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Today at Portsmouth has been YP Sunday....We were welcomed to worship by a well rehearsed YP Band playing an arrangement of the tune Rachie........'Who is on the Lords side who will serve the King'. ....Our youth leader Andrew Short aimed his theme around the computer game Minecraft.....To educate us oldies a video was presented explaining the concepts of the game where producing and developing things to your own design are possible......the YP Band with some young soloists played for us ' Wonderful Lord' and 'Highland Farewell' Our Bible reading was from Ephesians Ch 6 V 13 - 18 (Putting on the whole armour) and read for us by Hannah. Andrew drew an analogy between armour in the Minecraft game and the wearing of the whole armour of God........Two lovely songs from the Singing Company really enhanced our thoughts 'With All I Am' ....Jesus I believe in you, Jesus I belong to you, You're the reason that I live....Their second song "I'll stand for Christ " reminded us of our promise to follow where Jesus leads.....In Minecraft there is fear of the darkness......We can experience darkness but we have Jesus who is the Light of the world.......finally we reaffirmed our promises as together we read the Junior Soldiers promise.......One of the delightful songs we sang this morning said. 'It's alright, it's ok, He's got everything sorted'...What a great thought to go into this coming week with.....Blessings to you all.
This Sunday we've celebrated Harvest at Portsmouth preceded on Saturday by a well organised Barn Dance attracting many new people to the corps......Our Harvest gifts this year were tins of food etc. needed to swell our food bank in readiness for the oncoming winter demand .....'All glory laud and honour' to the regal tune of St Theodulph was our welcome to worship....The theme for the morning was Revalue.....Major Julian asked us to revalue what we are, what we give and what we waste..........The triumphant arrangement of 'Now thank we all our God' played by the band turned our thoughts to one of gratitude..........It was great to have the YP Band with us again who played ' Oh give thanks' before accompanying the offertory song 'Bringing in the Sheaves'............Old words to a new tune often bring them to life in a refreshing way. The Songsters sang the harvest song 'We plough the fields and scatter' to a new arrangement 'All Good gifts'....'He paints the wayside flower he lights the evening star'..........With their now accustomed bounce and youthful enthusiasm the singing company brought a super new song 'I will dance I will sing' .......Yes you've guessed, it received warm applause.........Our reading was from Matthew 26. V. 6-12........Major Julian focused on the woman who used costly ointment to anoint Jesus and the disciples response, seeing it as wasteful......Jesus saw the woman's selflessness.....Can we see past an act or gesture?....What motivates our giving?....God wants all of us....All we can be, nothing wasted.......Well that's the end of another exciting weekend here at Portsmouth. We pray Gods blessing on you all wherever in the world you might be worshiping.