New Hope UCC: Our Family of Faith

Embracing All in Christ’s Love

This Sunday’s Message

I have noticed in recent years that the word “JOY” has seemed to have lost its usefulness…I simply don’t hear people expressing joy in their hearts. What I hear, and maybe what you do as well, is a lot of complaining, whining, and despair. It seems like in the book, “The Road”, everything has turned dark and cloudy. Perhaps I’m wrong. Never-the-less, a biblical antidote to all that moodiness is found in the beautiful words that King David wrote (and sang) in Psalm 100.

Points to consider and ponder:

  1. He begins his psalm with 6 embracing words: “Shout for Joy to the Lord”; when was the last time that you felt that expression?
  2. David goes on, “Come before him with joyful song”. Music, music, music, the key to the soul. Pray for our church that music may thrive and grow for the rest of the year. Help us to make that a reality.
  3. One element of joy is an attitude of thanksgiving, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.”
  4. Another element of joy is a thankful heart…to be grateful for what we have rather than what we want. “Give thanks to God and praise His name”.
  5. For me, life is only good if it is lived with God. “For the Lord is good and His love endures forever.”

Joy to the world, all across the world, joy to the fishes in the deep blue sea, joy to you and me…Can you name that band?

Signed,

Jeremiah, the Bull Frog

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