Song sheet for 03 Oct 21

CBC Song Sheet

You’re the Word of God the Father

Verse 1
You’re the word of God the Father
From before the world began
Every star and every planet
Has been fashioned by Your hand
All creation holds together
By the power of Your voice
Let the skies declare Your glory
Let the land and seas rejoice

Chorus
You’re the Author of creation
You’re the Lord of every man
And Your cry of love rings out across
the lands

Verse 2
Yet you left the gaze of angels
Came to seek and save the lost
And exchanged the joy of heaven
For the anguish of a cross
With a prayer You fed the hungry
With a word You calmed the sea
Yet how silently You suffered
That the guilty may go free

Verse 3
With a shout You rose victorious
Wrestling victory from the grave
And ascended into Heaven
Leading captives in Your way
Now You stand before the Father
Interceding for Your own
From each tribe and tongue and
nation
You are leading sinners home

Create in Me a Clean Heart

VERSE:

Create in me a clean heart oh God
And renew a right spirit within me
Create in me a clean heart oh God
And renew a right spirit within me

CHORUS:

Cast me not away
From thy presence oh Lord
Take not thy Holy Spirit from me
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation
And renew a right spirit within me

You are My All in All

VERSE 1:

You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek,
You are my all in all.
Seeking You as a precious jewel,
Lord to give up I’d be a fool,
You are my all in all.

CHORUS:

Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your
na-me,
Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your
name,

VERSE 2:

Taking my sin, my cross, my shame,
Rising again, I bless Your name,
You are my all in all.
When I fall down, You pick me up,
When I am dry, You fill my cup,
You are my all in all.

Waiting Here for You

Verse 1
If faith can move the mountains
Let the mountains move
We come with expectation
We’re waiting here for You
Waiting here for You

Verse 2
You’re the Lord of all creation
And still You know my heart
The author of salvation
You’ve loved me from the start

Chorus
Waiting here for You
With our hands lifted high in praise
And it’s You we adore
Singing al – le – lu – ia

Verse 3
You are everything
 You promised
Your faithfulness is true
And we’re desperate for Your presence
All we need is you

Chorus
Al – le – lu – ia
Al – le – lu – ia

Chorus

Sermon – Psalm 85

v1-3: Remember God’s forgiveness
v4-7: Lament what is wrong, confess our responsibility in it and plead for revival
v8-9: Listen to God’s instruction
v10-13: Expect and give thanks for that restoration that is to come

Communion

Afterwards we say together

Almighty God we thank you for feeding us with the body and  blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies to be a living  sacrifice.

Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your  praise and glory. Amen

Intercessions

It is Well

Verse 1
When peace like a river,
attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot,
thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul

Verse 2
Though Satan should buffet,
Though trials should come
Let this blessed assurance control
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood
For my soul

Verse 3

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious
thought,
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Was nailed to the cross and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul

Verse 4
Oh Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be in sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll,
The trumpet shall sound and the Lord
shall de-scend,
Even so, it is well with my soul

Chorus

It is well – it is well,
With my soul – with my soul,
It is well, it is well,
With my soul

(repeat)

Notices for Sunday 03 Oct

Details of our Covid-secure measures now that we have moved into Step 4 of the Government Roadmap (from Monday 19th July) are on our website. Key points are:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • you will be asked to sign-in for test and trace purposes

If you would like to receive the weekly notices via email and don’t already do so, please contact Cathy S. To maximise delivery please add info (at) corshambaptists.org to your address book and check your spam folders.

Notices are also published on the Church homepage, typically early evening on Fridays.

Following last week’s service in the school…

A massive thank you to everyone who played a part in making the service on Sunday happen so smoothly both up front and behind the scenes; on the day, and in the run up. It was a real joy to see so many of you there, and so many serving with such joy. What a wonderful way to show our gratitude to Eddie and Kathy. — Rob

Our heartfelt thanks to you all for your outstanding kindness to us as we begin retirement, and especially for making last Sunday so special. We carry you everywhere with us in our hearts, and always will. May grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ continue to be yours in abundance, and may the Holy Spirit make every one of us fruitful for Christ as we begin this new chapter. — Eddie and Kathy

Sunday 10am @ Church on the Green

CotG are meeting at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online now. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now

Sunday 11am Harvest celebration @ Upper Coombe Farm

Note this month we will be in a barn, continue 400m further along the main road and turn right after the Manor House Golf Club. Access is easy for those with mobility issues and well ventilated so wrap up warm. Bring a chair and elements to celebrate communion together.

Barn is 400m further than the usual field on B4039

Junior church will have their own barn adjacent!

Sunday 6pm @ Priory Street

As it’s the first Sunday of the month there will be a prayer meeting in the evening at Priory Street.

Midweek Service

The next Midweek Service is this Wednesday, 13th October at 2pm.

HARVEST OFFERING

Harvest - sheaf of wheat

Harvest is a time which speaks of God’s amazing provision for us, and this year we are planning to hold a Harvest Festival celebration “On the Farm” on Sunday 3 October. This year, our Harvest offerings will be used to support the work of Tearfund, so please do pray about how you can contribute towards this.

