|Good morning everyone,|
Our theme for this month: “Christian community”
Our Bible verse for today: “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!” Psalm 133:1 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “It’s the best day of the week”
On Fridays my thoughts always turn to Sunday. Sunday is the best day of the week because it’s the day when our church family is all together, gathered in one place, rejoicing, praising, and enjoying each other’s company. It’s a time of loving, laughing, hugging, and lifting up and encouraging one another. It’s also a time of spiritual nurture and renewal – and it’s a refuge and respite from the storms of life.
Sunday fellowship reminds me of my favorite scene from the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I know I have shared this with you before but it’s a scene I love and one which I think of frequently. In fact, I have it written down on a notecard and I use it as a bookmark. Frodo and his friends were in the middle of a difficult and dangerous journey. But at one point they came to the fortress of an elf king, a good friend who offered refuge and rest, and this is what they experienced:
“The future, for good or for ill, was not forgotten, but ceased to have power over the present. Health and hope grew strong in them, and they were content with each day as it came, taking pleasure in every meal, and in every word and song.”
For me, Sunday is like that. It’s the best day of the week. Now, not all pastors can make that claim. For many, Sunday is the hardest day of the week. It’s the day they have to contend with fussy, critical, complaining members. It’s the day they have to settle disputes, smooth ruffled feathers, and coddle grumpy old men. But that’s not how church is supposed to be. Sunday is not a time to be fussy, critical, and complaining. There shouldn’t be disputes and ruffled feathers and grumpy old men. Instead, there should be peace and joy and harmony. Like the psalmist said, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!”
Today is Friday, but Sunday is coming, and I’m looking forward to it! I hope you are too – it’s the best day of the week!
(Join us at Oak Hill Baptist Church every Sunday at 10:00. Join us in-person if you are nearby or, if you are geographically distant or if you are a shut-in, join us online at www.YouTube.com/oakhillbaptistcrossville)
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