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SERVING GOD THROUGH MUSIC Pages 12 & 13
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4. PAPERS This week’s quotes from the papers and caption competition results 5. – 9. NEWS IHQ // THQ // Merthyr Tydfil // Woodbridge // Bolton Citadel // Staple Hill // Huddersfield // Leytonstone // Sutton-in-Ashfield // Stanford-le-Hope // Clowne // Hadleigh Temple // Norwich Citadel // Tunbridge Wells // Swindon Citadel // Rutherglen // Lurgan // Newbiggin-by-the-Sea // Halifax // Salisbury // Northampton East // Oakengates // Cradley Heath // Letchworth // Reading Central // Gainsborough // Louth // Parkhead // 8.
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10. & 11. Reading rocks!
12. & 13. FEATURE Serving God through music 14. Quest
15. Songs From The Heart
16. MISSION MEANS Living contagiously 17. BIBLE STUDY Grasped by God’s surpassing glory 18.
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SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS Scripture quotations in Salvationist are from the New International Version (2011), unless otherwise stated 2
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THE WORD OF GOD… AND THE MUSIC OF GOD MUSIC has tremendous power. It can stir our emotions – energising or calming, exciting or soothing. It can make us want to get up and dance or sit down and contemplate life’s meaning. Whether we are highly proficient musicians or people who just know what we like, music will play a part in our lives. It also plays a part in our worship – connecting us with the spiritual and divine. When songwriter Matt Redman came to a deeper understanding of the meaning of worship as more than an outward musical expression, the best way he felt he could express this was, ironically, through a song, ‘The Heart Of Worship’. Martin Luther wrote: ‘Next to the word of God, the noble art of music is the greatest treasure in the world.’ Johann Sebastian Bach supported his sentiments: ‘Music is an agreeable harmony for the honour of God and the permissible delights of the soul.’ Salvationists are very aware of music’s value as a medium for worship and service. This week, International Staff Bandsman Simon Scott reflects on his first year in the band. He thoroughly enjoys the music-making. But he also discovers God at work. Sometimes it is through the words associated with the music, often in the reactions and responses of the congregation and invariably in the challenge he personally receives from listening to the teaching and preaching. When you have read Simon’s reflections please turn to
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page 18 and read the letter from Annette and Jean-Daniel Chevalley headed ‘Music… A Gift Of God’, a personal testimony to the power of music to infuse us with peace and instil trust in God. The musical theme continues with two CD reviews. Quest is the ISB’s latest recording, which includes newer music from contemporary Army composers as well as familiar tunes. Songs From The Heart features soloist Philip Cobb, whose versatility as well as exemplary technique and style are commented upon. Music of a different genre is found at the Reading Festival every August Bank Holiday. Salvationists from Reading Central Corps are also found there, not as musicians, but serving the festivalgoers from the Army’s marquee. It’s open 24-7 to serve refreshments, offer a listening ear and help whenever possible. Living Contagiously by Chick Yuill (page 16) is the second of a three-part epilogue to his series entitled Mission Means… Chick outlines six marks of a disciple. Only one relates to directly speaking about Jesus, and that should be done in a natural, appropriate and respectful manner. The other five outline the impact and influence of a disciple fully living out the implications of the gospel. Disciples should make a difference! In his Bible study, Major James Bryden helps us focus on Ephesians 1:3–23. I suggest you look at the Bible verses first, then read the major’s insights. This allows us to take our cue from Luther and put the treasure of God’s word alongside the rich potential of music to help us commune with our Heavenly Father.
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THIS WEEK’S QUOTES FROM THE PAPERS CHILDREN ‘FACE DISTORTED VIEW OF RELIGION’
A generation of children is at risk of growing up with a ‘superficial and distorted’ understanding of religion, a report warns… Religious education is in ‘crisis’, it says, calling for children to start learning about beliefs and visiting places of worship such as churches, mosques and synagogues from the age of four. The review… says that primary school children should be taught to discuss their views on topics such as whether God is real and the origins of the universe… In secondary school, they should ‘extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of a range of religions and world views’. According to the report, most current GCSE teaching fails the core aim of enabling pupils ‘to adopt an enquiring, critical and reflective approach to the study of religion’. The Times
ONE THIRD OF NON-RELIGIOUS PEOPLE STILL BELIEVE IN A SPIRITUAL BEING ‘There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.’ Hamlet’s rebuke to his sceptical friend had a fresh echo… in a new report that suggested that most people, including those who are non-religious, agree with Shakespeare’s prince. Of the 2,036 people surveyed last month in an online poll carried out by ComRes, 77 per
cent said that ‘there are things in life we simply cannot explain through science or any other means.’ Three fifths (61 per cent) of nonreligious respondents agreed. The report The Spirit Of Things Unseen: Belief In Post-religious Britain was published by the think-tank Theos.......................................... Church Times
CHARITY CALLS FOR INQUIRY INTO FOOD POVERTY INCREASE Food bank charity The Trussell Trust has called for an inquiry into the causes of UK food poverty after a surge in the number of people using its services… Executive chairman Chris Mould said: ‘We said in April that the increasing numbers of people turning to food banks should be a wake-up call to the nation… The level of food poverty in the UK is not acceptable.’... Methodist Recorder
BBC BOSS: RELIGIOUS LITERACY IS TOO LOW FOR LIFE OF BRIAN The Head of Religion and Ethics at the BBC has said that if the Monty Python film Life Of Brian was made today it would fail. Aaqil Ahmed… said that poor understanding of religion would mean people would not understand the jokes........................................ The Catholic Herald
PICTURE CAPTION COMPETITION RESULTS Last month we asked Salvationist readers to provide captions to accompany this picture of Melbourne Staff Bandsman Stuart Lees having some fun on The Mall during the ISB120 celebrations in London. Here are some of our favourites…
‘I haven’t been the same since visiting Disneyland.’ Mick Humphries, Sittingbourne
‘I’m feeling optimistic despite the double-dish reception.’ Major Ken Lawson, Normanton
‘My wife always said I had an ear for music.’ Mick Humphries, Sittingbourne
‘Hello Melbourne! This is Stuart Lees beaming live pictures from The Mall in London!’ Gordon Archer, Belfast
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‘Slaves sold’ outside International Headquarters IHQ HUNDREDS of commuters and tourists walking past IHQ in London were greeted with the sight of human ‘slaves’ being sold at a makeshift market stall. This was, of course, not a real slave sale – but an attempt to draw attention to the various ways in which people of all ages and backgrounds are trafficked and forced to work for little or no pay, often under threat of violence. The ‘slave sale’ was organised by representatives from the United Kingdom Territory with the Republic of Ireland to highlight Anti-Slavery Day, which was marked in various ways across Europe on 18 October. Throughout England and Wales, The Salvation Army works with the Government to support victims of human trafficking, providing secure accommodation when needed and care and support to meet the needs of vulnerable people. This is just one of many Salvation Army projects worldwide that address the causes and outcomes of trafficking. A leaflet handed out to passers-by included stories of people helped by The Salvation Army and revealed that ‘in less than two years more than 800
victims of human trafficking have been supported by The Salvation Army and its partners’ (more details about the antitrafficking ministry in the UK can be found online at www.salvationarmy.org.uk/ uki/trafficking). Anti-trafficking Response Co-ordinator Major Anne Read (THQ) led prayers at IHQ during a break in the ‘sale’. She joined Salvation Army team members in speaking to people who stopped to watch the awareness-raising event and received a positive response, with passersby interested in what was happening and grateful to learn more about such an important issue. – A. R. MERTHYR TYDFIL: Harvest weekend began with a buffet and family quiz on Saturday. On Sunday, the week’s theme – All God’s Gifts – continued during the meeting and the children sang a Harvest samba. All gifts for the Harvest table went to the food bank. – L. B. WOODBRIDGE: As part of the 130th corps anniversary celebrations, Norton Band and Songsters led Harvest weekend. The guests delighted the congregation with new arrangements of old classics at the Saturday evening music festival and Major Kevin Rand (Norton) led Sunday’s Harvest meetings. – R. P.
