“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”
These words from Paul to the Philippians are emphatic. He does not give an option. It is not a suggestion. It is a command. He is definitely a glass half full kind of guy, but not for the reason you might think. It’s not because of his wonderful circumstances. Remember that Paul spent some time in prison and that’s when he wrote this letter. This makes Paul’s words even more meaningful because he knew what suffering and trial entailed. In fact, each new day is a new opportunity to rejoice. From him we learn:
- There can be joy in suffering because Jesus Christ suffered for us so that we might have life.
- Our joy comes in the offer from Jesus Christ to have a right relationship with God. This is God’s love for us.
- Our joy comes in personally knowing Jesus in relationship each day.
- Our joy comes in the strength and courage given to us by Jesus and the Holy Spirit each day.
- Our joy comes in the hope we have that God has rescued us and will be faithful to keep his promises.
We know that joy is not about circumstances, but about our true hope found in Jesus Christ. Perhaps the trials of these days is a call to renew your belief and commitment to that hope we have in God. Take a moment and reflect on the words of Psalm 100 and consider how your day can be full of grateful praise as an expression of the joy you have in God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
1 Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth.
2 Worship the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the LORD is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.
New Opportunities to Connect
Gathering together in the same place is a common expression of celebrating the joy we have. In this time of not meeting in the same place the staff has created some ways for us to connect and encourage one another in joy. We think these will be a lot of fun and we encourage you to participate with your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Unless otherwise noted, these will be conducted through the software “Zoom” on your device. All you have to do is click on the link that will be provided.
Tuesday, March 24, 31 (7:00-8:00)- Table Talk – Hosted by Pastor Dan. A time to share with one another about life and faith in this season. Click here to participate in Table Talk
Wednesday March 25 (7:00) – Prayer Gathering – Hosted by Pastor Dan and Miss Coleen. A time to pray for our church, our community, and our nation. Click here to participate in Prayer Gathering
Thursday March 26, April 2 – (6:30-7:30) REFIT® – Hosted by Brandie Back. Link coming soon.
Friday, March 27 (6:00pm Launch) – “Family Scavenger Hunt” – Led by Miss Coleen. Details will be posted on Facebook. This will be a great activity for a few hours or over the weekend as you look for objects that connect to stories of the Bible.
Sunday, March 29 – Sunday Morning Worship – Access at eatoncommunitychurch.org
Monday, March 30 – Care Calls & Care Cards – Take this night and make a few calls and/or send a few cards to others as an act of care. We will post some suggestions and tips on Facebook and in LifeShare in coming days.
More opportunities to come…
Take care of yourself and take care of one another!