Life of Joy

A special thank you to the many folks who made the picnic Sunday a great success. Your desire to be together, connect and celebrate life with one another was very evident. We should definitely seek future opportunities to be together in fellowship.  

It is my sincerest prayer that as we continue to journey together, you will not only get to know me and my hopes for us as a family of faith but more importantly you will again be challenged to engage life found in Jesus Christ. A challenging, abundant, deep and meaningful life that is anchored in the love of God and love of neighbor. It is this apparent to me that many of us have “tasted and seen” this life. Many of us have encountered Grace and responded to it in our own ways. As we face the realities of our humanity and the challenges that come along with it, we often lose connection to the “fruit” produced by abundant life in Christ. 

Chief among these often lost fruits is Joy. This week, as we gather to again consider what life in Christ means for us personally and collectively I want to challenge you to ponder our scripture passage.  

Philippians 4:1-8  1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved. 2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. 3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my coworkers, whose names are in the book of life. 

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 As for the things that you have learned and received and heard and noticed in me, do them, and the God of peace will be with you. 

 

I look forward to being with you all as we re-join ourselves to and re-commit to a practice of Joy. 

Grace and Peace, 

Jeremy