Stand In The Light for Prisons Week 2013 THQ FROM 17 to 23 November, the annual interdenominational Prisons Week focuses on praying for those affected by prison and who carry heavy burdens of responsibility or BOLTON CITADEL: Major Kevin and Captain Catherine Rand (Anglia DHQ and Norton) led Harvest celebrations. Saturday included a treasure hunt through the countryside and a pasty supper. On Sunday, Captain Rand reminded the children that sharing is essential and Major Rand challenged the congregation to be responsible gardeners, to follow God’s commands and to sow good seeds so that there can be a good Harvest in their lives. – G. F.
loss. This year’s theme, Stand In The Light, is taken from Malachi 4:2. Each day is dedicated to praying for a specific aspect of prison ministries – praying for those who work in prisons, for those who are prisoners, for victims of crime, for those who work in the criminal justice system, for the families of victims and perpetrators of crime and for communities (for more information about this week, visit www.prisonsweek.org). – A. R. STAPLE HILL: The Back To Church meeting – featuring young people from the SouthWestern School of Christian Arts – attracted new people to the corps. During the meeting the young people presented dance, highlights of the week and a video. Corps officer Major Ian Urmston reminded everyone that church is a place to support and encourage one another. – V. W.
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NEWS Scout sleepover success HUDDERSFIELD THE 36th Oakes Scout Group which meets at the hall each week held its first ever group family camp, with a pirate theme. Young people from the beaver, cub and scout sections camped overnight with leaders, parents and siblings and everyone got involved in a variety of scouting activities including orienteering, crafts, a scavenger hunt, pioneering, an assault course, hiking and a traditional campfire. At the closing ceremony, corps officer Lieutenant Lindsey Taylor was officially invested as the group scout leader. – L. T. LEYTONSTONE: Harvest celebrations began with a meal and quiz. Graeme Randall led the meeting themed People Of Hope Bringing The Harvest In. All contributions were donated to the food bank. – L. L.
More than 50 children and adults attend the first Messy Church at Stanford-le-Hope which had a Harvest theme and was led by Divisional Family Officer Liz Hall
During Harvest celebrations six guides, pictured with leader Kirstie Swain and helper Josie Stokes, recited their promise to Young people at Hadleigh Temple display tickets they decorated in preparation for a hunger lunch
SUTTON-IN-ASHFIELD: Twenty new people went to the morning meeting as a result of attending a barbecue fellowship and a café church trial run, held in conjunction with Back To Church Sunday. The meeting focused on how everyone has a part to play. Many new people also attended the film night. – M. B. 6
NORWICH CITADEL: Majors Colin and Rosemary Cowdery (THQ) shared their experiences of life in Pakistan during Harvest celebrations. The display included fresh produce and also tinned goods for the Anglia Division and BBC Radio Norfolk Christmas Toys and Tins Appeal. – B. C.
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corps folk at Clowne
TUNBRIDGE WELLS: Harvest weekend began with an afternoon tea on Saturday. Spiritual Life Development Secretary Major Melvyn Jones (THQ) led the meetings themed Fruit Of The Spirit and Holiness. As part of the Music at the Wells concert series, Bexleyheath YP Band and Singing Company visited the corps to present a programme. – S. S.
SWINDON CITADEL: Former corps officers Majors Derek and Helen Tyrrell led Harvest celebrations. The weekend began with a food and fellowship night that included a quiz and Sunday meetings were interspersed with interesting references to their overseas service. In place of a traditional Harvest display corps members donated goods to the food bank. – K. S.
NEWS Celebrations encourage caring for creation RUTHERGLEN MAJORS Annette and Beat Rieder (East Scotland DHQ) led Harvest weekend under the theme Caring For Creation. The celebrations began with a Saturday evening cabaret and Chinese meal. Guests (pictured) David Henderson (piano, Clydebank), Philip Henderson (euphonium, Clydebank) and Moira Wilson (vocal, Govan) performed various solo items including ‘Pathétique’, ‘Glorious Liberation’ and ‘The Rose’, respectively. On Sunday morning the majors spoke about Our Creator God, Our Entrusting God and Our Caring God. During the afternoon café church, the Rieders shared their experiences of working in various European countries and spoke about God’s provision for them and their ministry. – D. M.
Plentiful Harvest evidences God’s provision THQ
Children at Lurgan show off their Harvest-themed drawings presented during the song ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’ as part of the holiness meeting
LIEU TENANT Jonathan Raggett (Southwark) led Harvest prayers at THQ, sharing the vision of the corps to be a church that extends a hand to many people in the homeless community and those in danger of becoming homeless. His message centred on providing people with the tools, resources and support to enable them to take steps up the ladder into a journey of hope and transformation. Generous food donations received from THQ personnel and nearby schools provided a full cupboard at Southwark and leftovers were shared with partnering food banks. – L. R.
Fellowship enjoyed during Harvest weekend NEWBIGGIN-BY-THE-SEA MAJORS Ann and Donald Montgomery (DHQ) led Harvest meetings, challenging the congregation to see, hear and have the love of God with them every day. All donated goods went to the food bank. On Monday evening, corps folk shared fellowship with a Harvest Supper, quiz and auction.
As part of the celebrations the coffee morning – in partnership with Age Concern – raised £80 for I Love Guide Dogs. – P. H.
Harvest celebration encourages day out
HALIFAX: A pie and peas supper kick-started Harvest celebrations, followed by a beetle drive on Saturday. The evening concluded with a Harvest singalong. John Town led Sunday meetings. – L. H.
PEOPLE from 16 churches met to celebrate Harvest at The Big Farm Day Out, organised by corps officer (and Churches Together Chairman) Captain Peter Clark. The event offered a free day out for families. Salvationists handed out 200 goody bags advertising corps activities and the band witnessed to more than 1,200 people, resulting in new people attending for the first time. – P. C.
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NEWS Territorial Commander fosters a passion for mission BOLTON CITADEL
TERRITORIAL Commander Commissioner Clive Adams visited the corps and urged people to renew their passion for mission. He encouraged them to think about their relatives, friends and colleagues who do not know the Lord. Commissioner Marianne Adams spoke about how God changed her life and how she now finds hope through salvation. – G. F.
