This past Sunday we finished our Real Hope series focused around Jesus as that hope promised in the first few verses of Isaiah 61:
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.
My hope for us all through this series, and especially now that it is complete, is that these would not just be words on a page, but a real, living hope that radiates through us and calls us to grow in the knowledge that Jesus can be all of these things in our lives and so much more, if we will only let Him. To jump down to Isaiah 61:7, God’s promise of what kind of life in Christ is offered to us is magnified where it says:
Instead of your shame
you will receive a double portion,
and instead of disgrace
you will rejoice in your inheritance.
And so you will inherit a double portion in your land,
and everlasting joy will be yours.
This week, let us lay down our shame and instead seek our inheritance of a double portion, rejoicing in the everlasting joy that is available through a life with Christ!
And although we’ve barely left this Real Hope series behind, I’m already looking ahead to our next series – DEEPER. Have you ever heard someone say, “I just really want to go deeper with God.” Or maybe you’ve even thought to yourself, “I really need to go deeper in my faith.” But the question is, what is really meant by that, because sometimes that can mean very different things to different people. Let’s unpack that together this week starting on Sunday morning.
Looking forward to going DEEPER (whatever that does mean) with you all then!
TRUNK OR TREAT: Our Trunk-or-Treat is THIS WEEK on Tuesday, Oct. 24th! All decorated trunks should plan to be set up by 5pm to ensure we’re ready for all of our trick-or-treating friends. We also need TONS of candy donations so please grab a bag or 2 and bring them Sunday. For more info, please contact me or Pastor Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING DINNER: Are you FOR OUR COMMUNITY? Then you may want to consider volunteering at our very first Thanksgiving Dinner For Our Community. This will be on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23rd at our Plaistow campus. We’ll be sharing a full Thanksgiving Dinner with any of our friends from our community who don’t have a place to gather and eat. This is free and open to everyone. To volunteer you can sign up Here.
You can also contact Laurie Duff, our Director of Care Ministry, at email@example.com or 603-540-9815.