|During September a number of cheques have come my way, as I have
banked the money that you have generously given to support Rebecca at
Viz-A-Viz. Rebecca is trusting Gods word in Philippians 4:19, My
God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ
Jesus. Each cheque received has been different. I had not realised how
many different styles, colours and designs cheques can come in. Yet as I looked
at each cheque I realised that there are also things that are same.
Each cheque has a number, so it can be traced. Each day hundreds of thousands of cheques are processed by the banks. It can remind us that the promises of God are just as numerous, yet each promise is individual to you and me. Gods just waiting for us to cash in his promises and take Him at his word.
The name of the Bank on each cheque is a guarantee of payment up to the amount limited by whats held in reserves and safes. Gods name is a guarantee that he will pay out on His promises as recorded in the Bible. After all a cheque is not money, it is a promise to pay on demand. Jesus reminded us, Ask and it shall be given How often do we ask? When you fill out a cheque you need to write on the amount you are paying. The bank will only pay that cheque if you have enough money in your account to cover it. God has promised to meet all our needs, so there is no fear that his supplies will run out, or that there will not be enough if we ask for it in prayer. Finally a cashier is needed to process the cheques, pay out the money or make sure it goes into the right account. In our faith we also need someone who will pay out the price for our Salvation, so we will know the glory of living with God in eternity. That person is Jesus as he died on the cross so we could be at one with God he paid the price for our salvation. Why not find time this month to thank him?
|In my youth it seemed that grown-up Salvationists
possessed no first name; collectively they were corps comrades,
individually they were Brother So-and-So, Sister So-and
So or Sister Mrs So-and-So !. Certainly most corps officers
Thus it was when we learned one Sunday morning, just two months after the death of our young junior in the first daylight raid, that Brother Rundal (a soldier here for many years) had been killed. Other than the fact that he was the station master at Balham underground and had drowned, I remember little of him. Our corps history book simply adds that he remained at his post. It was not until 2002 that I learned more..... One of the most famous photos of the London blitz was of a massive crater in the High Road at Balham station into which a double-decker bus had toppled, nose first, and remained up-ended, eerily reminiscent of the dying moments of Titanic. That terrible night (14th October 1940) is recalled in the recently published Pen of Flame, the biography of the late Colonel Catherine Baird, one of the Salvation Armys greatest song-writer/poets and for many years editor of The Young Soldier. 15 of her songs are to be found in our songbook. Coincidentally she was born (in Sydney, Australia) on the very day that another great hymn-writer, Cecil Frances Alexander, died. It seems that the Lord wanted her replaced - but I digress! Catherine lived for many, many years in Balham when she served at our International Headquarters and into her retirement.
Of that dreadful event in 1940 she later wrote suddenly, crash - silence - then the sound of running feet and ambulances speeding. High explosive bombs had pierced the surface and plunged into the tube railway station, where scores of people were gathered for shelter. They were trapped under the collapsed roadway, with masonry and huge concrete slabs on them. Water and gas from broken pipes gushed in. Deep down, the station master sat at his office at the telephone, speaking to his headquarters, reporting the incident in slow, measured tones, so that no mistake on his part, nor misunderstanding on theirs, could bring about further tragedies. While he talked the water crept, over his feet and up and up. But he still spoke steadily. Then the water folded cold arms around him. His voice faded out. The station master was no more. He was a Salvationist. He was indeed. Catherine Baird does not name the hero, but he was Wimbledons very own Brother Rundal.
Next month: The Servicemens Fellowship and more of the Berris family.
|September has been a month of change. Summer has
changed to autumn with its cooler weather. The holidays are over, and children
are back at school and normal routines re-established. As we follow the news
there are many situations of concern. Do remember all those involved with the
issues in Iraq and Israel; who have been made homeless by the hurricanes in
America and Japan; or who are mourning lost family members and friends as a
result of the various gun shootings in this country. Premier Christian Radio
has asked for prayer for their extended outreach ministry over the Christmas
period and the partnerships they are forming with other agencies to spread the
Good News of Jesus.