NORTHAMPTON EAST: An evening held in aid of the Multiple Sclerosis Society raised more than £500. The group, 2’s Company, presented a varied programme concluding with ‘Love Cannot Fail’ from Spirit! – N. R. OAKENGATES: The corps led a service of dedication for a new Standard of The Royal British Legion. After the service representatives from the branch marched with corps folk and the band to Hartshill Park, where the Standard was dedicated at a drumhead service. – T. D.
Monday 4 November Philippians 2 – ‘Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus’ (v5) O Characteristics of holiness are listed in this chapter. How do you measure up? Tuesday 5 November Philippians 3 – Paul encourages the Church to press on in holiness O vv13 and 14: does it sound like living as a Christian is easy or something that needs working at? O vv20 and 21: was Paul teaching a Rapture theology? (Dead and living Christians to be taken to Heaven at a time of God’s choosing) Wednesday 6 November Philippians 4 – The letter ends with exhortations, thanks and final greetings O v4: how is it possible to ‘rejoice in the Lord always’? O What is the link between ‘anxious’ (v6) and ‘peace’ (v7)? Thursday 7 November Colossians 1 – Paul proclaims the supremacy of Jesus Christ O vv15–20: do these verses confirm that Jesus is God made flesh? O v26: who are ‘the Lord’s people’? Friday 8 November Colossians 2 – Paul makes known the mystery of God O v2: the word ‘sacrament’ comes from the Latin sacramentum which was used to translate the Greek word mysterion from which we derive ‘mystery’. What is the mystery of God according to Paul? O If we have accepted Jesus into our lives as Lord and Saviour, is it fair then to say that our lives should be sacramental as we reflect the likeness of Christ (the mystery of God)? O v8: how deep and rooted is your faith? Are you attracted by alternative philosophies and beliefs?
Musicians Maureen Galea and Mark Clayden (both piano), Haleyi Stubbs (vocal, Derby Central) and Simon Birkett (euphonium)i take part in a concert as a new approach to fundraising ati Letchworth, raising £300 for The Big Collectioni 8
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At Cradley Heath, James Morris MP is shown the work of Employment Plus by staff and corps officer Captain Elizabeth Hancock
NEWS Guests attract large audience READING CENTRAL ASCOT Brass presented a concert in the refurbished hall compèred by Bandmaster Jonathan Corry (Enfield). Guests David Daws (euphonium, Hendon) and the Berkshire Youth Percussion and Marimba Ensemble also participated. The multiple guests attracted a large audience, including many who would not normally attend a Salvation Army event. Ascot Brass enthralled the many brass band enthusiasts with their playing and choice of music, ranging from well-known classics to lighter music and concluding with a new hymn tune arrangement of ‘Cwm Rhondda’ by Kenneth Downie. The young people astonished the audience with their dexterity and concentration, and were fascinating to watch as well as listen to. David Daws and the band displayed immaculate co-ordination. In a quieter vane, David played an arrangement of ‘Lord, With My All I Part’. – P. B.
Teaching day attracts churchgoers LOUTH THE corps held a teaching day under the heading Whatever Happened To Holiness? Derek Tidball (Baptist Church) spoke about personal and social holiness. Cornerstone worship group (Boston) participated and other churches supported. – B. S.
Concert fundraises for Leslie Condon Trust GAINSBOROUGH A CONCERT in aid of the Leslie Condon Trust raised more than £560. Musicians from Anglia, East Midlands, Yorkshire and South-Western divisions joined the host band to present a programme of Leslie Condon’s music to a large congregation, including representatives from the council and members of the Condon family. During the Sunday morning meeting Dorothy CondonHoward (Waterbeach) led the Harvest celebration and later gave an interesting presentation called ‘Life With My Dad’. As well as the amount raised, a number of instruments were presented to the trust. – P. H.
PARKHEAD: Friends and family weekend got off to a good start with a talent night featuring vocal solos and duets, a trombone duet, readings, a Tae kwon-do routine and gymnastics display. The band and songsters
also supported the night, which included recognition of the service of Eric McReady who sold the Army papers in Glasgow for more than 30 years before retirement. Eric’s wife Agnes (Govan) was also recognised
for the encouragement she gave her husband. Corps officer Captain Linda Dunlop reminded those present that everyone has talents that can be used for God’s service. – A. D.
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Corps Mission Secretary Stuart Scott of Reading Central shares with Laura Barker how Salvationists serve thousands of young people at the Reading Festival
VERY August Bank Holiday 90,000 music lovers ﬂock to Reading Festival for a long weekend of fun, frolics and maybe even some music. And while most festivalgoers attend with good intentions, Reading Central Salvationists are there to help when things go awry, offering soup, possibly some soap and even a little bit of salvation. The corps has volunteered at the music festival since it relocated to Reading in 1971. Corps ofﬁcer Major Tom Cross, seeing an opportunity to serve the 5,000 festivalgoers, gathered some volunteers and turned up with two urns of soup and some rolls. ‘Basically, we drove round the camp sites and car parks giving out the rolls,’ explains Stuart Scott, who was just a teenager at the time. They decided to return the next year. ‘Major Cross said we needed to do it bigger and better, so by the second year we had a tent.’ Each year the festival continued to grow. By the 1980s, the Salvation Army tent remained open 24 -7 10
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– one of the few outlets to do so – and during one festival volunteers distributed 40,000 rolls within three days. As the popularity of the event grew, the corps continued to adapt. Stuart and his team now manage a huge operation, offering refreshments and spiritual nourishment to thousands of festivalgoers from a 30ft marquee. ‘We’ve always had tea, coffee, soup and rolls and have expanded with hot chocolate, mufﬁns, cakes, etc. We don’t give these away, but sell them at low prices. We also provide a counselling service.’ There are many reasons why people visit the marquee. Some people have lost their belongings or need help getting home or contacting their parents. Others just need someone to talk to. There is a quiet area in the marquee where young people can chat with volunteers or receive counselling. Stuart explains that, this year, one young person lost all her possessions; her tent had been trashed and all her belongings stolen. ‘We were able to kit her out with a tent, blankets and everything else as well.
We’re there to help, not there to preach – it’s a witness as much as anything else. Providing soup, tea and coffee is a good way to draw people, but they often ask: “Why do you do this?” That is our chance to tell them that we’re Christians and we want to promote the gospel. If they want to know more about that, there are people they can talk to.’ Many people might wonder how a teetotal organisation like the Army ﬁts in at a music festival, but Stuart says the festivalgoers love them being there.
