We shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace


Hello everyone!  Preaching is, as a Methodist minister once told me, ‘the best laxative I know!!’  I love to share what Jesus means to me as I preach but I always get so nervous; I am so grateful for the steward’s prayer before the service.  I just want to share God’s love with the congregation.  This morning I led the service at Pannal Chapel.  I had not been to that chapel for a number of years, so I was surprised to be remembered as I used to be called Helen Hamer!  I was amused to be offered notices and a welcome as if I were going to be part of the congregation, when I arrived, so I explained that I was preaching; as the appointed preacher was ill.  I was so pleased to renew acquaintance with friends I had not seen for quite a while.  The children chose the lovely chorus from Songs of Fellowship book one, ‘We shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace’ and it took me right back to my first husband’s enjoyment of that chorus.  We used to sing it faster and faster.  I had a go at clapping, but it is not my gift to clap in the correct places!!  Cathy finds it funny when I try to clap in time!  I felt uplifted during the service and felt full joy.  I always choose hymns I can sing and I had a few comments about them!  I think it is important as that is a part of the service in which the congregation participates.


My beloved’s chicken curry was delicious served with brown rice.  I am so fortunate to enjoy such wonderful meals.  My poor beloved is still suffering with his back, so we bought some Ibuleve to rub in.  He is moving awkwardly so I am helping him to avoid bending too much.  I don’t want him to get locked as he has in the past.  This is the day which the Lord has made and I rejoice and am glad in it.

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4 Responses to We shall go out with joy and be led forth with peace

  1. Mark says:

    Hi Auntie Helen.  I enjoyed reading your blog post.  I know what you mean about nerves.  I get a bit nervous when I\’m giving a paper at a conference.
    My Dad struggles to clap in time to choruses too, so perhaps it\’s a family trait!

  2. Mark says:

    PS, that was Mark.  Still not too impressed with Windows Live Spaces (e.g. can\’t add my name above);  it doesn\’t appear to work at all in Firefox, and is dodgy in Explorer.

  3. Helen says:

    Hi Mark
    It does seem bad that you cannot put your name.  Your Dad and Fran have the same problem.  How funny that Selwyn can\’t clap in time either and yet he is more musical than me.

  4. Unknown says:

    yes, absolutely – I can never clap properly – I always seem to want to clap on the on-beat, instead of the off beat (or the other  way round – I have no idea really).
    What earthy Methodist Ministers you talk to. So glad the address went well – I would have liked to hear more about your \’message\’

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