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Coffs Harbour rally celebrates rising hope in northern NSW

Coffs Harbour rally celebrates rising hope in northern NSW

Coffs Harbour rally celebrates rising hope in northern NSW

9 May 2016

Divisional Commander Lieut-Colonel Miriram Gluyas presents Envoy Lloyd Graham, supported by his wife, Envoy Vicki, with his retirement certificate. Photo: Lieut Philip Sutcliffe.

Salvation Army leaders from northern NSW gathered at Coffs Harbour Corps recently for an uplifting rally which centred on the theme of hope.

Salvationists and friends filled the hall on Sunday 6 March under a banner proclaiming “Hope Rising”, with special guests including new Divisional Commander, Lieutenant-Colonel Miriam Gluyas, Majors Norm and Isabel Beckett (North/North West NSW Area Officers) and Majors David and Lea Palmer (NSW Northern Rivers Area Officers).

A worship team comprised of folk from both areas provided music, as well as a combined brass band led by Bandmaster Rod Hill from Grafton Corps. The service included a small ceremony Coffs Harbour rally celebrates rising hope in northern NSW where Lieut-Colonel Gluyas presented Envoy Lloyd Graham with his wellearned retirement certificate. Lloyd and his wife Vicki have faithfully served for a number of years as rural chaplains working out of the Bourke community. The Divisional Commander’s message, based on Romans 15:13, reminded the congregation that they were to be a people of hope, with Lieut-Colonel Gluyas stating: “... because we are committed to, and serve, a great God of hope who calls people to have hope in him. We are no longer to live in poverty of hope but to look to Jesus to raise our hope again! Hope Rising!” Many people knelt at the Mercy Seat after the message, reflecting that God is at work in the rural and coastal town areas of north NSW.

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