WE’RE THERE TO HELP, NOT THERE TO PREACH
‘Many people think the festival is drug and sex infested – but it’s nothing like that. Most of the fans go for the experience, good music and something to drink. But we have queues of 40, 50 or 60 people. The marquee still remains open 24-7. They just love us,’ he says. Stuart – a recovering alcoholic – is able to use his personal experience to counsel people. ‘I can understand how alcoholics feel. You can’t help them until they say they want help – until then, all you can do is pray for them. In most cases we aren’t aware how we impact
WE... HAVE TO HAVE FAITH AND BELIEVE THAT WHAT WE’RE DOING WILL REAP BENEFITS IN THE FUTURE
people’s lives, but this year someone expressed their gratitude for something we did many years ago. There is a rap band called Dead Poets and they performed at the festival on Sunday night. At the end of the gig they announced to the crowd that they were going to give an impromptu performance at the Salvation Army tent. ‘They turned up with about 200 to 300 fans and had a rap battle for about an hour. When they were on the stage this guy, Mark, said he was so grateful for what the Army had done for him when life wasn’t so good. He told me that when he was 15 – 15 years ago – he came to the festival, the ﬁrst he’d ever been to, and he and his mates had their tents robbed; their food, their money, their clothes – everything was gone. ‘They found the Salvation Army tent; we were able to help them and he’s never forgotten that. This was his way of paying us back for the kindness that was shown to him. That just proves that what we do is well received.’ Stuart admits that in the 1970s, when he ﬁrst started volunteering, he was initially tempted by the opportunity to get into a festival for free, but adds: ‘I kept going back because of the adrenalin kick you get from helping people and their gratitude in return.’ The corps now has a very good relationship with the festival’s organisers, who expect the Army’s presence every year. ‘They now want us to be there every time because they realise we are a good support to the welfare of everyone there,’ adds Stuart. He concludes: ‘It is important for the corps to continue volunteering at the festival to ensure that all young people have access to free counselling, help and cheap refreshments. We don’t always know what impact we are making on people’s lives, but we just have to have faith and believe that what we’re doing will reap beneﬁts in the future.’
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Serving God through music Staff Bandsman Simon Scott (Felixstowe) tells Captain Andrew Stone about his ﬁrst year with the International Staff Band
HEN Simon Scott ﬁnishes work on a Wednesday afternoon, he catches the train from Ipswich and makes his way to the band room at THQ to take part in the International Staff Band rehearsal. ‘It’s a huge commitment,’ he explains. ‘Not just for me; this is just as big a commitment for my wife and young children – and that’s not forgetting being away from the corps once a month as well.’ In addition to the weekly rehearsals and the monthly weekends away, the ISB also has appointments at Commissioning, Gospel Arts weekend and Congress events. But, for Simon, it is all time well spent. ‘Playing music at this standard has always been an ambition,’ says Simon. ‘There were occasions when I considered applying to bands outside the Army. But I wanted to ﬁnd a way
ISB marching through Cambridge
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to use my ability to play an instrument and worship God.’ Simon, who also ﬁnds fulﬁlment in playing with his corps band, was able to achieve his ambition when he joined the ISB in September last year. One of the highlights of his time with the band was the trip it made to the USA Eastern Territory.
I WANTED TO FIND A WAY TO USE MY ABILITY TO PLAY AN INSTRUMENT AND WORSHIP GOD
‘It was exciting to play at Old Orchard Beach and to such enthusiastic congregations,’ he remembers. ‘The things that captured me most were the passion, excitement and encouragement
which our hosts shared with us in all aspects of worship.’ But it is not only at the bigger events that Simon has seen God using the ministry of the band. ‘I’ve been aware of occasions where the band’s visit to a corps has enabled them to reconnect with people who were associated with the corps in the past,’ he says. ‘One particular weekend away I was part of a small group that assisted in leading a meeting at another, smaller corps. It was a privilege to go and allow them to worship in a different way to normal. ‘There have also been times when the choice of music, with its message and associated words, has complemented the teaching. The atmosphere and sense of God working in those moments are special.’ It is moments such as these that convince Simon there is still a place for the ministry of a brass band in the 21st century. ‘I wouldn’t be using my time and abilities to do it if I didn’t think it had a chance of being effective,’ he says. ‘What is important is that we are open to the many different ways that a Christian message can be shared through music. ‘While people are still willing to come and listen to us and get something from what we offer, I think it has a place. ‘That should never stop us from looking forward, though. We should always be searching for the most effective way to present the gospel through this style of music. Mainstream music may be more attractive to more people – and we should encourage and nurture that talent with The Salvation
‘ ISB Llanelli concert, May 2013
Army – but that doesn’t mean that a staff section doesn’t have a role to play.’ As Simon looks back on his ﬁrst year with the ISB, he is able to remember times and, in particular, pieces where he has seen those listening encounter God through the band’s playing. ‘Fire In The Blood’ and ‘Guardian Of My Soul’ are two pieces he ﬁnds are particularly special but it is the message they communicate, more than the musicality, which is important.
‘I want to play to the very best of my ability and to the highest standard possible,’ Simon explains. ‘But if it becomes purely about musical technicality or excellence then I might as well play in a contesting band. ‘The ISB gives me an amazing opportunity to be part of a band playing to a very high standard, but one that has a very strong message in all that it does.’ Simon is looking forward to continuing to make the most of the opportunities that being a member of the band present to him. He has already identiﬁed some of the events he is particularly looking forward to in the next 12 months. ‘I’ll get to play with the band at a congress for the ﬁrst time,’ he says. ‘We will also visit Ireland, Germany and Jersey, to name just a few places. ‘We also have a new executive ofﬁcer, Major Mark Herbert. It’s been inspiring to listen to the teaching of Major Noel Wright – our previous executive ofﬁcer – over the past year. The weekends away haven’t just
WE AIM TO HONOUR GOD IN ALL ASPECTS OF OUR PLAYING. BEING IN THE BAND GIVES ME ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO WITNESS..., TO MEET NEW PEOPLE AND TO SHARE... AN AMAZING GOD
challenged my playing ability; I’ve come away from the weekends regularly challenged by what Noel has prepared. I’ve had the privilege of working with Mark before, so I know we’re in for a good year with him.’ However good the spiritual experiences may be and however much Simon enjoys playing his trombone, being a part of the ISB still means extra duties and time away from his young family. He admits the time away is a sacriﬁce for him, but it is a sacriﬁce he is willing to make. ‘I see my time in the staff band as a form of service to God,’ he says. ‘We aim to honour God in all aspects of our playing. Being in the band gives me another opportunity to witness for God, to meet new people and to share with them what an amazing God I serve.’
