Day of Praise and Thanksgiving Camp Hill
18th May 2018
Sabbath 5 May, being the first Sabbath of the month began with a day of praise and thanksgiving at Camp Hill church. The service was packed as members and visitors came together to give thanks to God through singing and music.
The service started off in the morning where we were treated to a special item from the kindergarten Sabbath School class. They sang a charming rendition of 'This little light of mine'.
The worship continued in Divine Service with a rousing praise and worship segment. Contemporary songs were sung that really captured the power and love of God, such as 'Mighty is Our God' and 'How Deep the Father's Love for Us'. Hymnal favourites were also sung for those who love singing hymns like, number 337 'Redeemed'.
The scripture reading for the morning service was taken from Psalm 150. It was broken into three parts and whoever read out the verses also gave a short testimony and talked about how they praise God. Much was said but the overarching theme, that God has a plan for our lives, and His merciful protection and care over us.
We then had a variety of special items. On this special day we had the Camp Hill Mass Choir led by Elder David Brooks. They sang a song based on Psalm 8. It was well-performed leaving the congregation with a sense of awe that we serve a mighty God. We also had instrumental items from Sister Burt playing the flute and then Brother Kwame playing 'How Deep the Father's Love' on the saxophone.
To end the service, there was a sermon from Elder Mark Palmer. The elder was dynamic and didn't even need a microphone as he ably projected his preaching voice. His message was simple, direct and powerful. His title was 'Any Time, Any Place, Any Where', impressing upon us how we should praise God no matter where we are, that we shouldn't praise God just when we're at church but also outside in our daily lives. He also emphasised that praise is not for us but for God.
However, the day of worship and praise did not end there. We came back in the afternoon for more musical items from various talented singers and in various musical genres. All the church groups and choirs (the Youth Choir, the Church Choir, the Male Voice Choir, Eternal Praise Choir and Young Hope Choir) sang that evening.
The Music department who organised the event delivered a memorable day for all.
It's always good to praise God and just as Elder Palmer said we should praise Him any time, any place and any where.