On Sunday 1st February our service explored Music in Worship. The theme for the service was prompted by the fact that our Church Organist was celebrating 50 years of making music in our Church.
The service was led by Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett, who frequently has collaborated with Stuart Harding (The organist in question) on writing Hymns and songs for Worship over the last few years.
The service started with the Reading together of Psalm 98 “Oh sing to the Lord a new song”; later on we did just that. We sang The Gift of Music” with Lyrics by Geoffrey and the Music by Stuart .
Stuart had chosen the Hymns for the service which were:-
- “Meet and right it is to sing”
- “For the Music of Creation”
- “Take this moment, sign, and space”
- “When in our music, God is Glorified”
The Choir sang an Anthem “Just as I am” which was written by Charlotte Elliot in 1834. It was good to see some old friends who had moved away from the area back singing in the choir for the occasion.
During the service a speech was made by Jennie, the Senior Steward, detailing Stuarts Musical life in the Church over the years, and he was presented with a framed certificate and an engraved paperweight.
After the service the celebrations continued as sixty four people sat down to Lunch together, with Tarragon Chicken to start then various sweets and a celebratory cake.
Our thanks to everyone who made this occasion possible.
We all look forward to many more years of exceptional musicmaking in the church.
This Weekend the Church has been featured in the Southern Daily Echo and in an interview on Radio Solent. Both Articles are about Stuart Hardings 50 years as our organist.
Stuart and Geoff Scarlett were interviewed on the Tim Daykin Show on Radio Solent.
The Radio Solent Programme can be listened to my following the link
This link is to the whole programme if you havent got time to listen to the whole programme if you start to listen at 01.48 on the timeline you will get to the specific piece. Our Thanks to Radio Solent for allowing us to link to their site. Please note this programme will only be available until 1st March.
Stuart was also pictured and interviewed in the Southern Daily Echo for Saturday 31st January.
As part of the Tim Daykin Show on Radio Solent this Sunday (1st February) there will be an interview with our Church Organist Stuart Harding. We believe that the interview will be broadcast between 7.00 and 8.00 in the Morning. The reason for this occasion is because Stuart is Celebrating 50 years as our Church Organist this year.
We will be celebrating this event later that day as part of the Church Service. Please see the blog entry “50 Years at the organ” posted on 13th January for further details.
A Message and a Poem from Geoffrey.
After a wonderful Covenant Service at the beginning of the year, I felt inspired to write this poem….
IN PRAISE OF JESUS
How can you possibly pray for me?
How can you graciously care?
I have done nothing to earn your love,
Yet you are always there,
Ready to guide me on my way,
Meeting my deepest needs each day.
How can you possibly break the bread
And offer a piece to me?
How can you offer me wine — the sign
I am from sin set free?
I am not worthy to receive.
Such pard’ning love I scarce believe!
How can you possibly die for me,
Die such a bitter, cruel death?
Knowing me, how can you choose to love,
Love me with your last breath?
It should be me upon that Cross.
So great a love at such a cost.
How can you possibly trust me, Lord,
To follow you and obey?
I’m but a poor, struggling Christian, Lord,
Humble, with feet of clay.
Yet you choose me to spread your word.
Use me to bring you glory, Lord!
Geoffrey Scarlett 2015
On Saturday 7th of February we will be hosting the Circuit Prayer Breakfast between 8.30 and 10.00 a.m. We will start by enjoying Cereals, Porridge and Toast together. Then Prayer will be led by the Rev. Arthur Cowburn. This is part of the series of monthly prayer Breakfasts being hosted in turn by the Churches in the Southampton Circuit.
On Sunday 1st February we will be celebrating with Stuart Harding as he celebrates 50 years as our organist and 38 years as our Choirmaster. The celebrations will take place as part of our normal service at 10.30 in the morning. The service will be led by Rev. Geoffrey Scarlett who has been the Lyricist to Stuart Musical Compostions composing several Hymns together over the last few years. We hope that many of Stuarts fellow musicians from around the area will be free to join with us on this special day.
This Sunday’s service was led by Rev. Les Judd and was an all age worship service. The theme was ‘Spiritual Footwear’. We enquired at the beginning of the year what experiences we may encounter and what spiritual footwear we might require. If our journey is easy we may require sandals, if our way is tough, boots would be more appropriate. We hope the year will have some moments where we slip off our shoes, because we stand on holy ground.
We were pleased that members of the Boys and Girls Brigade where able to assist with the Reading and Dramatizations in the service. Also taking part were some people who had attended the Jammy Church on “Moses Crossing the Red Sea ” the day before.
We were also able to celebrate the Achievements of Members of the Boys and Girls Brigades as Badges were presented to them during the service, that they had gained over the last few months.
We were all given a Paper Footprint to take home with us so that we could reflect on aspects of the Service and the Christian Journey during the Week.
A Message and a Poem from Geoffrey
As we enter the New Year, let us remember and give thanks to God for his past and continuing grace.
1. Dear Saviour, I rejoice
To hear your loving voice.
You tell me this:
All the creation longs
To sing my vict’ry song
The world to me belongs
2. If you should feel alone,
Forgotten in this world,
You’re cherished in my sight
And loved with all my might.
Always I hold you tight.
3. However low you feel,
However low you fall,
I lift you to the skies.
With me you shall arise,
By my great love surprised
4. However far you’ve come,
However proud become,
Love wears a gentle face
Humble, yet full of grace.
You’re held in God’s embrace.
5. Whatever doubts you have,
However fears o’erwhelm,
Remember this —
Your Lord was crucified,
For you, my child, I died.
Now I am by your side.
6. My kingdom yet shall come
And I will lead you home.
Remember this –
My glorious Day draws near,
When gone are grief and fear.
I stoop to dry your tears.
7. Lord, now your truth I see,
How you remember me.
Such love is this!
For I have heard your voice.
Now guide me in my choice,
To give my life for you.
With your love blessed!
Geoff Scarlett. Copyright December 2014
Best Wishes to all our Readers for a Happy and Peaceful New Year, from Everyone at Hedge End Methodist Church.
We are looking forward to many events during 2015, some of which are described below.
On New Years Day the Rambling Group will be going to Hill Head. We hope that it warms up by then!.
The first Sunday service will be on the 4th of January our Covenant Service with Rev. Arthur Cowburn.
Jammy Church our Fun sessions for all the family will be continuing on the second Saturday of every Month.
We are busy planning a Jigsaw Festival and Plant Sale on Saturday 2nd May.
We would be delighted to see you, at many of these events please keep looking to see what we are getting up to.
On Sunday 21st December we held our Carol Service. This service was based on the traditional alternating of lessons and Carols. Some of the Carols were sung impressively by the Choir only, and others we all got to join in. The Carols were a mixture of those familiar to us and some that were new to us. We also heard an orchestral arrangement which was played by a mostly brass band which was specially formed for the occasion. At the end of the Service we were able to enjoy a Mince Pie with Tea or Coffee which gave us an opportunity to hear peoples news.
We were pleased to see many friends who we had not seen for while, it was good to see over a hundred people at the service.
Our Thanks to the Choir and their helpers for all the hard work that went into this enjoyable event. We are looking forward to the Christmas Eve Midnight Service, and the Christmas Day service.