Covid 19 may make things a little more awkward than normal, but you will be able to give through CBC in a number of ways, and in certain circumstances you will be able to Gift Aid your donation (more details about this aspect are outlined below):

  • Cash or cheques (made out to Corsham Baptist Church) should be enclosed in a sealed, plain envelope simply marked “Tearfund” and placed in the offering box at Priory Street, or on the day at the Farm.
  • If you are unable to come to Priory Street, then your donation enclosed in a marked, sealed envelope could be handed to one of the Treasury Team either Michael P, Reinier S, & Roger H, or to Paul G at Church on the Green.
  • If you would like to donate on line, then please use the Corsham Baptist Church Lloyds account and reference the payment “Tearfund” (contact the church office if you are unsure of the details).
  • Alternatively, you may wish to give through Tearfund direct, and here is a link to help you do this, and give you the opportunity to find out more about their work: https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/harvest-appeal

With regard to Gift Aid:

  • If you have a current gift aid declaration and you give through CBC either by cheque or on line, then we will automatically reclaim gift aid unless you advise us otherwise
  • If you give through Tearfund direct, then you will have the opportunity to complete their gift aid declaration, on line at the time of making your donation.

Audio visual team – next Saturday

On Saturday 9th Oct Ben and Tim will be offering to show you through the use of the sound desk and / or broadcast studio that together deliver sound to the room, to the people at home and to the long tail of people who come across these things on the internet. Come to either or both as you wish, though it would be helpful if you could let one of us know.

No pre-requisite skills are required beyond enthusiasm.

  • 10:00 Sound desk. Even if you have used the sound desk pre-pandemic it would be helpful for you to come and see the tweaks made since.
  • 10:45 Coffee (or tea!)
  • 11:00 Stream. And because that is too easy on its own, projection of lyrics.

We work in a team of three, one sound, one stream and one co-ordinator. So don’t worry, you will not be thrown into a rota to sink or swim, we’ll follow up with on-the-job training.

And if you’re interested but can’t make this day, speak to anyone on the desk at the back of church next time you’re there.

Light Party 2021

The light party will be in person this year, it will be held on Sunday 31st October 5pm – 7pm at church.  For more information contact Rhiannon (in the directory or via the Church Office). Places are limited and tickets are available here:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/light-party-october-31-2021-tickets-181770509487

Your help is needed

Please also contact Rhiannon, if you are interested in serving at this event or if you could help move chairs after the morning services and also to put them back after the event (approx. 7.30pm), ideally a team of approx. 10 people.

Thank you, Rhiannon

Other Activities:

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Small groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
  • Youth Groups – Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy S by 12 noon on Friday

The Ark in a Field Sept 2021

Here’s the September Ark children’s service -from a farm field!

Thank you to everyone who came and everyone who helped -what a fantastic morning it was!! 🎉🚜🤩Thank you to our great big God!

See you on October 30th for the next one – back in Corsham Baptist church⛪️ (God willing).

Credits:

  • ‘There’s a Rainbow in the Sky’ from ‘Noah: A Musical adventure’ by Doug Horley. Duggie Dug Dug
  • My Lighthouse’ by Rend collective 2013 Thankyou Music (Admin. by Capitol CMG Publishing)
  • ‘Great Big God’: Nigel and Jo Hemmings by ©2001 Vineyard Songs (UK/Eire).
  • ‘The Ark’ by Nick and Becky Drake. Worship For Everyone

We are holders of CCLI streaming licence no: 48626

Is God really a DJ? Encountering Jesus in the Night Life

This post by Luke Rollins was originally published at Seventy Two

“I believe God invented music” she said to me over the music, and shrugged almost apologetically. “I’m here to dance and enjoy it.” Her previous words floated like soap bubbles in the atmosphere around us, delicate and strange against the backdrop of rising techno. I tried to grasp at them, stammering as I realised I was repeating myself. “You’re a Christian?” She nodded patiently again and casually surveyed the dance floor, smiling slightly as the beat dropped and the floor jumped beneath ecstatic feet. I scrambled amongst the alcohol fumes for an insightful, clever reply and found nothing. Instead, I looked bewilderingly around the nightclub, a space I knew well; dark and fractious, a stained and crumbling palace layered in sweat and pheromones, sticky with eau de parfum and caked rum. Shattered lives bounced to transient euphoria and everyone looked vacant and alone; anxiously searching for the next good time amidst the sonic tumult. My new friend took a sip from her water as I turned to speak to her again. “But what….” I stumbled, suddenly wanting to tell her everything and simultaneously fighting the urge to disappear out the fire escape. “But what is a Christian like you….” I drew back and with a desperate flourish, pointed at the writhing dance floor, “…doing here?”

It’s a question that I’ve heard frequently in the years since this encounter; wrapped in the same disbelief and doubt accompanied by quizzical and curious eyes trying to understand. It’s a question I’ve heard from other Christians too, reframed and echoing in church halls immeasurably removed from the club contexts in question. Why would you want to go to these places? It’s a legitimate query. Is God really interested in nightclub culture? Is He actually going to bother with a community consumed with hedonism, sensuality, hubris and vice; openly indifferent to the seemingly archaic values of the Christian church and avid purveyors of an aggressively progressive, liberal New Age approach to spirituality? Many assume not. I’m not so sure.

My role as a DJ Ministry Coordinator at Third Space Ministries is grounded in defence of this scepticism and fuelled by my own incontrovertible experience to the contrary. My lone conversation on the dance-floor of a club resulted in an admittedly slow, yet deeply transformational and painful journey back to faith. Unbeknownst to the stranger on the dance-floor that night, she was talking to a very lost and hurting prodigal son, ashamed and disgusted with himself; someone who knew the truth of Jesus and had chosen the path of least resistance only to discover that all the fun and pleasure that the World had promised came laden with vast and merciless reams of savage small print and a crippling APR scheme.

