Last week in Refurbishment I told you that our new worship hall and refurbished building at Bellshill Salvation Army was now complete and we were returning to our building this weekend. Yesterday we had our open day when we invited friends, family and our community to come and see our new building, and share in music and fellowship with us. Well what a turnout, the place was mobbed! That’s not a complaint of course, as it was fantastic to see so many people share with us in our new building.
So today we met for our first service/meeting in our new hall, and just like yesterday, the place was mobbed! Our first meeting in our new hall and we had to bring in extra seats! It was particularly great to see so many people who had never worshipped with us before, join with us on this special day.
From the moment the band played their first note of the day, outside the hall, to welcome everyone to worship, to the final song and prayer, it was clear we were in God’s presence. During the meeting we were encouraged to rededicate ourselves to God. I must admit to finding the emotion of the occasion a bit overwhelming having personally had a very emotional and difficult week. I was emotional because this week has been the first anniversary of my Aunt Mae passing away, and she was a true Christian who lived her whole life serving God through the Salvation Army in Rutherglen, and for me if I can rededicate my life to God and serve Him half as well as Aunt Mae did, I’ll be doing well.
Our corps at Bellshill has started a new chapter in the corps history in our new hall, and today I simply pray that as I recommitted my life to God today, He will continue to help and guide me wherever and in whatever He has planned for me.
To finish, I’d like to leave you with In Christ Alone which was my musical highlight from this morning, as it’s a personal favourite, but the words were so perfect for today,:
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fulness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied –
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine –
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.
No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life’s first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.