Within the Corps the leaders of Kids Club are giving thanks for the increased numbers of children attending since September. Ailsa is giving thanks for getting over Bronchitis. We all need to say thank-you for the blessing received from the varied styles of worship we have experienced while Major has been on furlough. Many of our Corps families need support in prayer as they face times of difficulty, uncertainty or ill health. Please continue to pray for Mary, Ernest and the family; Edies son who is undergoing cancer treatment; Bernie, Joy and the girls; Gerald following a recent fall; Rebecca as she copes with many new and at times frightening experiences in her work; Betty as she carries the responsibility for the Corps in Majors absence. Ailsa asks for prayer for her friends - Andrew who retires in October and Sharon who is experiencing difficulty in her marriage. Finally do not forget those who are unable to attend on a regular basis or who can no longer attend because of age or infirmity - Toni, Linda, John, Sue and Philip, Olive Morris and Edie.
|On Sunday the 26th October the Corps will gather to
celebrate the goodness of God for his creation and all the gifts of food and
essential items of life that he has given us. Please consider bringing gifts of
dried and tinned produce that will be given to those in need over the autumn
and Christmas period. The Corps Harvest Supper will be at 7pm on Monday 27th
October. Do see Joyce for tickets.
A Beetle Drive organised by Paul and Ailsa will follow the supper.
|Kids Club and SAY will be holding another Treat Party this year, which offers a non occult alternative to Halloween Parties and Trick or Treat events. This has been growing in popularity over the last couple of years do pray for its success. The cost is £1 per child and donation of food for the tea. The Treat Party starts at 6pm and finishes at 8pm. Flyers are available from Ailsa for any children living in your area.|
|Building work continues at the Corps. Repairs and painting to the outside of the building is now complete and decorating of the main hall has started. Many thanks to everyone who has expressed a view about paint colours. As this work continues meetings will take place in whichever Hall is fit for purpose and not a health and safety risk. Please bear with us through the disruptions it will be worth it in the long term.|
|The distribution of envelopes is now complete for this year. Grateful thanks go to everyone who has helped prepare envelopes and posted them through doors. Many of us are a little fitter for all the walking. Particular thanks go to Bernie for his willingness to take on the co-ordinating of letter distribution this year. In due course Major and Betty will let us know what the final total is that has been received.|
|As a Corps the varied ministry of all
those that have lead services while Major has been away has blessed us. Do
remember each of those preaching and supporting in your prayers, giving thanks
for their calling and that God will continue to equip them for the task.
Particular thanks go to Betty for all the extra responsibility she has been prepared to take on in Majors absence. It is never easy to hold the fort when officers are away.
|Saturday 13th September saw a party of 9 people heading for Basildon to support Rebecca at her public commissioning as an Optimum Volunteer. It was an evening for celebration, praise and worship with God as the focus of all that occurred. Those being commissioned and those attending where challenged to think about how we witness to those around us in our daily lives. We were asked to consider whether we are like Ezekiels (37:1-14) dry bones dead and useless; or are we rattling like the bones with flesh on them, but no life in them; or are we filled with the breathe of God - alive and vital for God? We were encouraged to pray for each other that we would be filled with Gods breathe so that many others will come to know God through our witness.|
Corps Diary October 2003
|Wednesday 1st||Divisional Come On and Celebrate evening meeting. See notice board for details.|
|Friday 3rd||Kids Club. 6/7-30pm. See Ailsa of details.|
|Saturday 4th||Divisional SAY Thames Cruise. 7/10pm from Westminster Pier. See notice board for details.|
|Sunday 5th||Divisional Youth Councils, Farrington School, Chislehurst. See Ailsa for details.|
|Tuesday 14th||Songster Practice at 8pm. See Joy for details.|
|Thursday 16th||Bible Fellowship at 7-45pm. Esther Saying Yes to God. See Ron for details.|
|Friday 17th||Kids Club. 6/7-30pm. See Ailsa of details.|
|Sunday 19th||Community Care Day|
|Sunday 26th||Harvest Sunday. Please bring gifts of dried / tinned food for distribution to those in need.|
|Monday 27th||Harvest Supper and Beetle Drive at 7pm. See Joyce for details.|
|Tuesday 28th||Songster Practice at 8pm. See Joy for details.|
|Wednesday 29th||Kids Club / SAY outing. See Ailsa for details.|
|Friday 31st||Kids Club Treat Party. 6/8pm. See Ailsa of details.|
|Saturday 1st Nov.||Day with the General. London Arena. See notice board for details.|
Preaching programme for October
|Morning Holiness meeting||Evening Salvation Meeting|
|5th Divisional Youth Councils||10-30 am lead by Pauline Lewis. (Croydon Citadel)||6pm Salvation meeting lead by Captain's Peter and Eileen West. (Sevenoaks)|
|Junior Soldiers Class||Children remain in Meeting|
|Sunday Club||12/1pm lead by Songster Leader Joy Rogers|
|12th||10-30 am lead by Major Alison Gaudion. (Croydon Citadel)||6pm lead by Songster Leader Joy Rogers.|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11-11.45am. lead by YPSM.|
|Sunday Club||12-1pm lead by YPSM.|
|19th Community Care Day||10-30 am lead by Lieut. Colonel Enid West (Croydon Citadel)||3 pm Praise Meeting lead by Songster Leader Joy Rogers|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11-11.45am lead by YPSM.|
|Sunday Club||12-1pm lead by YPSM.|
|26th Harvest Festival||10-30 am lead by Major Rosemary Randall||6pm lead by Major Rosemary Randall.|
|Junior Soldiers Class||11-11.45am|
|I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17|
Following In Their Footsteps
|. During the First World War
Edith Cavell worked as a nurse, looking after soldiers who had been injured.
