Go to Barbara (PATs) for
completing her Basic First Aid course and to Ailsa (YPSM) for completing her
Basic Food Hygiene course. It is a requirement that those leading in sections,
regularly preparing food or working with children in the Corps now obtain the
minimum Health and Safety and Home office training standards. Well done to both
of you for making this commitment to the ongoing work of the Corps.
Go to Gillian for all the hard work she has put in at school over this year. So great has been the improvement that she was awarded a prize for this achievement on 30 May. Well done Gillian.
|A big thank-you to everyone that gave in the retiring collection for candidates who are training to become Officers in the Salvation Army. At total of £57 was gifted.|
|The original planned outing to Richmond to spend a day orienteering and raft building has unfortunately been cancelled. Ailsa apologies for this let down caused by her being away. However plans are well in hand for a day at Syon Park meeting various crocodiles, turtles, and other creepy crawlies in the Aquatic Experience, and then having fun in the Snakes and Ladders Adventure Park. Further details are available from Ailsa.|
Corps Diary June 2003
|Sunday1st||Captain Jane Cowell from DHQ, leading the Holiness Meeting|
|Friday 6th||YP Standing Collection at West Ewell Station.|
|Sunday 8th||Enrolment of Adherents during Holiness Meeting 10-30am|
|Pentecost Picnic. 3 to 5-30pm. South Park Gardens. See Ailsa for details.|
|Friday 13th||Story Keepers Kids Club. 6 to 7-30pm. See Ailsa for details.|
|Sunday 15th||Fathers Day|
|Thursday19th||Bible Fellowship. Elijah: Knowing Gods Power. See Ron for details.|
|Saturday 21st||Territorial Field Day Birmingham|
|Friday 27th||Story Keepers Kids Club. 6 to 7-30pm. See Ailsa for details.|
|Saturday 28th||YP Outing to Syon Park. See Ailsa for details.|
|Family Matters event at Maidstone Corps. 10am/4pm. See notice board for details.|
|Monday 30th||Divisional family event (suitable for children aged 12+). Upper Norwood Corps 7-45 to 9-45pm. See notice board for details|
|For where your treasure is, there your heart will also be. Luke 12:34.|
|Over 60s & Home League weekend got off to a good start on Saturday evening with a a tea and quiz. Sunday morning the theme for the meeting was friendship with God, so it was good that the Home League and Over 60s were able to take part, especially in singing together the song Have you found this friend called Jesus.|
|On 1st June the church remembers Justin,
whose trial was detailed in Roman records. Justin refused to deny his Christian
beliefs and knew for certain that his death would not be the end. During his
life he had been a philosopher, aiming to present the truths about Jesus and
the churchs practices in a way that was clear and logical. He died in
Sundar Singh of India is remembered on 19th June. Born to wealthy Sikh parents in India, he became a convert to Christianity. He was a mystic and saw the way that Christians should affect the world around them, just as Sandalwood affects its surroundings with its scent. He evangelised Tibet, and was very good at presenting Christianity in a way that touched chords with people who were from a Hindu background. He died in 1929.
|Let us open the clenched fist and extend the open palm. Let us mourn till others are comforted. Let us weep till others laugh. Let us be sleepless till all can sleep untroubled. Let us be frugal till all are filled. Let us give till all have received. Let us make no claim till all have had their due. Let us be salves till all are free. Let us lay down our lives till all have life abundantly. Amen. By John Harriott SJ. (Quoted in Daily Bread Devotional April/June 2003.)|
|June brings longer days of sunshine and warmth. Many
of the aches and colds of the winter months are gone, however for others hay
fever becomes a problem. Within the Corps programme the chance to be out and
about travelling and visiting other people and places is fun and welcomed. Do
remember all our young people and their leaders at the Pentecost Picnic and on
the YP outing.
As we trust that the warmer weather will settle, and the rain decrease, we need to remember our Corps folk, their families or friends who are in need of prayer. We think of Ernest and Mary, Sue and Philip, Olive Morris, Eddie and John. We need to uphold those who have been in hospital or are under going medical tests Major Olive, Heather, Don Cramp and baby Libby.