Corridors of drugs and alcohol were beginning to narrow and darken around me; guilt and disappointment were scratching on the doors of my nightmares, waking me up in cold sweats of panic and oppression. And it was in the midst of this broken rebellion that Jesus showed up, alive and peaceful in the life of the girl in front of me. She didn’t realise it, but in that moment I understood: no matter how far I ran, how bad it became and how much I tried to forget about God, He hadn’t forgotten me. He was still there, in the most unlikely of places. So potent was this moment of grace that sobriety uncomfortably descended and I realised, just for a fleeting second of emotion, how much I desperately wanted what she had. As the party raged around me, I heard His heart, camouflaged in a language I didn’t yet fully understand; a small and irresistible call in the turmoil of my absconsion. Time to come home, He said.

I’m always fascinated to read about Jesus choosing to associate amongst the apparently humbler contexts of the societal strata. His own band of disciples were rough talking fishermen, tax collectors and zealots. He pronounced forgiveness upon sex workers (Luke 7.50), invited himself to dine with the crooked and devious (Luke 19.5), had compassion for the aimless crowds (Matthew 9.36)  and confronted the possessed and broken (Luke 8.29). He didn’t avoid the dirt and the grime, the uncomfortable and the crowded, the noisy and the clamorous. He controversially and beautifully declared that “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners…” (Mark 2.17) Would Jesus have gone to a nightclub? Would He, to the great offence of those around Him, have nevertheless positioned Himself amongst the hurting, the searching, the needy; unfazed by the smoke and mirrors of offensively loud music and bright lights literally hiding a multitude of sins? I completely believe He would be there. In fact, I think He would probably have been the last to leave.

And despite all my convictions, I’m still amazed that when we do dare to go, God does indeed emerge from the sidelines, as He did for me all those years ago. Only recently I watched with astonishment at an outdoor event at which I was DJ’ing as God opened conversation after conversation, specifically on this occasion with men ravaged by the fallout of lockdown. Divorce, trauma, abuse, substance misuse, gambling, it spilled out in flurries of pain and covert tears through trembling cigarettes and eyes avoiding direct contact. I was suddenly required to listen, provide hope, offer gentle encouragement as God colours began to bloom between the disco beats and empty wasp filled pint glasses.  I prayed for a man in the car park as he wept and hugged me, his atheism temporarily parked at the tiniest promise of breakthrough. A strange favour shaped the atmosphere; the music I played and the manner in which I performed seemed to touch people and sparked questions and discussion. Everyone somehow seemed to know I was a Christian and worked as a chaplain before I’d said a word to them. The fact that I was a DJ too didn’t seem in the least bit incongruous to anyone. At one point, I practically had a queue of people wanting to talk. None of it had anything to do with me at all. All I really did was pray and go.

Of course, it is not for everyone. No one is pretending the darkness isn’t real in these spaces. As a chaplain, I walk alongside DJ’s and creatives who are often at the sharp end of this scene, facing the temptations and the ramifications of a culture founded on financial strongholds and occult persuasions. This is not an arena for lone rangers and missional mavericks. Rather it is best approached prayerfully and respectfully with the support of a committed, accountable community.

And yet, as challenging as the environment threatens to be, my own testimony reminds me that it is a demographic that the church cannot ignore. Whether we choose to confront it or not, the fact remains that a huge percentage of young adults have found their church amongst the lasers and smoke. It is where they find community, it is where they go to worship, it is where they find joy, it is where they experience transcendental moments. All of it may be counterfeit, chemically enhanced and corrupt but that does not negate its spiritual legitimacy in the hearts of those who go.

Simultaneously, it is an experience that naturally comes with a high price tag and little reward. It does not satisfy but merely offers momentary gratification before evaporating in an oily memory, leaving a snail trail of shame and disappointment in its wake. Mental health statistics are staggeringly poor amongst the DJ’s whose careers are built in the club culture. We have a generation of young clubbers at breaking point with body image insecurities and social media fuelled lifestyle pressures. It is in this vacuum of disillusionment that the Kingdom of God appears as a desperately beautiful alternative. New Age doctrine, as twisted as it may be, nevertheless means more and more individuals are quite prepared to consider and discuss the spiritual realms. Crucially, they have also discovered the painful limitations of these pseudo faith deviations. Make no mistake, people are hungry. They just don’t know what to eat.

So as debate continues to rage about the future of post-covid nightlife and the community tentatively dances on a knife edge of uncertainty, I believe we have an opportunity to present the glorious alternative of God’s great dance floor to a group of people who are constantly searching. Maybe, like me, one simple conversation, barely audible over the madness of an all out rave, could change a life, end an exile, offer a moment of grace to step back into the arms of our Father, already running to meet us in the darkness of the nightclub, clutching a VIP pass for unashamed access to the greatest, purest party in existence. I know He did it for me. And He’ll do it again.

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In praise of mountains…..and The Maker!

Picture of Steve and Ruth

This post by Steve and Ruth Lancaster was originally published at Life in the Lancs Lane

Scottish mountain
The mighty Ben Nevis

What do these names all have in common: Moriah, Gilboa, Sinai, Tabor, Olives, Zion, Carmel, Hermon?  Yep, you’re right – they’re all mountains mentioned in the Bible.  Maybe the clue was in the title, or maybe you just know your holy mountains!  Significant biblical events took place on each of these mountains. Some of them were indeed super-significant for the whole of humanity!  As a lover of the mountains I am chuffed that they feature so much in the Bible – apparently more than 500 times!  Well, during this sabbatical ‘year’ I (Steve) have had plenty of opportunity to head to the hills, and in the process have been extremely blessed. This year has turned out to be a year of mountain madness for me!  These little legs have clocked up 235 miles over 73 summits, climbing over 79,000 ft in the process, in places like the Lakes, the Brecon Beacons and the Highlands of Scotland – where much of the walking has been easier than pronouncing the summit names! 

