Theme – ‘I have everything I need’. It was a pleasure to welcome five new members to Triangle. Two transferring from churches of other denomination and three from other Methodist Churches. One gave her testimony.
We were told that as a girl she had attended Sunday School twice each week and admitted that she wondered if her parents just wanted a quiet hour! However, she felt secure in her faith. Due to house moves this is her ninth church having been involved in all aspects of church life. The church is not a building but a group of people and she said she had felt the warmth of fellowship and friendship.
Working with the homeless, at times doing three night shifts, was important as she believed keeping children off the streets had given them lasting benefits.
Another new member led the prayers.
The 23rd psalm was read and we reminded that it was one of the better-known psalms, often requested for funerals and sung in the introduction to the ‘Vicar of Dibley’ television programme. The congregation were asked to think about six important things in life – perhaps ambitions; pets; faith; family etc. If for example you lost your money; talents; relationships; job/career; pet – what is left? Could you live with what is left? Could you live only your faith in God?
In The Bible, King David had everything. Authority, successfully led armies into battle and was rich, the equivalent of, say, Bill gates. Never the less he wrote the psalm ‘The Lord is my shepherd’.
In contrast the fate of a lady who lost her husband in a pit accident was described – no money, no food and no school uniforms for the children, the other end of the scale to King David. She also prayed and was rewarded with gifts, often from unknown donors. She knew that the ‘shepherd’ makes all the difference in the world.
After the celebration of holy communion, the service finished with the singing of a lively hymn ‘Thine be the glory’.
Kindly provided by Denis Hobson