This week we welcome Fr. Steve Kennedy as celebrant and preacher, as Fr. Rob is finishing up at the missions roundtable in Singapore. We will complete our 8-week study of the letter to the Philippians. As we have mentioned many times over the past two months, joy is a recurring theme for the apostle Paul. Joy is not a blind optimism, or a fake smile, but a deep and abiding rest coming from the truth of God's love for us displayed in the man Jesus Christ. One of the most famous lines in the epistle will be read this week: "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." (Phil. 4:13). But instead of being a mantra to pump Paul up for a superhuman feat, the context of this shows that he is relying on Christ for his contentment and joy in every situation - whether beaten up, accused, hungry, you name it. Paul remembers the promise of the Gospel, and thus finds a well of joy on which to draw in the times of great distress and need. As we conclude this study, our worship will focus on the joy of Christ, with many familiar songs and hymns (Joyful, Joyful; Rejoice the Lord is King, It is Well).
One newer song we'll sing is "Hosanna (Praise is Rising)." If you're not familiar with it. you can listen here:
I look forward to worshiping and rejoicing with you Sunday!