I was introduced to the mountains at an early age by my dad, and over the years have loved being in the hills – but since returning from Tanzania, that thirst for the heights has been even stronger.  Why such a desire?  There’s many an answer to that one, not least because I haven’t been able to scale many UK heights in the last seven years!  However, the answer is best summed up in the words of one of my favourite Runrig songs: “When I walk among the hills I can hear you. When I walk among the hills I feel near you.”  I’m not entirely sure who the band were referring to, but for me, when I apply those words to myself and God, it sums up why I enjoy being on the heights so much.  There is something special about being out in the wilds of God’s creation.  The majesty and grandeur of the mountains causes me to want to praise the Creator, and makes me marvel at the fact I can pour out my heart to the Maker himself.  For me, the mountains are places where praise flows more freely and where I feel closer to God – and I thank Him for the opportunities I’ve had this year for more mountain time!  These adventures have certainly played a part in helping to restore my energy levels. 

“The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights.” (Hab 3:19). 

“He who forms the mountains…..and treads the high places of the earth……the Lord Almighty is his name.” (Amos 4:13). 

“Praise the Lord….you mountains and all hills…..let them praise the name of the Lord, for His name alone is exalted, His splendour is above the earth and the heavens.” (Psalm 148).

What else has been happening?  Our time with AIM officially came to a close at the end of March, although just a few weeks ago, I was able to attend the AIM Fellowship conference, this time as a retired AIM missionary, which still sounds rather strange!  Due to complications associated with the wretched Covid bug, the planned Oak Hall trips to Israel and Austria were cancelled, but Ruth and I were able to enjoy a family holiday in the Outer Hebrides, where we cycled through the islands of Lewis and Harris.  Apart from the expected saddle-soreness, a few punctures, bike-chain malfunctions, and lost car keys, the trip went without hitch!  Lochs and beaches, mountains and moorland, white-tailed eagles, seals and sunsets, picnics and dolphins – an awesome Scottish adventure!  I’ve been able to do a bit of gardening work here and there, and we’ve also been able to visit a few RSPB reserves to get our birding fix.  We’ve been out running, we’ve read books, and we’ve spent good time with family……and since the middle of May, Ruth has had the pleasure of being back in work and being the chief bread-winner!  

Over to Ruth: I’ve been working with Inspired Act since May as Operations Manager. The  company specializes in providing professional role play actors for training situations. It’s been a steep learning curve and an interesting insight into a world of which I knew little, but I’m enjoying it. 

Our house in Corsham has finally been returned to us, although not without its issues, as I am sure many a landlord has experienced!  We hope to be able to move from the ‘mill in Malmesbury’ back into our house towards the end of the year when a few necessary refurbishments have been completed!  It will be good to be based in Corsham again and to be able to walk to work!

It’s been so good to attend Corsham Baptist regularly over the last few months and to reconnect with people.  I’m looking forward to being more involved in church life, especially as restrictions lift and activities return to being face-to-face rather than online.  I’ve already signed up to join the monthly craft group!  

A New Chapter: Actually, I’ll be working with an organisation that deals with 1189 of them (chapters!).  After nine months of ‘time-out’ the opportunity is now there for me to get back in the saddle!  On 27th Sept I’ll start working for a ministry called “The Word for the World”, which is a Bible-translation agency.  The ministry was started in South Africa back in 1981 and there are now supporting offices in USA and the UK.  Across 15 countries, mainly in Asia and Africa, 165 Bible translation projects are currently in progress, or have been completed by TWFTW.  The aim of the organisation is to train and equip indigenous people to translate the Bible into their own languages.  Even in this so-called advanced world that we live in, there are still many places that don’t yet have the Bible in their own language. The stats are that 2,500 language communities already have some, or all of the Bible – but that still leaves a staggering 4,000 languages without access to God’s printed Word!  The aim of TWFTW is therefore to help alleviate Bible poverty across the world, and to bring the good news of Jesus to people that haven’t yet received it in their own tongue. 

So, where exactly do I come in, especially as I have absolutely no experience in Bible translation?!  My remit will be to represent and promote the work of The Word for the World here in the UK, mainly through preaching and presenting in various churches, but also at various conferences and events.  I’m hoping to inspire people into supporting the work of Bible translation as part of the task Jesus gave us in the Great Commission verses, but in preaching God’s Word I also want to encourage believers to get deeper into their Bibles, making more of the fact that we have such easy access to God’s written Word.  If you feel there might be an opportunity for me to visit your church, please feel free to get in touch. And if you want to find out more about the ministry, the unique way in which Bible translation is done by TWFTW, and in which countries they work, please click on the following links for more info: 

The Word for the World UK – Translating the Bible into every language (twftw.org.uk)

The Word For The World Bible Translators (twftw.org)       

On the UK website you’ll also find details of the “Sponsor a Verse” project, so if you want to send someone a Christmas present with a difference, or simply want to invest in helping TWFTW in their translation work, please click here for more details. 

And if you would like to be kept up-to-date with the work I’ll be involved in, plus the wider work of the ministry, please send me an email and I will add you to the mailing list.  You will then receive a short emailed newsletter approximately once every two months from TWFTW.  So, just so that it’s crystal clear – if you only want to receive the “Life in the Lancs Lane” blog update, then you do not need to do anything: this will be a general ‘Steve & Ruth’ update sent out twice a year, but if you want further updates on TWFTW and my involvement in the ministry, I do need to hear from you. 

Praise & Prayer Points:

– Thanking God (and Ruth!) for the opportunity I’ve had to take time out. The stomach issues have settled, the head is clearer, the energy and enthusiasm is returning, and the sleep is a bit better than it was! 

