Phillip Evans welcomed us to worship as the family of God. A God that said ‘I have conquered the world’ as reflected in the first hymn ‘Jesus shall reign’.
We were asked to name our favourite foods, which ranged from fillet steak to fish and chips and the vote that followed named fish and chips as the top choice.
The band led us with the next hymn “Teach me to dance “.
Hearing the bible story from Brian smith about Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego, we learned the unusual names had been given when they arrived in Babylon, where they were exiled until they mended their evil ways. King Nebuchadnezzar recognised their talents and decided to treat them well giving them the best education. They were offered good food, pork dishes which they refused because of the Jewish laws and offered to eat fruit and vegetables for ten days and then be compared with others who had eaten the food provided by the King. They were stronger! At only the of age 12 years Daniel’s skill in interpreting dreams was noted.
Whereas the Babylonians ate anything, offering the food to idols first for cleansing, the Jews believed that they were following God’s Laws. The ten days was a test of moral courage and today there are many challenges. Are we doing what God wants or going with the flow? Have we got what it takes to be faithful followers?
Our next hymn was “My Jesus My Saviour"
Daniel rose in power and influence and his position in top government was not liked by some Babylonians. They convinced the new King, Darius, that he was the only God and anyone praying to another God should be thrown to the lions. The King had a sleepless night after Daniel had been thrown in to the pit with the lions. In the morning, he called to see if Daniel had survived. Daniel replied ‘My God sent an angel to close the mouths of the lions so that they are not hungry’.
King Darius threw those who had made the law to the lions and it is said that they were devoured before reaching the ground.
Daniel had great courage in facing hostility and showed that God rules over everything and is always with his faithful servants
“You are my Salvation” “from the New Scottish Hymns band. The aim of the New Scottish Hymns Band is to introduce some new songs that churches might find useful in their own unique worship services. Scottish traditional music and folk melodies have an adaptable quality that renders the best of them timeless. It’s important to remind new generations that these ancient words of scripture remain profoundly relevant, and that the gospel of Jesus is still the greatest thing worth singing about!
Followed by prayers of Intercession by Anne Haslam.
Our final hymn was “All I once had held dear” followed by the blessing.
Kindly written by Dennis Hobson