What Are Your Joys?

Grace and peace to you.

We have entered the Third Week of Advent and the pink candle is for Joy! With the pandemic taking so much out of us, it might be challenging to identify the joy. Hope? yes. Peace, we pray for it. But joy? When so much life has been lost? When schools are closed? When family holiday gatherings have been nixed? And Zoom fatigue is dragging us down? So many of us are exhausted by 2020 and won’t be sad to wave it good-bye.

My friends, do not be discouraged. Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it. I encourage you to find time this week and take a mental or written inventory of the joys in your life. Here are some of mine:
1. I rejoice that a vaccine for COVID-19 has been approved!
2. I have joy working here among you as partners in Jesus’ ministry.
3. I find joy in the service music by our bell choir, Gathering Band and music staff and volunteers.
4. I rejoice that even though we aren’t able to meet in person, Karen and volunteers are providing
opportunities for all ages to learn and grow in their faith.
5. I rejoice that the Mission Study Team is formed and getting ready to take the next step in this transitional season at FPC.
6. I rejoice in the commitment of so many to work in new, creative ways to share the gospel in word and deed.
7. I am joyful that I have a new puppy!

My biggest joy is that Jesus Christ is with me! And by the grace of God, I am with him. In this Advent Season of preparation for Christ’s coming, I pray that you be with God, as well. In Christ is our joy.

With Advent hope, peace, joy and love,
Pastor Nancy