ISB ITINERARY FOR THE 2013-14 SEASON 2013
PARLIAMENTARY CAROL SERVICE (WESTMINSTER CHAPEL, LONDON) Thursday 5 December
BELFAST CITADEL Saturday, Sunday 26 January HARPENDEN Saturday, Sunday 23 February GERMANY Friday 28 – Sunday 30 March ST. HELIER, JERSEY Saturday, Sunday 27 April HADLEIGH TEMPLE Saturday, Sunday 18 May
GOSPEL ARTS CONCERT (SYMPHONY HALL, BIRMINGHAM) Saturday, Sunday 8 June PLYMOUTH EXETER HALL, WHITLEIGH Saturday, Sunday 28 September CANNOCK Saturday, Sunday 26 October GUISBOROUGH Saturday, Sunday 30 November
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CHALLENGING AND MAJESTIC Bandmaster Andrew Mackereth (Nuneaton) reviews the International Staff Band’s recording, Quest THIS latest recording by the International Staff Band takes its name from a new work by Paul Sharman. The piece, rather like the mission of the ISB, is defined in three sections: Making A Difference, Making Time (to speak to God) and Making Progress. This superb music, like the rest of the programme that follows, is challenging, thought-provoking and majestic. The recording opens in spectacular fashion with the march-cum-overture ‘Call Of The Gospel’ by Martin Cordner. The piece draws on the lively chorus, ‘We Have A Gospel’ from the 1967 Gowans and Larsson musical Takeover Bid and was written at the request of Bandmaster David Daws and the London Central Fellowship Band. While it may appear odd to place the benediction second on a CD, the setting by Paul Sharman of ‘The Lord Bless You And Keep You’ forms a perfect warm-down after the opening bravura of the overture. Martin is again featured in the work,
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‘Fusion’ – a stand-alone piece that is part of a trio of connected concert overtures that ‘seeks to capture the sense of the celebration that arises when a believer arrives in Heaven and is finally joined in eternal fellowship with God’. Listeners will recognise the melody ‘Brantwood’ with which we associate the words of Albert Orsborn’s song, ‘I Know Thee Who Thou Art’. The music centres predominantly on the words: ‘Thy name is joined with mine, by every human tie.’ The reflective middle section features the contemporary hymn, ‘Come To Jesus’ by Chris Rice. Derick Kane is the first of three featured soloists in Stephen Bulla’s tour de force for euphonium and brass band, ‘Air ’n Variations’. The quirky title was a play on the name of the soloist for whom it was originally written, Aaron VanderWeele, who played with the New York Staff Band. The solo was a centrepiece of the band’s UK tour and was featured in a spectacular performance at the Royal Albert Hall.
It features the tune ‘ ’Twas A Happy, Happy Day’ and comprises several humorous, challenging variations and cadenzas that span four octaves. This rendition by Derick is dazzling. The Irish traditional melody ‘Through The Fair’ has been recorded in a variety of guises by an eclectic range of artists from Art Garfunkel to Sinead O’Connor. This arrangement is from talented young writer Chelsea Pascoe of Belfast Sydenham Corps. Tenor horn virtuoso David Winch is featured in the third Sharman offering, this time reprising the beautiful song, ‘You Love Me’ by Brian Willets. The grand march ‘Unconquered’ was one of a series of marches written by the late, great Arthur Gullidge as part of an attempt to write a march that bore the name of every allied battleship. Sadly, the melodies of this march have gone to Glory with the writer, but none of the spirit of confidence is lost. The finely balanced programme is complemented by the informative, conversational sleeve notes provided by conductor and arranger Ray Farr. O Quest is available from SP&S priced £13.95 (plus £2.95 postage and packing)
EFFORTLESS PERFORMANCE FROM A STAR ON THE RISE There is the seemingly effortless Anthony Thompson (Castleford) reviews Songs From The Heart by Philip Cobb accompanied by the International Staff Band BEING asked by a Salvation Army publication to review a Salvationist musician accompanied by the International Staff Band conducted by Dr Stephen Cobb – with music largely by Salvationist composers, all produced and designed by yet more Salvationists – may seem like a poisoned chalice; thankfully, however, the album is tremendous! The programme of music is pleasing and varied, the layout and sleeve notes are clear and informative, the empathetic and exciting accompaniment of the ISB is superb, as we have come to expect. However, what you really want to know
about is the performance of the star. Philip Cobb needs less and less introduction as time goes by. Whether you know him as a bandsman at Hendon Corps, a virtuoso soloist (perhaps from the Olympic opening ceremonies) or as principal trumpet of the London Symphony Orchestra, you will be looking for a certain versatility, expertise and brilliance which the playing on this disc certainly provides. The first noticeable thing on this album is the burnished tone quality, which – though present throughout – seems to shift and adapt perfectly to the differing musical situations presented.
airflow phrasing, the fleeting finger work, the keen note production and a high register that dazzles with élan and bravery – almost as if nobody has told Philip that this is hard work. There is, of course, the elegance of his slow-melody playing always imbued with simple, yet stylish lines. There are even a few occasions here when elements of jazz and blues playing surface, bringing with them a smile! I concluded a review of Philip’s Life Abundant album in 2007 with the words, ‘what I hear most of all, though, is the potential of what may come’. Well, whether it’s from the cornet, flugelhorn, piccolo or regular Bb trumpet, please be assured, the music on Songs From The Heart certainly delivers. O
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LIVING CONTAGIOUSLY Chick Yuill presents the second in a three-part epilogue to his series entitled Mission Means DISCIPLES should make a difference! Wherever they are, whatever they’re doing and whomever they’re with – they should make a difference just by their presence. There’s no getting away from it: the street where you live should be a safer place, the office or the factory where you work should be a better working environment and the company you keep should be a kinder group of people, all because of your attitudes and actions. Jesus himself made this very plain when he said: ‘You are the light of the world… let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven’ (Matthew 5:14 and 16). As Gowans and Larsson reminded us in their song, the goal of disciples should be to live like their master: To be like Jesus, this hope possess me, In every thought and deed, this is my aim, my creed… His Spirit helping me, like him I’ll be. At the deepest level there’s no more accurate description of how a disciple should live than Christlikeness. The only problem is that it can, at one and the same time, feel both just a little vague and massively overwhelming. Which of us would dare to say that we are close to living like Jesus and what on earth would that look like in 21st-century Britain? It’s been my privilege in recent years to be part of the Whole-Life Disciple-Making initiative that’s being promoted by LICC (London Institute for Contemporary Christianity). The team at LICC have given some real thought to the question of just what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in 16
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today’s world. They’ve come up with six ‘M’s that mark out a disciple. It’s a really helpful way of bringing effective, everyday discipleship into sharp focus. DISCIPLES MODEL GODLY CHARACTER
The reality of what they believe is seen in the way they behave; the best argument they make for the existence of God is the example they set. DISCIPLES MINISTER GRACE AND LOVE
They make it their business to demonstrate God’s gracious and loving heart by their attitude and their actions towards the people around them. O
DISCIPLES MAKE GOOD WORKERS
Whatever they’re doing and however seemingly menial the task, they do it to the utmost of their ability as a way of serving God and blessing others. O
DISCIPLES MAKE CULTURE
In other words, they change things for the better, helping to create a healthier social environment by their encouraging words, their positive attitude, their openness and honesty – and in countless other ways.
Those are qualities that are well worth reflecting on and putting into practice. That doesn’t mean that every day we should be parading with placards, preaching sermons, launching campaigns or wearing our hearts on our sleeves. But it does mean that we will be seeking to express the reality of our faith in everything we do and ready to share the reason for the way in which we live whenever we can. Here’s one way to think of what disciples do just by being disciples. Forensic science has transformed the way in which crimes are solved. But it’s actually based on a very simple premise – every contact leaves a trace. So even the slightest touch a person leaves on a piece of clothing or some other object will be enough to leave a trace of their DNA. And that’s often enough to lead to the police tracking down the criminal and solving the crime. Here’s the point: what if we lived in such a way that everything we do and say leaves a trace of the gospel everywhere we go and with everyone we meet? Try living like that and watch what happens!