– Thanking God that Ruth has had employment for the last four months, and for the fact we’ve felt very settled in the old Silk Mill here in Malmesbury. It’s been such an ideal stop-over place whilst waiting for our house in Corsham to be vacated. 

– Please pray that I would settle into my role with “The Word for the World” and that, as I continue to preach, “I would fearlessly make known the gospel” and “correctly handle the Word of Truth”.     

Thanks for your prayers,

Love, Steve & Ruth

Bird of the month – the bearded tit.  We didn’t take
this picture but we saw them at RSPB Titchwell
on a short break to Norfolk – the fulfillment of
a birding ambition!

Celebrating Ruth’s birthday in August with pizza!

Notices for Sunday 26th September

Details of our Covid-secure measures now that we have moved into Step 4 of the Government Roadmap (from Monday 19th July) are on our website. Key points are:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • you will be asked to sign-in for test and trace purposes

If you would like to receive the weekly notices via email and don’t already do so, please contact Cathy S. To maximise delivery please add info (at) corshambaptists.org to your address book and check your spam folders.

Notices are also published on the Church homepage, typically early evening on Fridays.

Special service – this week@ The Corsham School

There will be no meetings at Priory Street or in Rudloe on this day.

Eddie’s last service as Senior Pastor will be on 26th September at 11am, at The Corsham School. Junior church provided. Please book in via EventBrite so we can manage numbers. Also, please be warned that the Corsham 10K has been rescheduled for that day so parking both in town and within the school itself is likely to be challenging.There are 50 car parking places but please leave those for people that really need it if at all possible. You will therefore have to be on site before 10:30 as Pickwick Rd will be closed for the 10K for about 20 mins and roads around will also be very congested.

The back rows will be reserved for those preferring to stick with Stage 3 Covid precautions.

Service Songsheet

Please click the link here to access the songsheet for the service

Please note the service will be uploaded to YouTube in the afternoon not streamed.

Midweek Service

The next Midweek Service is this Wednesday, 29th September at 2pm.

Harvest Giving

Harvest is a time which speaks of God’s amazing provision for us, and this year we are planning to hold a Harvest Festival celebration “On the Farm” on Sunday 3 October.  This year, our Harvest offerings will be used to support the work of Tearfund, so please do pray about how you can contribute towards this.

Covid 19 may make things a little more awkward than normal, but you will be able to give through CBC in a number of ways, and in certain circumstance you will be able to Gift Aid your donation (more details about this aspect are outlined below):

  • Cash or cheques (made out to Corsham Baptist Church) should be enclosed in a sealed, plain envelope simply marked “Tearfund” and placed in the offering box at Priory Street, or on the day at the Farm.
  • If you are unable to come to Priory Street, then your donation enclosed in a marked, sealed envelope could be handed to one of the Treasury Team either Michael P, Reinier S, & Roger H, or to Paul G at Church on the Green.
  • If you would like to donate on line, then please use the Corsham Baptist Church account with Lloyds (Sort Code:  30-91-99  Account Number: 01480604) and reference the payment “Tearfund”.

Alternatively, you may wish to give through Tearfund direct, and here is a link to help you do this, and give you the opportunity to find out more about their work:

https://www.tearfund.org/campaigns/harvest-appeal

With regard to Gift Aid:

  • If you have a current gift aid declaration and you give through CBC either by cheque or on line, then we will automatically reclaim gift aid unless you advise us otherwise.
  • If you give through Tearfund direct, then you will have the opportunity to complete their gift aid declaration, on line at the time of making your donation.

A note from the [CBC] Treasury

The Treasury Team have started the process to close down the accounts for the year ended 31 August 21. 

If you have any outstanding expenses claims for costs incurred during the financial year just ended, please could you ensure that the claim along with the supporting paperwork reaches Roger before Thursday 30 Sep 21.  Claims forms are available in either electronic or paper form, and claims may be submitted  by email, by post through the church letterbox or Roger’s letterbox at home, or left in The Treasurer’s box in the office at Priory Street.
Many thanks
Roger

News from the Bible Society

Souper Friday are planning to return to welcoming people into the Hall

The Souper Friday team have exciting plans and have called for your help – read more here.

Mums and Tots…

…are getting together again now. We are in need of more helpers for our Toddler session on a Thursday morning from 10-11.30. You could either help with set up/clearing away, during the session, some of it or all of it! Get in touch with Heather C (in the directory or through the office) if you’d like to serve in this way.

Audio visual team

On Saturday 9th Oct (not 25th as previously notified!) Ben and Tim will be offering to show you through the use of the sound desk and / or broadcast studio that together deliver sound to the room, to the people at home and to the long tail of people who come across these things on the internet. Come to either or both as you wish, though it would be helpful if you could let one of us know.

No pre-requisite skills are required beyond enthusiasm.

  • 10:00 Sound desk. Even if you have used the sound desk pre-pandemic it would be helpful for you to come and see the tweaks made since.
  • 10:45 Coffee (or tea!)
  • 11:00 Stream. And because that is too easy on its own, projection of lyrics.

We work in a team of three, one sound, one stream and one co-ordinator. So don’t worry, you will not be thrown into a rota to sink or swim, we’ll follow up with on-the-job training.

And if you’re interested but can’t make this day, speak to anyone on the desk at the back of church next time you’re there.

