May 2011 – Week 4

Welcome to Worship!
We Worship Every Wednesday at 10:30

Meditation for the week of May 22, 2011

It’s time for great Joy!

Some of you may by wondering if I have not been paying attention to the daily newspapers or news broadcasts. After all gasoline is over $4.00 a gallon. Grocery prices are way up. Natural Gas costs are going to jump by over 10% this winter. The stock market is swinging between ups and downs. Jobs have been cut and let’s not even talk about housing prices. On top of that we have a Governor and legislature that cannot agree on anything, local governments are raising taxes and we have a federal congress that seems to argue all the time about all of these problems. And now you see me saying that it is time for great JOY!

Yes, I do and it is! I base my contention on a portion of St. Peter’s first letter,
specifically verse 8 which says. “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy!” I would encourage each of you to take a moment and read this whole section of Peter’s letter, specifically 1st Peter 1:3-9. It is a section that is full of hope, confidence, and joy as contrasted against difficult times and struggles.

I would go so far as to say to you that it is just such times as these where there is real joy in being a Christian. When bad news is piled upon bad news it seems like there will never be any good or positive news. Yet when you come and join in worship you will be elated to hear that there is Good News, that you can celebrate and you can have great joy. O to be sure you may hear that we are bothered and dismayed by our sin and failures in life. But the overwhelming point we hear at every service is that there is a reason for us to have great joy because as Peter tells us, “For you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

And over and above that, we Christians can take great joy in the good things that are taking place. We have the great joy of coming together in worship where our God comes and speaks to us and strengthens us in our faith through His Word. We receive weekly meditations and prayers to assist us in our daily thoughts and prayers

If the news, the world situation, the consternation of politics and the worry over the economy has got you depressed and down, come each and every week to our worship service and you will find great Joy. The Joy that comes from a living Lord, Jesus Christ who promises you an eternity of celebration with him. Sing with me and rejoice. “Joyful, Joyful, we Adore Him, God of Glory, Lord of Love!” Amen.

Our Weekly Prayer: For Mission Work Abroad
Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.

O Mighty Lord, whose son died on the cross to redeem all people, both those who are near and those who live in distant places. I pray that you will look with compassion on those millions of people who are still sitting in the darkness of their souls because they have not heard of the light and life of Jesus Christ. In accordance with your will, grant that missionaries of Jesus Christ may reach them with the message of the Cross that they may hear, believe and live. Please give protection to all those who strive to share the Good News of Jesus, ward off all hindrances and persecution of these faithful men and women. Keep them healthy and strong in body and mine. Give them the grace to faithful and patient as they share your Word of grace and love. I ask this in His name. Amen.

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