DISCIPLES ARE MESSENGERS FOR THE GOSPEL
They’re not afraid to share their faith, speaking about Jesus in ways that are natural, appropriate to the situation and respectful to those who don’t share their faith and their convictions. DISCIPLES ARE MOUTHPIECES FOR TRUTH AND JUSTICE
They stand up and speak up for what’s right, particularly when there is injustice and oppression towards the poor and the powerless.
CHICK IS A FREELANCE WRITER AND SPEAKER
Grasped by God,s surpassing glory The ﬁrst of a three-part study on Ephesians by Major James Bryden STUDY PASSAGE EPHESIANS 1:3–23
ET ready to climb the heights and walk in heavenly places! We don’t arrive at our destination because we planned the route; God alone has made it happen. Before planets or people existed, God set our satnav for ‘home’. Only those willing to follow the mapped route will reach their destination. He does this through his Son, and by his Spirit he guides us into himself. Paul is on a roll of praise. He’s so bowled over by the God of glory he doesn’t stop for breath. The Greek passage consists of one sentence; it’s a prayer, a hymn of praise to God – and little wonder! God has opened his home to us. Our name is on the door. We’re his adopted sons and daughters. He’s lavished his love on us at great cost: his only son’s ‘blood poured out on… the cross’ (v7 The Message). Why? To destroy sin, save us and make us one with him. We are now on the receiving end of blessing after blessing – and all because of God’s grace. What is so amazing about grace is not that God gives us something, rather it is that God gives us himself. The sheer scale of our salvation and the call to live for God in the world take our breath away. The fact that God has made known the mystery of his will – to bring all things together in Christ – is utterly staggering. In Christ we’re God’s chosen family, forgiven sinners. God has singled us out for the special attention of the Holy Spirit. The incredible work of the Spirit, seen in the level of love and practical
commitment between the believers, sends Paul’s prayer rocketing. He can’t stop thanking God for them. He burns with a powerful longing that God’s Spirit will enable them to know Christ deeply in mind and heart; an intelligent, practical and spiritual grasp rolled into one, for the Spirit to open their eyes and see their God-calling, hope and promise in Christ.
THE WAY FORWARD IN... UNCERTAIN TIMES IS TO KNOW CHRIST BETTER
The whole experience is immense and glorious for the believer. God himself is behind it all. His own almighty power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power at work in all who trust him. This awesome power of God has been placed in Christ so that he is ‘far above all rule and authority, power and dominion… and God placed all things under his feet’ (vv21 and 22 NIV). Whatever we might think about the state of our world – its corrupt regimes, atrocities against humanity, the spread of drug culture and abuse of women and children – God is sovereign: ‘God placed everything under the power of Christ’ (v22 J. B. Phillips). This means what it says: everything. Governments, authorities, powers – all are answerable to Christ. He alone is in charge of all peoples and places (Colossians 1:15–20). He is without rival or equal. Christ also is in charge of the Church.
The community of believers in all its rich variety should add to its richness. Although not always ‘all one body’, the oil of healing is poured on wounds of rivalry and opening doors to respect and reconciliation. The way forward in these uncertain times is to know Christ better. We live in a fallen world and a free world at the same time. God did not create robots, but human beings.If there’s any programming going on, it’s learnt behaviour. If things are good or bad, it’s mostly because of free choices. Yes, God took a risk in making us as we are. He also provides an incredible life-changing power that can save and recreate us in his Son, Jesus Christ. He will not force his will on us. He allows us choice. What we have now is awesome; what we will have in Glory is beyond words. FOR REFLECTION O vv3–14: What factors in the life of the believer can generate a ‘roll of praise’ to God? O vv15–23: Unpack what Paul has to say about God’s power as it applies to Christ, culture and commitment.
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LETTERS MUSIC… A GIFT OF GOD WE love and appreciate our Salvation Army bands and songsters. However, do we truly realise the scope of the message of peace and hope they convey? Turning our attention to the construction and arrangements of their musical pieces, we become conscious of the hard work and discipline exerted not only by each musician individually, but also by an entire group in order to reach the desired goal. This hard work is not without its pleasures, even though it demands significant time and effort of will. Music allows for the expression of emotions, felt and experienced deeply in the heart of the interpreter, which will find an echo in the heart of the listener. It is a very intimate exchange of one soul to another. The spiritual scope of this experience exists and becomes evident, even though it is sometimes underestimated. The diversity of compositions and their interpretation can affect people and can capture their soul according to their tastes, personal circumstances and life situations. Since being confronted with JeanDaniel’s illness, we have both felt ourselves accompanied, uplifted and blessed by the melodies and the words, which have spoken to us again of having confidence and trust in God and helped us abandon ourselves into his loving arms. A few minutes before receiving his first chemotherapy treatment, Jean-Daniel’s heart was burdened with fear and worry in the face of his disease. Awaiting the ordeal of treatment Jean-Daniel listened to ‘Soli Deo Gloria’ interpreted by the International Staff Band, and felt immense peace invade his heart and his whole being. God did not use a Bible verse or an exhortation to reveal himself, just a melody beautifully composed and interpreted with conviction. Yes, we can affirm with all our hearts that music is a gift from God, a means used by him to testify to his grace and love. It is an incredible opportunity and a great privilege to participate in the plan of God through making music. Annette and Jean-Daniel Chevalley, Geneva, Switzerland Letter translated from French by Captain Jo Reid (WBC) 18
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A NUMBER OF BANDS WORE WHITE CAPS
I TOO believe, without too much evidence, that the photograph in Salvationist (12 October) might be of Southsea Band. The gentleman facing the camera looks quite like Bandmaster Smith of that corps many years ago. One is left wondering how effective this kind of ministry was – with prosperous-looking houses right and open countryside left, but no one in sight. The band’s seafront Sunday night open-air stand would have been much more relevant, with large crowds watching and being involved. I recall that our own band was once directed to an open-air stand on an away weekend where the only visible listeners were a few cows looking over a fence. The band played ‘In Quiet Pastures’, which possibly blessed our animal friends.
I SAW the recent correspondence in Salvationist (12 October) when David Fisher of Letchworth was trying to identify a band in a photograph taken in Letchworth in 1923. It was subsequently suggested that it might be Southsea Band because the men were wearing white caps. However, white caps were worn in summer by a number of bands in 1923, and one possibility is that it could be Brighton Congress Hall Band, which was photographed in The Bandsman, Local Officer and Songster (6 January 1923) wearing white caps. Later that year, Brighton Congress Hall Band visited Letchworth Garden City on 1, 2 and 3 September, which was also reported. Unless someone else has come up with the definitive answer, I think Brighton Congress Hall must be a possibility.