Other Activities:

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Small groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
  • Youth Groups – Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy S by 12 noon on Wednesday

Sunday 26th September – song sheet

CBC Song Sheet

Song-1: My Lighthouse

Verse-1

In my wrestling, in my doubts, In my failures, You won’t walk out, Your great love will lead me through, You are the peace in my troubled sea, You are the peace in my troubled sea

Verse-2

In the silence, You won’t let go, In the questions, Your truth will hold, Your great love will lead me through; You are the peace in my troubled sea; You are the peace in my troubled sea

Chorus

My lighthouse, my lighthouse, shining in the darkness, I will follow You, my lighthouse, my lighthouse, I will trust the promise, You will carry me safe to shore, safe to shore, 

Safe to shore, Safe to shore

Verse-3

I won’t fear what tomorrow brings, with each morning, I’ll rise and sing, My God’s love will lead me through, You are the peace in my troubled sea, You are the peace in my troubled sea

Chorus (Repeat)

Song-2: King of my Heart

Verse-1

Let the King of my heart, Be the mountain where I run, The Fountain I drink from, 

Oh, He is my song

Let the King of my heart, Be the shadow where I hide, The ransom for my life, 

Oh, He is my song

Chorus 

You are good, good, oh, You are good, good, oh, You are good, good, oh, You are good, good, oh

Verse-2

Let the King of my heart, Be the wind inside my sails, The anchor in the waves, 

Oh, He is my song

Let the King of my heart, Be the fire inside my veins, The echo of my days, 

Oh, He is my song

Chorus (repeat)

Bridge

You’re never gonna let, never gonna let me down, you’re never gonna let, 

never gonna let me down
You’re never gonna let, never gonna let me down, You’re never gonna let, 

never gonna let me down

Chorus (repeat)

Song-3: You were the Word

Verse-1

You were the Word at the beginning, One with God the Lord Most High, 

Your hidden glory in creation, Now revealed in You our Christ

Chorus

What a beautiful Name it is, what a beautiful Name it is, The Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a beautiful Name it is, nothing compares to this, what a beautiful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Verse-2

You didn’t want heaven without us, so Jesus, you brought heaven down, my sin was great, Your love was greater, what could separate us now

Chorus

What a wonderful Name it is, what a wonderful Name it is, the Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a wonderful Name it is, nothing compares to this, what a wonderful Name it is
The Name of Jesus, what a wonderful name it is, the name of Jesus

Bridge

Death could not hold You, the veil tore before You, You silenced the boast, of sin and grave
The heavens are roaring, the praise of Your glory, For You are raised to life again

You have no rival, You have no equal, now and forever, God you reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory, Yours is the Name, above all names

Chorus

What a powerful name it is, what a powerful name it is, the Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is, nothing can stand against, what a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus

Bridge

You have no rival, You have no equal, now and forever, God you reign
Yours is the Kingdom, Yours is the glory, Yours is the Name, above all names

Chorus

What a powerful Name it is, what a powerful Name it is, the Name of Jesus Christ my King

What a powerful Name it is, nothing can stand against, What a powerful Name it is
The Name of Jesus, what a powerful Name it is, the Name of Jesus
What a powerful Name it is, the Name of Jesus

Song-4: King of Kings (Praise the Father)

VERSE 1
In the darkness we were waiting, without hope without light, 

Till from heaven You came running, there was mercy in Your eyes, 

To fulfil the law and prophets, to a virgin came the Word
From a throne of endless glory, to a cradle in the dirt

CHORUS
Praise the Father, Praise the Son, Praise the Spirit three in one
God of glory, Majesty, Praise forever to the King of Kings

VERSE 2
To reveal the kingdom coming, and to reconcile the lost, to redeem the whole creation
You did not despise the cross, for even in Your suffering, you saw to the other side
Knowing this was our salvation, Jesus for our sake You died

CHORUS (Repeat)

BRIDGE
And the morning that You rose, All of heaven held its breath, Till that stone was moved for good, For the Lamb had conquered death, And the dead rose from their tombs
And the angels stood in awe, For the souls of all who’d come, To the Father are restored
And the Church of Christ was born, Then the Spirit lit the flame, Now this gospel truth of old
Shall not kneel shall not faint, By His blood and in His Name, In His freedom I am free
For the love of Jesus Christ, Who has resurrected me

Song-5: Only a Holy God

Verse-1

Who else commands all the hosts of heaven, who else could make every king bow down
Who else can whisper and darkness trembles, only a Holy God
Verse-2
What other beauty demands such praises, what other splendour outshines the sun
What other majesty rules with justice, only a Holy God
Chorus
Come and behold Him, the One and the Only, Cry out, sing holy, Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God
Verse-3
What other glory consumes like fire, what other power can raise the dead
What other name remains undefeated, only a Holy God
Chorus (repeat x2)
Verse-4
Who else could rescue me from my failing, who else would offer His only Son
Who else invites me to call Him Father, only a Holy God, only my Holy God!
Chorus
Come and behold Him, the One and the Only, cry out, sing holy, forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

Come and behold Him, the One and the Only, cry out, sing holy, forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God, come and worship the Holy God

Come and behold Him, the One and the Only, cry out, sing holy, Forever a Holy God
Come and worship the Holy God

Song-6: The Lord is my Salvation

Verse-1

The grace of God has reached for me, and pulled me from the raging sea
And I am safe on this solid ground, the Lord is my salvation

Verse-2

I will not fear when darkness falls, His strength will help me scale these walls
I’ll see the dawn of the rising sun, The Lord is my salvation

Chorus

Who is like the Lord our God?, Strong to save, faithful in love, 

My debt is paid and the vict’ry won, the Lord is my salvation

Verse-3

My hope is hidden in the Lord, He flow’rs each promise of His Word
When winter fades, I know spring will come, The Lord is my salvation

Verse-4

In times of waiting, times of need, when I know loss, when I am weak
I know His grace will renew these days, the Lord is my salvation

Chorus (Repeat)

Verse-5

And when I reach my final day, He will not leave me in the grave
But I will rise, He will call me home, the Lord is my salvation

Chorus (Repeat)

Bridge

Glory be to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son, Glory be to God the Spirit
The Lord is our salvation

Glory be to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son, Glory be to God the Spirit
The Lord is our salvation, the Lord is our salvation, the Lord is our salvation

WOMEN’S BIBLE STUDY- BEHOLD OUR GOD!