Do give thanks that Shelli is feeling better. Betty has asked that we pray for Harry, a young man she meets regularly when Pub booming who has recently been bereaved of his brother. Ailsa asks that a we pray for a ministers family where their teenage son has become rebellious smashing up the house in his anger, and those who are supporting them at this time.
Preaching programme for June
|Morning Holiness meeting||Evening Salvation Meeting|
|1st||10.30 am Morning Meeting lead Captain Jane Cowell from DHQ.||Monthly Corps Prayer Meeting at
6pm Salvation meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall .
|Junior Soldiers Class||Children remain in Meeting|
|8th Pentecost||10-30 am Morning Meeting lead Major Rosemary Randall.||6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall.|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am|
|15th Fathers Day||Service - 10.30.am lead by Major Rosemary Randall||3 pm Praise Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am|
|22nd||10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall.||Lead by Major Rosemary Randall|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am|
|29th||10-30 am Morning Meeting lead by Major Rosemary Randall.||6pm Lead by Major Rosemary Randall.|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11/11-45am|
|Quite a number of Corps folk had wedding
anniversaries in May, so here is the recipe for Marriage Pie.
5 Tablespoons of Understanding
1 Cup of Tolerance
1/2 Cup of Sweetness
4 Tablespoons of Like
6 Tablespoons of Love
1/2 Cup of Gentleness
4 Tablespoons of Sensitivity
Season with Desire, Need, Commitment
Directions: Start with the basic ingredients of Love and Like, seasoned with Desire, Need and Commitment, then add 1/2 cup of Gentleness and stir until soft, but peaking.
Add tablespoons of Sensitivity until very smooth, then continue to add Tolerance until all the lumps are gone. Mix briskly until thick.
Cook slowly for too much heat too quickly may scorch it, damaging your previous efforts. If this occurs remove the outer shelf, re-stir and add the desired ingredients to accomplish smoothness, but peaking. Re-cook per directions and remember Only the outer shell was damaged, the basic ingredients remain. The quantity may be slightly reduced, but not the quality. Apply maximum pressure until completely done and firm.
Note: It is perfectly acceptable to add a pinch of argument and now and then, discontent this adds flavouring and makes you appreciate the dessert.
From The Cherchefellian Spring 2003 Newsletter
|A college drama group presented a play
in which one character would stand on a trap door and announce, I descend
into hell! A stagehand below would then pull a rope, the trapdoor would
open, and the character would plunge through. The play was well received. When
the actor playing the part became ill, another actor who was quite overweight
took his place. When the new actor announced, I descend into hell!
the stagehand pulled the rope, and the actor began his plunge, but became
hopelessly stuck. No amount of tugging on the rope could make him descend. One
student in the balcony jumped up and yelled: Hallelujah! Hell is
|Of all the prophets, Jesus alone
was resurrected from the dead, and he remains our living Mediator forever. I
gave my life into His hands. For me, life is an opportunity to serve Him and
death is the privilege of getting to be with Him. Words by Medi Dibaj.
If you have a favourite quotation, poem, bible verse that inspires you do let Ailsa have a copy so the words can be shared to inspire others in our walk with God.
|In 1995 Saudi Arabia had a population of
18 million people with an annual growth of 4%. Saudi, Arab, Asian, African and
Western (0.6%) peoples make up the population. 93% of the population are
Muslim, (79% Sunni, 13.4% Shia and 1% Ismaili). 4% are Christian, and
other religions are 2.6%, all among the foreign workers.
This country, the heart of Islam, is one of the least evangelised nations, with no known indigenous churches. Pray for the Saudi King and government, that they will allow other religions to share their faith in Saudi Arabia. Remember the Saudi believers, as they have to hide their faith or risk death. Pray for the witness of Korean, Filipino, Pakistani and Western expatriate believers to their own communities and beyond. Ask God to give sensitivity and boldness in witnessing to those who are in contact with Saudi students, tourists and businessmen outside of the country. Pray that financial contributions will be received to allow the continuation of Christian radio broadcasts that are increasingly listened to by Arabs in secret.