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PIT DISASTER CENTENARY I GREW up and still live in a former mining community not very far from Senghenydd. The centenary of the worst loss of life in any mining disaster in Great Britain was commemorated on 14 October. When a spark ignited gases underground at the Universal colliery, Senghenydd, 439 miners and one rescuer lost their lives. I worked as the communications officer at Big Pit National Coal Museum for 11 years and I was especially interested in how sensitively the anniversary was marked. The BBC published on its website a series of images from a collection at the National Library of Wales (www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-24490210). A professional photographer went to Senghenydd within hours of the disaster and documented the aftermath. The last picture on the website is of the funeral of Colour Sergeant E. Gilbert, with the caption ‘Salvationist pitman’s coffin’. I know there is a memorial in the hall at Senghenydd, but I have never looked very closely at it. Some readers may know more. Kathryn Stowers, Merthyr Tydf il
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5. 1. ANGELA LINSEY Adherent member SOUTHEND CITADEL ANGELA has attended Army meetings most of her life when accompanying relatives at other corps. She now feels the time is right to respond to God’s love and is interested in all that takes place at the corps. – J. T. 2. LYDIA APPIAH KYEREMATENG Soldier CAMBRIDGE HEATH CORPS officers Majors Abby and Phil Howe enrolled Lydia as a soldier. Lydia was pleased to have former corps officer Major David Taylor (THQ) – who conducted her wedding two years ago – join the celebration. She gave praise for God’s guiding hand in the past and for the new things that lie ahead. Lydia is pictured with Majors Howe, Major Taylor, friends and members of the corps. – P. H. 3. & 4. OLUTOSIN (SAM) SHOREMNI Adherent member KUMBURAYI DZUMBUNU Junior soldier SLOUGH AFTER attending the corps for about six months, Sam was welcomed as an adherent member. He testified to how ‘Abide With Me’ always speaks to his heart and that he feels happy when he hears it. Kumbi has been attending the Army for about two years and his highlight of the summer was attending divisional kids’ camp. He chose his favourite song ‘To God Be The Glory’ to express his
testimony after being enrolled as a junior soldier. Sam and Kumbi are pictured with Recruiting Sergeant Meryl Lillis and corps officer Lieutenant Marie Burr. – M. B. 5. DOUGLAS HARVEY, JILL BAYLES, MICHAEL BAYLES Soldiers SOUTH SHIELDS FAMILY and friends gathered to celebrate the enrolment of Douglas, Jill and Michael as soldiers. Jill and Michael have been married for a year and decided to return to the Army through Jill’s connections. Together, the couple decided to make this commitment. A long-time member of the Baptist Church, Douglas made the decision to follow his wife Debra into soldiership. – J. G. 6. IRENE WRIGLEY Soldier BOSTON AFTER 16 years Irene felt God leading her back to making a commitment as a soldier. She believes that God guides her future and chose the song ‘I’ll Go In The Strength Of The Lord’ with special emphasis on the line ‘to work he appoints me to do’. Corps officer Major Mark Price enrolled Irene as a soldier. – D. C. 7. ELLIE PHILLIPS Junior soldier THORNTON HEATH CORPS officer Major Kathryn Woodhouse enrolled Ellie as a junior soldier. – I. D. Salvationist 2 November 2013
ANNOUNCEMENTS ARMY PEOPLE LOCAL OFFICERS APPOINTED OCSM Timothy Ngwenia Watch, CS Divisional Envoy Hazel Smith, Leicester Central MARRIAGES Beeton to Gillian Hall at Cottenham by Commissioners Judith and Ray Houghton OHope Ujoh to Elizabeth Griffiths at High Wycombe by Captain Hilary McClintock OSimon
WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Golden: OSongster Ian and Songster Doris Watson, Blackpool Citadel (31 October) DEDICATED TO GOD James, son of Nathan and Charna Seymour at Hastings Citadel by Major Angela Bailey OAmelia, Charlotte, Hayden, Ethan and Joel, children of Paul and Zoe Dent at Shildon by Major Linda Watson OOlivia Ivy, daughter of Dep BM Mark OHarry
and Emma Burton at Southsea by Major Mary Wolfe OChloe Mae, daughter of Bandsman/ Songster Paul and Julie Simpson, at Guisborough by Majors Mark and Sarah Price OMolly Jessica, daughter of Kevan and Sally Pritchard, at Shrewsbury by Major Joy Norman BEREAVED ORose Cooper, Boscombe, of her husband Harry, Captain Paul Cooper, Aylsham, Anne Doherty and Wendy Gover of their father OMajor Katrina Thomas, Northern DHQ, of her mother Betty Lagunowitsch OMajor George Hook of his wife Mrs Major Gladys Hook, CSM Marilyn Harvey, Alton, Philip Hook, Diss, and Andrew Hook, Norton, of their mother OCaptain Noelyn North of her husband Dennis OBandsman/Songster Jim Covell and Olive Bean of their brother Stan Covell, both Guisborough ORtd BM Robert Harding, Darlington, of his wife Margaret, Karen Key and Andrew Harding of their mother
ENGAGEMENTS GENERAL ANDRÉ COX AND COMMISSIONER SILVIA COX: OKenya East, Fri 1 Nov - Tu 5 OKenya West, Wed 6 - Sun 10 OICO, Sun 17 OUganda, Th 21 - Mon 25 OAustralia Southern, Tu 26 Mon 2 Dec THE CHIEF OF THE STAFF (COMMISSIONER WILLIAM ROBERTS) AND COMMISSIONER NANCY ROBERTS: OGermany, Fri 8 Nov - Sun 10** OBrazil, Fri 15 - Tu 19 THE TERRITORIAL COMMANDER (COMMISSIONER CLIVE ADAMS) AND COMMISSIONER MARIANNE ADAMS: OScottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow (Territorial Congress), Sat Sun 3 Nov THE CHIEF SECRETARY (COLONEL DAVID HINTON) AND COLONEL SYLVIA HINTON: OScottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow (Territorial Congress), Sat Sun 3 Nov COMMISSIONER WILLIAM COCHRANE: OSouth Korea (World Council of Churches 10th Assembly), Wed 30 Oct - Fri 8 Nov COMMISSIONERS LALZAMLOVA AND NEMKHANCHING: OIndia Central, Sat 2 Nov - Tu 5 OMiddle East Region, Wed 6 - Fri 8 COMMISSIONERS JOASH AND FLORENCE MALABI: ODemocratic Republic of Congo, Fri 15 Nov Th 21 COMMISSIONER DORITA WAINWRIGHT: ONorway, Iceland and The Faeroes (Nordic Women’s Conference), Th 14 Nov - Sun 17 COMMISSIONER JOHN WAINWRIGHT: OUSA NHQ, Mon 4 Nov - Wed 6 OCanada and Bermuda, Wed 6 - Fri 8 INTERNATIONAL STAFF BAND: OScottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow (Territorial Congress), Sat Sun 3 Nov INTERNATIONAL STAFF SONGSTERS: OScottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow (Territorial Congress), Sat Sun 3 Nov **husband will not accompany
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PROMOTED TO GLORY Wendy Burlinson from Sunderland on 18 October OMrs Major Gladys Hook from Alton on 21 October OMajor Rita Baxter from Edinburgh on 22 October OBarbara Green, Halifax OMajor
TRIBUTES MAJOR DAVID RAMSAY POLITICIANS, police officers, street pastors, HMP prison staff, fellow school governors, Rotarians, clergy and neighbours were among the hundreds of people who joined Salvationists and friends to celebrate the life and influence of Major David Ramsay. Their presence brought great comfort to his wife, Major Karen Ramsay, their four daughters – Julia, Nichola, Amanda and Sarah – and his mother, Commissioner Dora Grinsted. Also present were residents of Milton (Sittingbourne), where David and Karen had been active in planting and nurturing Salvation Army work since 2003. The Ramsays were commissioned as officers in 1984 and appointed to Whitley Bay, before journeying to David’s beloved Africa – where he had lived as a child and young adult with his parents – in 1987. In Zambia and Malawi, David developed the Extension Training programme for officers before taking up a corps leadership appointment in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. In 1992 the family returned to their home town of Sittingbourne, from where David held various appointments in London before becoming Divisional Director for Public Relations in London South-East. Prior to an initial diagnosis of cancer in 2006, he was a member of the Army’s International Emergency Services. This role necessitated secondments to Africa and, notably, Southern India after the 2004 tsunami. From an early age, and throughout his life, David was an innovator with a pioneering spirit. Passionate about the word of God, the work of the Holy Spirit and prayer, David was a gifted worship leader in demand at national and divisional events – helped by his exceptional guitar playing. Promoted to Glory a few weeks before his 60th birthday, he leaves an immeasurable spiritual legacy in the lives of everyone he loved and served. – A. C.
