The evening sun shone in St George's Park

PitP may a 201510th May 2015
It was a beautiful sunny evening in St George’s Park in Great Yarmouth and it was the first event in the 'Praise in the Park' 2015 season, which is a series of events organised by some members of Park Baptist Church, when Brian King addressed the awaiting audience of around 80 people.  He opened with the message that Christians should be the happiest people in the world and followed this with prayer.  Certainly the happy faces reflected what he said!!
In that glorious sunshine we sang the first song ‘To God be the glory’

Brian continued through the open air service ably assisted by Beth and Angie on vocals, Emma and Martyn on keyboards, and Martin on guitar who gave rousing backing to five more songs
PitP glenda 2015Brian then introduced Glenda Crosson who shared her testimony about her road to becoming a Christian and what Jesus means to her.  She passionately related how she needed to understand things she was going through and to find a sense of purpose.  She met Christians who told her, but she needed to find out for herself.  She was truly passionate about what she wanted from a life with Jesus.  She went to a Christian meeting and felt she wanted what they had, and went home and invited Jesus into her life.  She described how she felt Jesus calling her into a relationship and now wants others to know what she had in Jesus
Beth Kibby-Johnson then sang a solo of ‘Lord, we know You in the breaking of the bread’, accompanied on keyboard by her husband, Bill

Following another song ‘Guide me o Thou great Jehovah’ sung with real feeling, Glenda read Psalm 81:10, 13-16
PitP brett 2015Glenda’s husband, Brett, Pastor of Emmanuel Pentecostal Church in Great Yarmouth, then came to the front and said he had reflected on the first song (As we are gathered) and was thankful that we could join together regardless of background, etc.   Brett than proceeded to give a very impassioned talk referring to the previous reading and described how he felt it important to praise the Lord the He has delivered us from the land of Egypt, a place of bondage and captivity and giving us a sense of purpose in our hearts
He praised God that “some of us look angelic now” and said what a good God we have – Egypt was a place of misery where we had no joy in our hearts and that we were there that day because we had something to celebrate.  As part of his very evident humour, Brett gave a slant on God’s promise in Psalm 81:10 of “open your mouth and I will fill it …” saying it should be a notice on the door of the dentist!!
PitP may b 2015Brett addressed those around the park, roadways, and in their homes saying to have this joy and peace was only a prayer away.  He then invited any that wished to join and speak to someone to find out more, saying that Jesus is the exclusive way and that if you call on that name, you will not be disappointed

Brett then listed three major things people are crying out for:
  • genuine concern, unconditional love
  • sense of significance
  • eternal life

Put your hope completely in Jesus and you have this package.  He told the story of his own father, who was a violent alcoholic, and how he turned around when he found Jesus and is now a preacher himself.  Brett came to a close with a miraculous healing he had witnessed recently and the evening concluded with singing ‘To God be the glory’ 

and the next event is at 6.15pm on Sunday 31st May