She helped many of them to escape to the Netherlands, which was a neutral
country, and hid them at the Red Cross hospital where she worked. She was
executed for doing this, and many people protested because she had only been
helping them, not actually spying. The church give thanks for her selfless
actions and remembers her life on 12th October.
Martin Luthers 95 theses, which he pinned to the door of his church in 1517, were the centre of controversy and discussion in his day and led to a shake-up in the Christian church as a whole. Luther was unhappy with the shortcomings of the Roman Catholic Church. God had shown him how it was grace alone that was needed for Salvation not any series of rituals which humans could do. He was well aware of the need for clear biblical based teaching, which he did as far as he could, and his example encouraged others to do the same. The church remembers his witness on 31st October each year.
|O Wild West Wind, thou
breath of autumns being, Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dead
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing, Yellow, and black, and pale,
and hectic red, Pestilence-stricken multitudes.
From Ode to the West Wind by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
Tears, idle tears, I know not what they mean, Tears from the depth of some divine despair Rise in the heart, and gather to the eyes, In looking on the happy Autumn-fields, And thinking of the days that are no more.
From The Princess by Lord Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892).
|Gods palm can be a place of rest for you because Gods loving care extends to all of us. When we cast our care upon Him, He cares for us. In the Bible God reminds us, See I have carved you on the palms of my hands (Isaiah 49:16). Thought by Barbara Johnson. 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.|
|The following jokes have been shared by
Q. How do you take away varnish?
A. Take away the R!!!
Q. Who is the boss of the hankies?
A. The Hankie-Chief!
|France has a population of over 58 million, with an annual growth of 0.36%. 71% of the population are Christian (68.06% roman Catholic, 1.77% Protestant); 1.1% are Jews; 7.7% are Muslim and the remainder profess no faith. Do pray for|
|The North African immigrants (approximately 4 million), most of whom are Muslim. Many have been antagonised by the growing hostility and racism of French Christians. The majority live in low-cost housing in the larger cities.|
|Those who have converted to Christianity from other faiths as they often face considerable opposition from many sources.|
|Berber immigrants (about 1.5 million) and the work occurring among them through Christian outreach agencies.|
|The growing Turkish, Iranian and Afghani immigrants and second generation French children who face the hostility and racism of French Christians and other faith groups. That Christian|
|That Christian and Muslim leaders and worshipers will be able to find routes for exploring each others faiths and concerns, finding routes to bring peace and reduce the growing tensions between the faith groups.|
|One of the questions in an R.E. exam at
a C. of E. High School was: What does a Bishop do? One child wrote; "Move
diagonally across the board".
A little girl, saying her prayers one night, was heard to finish with the remark, "Please God take care of yourself, because if owt happens to you we're sunk".
A young child attending a church service for the first time was told he must be on good behaviour because it was God's house. When the vicar stood in the pulpit to deliver his sermon the boy asked: "is that God up there"?
A little girl told her grandmother, "I behaved very well in church to day. l even refused a big plate of money that the man offered me".
The rector, on seeing a small boy trying to reach a doorbell, said: "Let me help you sonny". The rector gave a good ring. The boy looked at him and said: "Now mister run like mad".
Each Sunday the vicar told the children a story. One day he brought a telephone to illustrate the idea of prayer. "You talk to people on the telephone but don't see them on the other end of the line", he began. The children nodded yes. "Well, talking to God is like talking on the telephone. He's on the other end, but you can't see him. He's listening though". Just then a little boy piped up and asked, "What's his number?
Taken from Christian Cracker (6) by Phil Mason.
Supplied by B. Hunt.