MAJOR DONALD MASON MAJOR DONALD MASON was promoted to Glory at the age of 90, after serving for 61 years as a Salvation Army officer. Born in 1923, he came to the Army when his father was converted at an open-air meeting at Gosport and had already made the decision to be an officer when the Second World War intervened. Don took his place in the Marines in time for D-Day, driving his landing craft back and forth to deliver the initial waves of Canadian soldiers onto the Normandy beaches. Commissioned as a ‘Warrior’ lieutenant in May 1947, he was appointed to assist at Blackpool Citadel, where he met his future wife Candidate Ivy Mulliner. After Ivy completed her training in 1954, Donald returned from a break in officership to spend 13 years together as corps officers before he became chauffeur to the British Commissioner, Albert Mingay. This was followed by various NHQ and DHQ appointments in Scotland, England and Wales, two years in Germany with responsibility for the Army’s Red Shield Services and a period as national auditor. The major’s final appointments as Divisional Commander in Durham and Tees and South-West preceded a well-earned retirement in 1988 in Bournemouth. The Masons eventually moved to Bristol to be nearer their children, Marilyn and Howard, residing in Weston-super-Mare, from where Ivy was promoted to Glory in 2010. Officers serving under his leadership speak of a ‘modest and courageous man’. They remember his compassion and care, his concern for his flock and his patience and the gentle humility, which shone through it all. A green-fingered gardener and talented artist, the major placed all his talents in the Lord’s service – producing spectacular Harvest Festival displays, resplendently painted staging for corps events and wellstocked sales of work to fund corps ministry. Always forward-looking, in his eighties he embraced new technology – rekindling his love for art digitally on his iPad. His last painting, however, was in oils: a portrait of William Booth, completed only a few days before his promotion to Glory. – K. P.
WINSTON TASKER, SLEAFORD WINSTON was born in Horbling in 1941, but grew up in Grantham where open-air work attracted him to The Salvation Army. Following through the YP sections he became a bandsman, YPSM and corps secretary. Marriage to Lynda in 1967 brought a move nearer work in Sleaford – where Johann, Sven and Miriam were born – and Winston was again YPSM for several years. Generous with his time and gifts, Winston had an inquiring mind which furnished him with encyclopaedic knowledge that he was always happy to share. An accountant by profession, Winston was a teacher by nature. He met serious health issues bravely and cheerfully, including loss of sight, and is missed by many, especially for his valued contributions to Bible studies. – N. M.
(CLARENCE) THOMAS WAREING, REDDITCH TOM – who was born in 1927 – began attending The Salvation Army at Redditch with his wife Beryl and their young family in the early 1960s. Tom was appointed corps press officer, became a songster, and supported Beryl’s leadership as league of mercy secretary. A minor stroke earlier this year diminished his voice, which alongside his pen had been deployed very effectively as a soldier, instructor, lecturer, trainer, adviser, politician, advocate, campaigner and champion of standards in public and family life. Tom was promoted to Glory very peacefully at home. He leaves Beryl, his wife of 66 years, four sons, beloved daughters-in-law, numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, who he particularly delighted in. – M. W.
ON THE AIR OBBC
Radio Cornwall, Devon, Guernsey and Jersey (at 7.05 pm), Bristol, Gloucestershire, Somerset Sound, Swindon and Wiltshire (at midnight) and online at bbc.co.uk/ devon: Sounds Of Brass on Sunday 3 November will feature music played by the International Staff Band
BANDSMAN BRIAN MIDGLEY, NORWICH CITADEL BRIAN was born in 1939 in West Hartlepool. He married June – whom he met while holidaying at Beccles – in 1962. Their daughters, Alison, Sharon and Joanne, were born at Stockton-on-Tees, where Brian served as band sergeant and songster leader. Brian’s notable career as a trombone soloist included playing at the 1966 Bandmasters Councils Festival at the Royal Albert Hall. Work as a civil engineer took the family to Bahrain and subsequently to Norwich in 1983. Brian often featured as trombone soloist on band programmes. As YP and then senior band sergeant he led by example and was fully committed to every task. He adored his wife and daughters, was a proud grandfather and a Christian gentleman of the highest standard. – B. C.
RETIRED CORPS SERGEANTMAJOR BOBBY ADAMS, SUNDERLAND MILLFIELD THE last remaining bandsman at Sunderland Southwick, Bobby transferred to Sunderland Citadel – where he met his wife Irene – when the corps closed. In 1965 the family transferred to Irene’s home corps at Millfield, where Bobby served faithfully until his promotion to Glory aged 81. His exceptional organisational skills led to various local officer positions, including corps secretary, CSM and organising secretary. Deterioration in health curtailed songster activities in latter months, but he managed to accompany the band during a recent weekend campaign in Wales. Despite his illness Bobby never lost his positive attitude to life or questioned his condition; he maintained an immovable faith in the Lord. – E. F.
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Through the week with ‘Salvationist’ – a devotional thought for each day Saturday The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (Psalm 23:1–3)
Sunday Who comes to me, the Saviour said, And follows where I lead, Shall see my light upon him shed And in my pastures feed. No more shall darkness cloud his way, My love his fear shall quell, The gloom that once obscured his day My presence shall dispel. (SASB 277)
Monday ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest
commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ (Matthew 22:37–39)
Tuesday Let me love thee, I am gladdest When I’m loving thee the best; For in sunshine or in sadness I can find in thee my rest. Love will soften every sorrow, Love will lighten every care, Love unquestioning will follow, Love will triumph, love will dare. (SASB 503)
Thursday O the rapturous height of the holy delight Which I feel in the life-giving blood! Of my Saviour possessed, I am perfectly blessed, As if filled with the Heaven of God. (SASB 367)
Friday May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:23)
I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (Isaiah 61:10)
Praying around the world... India Central Pray for those who are working to reduce the stigma of HIV through home-based counselling. This area has one of the highest prevalence rates of HIV in the whole of India. The Salvation Army is supporting the Government in reducing the impact of this virus on the community.
Autumn colours – Harrogate. Picture: JOHN LONG