Attitude of Gratitude
Posted on Nov 27, 2013 in Faith Updates
And this is the way to have eternal life–to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.
– 1st John 17:3
This verse is a simple verse that reminds us of an eternal truth. This truth conveys the confidence we have in knowing Christ and one day being raised up from the dead. Not just spiritually, but given new bodies; ones that won’t die. So you see my friends, the struggles and chaos of this life are only temporary. That’s the good news and something to be truly thankful for in this Thanks-Giving season.
We have been going through a series on unsinkable joy—meaning a joy that won’t sink in the storms of life, but will stay afloat. In order to have this joy we need an attitude of gratitude. When we find the ability to thank God for what we have, (not just saying the words but truly thank him) we will find joy in our circumstances through the hope God gives us in Christ.
So thank God this day and over Thanksgiving weekend for the eternal truth that the struggles you are facing, and even death itself, are only temporary. Thank him for the hope you have in Christ, that even when one day this earth shall pass away, God’s eternal salvation remains the same.
One of the ways we express gratitude to God is through worship. This week is a week of worship for us at Faith. Shelbey Mackay led us in worship at our first ever worship night last Friday. Tonight we are having a hymn sing that will focus on thanking God for what he has done. So if you are looking for a place to experience time to thank God through worship, join us tonight at 6:30pm for our Thanksgiving Eve Hymn Sing.
God bless all of you and your families over the Thanksgiving holiday.
See you Sunday,
HERE IS WHAT IS COMING UP AT FAITH
Thanksgiving Eve Worship Service/Hymn Sing – TONIGHT!
Join us on Wednesday, November 27 at 6:30pm for our Thanksgiving Remembrance Service, then stay for pie and fellowship in the Legacy Chapel afterwards. Childcare available for children under age 4.
Advent Event – Sunday, December 1
Everyone is invited to this year’s Advent Event. Make plans to join us Sunday, December 1 in room 100 as we mark the beginning of the Advent Season. The morning is “open house” style beginning at 9:30am and ending at 12 noon. Drop in before or after you attend service, but leave enough time to participate in all the fun activities. The event is free of charge and no registration is required, so remember to bring a friend along. We look forward to seeing you!
Hope Sunday – December 8
This is a partnership with the Evangelical Covenant and World Vision to reach 10,000 child sponsorships in the poorest country and region in the world: the Congo. Our church’s goal is to sponsor between 75-100 kids. In order to prepare for a great Hope Sunday, here’s what we’re asking:
1) Do Something – This a challenge to pray about something as individuals/families we can give up, and what we want to give in order to “do something” in order to end extreme poverty. As God gives you something to give up, please add your card to the collage of cards in the lobby.
2) 58: The Film – This is a film aimed at ending extreme poverty in our world. As a way to engage and prepare our hearts for Hope Sunday, we’re asking every small group at FCC watch this movie before Dec. 8th. DVD’s can be picked up in the church lobby or you can watch online: www.live58.org
3) Mission Gifts – As well as the opportunity to sign up for Covenant Kids Child Sponsorships, we will have a bake sale that benefits the M.O.M.S. program and an Art and Gift shop that will benefit FCC Missions programs. While we can’t do everything, we can all do something. And as we take the Do Something challenge, may we as families and individuals take the opportunity on Hope Sunday to seriously consider doing something to end extreme poverty and buy Christmas presents that bless mission partners around the world.