Our recent gathering on 30th June saw just 12 of us meeting – a number that felt of some significance even though it was small! We worshipped together and a number of Scriptures were read out, as follows:
Psalm 34:1-3 – I will extol the Lord at all times, His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord, let the afflicted hear and rejoice, glorify the Lord with me, let us exalt His name together.
Proverbs 18:10 – The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe.
1 Corinthians 15:58 – Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless, or in vain.
We were encouraged not to grow weary in our labour for the Lord and reminded that because Christ already has the victory, that can affect the way we live right now. The Lord is building a confidence, a oneness and an expectation amongst His people of what He is about to do.
Gina shared a picture of each of us being like burning branches, snatched from the flames and rooted in King Jesus. When we come together it is like a blazing tree and we can take that fire of God to others that we meet.
Emyr then related to us some of his more recent experiences of carrying the Cross and how he had a passion on his heart for the power that is in the name of Jesus.
More Scriptures were shared including:
Ephesians 3 – I pray that out of God’s glorious riches, He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power together with all the saints to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know His love that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
1 Corinthians 6 – We are washed, we are sanctified and we are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.
And we were reminded that whatever we do, we do it in the name of Jesus and to bring glory to Him. In doing this, we are wearing the full armour of God.
Mary shared with us some flyers she had prepared and also a poem that she had written for the pilgrimage. She told us of how she had a heart for the farming communities in Wales and we agreed to reach out to these communities for involvement in the pilgrimage.
After a break for lunch and another time of worship, a word in tongues was given with the interpretation: “Go and find your brothers and sisters and bring them back to me.” There was a picture with this of lots of little children coming, with a big party in Heaven as the angels were rejoicing over the sinners who had repented and they had joy all over their faces. There is a call, a promise and there is joy.
“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love, and His wonderful works for men. Let them exalt Him in the assembly of the people, and praise Him in the council of the elders. He turned rivers into a desert, flowing springs into thirsty ground, and fruitful land into a salt waste because of the wickedness of those who live there. He turned the desert into pools of water and the parched ground into a flowing spring; there He brought the hungry to live and they founded a city where they could settle. They sowed fields, and planted vineyards that yielded a fruitful harvest. He blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased; and He did not let their herds diminish.” Psalm 107
We then shared a couple of testimonies and prayed for those present who needed healing.
Carol shared with us a picture she had of the Cross on fire up on Snowdon and she saw that throughout the whole journey the fire would be carried and it would be so strong that it would hold any demons back.
“I will extol the Lord with all my heart on the council of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Lord, they are pondered by all who delight in Him. Glorious and majestic are His deeds and His righteousness endures forever. He has caused His words to be remembered. The Lord is gracious and compassionate, He provided food for those who fear Him; He remembers His covenant forever. He has shown the people the power of His works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of His hands are faithful and just, all His precepts and trustworthy. The are steadfast forever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for His people, He ordained His covenant forever. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. All who follow his precepts have good understanding. To Him belongs eternal praise.” Psalm 111
Millie brought a reminder for us as the redeemed to keep rejoicing in what Jesus has done for us on the Cross.
Emyr encouraged us that as we rejoice in our suffering we are giving to God a sacrifice of praise.
We closed together with the Lord’s Prayer.