Marian brought a message about Stop the Traffik. If you don't know what's going on that the word is 'slavery' (not just the sex trade.) You have to click the link and read what you can. Don't expect it to be easy going though.
They are running an event called 'The Stand' which is a chance for a generation to take a stand against what is, in fact, the second biggest crime internationally.
Rob spoke on God's promises and how to hold on when you don't see the answers you are looking for. Basically, Faith. He talked of calling to God to rescue us when our experiences do not seem to match up with the promises in the bible.
Given all that, I can't help but grin to myself looking back at how God made it flow so well, given that the service leader and I had no idea what Rob was going to speak on. To wrap us the service I used 'I Lift My Eyes Up' which we haven't used for years. Ironic (?) then that it should wrap up nearly word for word what Rob said!
I also felt that I should use 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 which is part of my favourite part of the bible; Therefore we do not lose hope...
It was also an unusual morning in that I had the two other band leaders on the front row with me, which I'm not sure we've done before. I really liked it.
So, God is good, all the time, and if it doesn't seem like it, we should look to Him to rescue us. A bit counter intuitive but we often can't save ourselves!
Warmup - Lord Let Your Glory Fall - Matt Redman
Rainbow - Hillsong Kids
In Chirst Alone - Keith Getty & Stuart Townend
Majesty - Garrard/Smith
To Be In Your Presence - Noel Richards
I Lift My Eyes Up (Psalm 121) - Brian Doerksen
I Stand Amazed - Trad (SS version)