This post by kathylarkman was originally published at GRACE PLACE

Dear Sisters in Christ,

A warm welcome awaits you on Monday 27th September at CBC Priory Street as we embark on our new series for this year.  We are looking forward to seeing more of Jesus revealed as we find ourselves in the gospel of John. 

We will have a short time of worship and then the lovely Sharon will be sharing with us.

We want to encourage personal fellowship, but for those who are unable to attend in person, you can join by zoom-contact Anne Holmes, Vicky Kelly, or Christine Coltman for details – they will be the same log in details every month.

For those who like to be really organised, here are dates for women’s events for you diary:Topic: Ladies Study

        Sep 27, 2021 07:30 PM

        Oct 18, 2021 07:30 PM
        Nov 29, 2021 07:30 PM
        Dec 13, 2021 07:30 PM (Christmas event)
        Jan 31, 2022 07:30 PM
        Feb 28, 2022 07:30 PM
        Mar 28, 2022 07:30 PM
        May 30, 2022 07:30 PM
        Jun 27, 2022 07:30 PM

Blessings

Women’s Ministry Team

Notices for Sunday 19th September

Details of our Covid-secure measures now that we have moved into Step 4 of the Government Roadmap (from Monday 19th July) are on our website. Key points are:

  • you must not attend if you have any Covid symptoms – a new cough, temperature or loss of taste or smell ;
  • you must inform us if you receive a positive Covid test within 14 days of attending ;
  • you will be asked to sign-in for test and trace purposes

If you would like to receive the weekly notices via email and don’t already do so, please contact Cathy S. To maximise delivery please add info (at) corshambaptists.org to your address book and check your spam folders.

Notices are also published on the Church homepage, typically early evening on Fridays.

Sunday 10am @ Church on the Green

CotG are meeting at the MOD Community Centre in Rudloe as well as online now. All details are at: https://www.churchonthegreen.online/event/10am-sunday-service-online/. Or Join Now

Sunday 10am @ Priory Street

Please do not park on Priory Street but in the town car parks. This has been a long-standing policy out of consideration to our neighbours on Priory Street and we have once again upset them this week.

  • Priory Street joint service Come along, no booking needed or Watch here. Worship will be led by Matt G, intercessions by Shirley and Eddie will preach from Mark 8:22-33
  • Junior Church: We will continue to meet in the garden at 10am for worship together before splitting in to 2 teaching groups; a younger group that will be for children up to year 3 and an older group for years 4 to 6.  We will run two separate groups providing there are enough children in each group to make it viable. You will be able to leave your child with us and join in the service in the sanctuary. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to speak to Rhiannon to find out about serving in Junior Church, if you want to know more about children’s work Rhiannon can be found in the garden.

Sunday 6pm @ Priory Street

This week marks the return of our Praise Evening led by Nancy and the band… Jonathan G will offer a brief word from Scripture to encourage our praise and worship, and Joan C will share a testimony of God’s faithfulness during Lockdown.

Midweek Service

The next Midweek Service is this Wednesday, 29th September at 2pm.

A note from the [CBC] Treasury

The Treasury Team have started the process to close down the accounts for the year ended 31 August 21. 

If you have any outstanding expenses claims for costs incurred during the financial year just ended, please could you ensure that the claim along with the supporting paperwork reaches Roger before Thursday 30 Sep 21.  Claims forms are available in either electronic or paper form, and claims may be submitted  by email, by post through the church letterbox or Roger’s letterbox at home, or left in The Treasurer’s box in the office at Priory Street.
Many thanks
Roger

Church meeting @ Priory Street

There will be a Church meeting on 20th September at 8pm. Can we encourage you to attend if you are part of our fellowship as this is a key opportunity to let you know what is happening as well as to discern (and vote) God’s will on a variety of subjects. All are welcome. However if you are not yet a member but consider this your home church please ask about becoming one.

Special service on 26th Sept @ The Corsham School

Eddie’s last service as Senior Pastor will be on 26th September at 11am, at The Corsham School. There will be junior church provided. Please book in via EventBrite so we can manage numbers. Also, please be warned that the Corsham 10K has been rescheduled for that day so parking both in town and within the school itself is likely to be challenging.

There will be no meetings at Priory Street or in Rudloe on this day.

Souper Friday are planning to return to welcoming people into the Hall

The Souper Friday team have exciting plans and have called for your help – read more here.

Mums and Tots…

…are getting together again now. We are in need of more helpers for our Toddler session on a Thursday morning from 10-11.30. You could either help with set up/clearing away, during the session, some of it or all of it! Get in touch with Heather C (in the directory or through the office) if you’d like to serve in this way.

Ark on the farm

After the success of the ‘Ark on the Farm’ in June we thought that we’d start the term with another one! (This won’t happen every time). Saturday 25th September 10.30am at Upper Castle Combe farm.

We’re planning that there will be tractor rides again. And the normal craft, puppets, Bible story and songs but this time could you please bring a packed lunch, drinks, possibly something to sit on and some colouring pens.

Obviously it’s weather dependent so we need to pray for good weather!!

