The condominium where I live is only a block away from a junior high school. I was outside my building when the students were dismissed on their last day of school, and I could see the joy on the faces of the kids as they streamed out of the school. All of the teachers and school staff were also outside on the sidewalk next to where the school buses were loading students, and they waved goodbye as each bus pulled away. There were big smiles on the faces of the teachers, too. There was lots of joy to go all around that day.
Some commentators have made the observation that we are living in an “angry age”. I’m sure that you have probably noticed that some people are indeed angry, anxious, edgy, and demanding. Maybe you also have experienced some of those feelings. Those folks and we also could use a good dose of joy.
During this summer we here at Bethesda are having our Wednesday evening services starting at 6:30 pm and held outside, weather permitting. I have been having fun at those services, and I have encouraged those attending to also have fun. However, it’s hard to have fun if we do not have a joyful heart, regardless of the many challenges that confront us in the course of life.
So, at our Wednesday evening services, I will be preaching on the Apostle Paul’s Letter to the Philippians, which some biblical scholars have termed “The Epistle of Joy”. These Wednesday sermons will be different than the sermons that I will preach on Sunday mornings. Thus, if you go to both the Sunday morning and the Wednesday evening services, you will hear a different sermon in each. Come and join us!
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4