Pastor’s Note – July 23, 2020

Schweitzer UMCCOVID-19, Pastor's Note

Friends,

In the NIV translation of the Bible, the word joy (or rejoice) is found 436 times. Here are a few examples:

  • 1 Chronicles 29:22, “They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the Lord that day.”
  • Luke 2:10, “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.’”
  • Luke 24:52, “Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.”
  • Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit…”

Joy is all over the pages of the Bible.

Why is that?

For a simple reason: God is full of joy.

This Sunday, we’re going to start a new sermon series we’re simply calling Joy. We’re going to spend three weeks exploring some of what the Bible teaches us about joy. The fascinating thing about biblical joy is that it’s not circumstantial. Even in a year like 2020, you and I can live in joy—God’s joy.

This will be a great series to share with your friends and family, especially anyone who finds themselves discouraged by what this year has brought.

This Sunday, we’re also going to be adding a second online service. You will be able to join with others for an online service at both 9:00 and 11:30 on Sunday. After that the service will be posted for you to watch on your own and share with others.

I can’t wait to share this message with you on Sunday!

Spencer