Please book a ticket for everyone attending so we know numbers. Here’s the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ark-on-the-farm-2-tickets-169705835723

Women’s Bible Study

A reminder that our warm welcome awaits you at Women’s Bible Study on Monday 27th September starting at 7.30pm at Priory Street. 

All the details including the study notes are now available.

Audio visual team

On Saturday 9th Oct (not 25th as previously notified!) Ben and Tim will be offering to show you through the use of the sound desk and / or broadcast studio that together deliver sound to the room, to the people at home and to the long tail of people who come across these things on the internet. Come to either or both as you wish, though it would be helpful if you could let one of us know.

No pre-requisite skills are required beyond enthusiasm.

  • 10:00 Sound desk. Even if you have used the sound desk pre-pandemic it would be helpful for you to come and see the tweaks made since.
  • 10:45 Coffee (or tea!)
  • 11:00 Stream. And because that is too easy on its own, projection of lyrics.

We work in a team of three, one sound, one stream and one co-ordinator. So don’t worry, you will not be thrown into a rota to sink or swim, we’ll follow up with on-the-job training.

And if you’re interested but can’t make this day, speak to anyone on the desk at the back of church next time you’re there.

Other Activities:

  • Souper Friday continues to reach out to our community and neighbours
  • Community Money Advice is handling work remotely, but do get in touch if you are aware of or are having money difficulties ;
  • Small groups meet in person and/or online. Contact us if you’d like to join one.
  • Youth Groups – Contact Dan for further details

Please send items for next week’s notices to Cathy S by 12 noon on Wednesday

Tell Your Story

We are all on a journey with God and for me on my journey I think that genuine stories of God’s provision, sustaining faithfulness, equipping and what God has been doing in my life and others around me have made an impact.

My journey through church and college to this point can’t help but speak to my family and friends. It is clear God has always provided what I needed along the way, even if the way has not always been easy. Our stories are significant, they talk to people, so I encourage you to share with those around you what God is doing in your life- the ups and the downs too.

Along the way there have been natural opportunities to speak about my faith such as with English language students, as they also shared about their faith and culture. Good conversations and discussions can come from being open to one another. I Have felt more equipped to jump in on those unexpected discussions about God that come up out of nowhere, amidst a community group scrabble meeting.

When we spend time with God in prayer, learn to trust in him and his strength in us, understand his invitation to join him in what he is doing in our communities- and to extend that invitation, we can be equipped to share his compassion and hope naturally, authentically, and joyfully with those around us.

Confidence in sharing our faith in God is helped by being confident in who God is, his love, his restoring movement in us and our communities.  We can be confident in a God who gives grace so freely and loves us so abundantly that he would give up his only son for us.

We can be confident on his call on our lives and every one of us is called to share our faith, despite whether we feel we are gifted in evangelism or not- let’s be encouraged that God calls on everyone. 1 Peter 3:15 says we are all called on to “set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.”

We are to share our faith through action and integrity too. Because of our trust in God, we allow him to change the way we live. Faith calls forward a heart response, stepping up for people around us and living in the light of his love. Sometimes we will make mistakes, but our confidence in sharing our faith is made stronger by knowing of God’s amazing grace and mercy to us. Thankfully, God is mighty and will move in people’s lives despite our mistakes.

This story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman offers us a big dose of confidence and encouragement. The Samaritan woman misses the point, doesn’t understand, and becomes distracted. After seeing God people see themselves and sometimes this is uncomfortable for them, so they may become uncomfortable with us too. We can know that Jesus’s conversations were often not straight forward! None of this is meant to be easy.

In attempting to share our faith with others in word and action, we need a good dose of humility too, like Jesus in this story where he sat down with a Samaritan woman and spoke with her. She was a woman, not a Jew, a sinner, and an outcast. She lived alone, apart from community, likely cast out. God gives us the confidence to reach out to people we are unsure of, who are different from us.  Jesus was compassionate towards outcasts and reaching out in this way speaks to people, he went out of his way to reach the cast out. On the way to Galilee, Jesus took the less preferred route through Samaria which had a long history of tension with Judea. Jews normally avoided Samaria by travelling elsewhere, but Jesus chose to go to a land everyone else avoided, Bethany was one of those places too.

Jesus Listened to a sorry story and showed understanding, he broke through barriers of nationality and orthodox Jewish custom. God loves the world in action too.

Everyone needs to hear about God’s grace and hope and life-giving water. Let’s be encouraged by Jesus. I wonder, where you have had your most significant conversations? Could we offer a meal or a chat over coffee with those around us being open to their story and who they are without judgement? And perhaps in doing be a part of pointing to Jesus and what it means to drink living water.

Thanks to Jesus’ conversation with the Samaritan woman, she acknowledged Jesus as Lord, remained in the light, and revealed signs of discipleship. Jesus displayed humility, he was relational and showed understanding, he shared truth and enlightened too. Responding with heart, she desires follow him.

The Samaritan woman hurried to share the wonder with those who shunned her. She ran knowing who she spoke to and what he offers to all, she was overflowing with awe. She says to them, this is who I was and now this is me. This is what Jesus Christ has done for me.

We live in a broken world, we don’t have to reflect for long before thinking about the situation in Afghanistan, the killings in Plymouth, the suffering of our family and friends, the erratic weather conditions all over the world devastating crops, livelihoods, homes, and health and God’s creation. Our communities need to hear of God’s forgiveness, compassion, grace, mercy, healing, restoration, and hope. They need to know that Jesus is the saviour of the world.

You may still feel unworthy to share your faith, but God trusts us with his life-giving authority, to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 18-20.) Remember, God uses the foolish, weak, and lowly for his purposes (1Cor 1:27.) As Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

 

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