Rae started off the meeting with a selection of well known hymns which brought a lovely sense of the presence of God.
John then spoke from Genesis 41.55. The main theme being the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine. How most of us experience good times and bad times both physically and spiritually. God allows this to happen in our lives as part of His plan for us. We must learn to store up the truths He imparts to us, to rely on these in the years of famine. Joseph could have walked away from his calling after all that happened to him, but didnt and persevered through his barren years to claim his reward which was part of God's plan for him. There followed a time of worship and ministry; a lovely presence of God came at the end.
We opened with prayer and a short time of sharing both challenges and victories that we had found this past week.
Carol spoke on the various stages of the Israelites being delivered from Egypt described in Exodus Chapter 14 - 17. The main theme being - when the Israelites cried out in despair about the situation they found themselves in, God answered their prayers and provided for them in abundance and in a most miraculous way. This also tied in with another reading from the New Testament in Romans 8:32 "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?"
We closed our meeting in similar vein to last weeks meeting, with a lovely presence filling the room and a covering of His spirit upon those who had gathered.
We had a lovely meeting on Wednesday. We began with a joyful time of singing which felt full of the presence of God. Following this, some folks gave up to date reports on their week. One spoke of feeling an answer to prayer being given, whilst another spoke of being very grateful they were able to be at the meeting. Pauline then led the bible study on the Gift of Knowledge. An interesting discussion followed about what the fear of God was and whether we should seek it. Pauline brought out several examples of the gift in operation from the bible and also from some more up to date stories. She shared an account of the Lewis Revival. We turned to prayer and different folks participated in prayer. There was a deep sense of the life and vision for the future of the work amongst us.
We plan to hold a supper evening on 24 February and would like to give folks a warm invitation to join us.